Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29073
Hints and tips by Peter Piper
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This was another fine Monday morning puzzle solved in the lovely village of Nunney in Somerset. I was only held up by the four longer clues and the older person. Not to worry though. It’s only a crossword and I got there eventually. A pen or pencil might have helped at 3d but that’s not going to happen. It is Double bubble Quickie Pun day too.
I have always said that I do like a bit of food in a puzzle. Apparently 27ac is edible but 27ac 7d? The mind boggles.
It’s has been sunny in Nunney but it looks like we will be driving home in the rain. Such is life.
These hints and tips have been created lovingly to help those of you who may need help to solve a couple of clues or to understand why an answer is what it is. Usually a clue consists of two parts. 1. A definition, which is usually at the beginning or end of a clue. 2. Wordplay which tells what to do to solve the clue. The hints and tips help with the wordplay of the clues. Definitions are underlined.
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1a Two teams filing past, shoulder to shoulder (4,2,4)
SIDE BY SIDE: One team alongside another
6a Reckless prang, not chauffeur’s first (4)
RASH: A prang involving two vehicles minus the initial letter of chauffeur
10a Debauched old man pinching Morag’s rear, the scoundrel (5)
ROGUE: An elderly libertine or rake surrounds the last letter of Morag
11a Disconnected without any electronic devices (9)
UNPLUGGED: Not connected to an electric socket. Of music, performed or recorded with acoustic rather than electrically amplified instruments
12a Indefinite number on street work continuously (3-4)
NON-STOP: A four-part charade. 1. The mathematical indefinite number. 2. A term referring possibly to an electrical device. If it’s not working it’s off. Therefore, if it’s working it’s **. 3. The abbreviation for street. 4. The abbreviation for a musical work
13a Delay around middle of journey, so leave Orient Express, perhaps (7)
DETRAIN: A word meaning delay or hold back sits nicely around the middle letter of the word journey
14a Ostensibly promote excitement by winning flight (4,8)
KICK UPSTAIRS: Split your answer thus 4,2,6. Begin with a term meaning the excitement gained from a reckless pleasurable act. Add a term meaning winning particularly used to describe one’s financial state when winning whilst gambling. Add the flight you climb when going to bed.
18a Devious oarsman framing London college for lots of money (1,5,6)
A KING’S RANSOM: An anagram (devious) of OARSMEN sits around a College whose address is Strand London. There is a better-known college with this name in Cambridge where my brother was studied after his death and where I have chosen to go after mine
21a Ill at home, receiving special type of delivery (3-4)
OFF-SPIN: A three letter word meaning ill and a two-letter rd meaning at home are separated by the abbreviation for special to provide a cricket delivery
23a Vast new semi accommodating soldiers (7)
IMMENSE: An anagram of SEMI includes a general term for soldiers
24a Upright canons hit out (9)
STANCHION: Anagram (out) of CANONS HIT
25a Scare, leader being missing? Correct (5)
RIGHT: A scare has its first letter removed. I cannot make this any easier
26a Abandoned port (4)
LEFT: A double definition. Although nautical the port is not a harbour. Neither is it a fortified wine.
27a Viola showing courage with what sounds like kidnap (10)
HEARTSEASE: This plant split 5,5 has a first word synonymous with courage and a second word which sounds like kidnap or take by force.
1d Stumped band in series (6)
STRING: The cricketing abbreviation for stumped is followed by the type of band worn on the finger
2d Butt and mutt close? (3-3)
DOG-END: A cigarette butt (nasty things) can be formed by placing together a mutt or canine and a verb meaning bring to a close
3d Brief respite from working nights in busy bar — peace! (9,5)
BREATHING SPACE: Anagram (working) of NIGHTS inside an anagram (busy) of BAR PEACE
4d Boss overlooking fire-raiser’s game? (4,5)
STUD POKER: A synonym of the word boss is followed by an iron rod used for stirring up a coal fire
5d Information on daughter, drugged (5)
DOPED: An unusual (outside crosswordland) word meaning information is followed by the abbreviation for daughter
7d Greek tucking into a tuna I cooked, baked with a coating of breadcrumbs (2,6)
AU GRATIN: The abbreviation for Greek sits inside an anagram (cooked) of A TUNA I
8d Pleasure-seeker, fellow enthralled by spectacular theft (8)
HEDONIST: A university fellow is surrounded by a robbery. A robbery is a robbery. I see nothing spectacular in any kind of robbery.
9d Tender points, in inverted commas (9,5)
QUOTATION MARKS: A financial tender followed by points or scores in a competition or exam lead to what used to be called speech marks in more simple times
15d Writer’s one embraced by Irish senior citizen (9)
PENSIONER: Begin something one writes with. Add the S from ‘S. Then the abbreviation for Irish sitting around the word one from the clue
16d Musical song about exploit (8)
CAROUSEL: A verb meaning to sing something happily sits around another verb meaning to exploit
17d Constantly repeated phrase about fine female artist is rubbish (4-4)
RIFF-RAFF: A short repeated phrase in popular music sits around the abbreviations for the three abbreviations for fine, female and artist, a member of The Royal Academy. Solving and parsing this clue is complicated by the fact that what surrounds the abbreviations is also the first word of the answer.
19d Puzzle in mag cracked after second of sessions (6)
ENIGMA: An anagram (cracked) of IN MAG follows the second letter of the word sessions
20d Focus, and this may follow 26, 25 (6)
CENTRE: The answers to 25ac 26 ac and 20d make a common phrase. The third word of this phrase means to focus on something
22d Inexperienced local inhabitant losing time (5)
NAÏVE: An indigenous person minus the letter T could be considered green
Top Line Quickie Pun: lapped+answer=lap dancer
Bottom Line Quickie Pun: terror+firmer=terra firma