Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29079
Hints and tips by the homeless Quasimodo
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
It’s back to normal here in Downtown LI where we have had an Open Gardens weekend. The whole village was inundated with visitors and the event ran smoothly.
Today’s puzzle went together quite easily with the last few slotting in as the only words that matched the checking letters. Nothing too weird and quite an enjoyable solve.
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 French mediator causes noisy quarrel (6)
FRACAS: The abbreviation for French is followed by the abbreviation for The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
4a Uninformed, I admit, about small number (8)
IGNORANT: Begin with the letter I from the clue. Find a word which means allow as in to agree that something is true. Once found the word can be split and placed around the abbreviation (small) of number
9a Former model in show (6)
EXPOSE: Begin with our regular two-lettered former partner or lover. Add a verb meaning to sit or model.
10a Tape of extraordinary test case (8)
CASSETTE: Anagram (extraordinary) of TEST CASE
11a Appalling, the French journal (9)
CHRONICLE: A word synonymous with appalling is followed by the French translation of “the”
13a Greek character‘s record covered by Norwegian band (5)
ALPHA: If we go way back in time (37 years) and cross the sea to Norway we may discover that Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, Magne Furuholmen and Morten Harket, have just formed a band. The name of this band can be wrapped around the abbreviation for the long-playing records that they made. If you want to see this ageing band, they are playing The Royal Albert Hall on Bonfire Night but the gig has sold out. Somebody loves them
14a Behind bars having committed swindle, judge being uncharitable (13)
INCONSIDERATE: A word meaning behind bars or in prison contains (having committed) a word meaning to swindle. This is followed by a word meaning to judge.
17a Royal residence listed crown as lost (7,6)
WINDSOR CASTLE: Anagram (lost) of LISTED CROWN AS
21a Left donkey attached to old rope (5)
LASSO: The abbreviation for left is followed by an alternative name for a donkey which is then followed by the abbreviation for old
23a We, with initial manoeuvring, remain hidden while preparing to attack (3,2,4)
LIE IN WAIT: Anagram (manoeuvring) of WE and INITIAL
24a Former Soviet, say, backing one probing agency (8)
GEORGIAN: The reversal (bcking) of the Latin Abbreviation for say is followed by I (one) inside an agency
25a Editorial guide (6)
LEADER: A double definition. The first being the main article of the day, written by an editor
26a Make dive the American way (8)
TURNPIKE: To make something using a lathe. A type of dive where there is a bend at the hips but no knee flexion. In the tuck position, both hips and knees are flexed, and the body resembles a ball.
27a Well-built bouncer finally included in investigation (6)
STURDY: The final letter of the word bouncer is placed within a word meaning to investigate in detail
1d Charge way over the odds for woollen coat (6)
FLEECE: A double definition. The second being the woollen coat of a sheep
2d Malicious remark made by a small individual crossing island (9)
ASPERSION: we have four parts to this clue. 1. A. Given by the setter. 2. The abbreviation for small. 3. An individual human being. This individual human being surrounds the letter clued at No 4. 4. The abbreviation for island.
3d As in medicines raved over (7)
ARSENIC: The word in hints at a lurker. The word over suggests that said lurker is reversed. As is the chemical symbol for the answer
5d Sculpted idol found in tomb — curious enigma (6,5)
GRAVEN IMAGE: An anagram (curious) of ENIGMA sits inside a synonym of the word tomb
6d Performing male only seen inside one (2,5)
ON STAGE: This male (deer or groom-in-waiting) sits nicely inside the word ONE
7d Behave badly in performance at university (3,2)
ACT UP: The first word here is a performance or show. This is followed by an old-fashioned way of saying someone is at university
8d Generate changes in youth, perhaps (8)
TEENAGER: Anagram (changes) of GENERATE
12d Principal to leave car in public place in Manhattan (7,4)
CENTRAL PARK: A word meaning at the heart of the matter is followed by a verb meaning to leave your car somewhere. In this case in Manhattan whilst you wander around Strawberry Fields.
15d Boy band’s leader on record (9)
ALEXANDER: This boy features as the leader of a ragtime band in Irving Berlin’s first hit of 1911
16d Mean to eat with the Italian towards the end of the day? (8)
TWILIGHT: begin with a word meaning stingy or miserly (mean) this word wraps around (eats) the abbreviation for with and the Italian word for the
18d Caretaker getting wind up over omission (7)
STOPGAP: A word meaning wind up or cease (trading) sits over a word meaning an omission, space or break in continuity
19d Touching time with rep around noon (7)
TANGENT: The abbreviation for time is followed by a representative which sits around the abbreviation for noon
20d Tempestuous tale involving maiden (6)
STORMY: A word meaning a tale sits around the abbreviation for maiden
22d Beginning to skid on inadequate track (5)
SPOOR: This animal track can be found by using the initial letter of skid followed by a word meaning inadequate or inferior in quality
Top Line – corps+wrecked=correct
Bottom line – wringer+belle=ring a bell