Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29091
Hints and tips by a hungover Sancho Panza
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment **
Golly bongs this took some solving. The bottom half wrote itself in but the top half was a different kettle of fish altogether. Perhaps I was woolly headed after a boozy weekend and a late night visit to The Buck and Bell. (Marstons Pedigree). [You must have been. The ratings are from me and my assessment of this puzzle is rather different. BD] Never a good idea according to the all forgiving Saint Sharon. Reviewing the clues makes them all seem so obvious. Oh dear!
A late start to the day won’t hurt will it? Anyways up this is a corker of a puzzle. Most enjoyable throughout. We have double bubble quickie puns to add to the Monday magic. Saint Sharon has gone to wreak havoc at our unwanted new house which I am slowly warming to and I am entertaining our neighbours with a very loud live Tom Waits concert from 2013. Bliss. That was a top ten concert. Here it is. Enjoy
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1a Model from quiet Spanish region (7)
PARAGON: The musical notation for quiet is followed by a landlocked region of northern Spain. Presumably where one of Henry the Eighth’s wives came from. I’ve always thought she was from France. That’s what poor schooling does for you.
5a Fortitude of saint, a man I flogged (7)
STAMINA: A Lego clue or a charade. Do as the clue says in the order it says it. A Saint followed by A from the clue followed by an anagram (flogged) of MAN I
9a Minor complaint from five in constant trouble (5)
CAVIL: What sort of a word is this? The only immediate help from the clue was the letter V for five. Ah well, soldier on as my dear old mum would have said. I suppose the abbreviation for Constant and a verb meaning to trouble or afflict surround the Roman numeral for five.
10a Clear leader in variety show (9)
VINDICATE: The leader or initial letter of the word variety is followed by a synonym of the word show.
11a Poet‘s line about good companion (10)
LONGFELLOW: We are looking for a poet here. Begin with the abbreviation for line. Add a two-letter word meaning about. Add the abbreviation for good then add a companion, friend, crony, comrade, partner, associate, co-worker, colleague, intimate, familiar, confidant, playmate, classmate, schoolmate, workmate, chum buddy, bosom pal, sidekick, crony, mucker, oppo or china.
The Children’s hour
Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day’s occupations,
That is known as the Children’s Hour.
I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.
From my study I see in the lamplight,
Descending the broad hall stair,
Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,
And Edith with golden hair.
A whisper, and then a silence:
Yet I know by their merry eyes
They are plotting and planning together
To take me by surprise.
A sudden rush from the stairway,
A sudden raid from the hall!
By three doors left unguarded
They enter my castle wall!
They climb up into my turret
O’er the arms and back of my chair;
If I try to escape, they surround me;
They seem to be everywhere.
They almost devour me with kisses,
Their arms about me entwine,
Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen
In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!
Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti,
Because you have scaled the wall,
Such an old mustache as I am
Is not a match for you all!
I have you fast in my fortress,
And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.
And there will I keep you forever,
Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
And moulder in dust away!
12a Good-natured family departs (4)
KIND: A word meaning family and relations is followed by the initial letter of departs. Is this an acceptable abbreviation listed in the BRB? [Yes – because it is used, along with ARR, in timetables. BD]
14a Diehard on the way, carrying information (12)
INTRANSIGENT: Two words 2,7 meaning goods actually on their journey from one place to another are interrupted by a three-letter word meaning information. This answer was bunged in as suggested by the checkers and the clue parsed in reverse.
18a Memorable event, revolutionary character meeting Democrat, extremely angry (3-6,3)
RED-LETTER DAY: I initially thought what a wordy clue. However it is only eight words in total. Eight long words comprising hundreds of letters. I’m sure RayT has never used this many letters in a single clue. Another bung in solved by the definition the enumeration and the first letter. Now to parse the little devil. Our usual revolutionary (Not Che. The Russian revolutionary with snow on his boots) is followed by what a character is in the alphabet. The abbreviation for democrat follows and the first and last letter (extremely) of angry finishes the job off.
21a Boast made by head of chorus line (4)
CROW: The initial letter (head of) of the word Chorus is followed by a synonym of the word line which is where you put all of the ducks in meetings.
22a In which only brothers and sisters are employed? (6,4)
CLOSED SHOP: This is an all in one clue which describes a place of work where all employees must belong to an agreed trade union, the members of which are referred to as brothers and sisters
25a A trendy wife included in bold idea (9)
BRAINWAVE: The A from the clue, a two-letter word meaning trendy and the abbreviation for wife sit inside a word meaning bold or daring.
26a Inferior to a French wine knocked back (5)
UNDER: The French word for a is followed by the reversal of a type of wine. Don’t you just love it when the only wine choices are red or white and large or small. Personally I rarely touch the stuff.
27a Hospital room: treat poorly ambassador inside (7)
THEATRE: An ambassador is His Excellency. The initials thereof sit inside an anagram (poorly) of TREAT
28a PM going round a botanic gardens site in advance (4,3)
MAKE WAY: I’m not allowed to make political statements so I won’t. The surname of our present Prime Minister (but not for long thankfully) surrounds the letter A from the clue and the name of the Royal Botanic Gardens in London which is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. An internationally important botanical research and education institution that employs 723 staff.
1d Troublesome child’s tricky situation (6)
PICKLE: I assume this is a double definition as I cannot see any relevant wordplay. I understand the tricky situation but not the troublesome child. Those of you with a BRB might enlighten me. [ BD]
2d Enthuse about one northern canyon (6)
RAVINE: The letter that looks like the number one and the abbreviation for North sit inside a word meaning to speak about something with great enthusiasm or admiration
3d Screen villain, red-headed, imprisoning elderly female (10)
GOLDFINGER: A word that describes someone with red hair surrounds a word meaning elderly and the abbreviation for female. The screen villain appears in a James Bond film. I have never seen a James Bond film and never will.
4d Original book (5)
NOVEL: A double definition. Nothing more to add.
5d Newspaper proprietor checking daughter’s drink (9)
SUNDOWNER: The name of a supposed newspaper and a synonym for a proprietor sit around the abbreviation for daughter
6d Song from star I applauded (4)
ARIA: An included or hidden word. The answer lies within the words of the clue. The single word from suggests so.
7d Thought of a US soldier wearing denim pants (8)
IMAGINED: The letter A from the clue together with our regular American soldier sit inside an anagram (pants) of DENIM
8d Yarn about party held by a teen in trouble (8)
ANECDOTE: The abbreviation for about (circa) and a two-letter word meaning a party are surrounded by an anagram (in trouble) of A TEEN
13d Cosmetic surgery, inconclusive as to outcome (3,3,4)
NIP AND TUCK: A double definition the second describes a contest so close that the outcome cannot be easily determined.
15d Fight back at atelier resolved (9)
RETALIATE: Anagram (resolved) of AT ATELIER. I rarely criticise setters but this clue really has an awful surface read
16d Critical remark made by stalwart over club (8)
BRICKBAT: An informal and dated noun describing a generous reliable and helpful person is followed by the sort of club used by a cricketer
17d Notice case I’ve left with European lawyer? (8)
ADVOCATE: An abbreviated notice or advertisement and the abbreviation for European surround an adjective relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in Latin and other languages, used in addressing or invoking a person or thing minus its last three letters (I’ve). This was bunged in by me as so many were today. The notice and the European are mine. The bit in the middle belongs to CrypticSue. Thank you, Sue.
19d Follow notice in exhibition (6)
SHADOW: The shortened form of an advertisement (notice, again!) sits inside what an exhibition is.
20d Like athletes left in middle of Betws-y-Coed? (6)
SPORTY: The nautical term for left sits nicely inside the central two letters of Betws-y-Coed
23d Power of second crew (5)
STEAM: The abbreviation for second is followed by a crew or a group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport.
24d Shore bird in difficulty (4)
KNOT: A double definition, the second being a tangle
Top Line: wear+how+zing=warehousing
Bottom Line: crew+see+bull=crucible