Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29094
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment *****
Hola from a warm and sunny Los Alcázares. Our last clients went home early Tuesday morning and the next ones don’t arrive until this evening so pommette and I get a to have three day holiday. The only problem being that it’s been windy enough to blow a dog off its chain. As to the crossword I’m certain it’s a RayT production and one I don’t think you’ll have too much trouble with. There’s a few gimmes and some anagrams to give a good start but watch out for some quite clever bits of misdirection. I really enjoyed it and thought it the best RayT for some time so have given it a fifth star. However it might just be that I’m in an exceedingly good mood ‘cos I’m on hols.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Brainwash idiot in trance stupidly ignoring one (12)
INDOCTRINATE: Anagram (stupidly) of IDIOT IN TRANCE but without one of the I’s (ignoring one). A fairly straightforward one to start.
9a Banker in more elegant clothes? (9)
FINANCIER: You need to take the IN from the clue and around it (clothes) put a word meaning more elegant or more ornate. For once the banker isn’t a river but a real money man.
10a Ceasefire reportedly leads to scrap (5)
PIECE: This will become clear when you realize this scrap has nothing to do with fighting, it’s a small bit of something. So, another word for ceasefire sounds like (reportedly) the small bit.
11a Pressure from smear surrounding Republican (6)
STRAIN: Another word for a smear or mark around an R(epublican).
12a Student deserving education (8)
LEARNING: L for student followed by a word meaning deserving or meriting. A bit of a chestnut perhaps but an elegant clue.
13a Head of state worried and anxious (6)
SCARED: Head os State is an S so follow it with a word meaning to have worried about something.
15a Undermine engagement taking pressure for stone (8)
SAPPHIRE: Start with a ord meaning to undermine or drain (3) and follow with a type of engagement, of a Car perhaps on your hols, and insert P(ressure) to get a precious stone.
18a Conservative helping to describe European establishment (8)
CREATION: C(onservative) followed by a helping or allowance put around E(uropean) gives a word meaning the establishment of something.
19a Principally member of nation Genghis originally led (6)
MONGOL: First letters (principally) of the other six words.
21a In truth, lesson’s getting hard (8)
RUTHLESS: A lurker lurking in (in) the second and third words.
23a Smooth member facing action on a regular basis (6)
LEGATO: A musical term for smooth. It’s a member in your lower body followed by the alternate letters (on a regular basis) from AcTiOn.
26a A lawsuit cut short in courts (5)
ATRIA: These courts have nothing to do with what’s going on this week in SW19 but were the main open courts of Roman houses. You also find them nowadays in hotels and shopping malls. Take the A from the clue and follow with a lawsuit or court case without its last letter (cut short).
27a Anticipation of cheers in woods with sweetheart (9)
FORETASTE: The usual two letter word for cheers as in thankyou inserted into a very large woods followed by the middle letter of sweet (sweet heart).
28a Guts admitting strangely generic aggression (12)
BELLIGERENCY: Take another word for your guts or stomach and insert (admitting) an anagram (strangely) of GENERIC.
1d Hip trouble absorbing electronic implants (7)
INFUSES: This one has nothing to do with Mr Murray’s problems. It’s a word for hip as in fashionable followed by a word for trouble or ado with E(lectronic) inserted (absorbing).
3d Seasoning is minced, not ground (9)
CONDIMENT: Anagram (ground) of MINCED NOT.
4d Topless undergarment on girl lifted bust (4)
RAID: The bust here is not the girl’s chest but a bust by the police. You need the undergarment associated with the girls bust and remove the first letter (topless) and then a reversal (lifted in a down clue) of a shortened girl’s name (think Princess).
5d Rising reputation’s right concerning Viking (8)
NORSEMAN: Take a word which can mean reputation, the ‘s from the clue, an R(ight) and finally a word meaning concerning or about. The you have to reverse the lot (rising in a down clue).
6d One might record hit with Queen (5)
TAPER: A word meaning to hit lightly followed by the usual two letters for Her Majesty. Any excuse – here’s one from Queen . . .
7d Going to bed, shrinking (8)
RETIRING: Double definition. Shrinking as in a shrinking violet. Where does that phrase come from I wonder?
8d Struggle to swallow poultry product? One would! (6)
VEGGIE: Start with a product laid by poultry and around it (to swallow) put word meaning to struggle or compete. The answer certainly would have a struggle to swallow the poultry product.
16d Annoyance about rubbish over Queen objector (9)
PROTESTER: An annoyance placed around a word for rubbish and finally the Queen again. I had to check whether the penultimate letter was E or O. If an O the clue still works because the O would come from Over with just an R for Queen.
17d Cocky hum before fault’s resolved (8)
BOASTFUL: The sort of hum someone has when they haven’t bathed for some time followed by an anagram (resolved) of FAULT.
18d Erotic passage involving Romeo (6)
CARNAL: A passage, there’s one for ships between Liverpool and Manchester, with R(omeo) inserted (involving).
20d Facilities really missing odd characters, generally (7)
LOOSELY: Some facilities where you can relieve yourself followed by alternate letters (missing odd characters) from rEaLlY
22d Rent large facility (5)
LEASE: L(arge) followed by a word for facility as in not difficult rather than the facility in the last clue.
24d Crime that sounds like larceny, avoiding extremes (5)
ARSON: Take the L and Y away from larceny (avoiding extremes) and what’s left, if pronounced, sounds like a crime.
25d Dress up to show off (4)
BRAG: A word for dress as in clothes reversed (up in a down clue).
My favourite puzzle for some time so very difficult to pick out a single clue. If pushed I would have to go for 21a or 19a but it’s not really fair
Quick crossword pun : SPAY + SAGE = SPACE AGE