Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29101
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Devon, where I’m supposed to be playing croquet this week, but a bad knee has consigned me to the sidelines. No pictures this week, I’m afraid.
I found today’s Giovanni pretty tricky, especially in the top half, and I still don’t understand 6a fully.
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1a Ranges of instruments used by travellers (9)
COMPASSES – Double definition: ranges of abilities or skills; or something to help travellers know which direction they are heading.
6a Star-led group — but not in the East! (5)
POSSE – I think this is an all-in-one clue describing a group of people in a Western film, usually led by the sheriff in pursuit of the bad guys – any better ideas welcome.
9a Occupied, having good time in consequence (7)
ENGAGED – Good and a period of time inserted into a consequence or result.
10a Cruise nan organised? She may need this to travel (9)
INSURANCE – Anagram (organised) of CRUISE NAN.
11a Everyone enters exam — I’m head and shoulders above the rest? (7)
TALLEST – A sort of exam wrapped around a word for ‘everyone’.
12a Boxer gets cash, we hear? It’s a financial settlement (7)
ALIMONY – The surname of a famous boxer of the past, followed by a homophone (we hear) of another word for ‘cash’.
13a This land’s danger — corrupting our acceptable means of communication (8,7)
STANDARD ENGLISH – Anagram (corrupting) of THIS LAND’S DANGER.
18a Orders cider, getting sloshed — reverse of good man? (7)
DIRECTS – Anagram (getting sloshed) of CIDER followed by the reverse of the short form of the title given to a good or holy person.
20a Ivy? Teacher’s pet, little hesitation! (7)
CREEPER – A derogatory term for a teacher’s pet or someone who sucks up to authority, followed by a short word expressing a hesitation.
22a Try to stop an idiot, almost do one’s head in (2,7)
GO BANANAS – Put together a try or attempt, a verb meaning ‘stop’ or ‘forbid’, AN (from the clue), and another word for an idiot with its last letter removed (almost).
23a Vanessa? Exceptional sort, wonderful musician (7)
MAESTRO – The second name of the violinist called Vanessa, followed by an anagram (exceptional) of SORT.
24a Put off, animal jumps over fence initially (5)
DEFER – Some wild animals wrapped around the first letter of Fence.
25a Took over from predecessor and made one’s mark? (9)
SUCCEEDED – Straightforward double definition.
1d Lynx maybe is eating yellow fruit but not on plant (8)
CLEMATIS – Put together the sort of creature of which the lynx is an example and IS (from the clue). Remove the ON (not on) from a yellow fruit, and insert the remainder into the result of the first action.
2d See animal go swinging in tree (8)
MAGNOLIA – Anagram (swinging) of ANIMAL GO.
3d Pattern of Plymouth team (6)
ARGYLE – Double definition: a fancy pattern used for socks or sweaters; or the name of a soccer team which plays in Plymouth.
4d Person perverted and unhappy is caught finally (6)
SADIST – Put together ‘unhappy’, IS (from the clue), and the last letter (finally) of caughT.
5d Main contribution to art gallery? (8)
SEASCAPE – The main here is another word for the ocean, and the answer is the sort of picture of the ocean which may be found in an art gallery.
6d Loud activity in beauty parlour? (8)
PIERCING – Double definition: an adjective for loud often applied to a cry or scream; or something which may be done in a beauty parlour to enable someone to wear earrings or other adornments.
7d Strong drink gets some bursting, obviously (6)
STINGO – Hidden in the clue.
8d A spot of tea in weird restaurant (6)
EATERY – A (from the clue) and the first letter of Tea placed inside a word for ‘weird’.
14d Keeper of wine starts to drink excessively and lope gently along (8)
DECANTER – Put together the first letters (starts) of Drink and Excessively, then add a pace faster than a trot, but slower than a gallop.
15d Lack of caution? Academy head should keep quiet! (8)
RASHNESS – The initials of the art institution known as the Academy, and a promontory or headland, placed either side of a brief command to be quiet.
16d This writer’s given drink editor brought from overseas (8)
IMPORTED – Put together a short way of saying ‘this writer is’, an alcoholic drink from the Douro region of Portugal, and an abbreviation for editor.
17d See this place with stream across road (8)
HEREFORD – This is an ecclesiastical see in the West of England. Put together another word for ‘this place’, and a word for the sort of crossing where a road goes through a stream.
18d Trailed behind, being determined (6)
DOGGED – Double definition, the first having one syllable, the second two.
19d Polish once again given snub? (6)
REBUFF – Start with another word for ‘polish’ or ‘shine’, then add the prefix for ‘again’.
20d Huge kids’ publication — son is absorbed (6)
COSMIC – Insert the abbreviation for Son into the word for a weekly publication aimed at children, and you get an adjective relating to the universe as a whole.
21d Man providing a union with information before end of strike (6)
EUGENE – Put together the initials of a political union the UK is supposed to be leaving, an informal word for ‘information’, and the last letter of strikE.
The Quick Crossword pun JUNO + WATT = D’YOU KNOW WHAT?