Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29106
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from an extremely hot Vega Baja where summer is in full spate. At least it’s not quite as hot now as it was during the recent much-publicised European heatwave. It got to 39°C here last Sunday but today it’s back to a more manageable 31°C with less humidity. Anyway, to the puzzle – this one just has to be a RayT production as all his hallmarks are there including some rather overstretched synonyms, lurkers, first letter clue and, of course, an appearance by HRH. I thought it was a bit tricky but I liked it quite a lot but I bet a lot of you will disagree as is usual on a Thursday. Over to you for comments . . .
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 Beefy thing taking run, naked run (6)
STREAK: Take a piece of beef, that you might have with chips, and insert (taking) an R(un) to get a word for a run without clothes. Remember Erika Roe at Twickenham in 1982? I think that might have been the first televised naked run.
5a China is origin of classical garden feature (8)
CROCKERY: Start with a C (origin of Classical) and follow with a part of the garden where you might grow Alpines for example.
9a Need to come across can showing self-control (10)
ABSTINENCE: Take another word for a can and around it (to come across) put a word meaning need or lack.
10a Follows pointers? (4)
DOGS: I don’t think this counts as a double definition. The answer is a word meaning follows and it’s also what pointers might be an example of, indicated by the ? at the end.
11a Trick underground worker acquiring European boss (8)
DOMINEER: This is boss as a verb. A word meaning to trick or con followed by a person who works underground with an E(uropean) inserted (acquiring).
12a Indifferent about a city in America American backed (6)
CASUAL: Two letters for about and then you need a reversal (backed) of a two letter American city and two letters meaning American. Hope that made sense. It’s a bit complicated for a six letter answer!
13a Insect that’s loud by meadow (4)
FLEA: The musical loud followed by a poetic word for a meadow.
15a Second time around alternatively fight in future (8)
TOMORROW: Listen very carefully . . . You need a two letter word for a second, as in short period of time, and a T (Time). Reverse them (around) and then follow with a two letter word indicating an alternative and finish with a fight or argument.
18a China facing retreat over data (8)
MATERIAL: What china is in rhyming slang followed by a reversal (over) of a retreat or den. Not sure the answer really is data, a bit of thesauritis methinks.
21a Complaint from wife having turn (6)
WHINGE: Start with a W for wife and then a word for something that has to do with turning, on a door perhaps.
23a Ringing, ringing Republican being offensive (8)
TROLLING: A word for ringing, think bells, placed around an R(epublican) gives a word for being offensive on the internet.
25a Heads of big old organisations mainly flourish (4)
BOOM: First letters (heads of) the next four words.
26a Sorry adult sensitive about record (10)
APOLOGETIC: Start with A(dult) and then a word which might mean sensitive, but more likely something to do with odes and sonnets, and put that lot around (about) a common crosswordland word for a record.
27a Hands start to shake for no reason (8)
NEEDLESS: On a clock they are usually referred to as hands but on other dials such as a speedometer they are called . . . ? Some of these followed by an S (start to Shake). Personally I think this is a severe case of the dreaded thesauritis.
28a Execute the rustler employing rope (6)
TETHER: This rope is lurking in ( employing) the first three words.
2d Prohibition also involves sailor (5)
TABOO: A word for also or as well with an Able Seaman inserted (involves).
3d In charge during further time before English rescue (9)
EXTRICATE: Start with a word for further or more and insert (during) the usual two letter for in charge. Then you’ll need a T(ime) and an E(nglish) to get to the answer.
4d More benevolent Queen upholding class (6)
KINDER: The usual two letter for Her Majesty are following (upholding in a down clue) a word meaning class or type.
5d Sort out Anglican in reformation giving praise (15)
CONGRATULATIONS: Anagram (in reformation) of SORT OUT ANGLICAN
6d Discover comedian embodies best and worst (8)
OVERCOME: The answer is lurking in (embodies) the first two words. Isn’t English a wonderful language where best and worst can be complete opposites or mean exactly the same thing.
7d Glory in playing Sudoku endlessly (5)
KUDOS: Anagram (playing) of SUDOKU but without the last U (endlessly).
8d Fix part accommodating old lady’s performance (9)
RIGMAROLE: A word for fix, as in fixing a boxing match perhaps, and a part in a film with the usual two letters for your old lady inserted (accommodating).
14d Large profanity, thus this compiler’s disgusting! (9)
LOATHSOME: A charade of L(arge), a profanity or perhaps even a promise, another word for thus and lastly how the compiler may refer to himself.
16d To get flexible tries line dancing (9)
RESILIENT: Anagram (dancing) of TRIES LINE.
17d Cultured student? Say it again! (8)
LITERATE: The usual student letter followed by a word meaning say again or repeat.
20d Company angry about opening of rival company (6)
COHORT: Start with the usual company and then a word which can mean angry and insert an R (opening of Rival) to get another company, of soldiers perhaps.
24d Innocent one protected in centre of church (5)
NAIVE: The letter that looks like a number 1 inserted into (protected in) the bit that’s in the middle of a church.
A fair bit of blue again but my favourite has to be 6d for its use of two opposites for the same definition.
Apologies for the music clips but some things I find hard to resist
Quick crossword pun: GRANTS + HERO = GROUND ZERO