Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29121
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It’s only a crossword. What more can be said? Well Big Dave noticed this. Take a look at the letters that form the top and bottom rows of the cryptic puzzle and then have a look at The Quickie Pun.
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7a Mud, it’s spread across a sports ground (7)
STADIUM: Spread an anagram (spread) of MUD IT’S around the letter A from the clue. In Coventry we have one of these. The Ricoh. Named after the great Rico Rodriguez, the trombonist from Coventry’s very own group The Specials.
8a New cure must contain trouble in country (7)
ECUADOR: Crosswordland’s very own word for trouble (stolen from the title of Shakespeare’s play set in Messina) is surrounded by an anagram (new) of CURE
10a Following party, ring petite Cockney flower girl (9)
DOOLITTLE: Begin the word for a party favoured by crossword setters. Add the letter that looks like a ring or circle. Add the English translation of the French word petite. You should now have the surname of Eliza
11a Clash with large family, foremost in Glasgow (5)
CLANG: Use a word denoting a large family (especially a large Scottish family) Add the initial or foremost letter of the word Glasgow
12a Indicate lack of interest in Welsh rugby (5)
SHRUG: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. The small word in indicates this. When all else fails look for a lurker
13a At end of flight, he and I in Paris examine returning A-listers? (3,3,3)
THE JET SET: A four part charade. 1. Use the final letter of the word flight. 2. Use the word HE form the clue. 3. Use the French word for I. 4 Use the reverse (returning) of a verb meaning to examine
15a Los Angeles, less than clean (7)
LAUNDER: The initial letters of Los Angeles are followed by a word meaning less than or beneath
17a Punishment in Cornish town not unknown (7)
PENANCE: Find yourself a Cornish Town. The one that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote an opera about will do. Remove the mathematical symbol for an unknown number as used in algebraic formulas
18a Club official, person highly prized at close of year (9)
TREASURER: This person who is highly prized might be one such as Alan Bennet, Jonny Wilkinson or The Queen. They are known as national ********. Add the final letter of the word year
20a Only about five crack (5)
SOLVE: Place a word meaning only around the Roman numeral for the number five
21a Completely at home with everyone (2,3)
IN ALL: A two-letter word meaning at home is followed by a three-letter word meaning everyone
23a Less important matter in fringe publication (4,5)
SIDE ISSUE: A word synonymous with fringe is followed by a word meaning a publication such as a newspaper. The first word here will be repeated later so keep it in mind
24a Mouth complaint, being briefly sick after thick soup (7)
GUMBOIL: Begin with what in Cajun cooking is a spicy chicken or seafood soup thickened typically with okra or rice. Add two thirds of a word meaning poorly
25a Regular payment in post, including gratuity (7)
STIPEND: welcome back to a crossword favourite of yesteryear. A word meaning a gratuity (as paid to a waiter or waitress at the end of a meal) sits inside a word meaning to post or forward something.
1d Stick with French red somewhere in Louisiana (5,5)
BATON ROUGE: The sort of stick used by the conductor of an orchestra is followed by the French word for red
2d Up in old part of Yorkshire (6)
RIDING: Yorkshire was divided into three such parts which are also the words used to describe somebody astride a horse
3d I take off from island with German ace, going over to Rome initially (8)
IMITATOR: A five part charade. Follow the instructions and all will be well. 1. Begin with the abbreviation of island. 2. Add the German word meaning with. 3. Add the abbreviation for ace. 4. Add the word TO from the clue. 5. Add the initial letter of the word Rome.
4d Take out permit to enter Scottish river (6)
DELETE: Place a three-letter word meaning to allow inside the Scottish river that rises in The Cairngorms and meets the sea at Aberdeen
5d Meal in Spanish city entertaining group of people, not British (8)
LUNCHEON: The Spanish city which sits on The Bernesga River includes a word meaning a group of people (or grapes or bananas) minus the abbreviation for British
6d Woman protected by assumed name (4)
EDNA: This woman (famous for her inebriate state) sits nicely within the words of the clue as indicated by the words protected by
7d Extremely amusing team parting company (4-9)
SIDE-SPLITTING: A word describing a team is followed by a word meaning parting company.
9d Bishop, yes, and king, always on edge (5,8)
RIGHT REVEREND: The title given to a bishop especially in the Anglican Church can be formed by beginning with a word used to mean yes or OK. This is followed by the
chess notation Latin abbreviation for a king. This is followed by a word meaning always and then a word meaning an edge or limit of something
14d What might be worn by star having drinks? (10)
SUNGLASSES: The star here is the one at the centre of our solar system. It is followed by a word that could be considered synonymous with drinks or more so the containers of said drinks.
16d Diana broadcast about total ban (8)
DISALLOW: The abbreviation of the name Diana is followed by a word meaning broadcast (especially of seeds) which contains a word meaning the total.
17d Bliss is being included in pageant (8)
PARADISE: The word IS sits nicely inside another word for a pageant
19d Whisper result, wrongly (6)
RUSTLE: Anagram (wrongly) of RESULT
20d Strong drink for courage (6)
SPIRIT: A double definition. The drink here is alcoholic
22d Money given to the poor members, reportedly (4)
ALMS: These members are limbs. The word reportedly suggests a homophone.
Top line: bridle+sweets=bridal suites Now have a look at the letters that form the top and bottom rows of the cryptic puzzle. Clever stuff.
Bottom line: rapier+sentry. Not this week folks. Try again next week.
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