Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29133
Hints and tips by Winnie The Pooh
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ** (by BD)
Good morning from The Hundred Acre Wood. Piglet and I enjoyed this puzzle which produced smiles and groans along the way. How strange to begin at the end. We both agree that it is only a crossword puzzle, a pastime, a mere bagatelle, a fleeting moment in life that will be soon forgotten.
And so it was when Eeyore came along and told us that…….
……Diego Maradona had decided to come out of retirement and play for Coventry City, he went into the changing room to find all his teammates looking a bit glum.
“What’s up?” He asks.
“Well, we’re having trouble getting motivated for this game. We know it’s important but it’s only Villa. They’re crap and we can’t be bothered”.
Maradona looks at them and says “Well I know I’m a bit fat and old, but I reckon I can beat them by myself, you lads go down the pub.”
So Maradona goes out to play Villa by himself and the rest of the Sky Blues team go off for a few beers. After a few pints they wonder how the game is going, so they check with the BBC Sports app. A big cheer goes up as the screen shows
“Coventry 1 (Maradona 10 minutes) – Villa 0”
He is beating Villa all by himself! Anyway, a few more beers later and the game is forgotten until someone remembers It must be full time so they check again.
Coventry City 1 (Maradona 10 minutes) – Villa (A El Ghaazi 94 mins) 1
They can’t believe it, he has single -handedly got a draw against Villa! They rush back to the Stadium to congratulate him. They find him in the dressing room, still in his gear, sat with his head in his hands.
He refuses to look at them. “I’ve let the side down. I’ve let you down”
“Don’t be stupid Diego, you got a draw against Villa all by yourself. And they only scored at the very very end!”
Maradonna says “No, No, I have, I’ve let you all down! I got sent off after 12 minutes!”
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1a Deceptive impression given by female, one having received notice (6)
FACADE: The abbreviation for female and the playing card numbered one surround the abbreviation for an advert or notice.
4a Christian, perhaps one bringing about goodwill, ultimately (8)
FLETCHER: A bringer of things sits around the final letter of the word goodwill. The Christian here went on an ill-fated boat trip in 1787
10a Room in Greek region vacated by second American (5)
ATTIC: A region of Greece has the letter A twice. Remove the second A(merican)
11a Below, pass is shady (9)
UNDERHAND: A word meaning below is followed by a verb meaning to pass something from one person to another
12a Stylish member wearing neat pants (7)
ELEGANT: An anagram (pants) of NEAT sits around a member or limb
13a Sound surprised US painter’s not finished (7)
WHISTLE: Find an American painter. He painted his mum. Remove his last letter (not finished)
14a Post agreement (14)
CORRESPONDENCE: A double definition. If it doesn’t jumpoutatcha wait for some checkers
17a Flower looked at by girl after dark (5-4,5)
BLACK-EYED SUSAN: Place a word which means looked at before a girl’s name and after the colour of the night
21a Bring out one pound back in drive (7)
PUBLISH: Begin with the letter that looks like the number one. Add the avoirdupois abbreviation for a pound weight. Reverse these and insert them into a word meaning drive
23a China importing revolutionary weapon (7)
MACHETE: Insert our favourite Bolivian revolutionary into the Cockney rhyming slang word suggested by China plate
24a We, pairing off, in literary location (5,4)
WIGAN PIER: Anagram (Off) of WE PAIRING
25a Old region producing gas (5)
OZONE: Begin with the abbreviation for Old. Add a region or area
26a Guard, head of security, unusually lenient (8)
SENTINEL: An anagram (unusually) of LENIENT follows the initial letter (head of) of Security
27a Bother about religious instruction? I have a duty to (6)
PRIEST: A bother or nuisance sits around the school lesson abbreviation for religious instruction
1d Guys from US city, in fine company, dance (8)
FLAMENCO: Place some guys (males) after a US city known by its initials (it is America’s third most populous city) inside the abbreviation for fine and the abbreviation for company
2d Car halted, unexpectedly, leaving place of worship (9)
CATHEDRAL: Anagram (unexpectedly) of CAR HALTED.
3d Broadcast first from Devon, English county (7)
DECLARE: A county follows the first letters of the words Devon and English. Do not look for an English county. This one is in Ireland as our clever setter well knows. Nice misdirection matey boy.
5d Character in play reminded lawyer, foolishly (4,10)
LADY WINDERMERE: An anagram (foolishly) of REMINDED LAWYER will yield a character from a play. A quick glance at the letters making up the anagram might throw out the name MARY. The only characters called Mary that I can think of are Poppins and the little girl in the book The Secret Garden. So ditch that thought and think of a fan.
6d Word, Italian, third in thesaurus for ‘insect‘ (7)
TERMITE: a word or phrase used to describe a thing is followed by the abbreviation for Italian and the third letter of the word thesaurus
7d Runs in preliminary round, showing courage (5)
HEART: the word used to describe a preliminary round in a sporting contest has the cricketing abbreviation for runs scored included
8d More robust handling dinghy’s original steering device (6)
RUDDER: A word meaning more robust (usually referring to one’s health) has the initial letter of the word Dinghy (Dinghy’s original) inserted
9d Like some quiz questions, complex and well put (8,6)
MULTIPLE CHOICE: The definition gave this away. A word meaning complex, varied, made up of several parts is followed by a word meaning well put or of very good quality
A student statistician was sitting a such a test with the answer either A or B. He decided to flip a coin for the answers. The stats professor watched the student the entire two hours as he was flipping the coin…writing the answer…flipping the coin…writing the answer. At the end of the two hours, everyone else had left the final except for the one student.
The professor walks up to his desk and interrupts the student, saying: “Listen, I have seen that you did not study for this statistics test, you didn’t even open the exam. If you are just flipping a coin for your answer, what is taking you so long?”
The student replies bitterly, as he is still flipping the coin: “Shhh! I am checking my answers!”
15d Bag containing small part for dish (9)
CASSEROLE: A bag (for luggage) contains the abbreviation for small. This is followed by a part in a theatrical performance.
16d Concern about interrupting wearing trial (8)
INTEREST: Our regular term for about sits inside a two-letter word that suggests that you are wearing something and a word for a trial or exam
18d Greek character opposed to wine (7)
CHIANTI: The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet is followed by a word meaning opposed to or against
19d Help person who’s easily deceived, reportedly (7)
SUCCOUR: Find a term describing a gullible person (one easily led) now change the spelling but not the sound of the word to find a different word meaning to help.
20d Produces and hands round note after close of business (6)
SPAWNS: Place a word for your hands around the abbreviation for note and place what you have after the final letter of the word business
22d Start being silly (5)
BEGIN: Anagram (silly) of BEING
Top line: threw+bawl=through ball –