Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29138
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This puzzle was published on 28th August 2019
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! A fairly regular Saturday Puzzle whih was a quick solve and not quite a pangram.
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1a One slaying behemoth finally in land of dragons and scary monsters (6,6)
KILLER WHALES – A KILLER is one slaying, then add the final letter of (behemoth)H into WALES – the land of dragons.
8a As the French say, one leap can make you free (7)
UNBOUND -UN for ‘one’ as a Frenchman might say it and then BOUND for leap.
9a Personal extension often given a ring that is put through or hangs on (7)
EARLOBE – A cryptic definition of a part of the body that can be piered to but a ring through or hang one from.
11a Articles in English and German keeping tabloid newspaper in pieces (7)
ASUNDER – The English and German articles ar A and DER. Place the SUN tabloid in between (they are keeping).
12a Lopsided grin lad gives beloved (7)
DARLING – A lopsided anagram of LAD GRIN.
13a Feeling faint, sleep comically interrupts home repairs (5)
DIZZY – Place ZZ (a comical way of showing one is asleep) inside DIY for home repairs.
14a Organised newsroom split by a group having a row (9)
OARSWOMEN – An anagram (organised) of NEWSROOM including (split by) A from the clue.
16a Henry Marsh welcomes parking beside US city — little money is needed (9)
HALFPENNY – Hal for Harry then P inside/welcomed by a FEN/marsh and finally NY for a US city.
19a Reporter’s style cut (5)
MOWED – A homophone (for a reporter/someone speaking) of MODE for style.
21a Legendary creature in college — something afoot! (7)
UNICORN – A UNI(versity) or college followed by a CORN that might be found on the foot.
23a Extract from mineral ore Leicester woman found on rocks (7)
LORELEI – A hidden word (an extract from) minera L ORE LEI cester.
24a Was fashionable tailor’s outer coat finished? (7)
TRENDED – The outer letters (coat) of T(ailo)R followed by ENDED for finished
25a Drip fermented a keg ale (7)
LEAKAGE – A fermented anagram of A KEG ALE.
26a Exercise? Right kind should be easy to follow (4-8)
USER-FRIENDLY – USE for exercise (as a verb) then R(ight) followed by FRIENDLY for kind.
1d One promotes growth in the Middle East (7)
KIBBUTZ – A cryptic definition of a communal farm (that promotes growth) in Israel.
2d Professional restorers clean up nude, Roy missing odd bits (7)
LAUNDRY – remove the odd letters/bits from cLeAn Up NuDe RoY.
3d Dishevelled, I wondered what comes over me at night? (9)
EIDERDOWN – An anagram, indicated by dishevelled, of I WONDERED.
4d Like a weed — just put energy in to make it flourish (5)
WIELD – A weed is a WILD plant. Insert E for Energy.
5d Raw rice to be cooked for jumbo’s handlers? (7)
AIRCREW – A cooked anagram of RAW RICE.
6d Pride, I’ve got — I smile to cover it up (7)
EGOTISM – A hidden word (covered up by) I’v E GOT I SM ile.
7d Hack with press making argument from both sides (3,3,6)
CUT AND THRUST – CUT/hack AND/with THRUST/press.
10d Rail traveller with no ticket who gets in first (6,6)
ENGINE DRIVER – A cryptic definition of the man who sits up front/first and doesn’t need to pay a fare on the train.
15d Shade‘s down with prince maybe coming over (5,4)
ROYAL BLUE – BLUE for down with a ROYAL (e.g. prince) first (coming over) in a down clue.
17d Signs of hesitation after one in bunch dilly-dallies (7)
LOITERS – ERS for signs of hesitation after I for one inside a LOT or bunch.
18d Place stranger finds tortoise? (7)
PLODDER – Pl. for Place and then ODDER for stranger.
19d Woman, originally, mariners admire at sea (7)
MERMAID – The original letter in M(ariners) and then an anagram (at sea) of ADMIRE. My favourite clue this week.
20d Wife all over infant with no top or jumper (7)
WALLABY – W for Wife and ALL over a (b)ABY or infant with the top removed.
22d All-time low turnover of desperate man tailed by Inland Revenue (5)
NADIR – A reversal/turnover of Desperate DAN followed by IR for the Inland Revenue.