Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29161
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Good morning from South Staffs where there is a fine, sunny start to the day.
It’s Friday, so it’s another puzzle from Giovanni, with nothing too unfamiliar in the answers, and wordplay which gets you there if you need it.
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1a & 22 Down Sailor, a bod cavorting with Balinese dame (4-6,6)
ABLE-BODIED SEAMAN – Anagram (cavorting) of A BOD and BALINESE DAME.
6a Neighbour has a word suggesting doubt (4)
ABUT – The answer is a verb. Split it (1,3) and you get A (from the clue) and a conjunction suggesting doubt or opposition,
9a Like someone apportioning blame in a case? (10)
ACCUSATIVE – This is the grammatical case used for words which are the object of the main verb.
10a In Home Counties see bush with fruit (4)
SLOE – The geographical location of the Home Counties wrapped around a word meaning ‘See!’ or ‘Behold!’.
12a & 24a Boy, I rage — funny cartoon character (4,4)
YOGI BEAR – Anagram (funny) of BOY I RAGE.
13a Did a bunk or a bed containing second prisoner start to disintegrate? (9)
ABSCONDED – Put together Second, one of the usual crossword prisoners, and the first letter (start) of Disintegrate. Then wrap A BED (from the clue) around the result.
15a Ease with which yours truly gets entrance at back of US university (8)
MITIGATE – A three-letter acronym for a well-known American university, followed by another wat of saying ‘yours truly’ and an entrance to a field.
16a Sign of disgrace of character in dump with mother (6)
STIGMA – The character who lived in a dump in the children’s novel by Clive King, followed by a short word for ‘mother’.
18a Man of darkness, according to report (6)
KNIGHT – A man on the chessboard who sounds like (according to report) a period of darkness.
20a Hand out everything old — make provision, running short (8)
ALLOCATE – Put together another word for ‘everything’, Old, and a word for ‘make provision (of food)’ minus its last letter.
23a Dishonour — that is what ultimately no politician should have to accept (9)
NOTORIETY – NO (from the clue) and a politician from the Right of the political spectrum, wrapped around the abbreviation for ‘that is’ and the last letter (ultimately) of whaT.
24a See 12 Across
26a Dotty lady who sings (4)
GAGA – Double definition, the second being the second part of the stage name of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
27a This person’s terribly emotional, not the first to be burning? (10)
IMMOLATION – Another way of writing ‘this person is’, followed by an anagram (terribly) of (e)MOTIONAL minus its first letter.
28a Emperor and Queen in negative response (4)
NERO – The regnal cipher of the Queen inserted into a word of refusal.
29a At home with fellow drinking wine, I will offer something in the kitchen? (10)
INGREDIENT – Another word for ‘at home’ followed by another word for a fellow wrapped around wine of a particular colour and I (from the clue).
1d Horse takes bit off the end of a smaller creature (4)
ARAB – A (from the clue) and a small furry animal with the BIT removed from the end of its name.
2d Key operation for bosses wanting to keep control? (7)
LOCKOUT – Cryptic definition of the situation where an employer prevents employees from coming to work.
3d Swimmer requesting silence when there’s clamour around (7,5)
BASKING SHARK – Put together another word for ‘requesting’ and the sound made to call for silence, then wrap the clamour a dog makes around the result.
4d Takes away pamphlets after editor’s become upset (8)
DETRACTS – Reverse (upset) the usual abbreviation for ‘editor’, then add some political or religious pamphlets or leaflets.
5d New love oddly denied — is husband mischievous? (6)
ELVISH – Remove the odd-numbered letters (oddly denied) from nEw LoVe, then add IS (from the clue) and Husband.
7d See aggressive male do good — man of courage? (7)
BULLDOG – An aggressive male bovine, followed by DO (from the clue) and Good.
8d Get nowhere fast in current circumstances? (5,5)
TREAD WATER – Cryptic definition of a way of keeping afloat without actually moving across the ground.
11d Sort of panel to exercise authority over directors (7,5)
CONTROL BOARD – ‘Exercise authority over’ followed by the collective noun for the directors of a company.
14d One’s been recently fired for criminal activity? (7,3)
SMOKING GUN – This phrase for evidence of criminal activity is literally a description of a weapom which has just been fired.
17d Sports person outside game as one watching the drama (8)
PLAYGOER – A generic term for someone engaged in a sporting activity wrapped around an Oriental board game involving black and white stones.
19d One or two maybe? (7)
INTEGER – One and two are examples of the answer, as are three, four and five…
21d Virginia tucked into a cereal, wanting too much (7)
AVARICE – A (from the clue) and a cereal crop which is a staple for much of the world, wrapped around the abbreviation for the state of Virginia.
22d See 1 Across
25d Bird in bit of wood? (4)
KNOT – Double definition, the second being an imperfection in a plank of wood where a branch once left the original tree trunk.
The Quick Crossword pun RESTER + SHORED = REST ASSURED.