Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29163
Hints and tips by Antigonus
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from the busy heart of Downtown LI where all is well with the world. Both England and Coventry secured decent wins in their rugby matches so Antigonus is a happy bunny. We seem to have lost a chicken and only have one elderly cockerel left now. When he dies, we will completely gut and renew the chicken house, fumigate it and buy new chickens.
Today’s setter has generously provided a second Quickie Pun on the bottom row of The Quickie puzzle. He has also provided a nice cryptic puzzle for us today. Keep your cool and do as asked and you should do well.
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1a Helping pretty girl work (6)
DOLLOP: A synonym for a pretty girl is followed by the shortened form of a musical opus. I don’t use the term for the girl although I have no issues with it. The answer defines unfussy food. Slop on a plate. That’ll do me nicely thank you
4a Dwelling of a French girl in East End district (8)
BUNGALOW: A three-parter which will work if you follow the instructions. A singular French article. A shortened term for a girl. Both inside a district of London. Those born within the sound of the local church bells can call themselves cockneys
10a In a stupefied state, feline will need a stimulant later (9)
CATATONIC: Again do as you are told. A feline. The letter A from the clue. A stimulant or pick me up. Together they reveal the state I was in on Saturday afternoon suffering such a dose of Manflu that I missed the first rugby match of the season Ampthill 17 – 47 Coventry Well done boys.
11a Ludicrously busy staff, mostly hostile (5)
MANIC: To staff as a verb. Followed by two thirds (mostly) of a word meaning hostile which is itself a synonym of a word meaning below freezing. I hope that helps with the parsing
12a Weapon in wreck (7)
TORPEDO: Woohoo. We have a double definition of a word which has evolved to become a second meaning of itself when used as a verb. Think wartime. Think ships, although the earliest were land based. Every day is a school day
13a Carved ornament from Kent, use uncertain (7)
NETSUKE: Anagram (uncertain) of Kent use. I recommend The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. A great read.
14a Settle increase in salary? (3,2)
PAY UP: A double definition. Both rather obvious
15a Talked originally about a certain prize (8)
TREASURE: The initial or original letter of the word talked is followed by the regular crosswordland two-letter word meaning about. The letter A from the clue is then followed by a synonym of the word certain.
18a Aware of feeling medium disregarded (8)
SENTIENT: A word meaning a feeling, an exaggerated and self-indulgent feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia needs to have the abbreviation for medium removed
20a A ring? Naturally it’s in that form (5)
ATOLL: The letter A from the clue is followed by the ring of a church bell. I wish our church bells rang.
23a Speechless when daughter denied having tantrum causing offence (7)
UMBRAGE: A word meaning unable to speak needs to have the abbreviation for daughter removed. What remains precedes a word describing a tantrum.
25a Late series of deliveries expected (7)
OVERDUE: A series of six balls delivered by a bowler is followed by a word meaning expected or planned for
26a Fancy knight not appearing to make a speech (5)
ORATE: A word meaning fancy or highly decorated needs to have the abbreviation used for the knight in chess removed
27a Legendary Greek leader immediately embracing willing maiden (9)
AGAMEMNON: The answer here causes me grief every time it appears. I know the answer but the spelling baffles me so I wait for and rely on the checking letters. A word meaning soon or shortly (Immediately) has a word meaning willing or up for plus the abbreviation for maiden inserted
28a Paper in stand I look at briefly (8)
TREATISE: To stand here is to provide someone with (food, drink, or entertainment) at one’s own expense. This is followed by the letter I from the clue – the answer closes off with a word meaning to look at minus its last letter (briefly)
29a Hot fruit and nut loaf one left out (6)
STOLEN: A German fruit cake needs to have one of two abbreviations for left removed. A nice use of the word hot by our setter
1d Cadet put out binder (4,4)
DUCT TAPE: Anagram (out) of CADET PUT
2d Undetermined illness restricting Italian in service (7)
LITURGY: An unidentified illness which provides hilarity in playgrounds surrounds an abbreviation of Italian. The abbreviation for Italian is also an abbreviation for sex. I think I know which meaning RayT would have used
3d In an awkward predicament immediately (2,3,4)
ON THE SPOT: A double definition. A tad loose in my opinion but what do I know
5d Alternative place for sisters in harmony by a lake (14)
UNCONVENTIONAL: A four-part charade. 1 A place for sisters like those in The Sound Of Music 2 A word meaning in harmony or together. 3 The letter A from the clue. 4 The abbreviation for lake. Now place these in the order suggested by the wordplay. Don’t spend too long staring at this clue. Go and find some checkers
6d Pull up — am within range (5)
GAMUT: Find a word meaning pull. Reverse it as suggested by the word up. Insert the word AM (am within) Job done
7d Listlessness of monkey circling round (7)
LANGUOR: A type of monkey surrounds the roundest of letters.
8d Musical, very bad or very good? (6)
WICKED: A triple definition. The first is a musical. I have googled it and don’t think I will be bothering the box office. The second definition is a true definition. The third became popular some years ago when its meaning became reversed. I would have been tempted to add the words ‘like a candle’ to the clue to add a fourth definition and a bit of misdirection
9d Sooner or later and often, does he say, misguidedly? (3,2,5,4)
ONE OF THESE DAYS: Anagram (misguidedly) of OFTEN DOES HE SAY
16d Declaration meant test viewed differently (9)
STATEMENT: Anagram (viewed differently) of MEANT TEST
17d Man somewhat keen on reglazing from the bottom up (8)
ALGERNON: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue as indicated by the word somewhat. Easy enough one thinks until no hidden word reveals itself. The words ‘from the bottom up’ indicate that this is a reversed lurker. Up there with the best I think
19d English doctor people receive eagerly (7)
EMBRACE: The abbreviation for English is followed by one of several abbreviations for a doctor. A group of people sharing the same culture, history, language, etc follows
21d Second, maybe, has spoken about row (7)
ORDINAL: A word meaning spoken surrounds a word meaning a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise. That’s Bohemian Rhapsody summed up nicely then.
22d Canoe found (6)
DUGOUT: A double definition. The first being an example of a canoe. The second needing to be split 3,3
24d Expert in a reduced department (5)
ADEPT: The letter A from the clue is followed by the abbreviation for department
Exit. Pursued by a bear.
Top line: store+curs=stalkers
Bottom Line: crew+Doyle=crude oil