Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29179
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on an autumnal day.
I found this one of Giovanni’s more gentle puzzles, with plenty of anagrams or part-anagrams to speed things up.
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1a & 3a Chief’s not tense — with new order needed, won’t make decision (4,2,3,5)
SITS ON THE FENCE – Anagram (new order needed) of CHIEF’S NOT TENSE
3a See 1 Across
9a Has grown somewhat, but not to maximum extent (4)
OWNS – Hidden in the clue.
10a A wood easily cut up, not one proving awkward (10)
EUCALYPTUS – Anagram (proving awkward) of EAS(i)LY CUT UP, without the Roman numeral for one.
11a Drawings — a hundred by artist, that initiator of surrealism (7)
CRAYONS – Put together the Roman numeral for a hundred, the usual crossword artist, an old word for ‘that’, and the first letter (initiator) of Surrealism.
13a Looking after the final bit, putting time to it (7)
TENDING – Time followed by the final bit of a book or film.
14a Opposes board going by the book (11)
COUNTERACTS – The sort of board that a shopkeeper stands behind, followed by one of the books of the New Testament.
18a Iron Madame with big drink seen as a dangerous woman (5,6)
FEMME FATALE – Put together the chemical symbol for iron, the abbreviation for Madame, ‘big’ or ‘overweight’, and some beer.
21a Soon to be given new role in engineering (7)
ERELONG – Anagram (new) of ROLE with an abbreviation for ‘engineering’ wrapped around it. More commonly seen split into two words (3,4), but the BRB does have the single word version as an alternative.
22a Dafter chief about to start row (7)
POTTIER – Reverse (about) the position of a chief in a hierarchy, then add a row of seats.
23a Bend and creak awkwardly around area in jerky movement (5-5)
BREAK-DANCE – Anagram (awkwardly) of BEND and CREAK, with Area inserted.
24a See 26 Across
25a Mega-Tory — he worked out principles designed to bring success (4,6)
GAME THEORY – Anagram (worked out) of MEGA-TORY HE.
26a & 24a A deed, say, that’s tricky or very simple (4,4)
DEAD EASY – Anagram (tricky) of A DEED SAY.
1d Work about to take place in store — a bit of plumbing (8)
STOPCOCK – A store of materials or trade goods wrapped around the Latin abbreviations for a musical work and ‘about’ or ‘approximately’.
2d Element important, aluminium? Find it in here (8)
TANTALUM – Hidden in the clue.
4d Words from religious women conveying love (5)
NOUNS – Some holy women wrapped around the letter which looks like a love score at tennis.
5d To listen to terrible cheat brings grief (9)
HEARTACHE – Another word for ‘listen to, followed by an anagram (terrible) of CHEAT.
6d Getting both feet off the ground in initial movement? (6,5)
FLYING START – Cryptic definition of a fast beginning to something which, taken literally, would involve being up in the air.
7d Name given to one fool? Yes! (6)
NITWIT – An all-in-one clue, where the wordplay is also the definition. Put together an abbreviation for Name, the Roman numeral for one, and another word for a fool, to get yet another word for a fool.
8d Standard set by US officer (6)
ENSIGN – Double definition, the second being a junior officer, whose task historically was to carry or guard the first definition.
12d Having lost money fallen through hole in trousers? (3,2,6)
OUT OF POCKET – A hole in the part of trousers where money may be kept could cause you to be — — —— .
15d Sort of rapid movement — a tiger about to move to new territory again (9)
REMIGRATE – A three-letter acronym for a sort of movement which happens during one of the phases of sleep, followed by an anagram (about) of A TIGER.
16d Get soaked in the sea with total immersion for a time (8)
MARINATE – Put together A (from the clue) and Time, then insert the result into a word for ‘in or of the sea’.
17d Bore the cost of action involving conflict (8)
DEFRAYED – Another word for an action wrapped around another word for conflict or fighting.
19d One going to pot, getting into hot water? (3,3)
TEA BAG – Cryptic definition of something commonly used to make a hot drink.
20d Think again, presumably, and save (6)
REDEEM – The usual prefix for ‘doing it again’ followed by ‘think’ or ‘judge’.
22d Publicity about star horse not very good? (5)
PACER – The two-letter acronym for publicity wrapped around a star sportsman or fighter pilot, giving us a horse with a particular gait, apparently one which is regarded as inferior for riding, though the BRB does not mention this.
The Quick Crossword pun PACKAGED + HEELS = PACKAGE DEALS