Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29186
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This puzzle was published on 19th October 2019
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! This was about a 3 star solve for difficulty but I appreciated some very nice clues upon reviewing. It also seemed like a large number of Double Definitions!
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1a Water bird, one that’s in decline (6)
DIPPER – Two definitions – The wading bird and also anything that declines/dips.
4a Gusher’s output providing energy — strong power source (8)
EFFUSION – E for Energy, F for Forte (strong/loud as a musical direction) then Nuclear FUSION for a (not yet possible) power source.
9a American coming to the forefront of most unusual book (6)
ARREST – Move the A(merican) forward in the word RAREST/most unusual.
10a A sports official wearing appropriate item — not this (8)
BAREFOOT – Place A REF(eree) or sports official into a BOOT which would be appropriate for him on a pitch.
12a Spots danger coming from such actions (4)
RASH – The first def. is a synonym for spots on the skin, the second is descriptive of the RASH actions that cause danger.
13a & 17Across Enjoy an innings of torment after being dismissed very quickly (4,1,3,3,2,4)
LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL – Start with LIKE A BAT or ‘Enjoy an innings (of cricket) and then place OF from the clue and HELL/torment after OUT/dismissed.
14a Flier uses electronic equipment first (4)
KITE – E for Electronic (as in E0Mail, E-Cigarette etc) with KIT for equipment first.
17a See 13
20a Looks to the future with pacy attack (4-8)
FAST FORWARDs – pace attack(er)s in e.g. football might cryptically be described as FAST FORWARDS.
23a Extremist regularly found in Stormont (4)
TROT – Take the even/regular letters in s T o R m O n T. Oooh! Little bit of politics!
24a State of excitement that’s less half-hearted! (5)
FEVER – A nice spot!. The middle or letter in the heart of FEWER/less is a W. Half a W (so half-hearted) is effectively a V giving FEVER.!
25a TV presenter with current member of opposition (4)
ANTI – The TV presenter ANT out of ANT and DEC followed by I for the SI unit of current.
28a Drive to the side of the road in Jersey (8)
PULLOVER – To drive/steer to the side of the road is to PULL OVER and a JERSEY is the top or PULLOVER.
29a Roman soldiers, say, suffering fate of victims in Colosseum? (6)
LEGION – Another nice clue!. E.G. for say/for example is eaten by a LION (i.e. suffering one of the fates of a prisoner in the Colosseum).
30a What could provide meatiest quote (8)
ESTIMATE – An anagram (what could provide) of MEATIEST.
31a Craftier character on radio (6)
ARCHER – Take your pick from any of the eponymous characters in the (popular) Radio 4 soap about everyday farming folk.
1d Cooked bird — I ate a mouthful (8)
DIATRIBE – A cooked anagram of BIRD I ATE.
2d A fluke perhaps in HQ of the Red Devils? (8)
PARASITE – The HQ (main site) of the Red Devils (paratroopers or PARAS) might be described as the PARA SITE.
3d Festival the queen doesn’t attend to make a point (4)
EAST – Remove Elizabeth Regina or ER from the EAST(er) festival.
5d Weapon the army endlessly redeployed in bloomer (12)
FLAMETHROWER – Make an endless anagram (redeployed) of THE ARM(y) and place inside a FLOWER or bloomer.
6d Waste product from bureaucracy (4)
UREA – A hidden word FROM b UREA ucracy. All ‘piss and wind’ – Ooh! Little bit of politics!!.
7d One line of mathematicians with popular appeal (6)
ICONIC – I for one and then a CONIC line or section from mathematics (the main types beautifully illustrated by BD on the day).
8d Character in middle of manic state? (6)
NUTTER – The middle letter of ma N ic and then UTTER for state/say.
11d Beating champion ice-hockey team? (3,2,3,4)
SIX OF THE BEST – The first Is the main definition and the second cryptically alludes to a 6 person hockey team that are the best.
15d French aristocrat occupied with old coin (5)
DUCAT – A French DUC (or Duke) followed by AT (occupied with).
16d Escaped criminal, not English, holding women (5)
FLOWN – A F(e)LON or criminal with out (not) the E for English but with W for Women inside (being held).
18d Flourish having simple breakfast food prepared (8)
BRANDISH – A simple breakfast food might be a DISH of BRAN or BRAN DISH.
19d Person transferring assets in the manner of Italian gentleman (8)
ASSIGNOR – A charade of AS (in the manner of) and a SIGNOR or Italian gentleman.
21d Fastener regularly used (6)
STAPLE – Two definitions – that which fastens pages together and also a frequently used/bulk commodity.
22d Miscellaneous collection of biblical characters (3,3)
JOB LOT – A collection of the patient JOB and the patriarch and depravity escaping LOT from the bible.
26d Class structure (4)
FORM – Another double definition – A class in a school and the structure of an edifice or creation.
27d River to cause erosion (4)
WEAR – One more DD to finish with – the river in the NE England and to abrade/cause erosion.