Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29203
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a fine autumn morning. Mercifully, we’ve seen nothing of the flooding which has hit areas north and east of us.
I didn’t find today’s puzzle (not by Giovanni – see comment No 1 below) as taxing as last week’s, but there were some interesting constructions to tease out.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Compiled offers seen in cards date hands out (7,5)
PACKAGE DEALS – Put together a collection of playing cards, a verb for ‘date’ or ‘go out of fashion’, and the verb for what the person distributing playing cards does.
9a Traditional institution that’s taken in the PM (4,3)
HIGH TEA – Cryptic definition, where PM is falsely capitalised, and could be rendered as p.m.
10a Condemn daughter and Romeo getting admission to elope at sea (7)
DEPLORE – An abbreviation for Daughter followed by an anagram (at sea) of ELOPE wrapped around the letter which is Romeo in the NATO alphabet.
11a Seen in drink, swimmer in distress (5,2)
SHAKE UP – A verb for ‘to drink’ wrapped around a largish white fish.
12a Present for each group of students … (7)
PERFORM – The Latin word for ‘for each’ followed by a division of school students.
13a … some students possessing nothing, with yen to make cash (5)
LOLLY – A number of students, each represented by the letter found on a learner driver’s car, are wrapped around the letter which looks like zero or nothing, then the abbreviation for yen is added at the end to get an informal word for cash.
14a Speech from minister before one goes to the dispatch box? (4,5)
LAST RITES – Cryptic definition. The dispatch box here is the container within which most of us will make a final journey.
16a Actors’ private parts (9)
BACKSTAGE – Cryptic definition of the part of a theatre where the public do not get to go.
19a Part of building left to enter flipping opposite part of building! (5)
FLOOR – This clue works whether you take the first three or last three words as the definition. Insert Left into a part of a building, then reverse the result to get a different part, found at the opposite end of the structure.
21a Survive old pirate’s sword with edges eroded by time (7)
OUTLAST – Put together Old, a pirate’s sword with the first and last letters removed, and Time.
23a Manic crashes involving one second-class vehicle (7)
MINICAB – Anagram (crashes) of MANIC wrapped around the Roman numeral for one, then the letter which may indicate a second-class performance is added at the end.
24a What stops listener or two keeping quiet? (7)
EARPLUG – The listener here is what you listen with. Two different words for the organ are placed either side of the musical symbol for ‘quiet’.
25a Man maybe missing son after joining army, so warlike (7)
HOSTILE – Start with another word for army, then remove the Son from something of which Man (or Wight) is an example and add it to the end.
26a Display with seals clapping should follow these (4-8)
SHOW-STOPPERS – A verb or noun meaning ‘show’ followed by another word for the seals in the top of a bottle.
1d Cut by this person good plait is botched — as this (7)
PIGTAIL – Anagram (botched) of PLAIT wrapped around the pronoun for ‘this person’ and Good.
2d Hack meets the French outsiders in Romandy — it’s usual to dine with them (7)
CUTLERY – Put together another verb for ‘hack’, one of the French definite articles, and the outside letters of RomandY.
3d Nearly all clap ape surprisingly singing like this? (1,8)
A CAPPELLA – Anagram (surprisingly) of AL(l) (nearly all) CLAP APE.
4d Turn out object, getting promoted (3,2)
END UP – An object or aim, followed by the word used to describe a football team promoted to a higher division.
5d Leader of rising theatre in European city (7)
EMPEROR – A European capital city is wrapped around the short form of a type of theatre, then the whole lot is reversed (rising, in a Down clue) to get a leader, some of whom were based in the European city concerned.
6d One watches Waterloo KO Uttoxeter, missing part of it (7)
LOOKOUT – Hidden in the clue.
7d One gives inside info of Cockney three-piece on phone (7-6)
WHISTLE-BLOWER – The three-piece here is a set of clothes. We need a Cockney rhyming slang expression for that, followed by a rather old-fashioned slang term for a telephone.
8d Say, Fagin and Artful appearing in not so successful musical (3,10)
LES MISERABLES – Put together a five-letter term for someone of whom Fagin (or Scrooge) is an example, and a four-letter word meaning ‘artful’ or ‘skilled’. Then wrap another four-letter word meaning ‘not so’ (as in ‘not so good’) around the result to get the title of a long-running West End musical based on a novel by Victor Hugo.
15d Small sides in vessel (9)
STEAMSHIP – Put together an abbreviation for Small, some sporting sides, and another word for ‘in’ or ‘fashionable’.
17d Regularly avoided coast’s air or she would get kind of cold (7)
CATARRH – Take alternate letters of CoAsTs AiR oR sHe.
18d Bird‘s down (7)
SWALLOW – Double definition, the second being a verb meaning ‘drink rapidly’.
19d Delicacy that’s unlimited if in Essex (7)
FINESSE – Hidden in the clue.
20d Beautiful things Tolkien characters must carry concealed (7)
ORCHIDS – The bad guys from Lord of the Rings wrapped round another word for ‘concealed’, producing some exotic plants.
22d Strained, pickled, sealed (5)
TIGHT – Triple definition. The middle one involves quantities of alcohol!
The Quick Crossword pun PRINTS + CHAR + MING = PRINCE CHARMING