Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29209
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Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, grey morning, where at least the rain has paused for the moment. I hope that our readers have managed to stay safe and above water.
I think that Giovanni is back this week: the style of cluing seemed familiar, and we had the classical references and the occasional less common word. I found the puzzle relatively straightforward, but others may disagree.
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 Drink in bed in school (6)
SCOTCH – The sort of bed a small child may have, with an abbreviation for school wrapped round it.
4a Bashing with a bit of power when stuck in grass (8)
SWATTING – ‘Grass’ here is a verb, and we need another slang word for ‘give information’ which we can then wrap around a unit of power (volts times amps, if I recall).
9a Strong temporary accommodation established by river (6)
POTENT – Crosswordland’s favourite Italian river followed by some temporary accommodation on a campsite.
10a Fibre shown by female, one getting keen (8)
FILAMENT – Put together Female, the Roman numeral for one, and another word for ‘keen’ or ‘weep over’.
11a Dishevelled hobo ate with us in home by bank maybe (9)
HOUSEBOAT – Anagram (dishevelled) of HOBO ATE and US.
13a Orchestra in assembly room finishing with Beethoven’s Third (5)
HALLE – A school assembly room followed by the third letter of BeEthoven.
14a Nonsense talked in Brussels? Something perhaps at the breakfast table (7,6)
BELGIAN WAFFLE – Another word for spoken nonsense, preceded by an adjective which suggests it was spoken in Brussels. Put together, the result is a breakfast food.
17a Noisy clamour spreading out around India in bitter manner (13)
ACRIMONIOUSLY – Anagram (spreading out) of NOISY CLAMOUR, wrapped around the letter represented by India in the NATO alphabet.
21a Tease us about making money (5)
SUGAR – A phrase (3,2) meaning ‘tease us’ is reversed to give this slang term for money (a new one for me, but it is in the BRB).
23a A canny one turning into a nuisance (9)
ANNOYANCE – Anagram (turning into) of A CANNY ONE.
24a Drink? A fairy gets it knocked back, loudly (8)
APERITIF – Put together A (from the clue), another word for a fairy, the reverse (knocked back) of IT (from the clue), and the musical symbol for ‘loudly’.
25a Walk from house, love getting healthy (4,2)
HOOF IT – Put together an abbreviation for ‘house’, the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, and another word for ‘healthy’. One of our regulars should have no difficulty with this one!
26a Having bad effect on mother, a drink, little good (8)
DAMAGING – Put together a racehorses’s mother, A (from the clue), a variety of strong drink, and an abbreviation for Good.
27a Publicity provided by alliance for accepted custom (6)
PRAXIS – A two-letter acronym for publicity activity, followed by a military alliance such as that between Germany and Italy in World War II.
1d Ancient Greek female has pop disturbed (6)
SAPPHO – Anagram (disturbed) of HAS POP, to get the poetess who lived on Lesbos.
2d Be more than relatively stupefied, unconscious at the start (9)
OUTNUMBER – Start with a three-letter word for ‘unconscious’, then add ‘relatively stupefied’.
3d Study what sounds like marine mammal’s hide (7)
CONCEAL – ‘To study’ or ‘read over’ followed by a homophone (sounds like) a marine mammal.
5d Put on paper as something deemed to have lost value (7,4)
WRITTEN DOWN – This term for ‘put on paper’ is also used by accountants to refer to the value of an asset which has been depreciated.
6d Airway with skill being set up, mostly inexpensive (7)
TRACHEA – Reverse (set up) another word for ‘skill’, then add a word for ‘inexpensive’ minus its last letter.
7d Bride always keeps so perfect (5)
IDEAL – Hidden in the clue.
8d Assembled to be picked up (8)
GATHERED – Double definition: assembled a crowd or some information; or understood from what one was told.
12d Attitude that is not heartless evident in speech (11)
ORIENTATION – The Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ and N(o)T (from the clue) with its middle letter removed (heartless) are put together and inserted into a public speech.
15d Bat seen in one side of Oxford? (6,3)
FLYING FOX – The first half of OXFord can be seen as an anagram of the three-letter second word of the answer. The first word of the answer can be seen as an anagram indicator.
16d One may have a number of bowlers not being used (8)
HATSTAND – Cryptic definition of something which may be occupied by bowlers and boaters while their owners are indoors.
18d Indicating ruler faced with ruin (7)
MARKING – ‘To ruin’ or ‘to damage’, followed by a monarchical ruler.
19d Jane, for one, certainly upset before lament’s cut short (7)
SEYMOUR – Reverse (upset) another word for ‘certainly’ and add another word for ‘lament’ with its final letter removed. The answer is the surname of, among others, the third wife of Henry VIII.
20d Fights in beastly homes about nothing (3-3)
SET-TOS – The word for the homes of badgers is wrapped around the letter which looks like zero or nothing.
22d In short match the French shine (5)
GLEAM – Remove the final letter from a sporting match, and insert the French definite article.
The Quick Crossword pun RECKONS + AISLE = RECONCILE