Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29241
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Merry Christmas Eve Eve to – Our puzzles editor Chris Lancaster, Big Dave, all of my fellow bloggers, all of youse who comment every day, all of youse who comment less regularly, all of youse who look at the blog but never comment.
Oh dear. I got the Christmas decks from the loft and found a present I had wrapped for Saint Sharon last year but forgot to give her. I cannot give it to her this year. It’s in the Biffa bin now. It was a kitten.
After taking a delivery at 6.00am this morning I started this puzzle and found it a tad harder than usual for a Monday. I drifted off to sleep with it half done and woke later to finish off quickly and wonder what had troubled me earlier.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Switch positions from time to time (2-3-3)
ON-AND-OFF: This switch is a noun, not a verb. A light switch maybe with two positional settings.
5a Bright cold bar (6)
CLEVER: Begin with the abbreviation for cold. And a rigid bar resting on a pivot, used to move a heavy or firmly fixed load with one end when pressure is applied to the other.
10a Carry out what is required, as haulage firms do? (7,3,5)
DELIVER THE GOODS: Well I suppose this is a double definition. Haulage companies will do this. Local couriers are not so good at it.
11a Receive cut in advance with enthusiasm (7)
EAGERLY: A verb meaning to receive without its final letter (cut) inside an adjective meaning advance, as in advance warning
12a Get back about demand for payment (7)
RECLAIM: Our usual crosswordland word for about is followed by a formal request for payment
13a Section of coastline there, also heavenly (8)
ETHEREAL: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue as implied by the words section of. One of my last ones in. The clue offers no instruction. If all else fails look for a lurker
15a Animal and large bird seen by river (5)
LEMUR: The abbreviations for Large and River are separated by an Australian bird
18a Hard leaving small community for capital (5)
PARIS: This small community is usually linked to a church. Remove H(ard), its last letter
20a Waste getting fancy wigs to be seen during ball (8)
PIGSWILL: An anagram (fancy) of WIGS sits comfortably inside another name for a ball, not a dance. A spherical ball kicked about by children and childish adults
23a Sword nicked by young woman (7)
CUTLASS: A synonym of nicked is followed by a word meaning a young woman
25a The French stable worker makes space (7)
LEGROOM: Begin with the French word for the, add a stable worker.
26a Queen consort, during Belfast tour, reread novel (9,6)
FLAUBERT’S PARROT: The last Queen Consort of Henry The Eighth is surrounded by an anagram (reread) of BELFAST TOUR. The result is a novel by Julian Barnes
27a Light in attic, and leaky! (6)
CANDLE: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue indicated by the word in
28a Canine found next to railway could be mine (8)
COLLIERY: A breed of dog sits before the abbreviation for railway.
1d Lots of food? Not for starters (6)
OODLES: Begin with a type of food made from unleavened dough which is rolled flat and cut, stretched or extruded, into long strips or strings usually cooked in boiling water, sometimes with cooking oil or salt added. Remove the first letter (Not for starters)
2d A breather after climbing a high rocky hill to find reptile (9)
ALLIGATOR: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add reverse of the breather used by fish. Add a second letter A from the clue. Add a high rocky hill.
3d Several English, assorted (7)
DIVERSE: Add the abbreviation for English to a synonym of several
4d Conflict involving old offensive (5)
FORAY: Begin with a synonym of the word conflict. Insert the abbreviation for old
6d Serving US soldier in one’s pub is only to be expected (7)
LOGICAL: Insert the usual abbreviation for an unranked American soldier into another word for your favourite drinking den
7d One’s played Shakespearean heroine (5)
VIOLA: This Shakespearean heroine from the play Twelfth Night is also a musical instrument
8d Herb garden enthralling the old lady (8)
ROSEMARY: I’m stumped with this one. I can see an endearing term for your mum inside another word which leads me to a herb which is also my eldest daughters name. I cannot see how the surrounding word is a garden. It only defines as a string of beads used for counting prayers. [You’ve got it – the six-letter alternative spelling of a type of garden goes around your mum. BD]
9d Fielder curt with member (5,3)
SHORT LEG: This cricketer can be found by a synonym of the word curt followed by a member or one of your limbs
14d International show certain to get publicity (8)
EXPOSURE: A four-lettered international show is followed by a synonym of the word certain
16d Men upset about the Spanish book on our former PM (9)
MELBOURNE: An anagram (upset) of MEN surrounds the Spanish word for the, The abbreviation for book and the word our from the clue. Apparently this geezer was once our Prime Minister
17d Definite remedy (8)
SPECIFIC: A double definition. The second part is now archaic
19d Pasta meal in health centre, good dish wife ruled out (4,3)
SPAG BOL: Begin with a health resort. Add the abbreviation for good. Now add a round deep dish but minus the abbreviation for wife. The result is a shorter version of a popular Italian meal
21d What a gundog might do fetching bird? (7)
WAGTAIL: What a dog might do when excited (3,4) makes a bird when spelled out in full
22d Ridiculous myths involving one place where metal is worked (6)
SMITHY: An anagram (ridiculous) of MYTHS contains the Roman numeral for the number 1
24d School exercise (5)
TRAIN: A double definition
25d Rope also tight round head of stallion (5)
LASSO: Anagram (tight) of ALSO which surrounds the initial letter of the word Stallion
Top line: strait+fore+wood=straightforward
Bottom line: Not this week folks. Better luck next time