Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29244
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Good morning from South Staffs on the third day of Christmas.
No French hens from Giovanni today, but a very gentle crossword which may, if the Quickie pun and appearance of the setter’s alias are to be believed, be a farewell offering from Don Manley. If it is, then thank you for all the Friday challenges, and I look forward to tackling the work of your successor or successors.
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6a Social difficulty with mum and boy meeting decent chaps taking time (13)
MALADJUSTMENT – Put together a short word for ‘mum’, another word for a boy, some decent chaps (4,3) and Time.
8a Author of ‘Yellow Spring’ (6)
ORWELL – The heraldic term for ‘yellow’ followed by a spring of water.
9a Boat that’s smart with name of island group (8)
TRIMARAN – Another word for ‘smart’ or ‘neat’ followed by some islands which guard the entrance to Galway Bay.
10a Something disturbing? Notice nothing (3)
ADO – A short word for a commercial notice followed by the letter which looks like a zero or nothing.
11a Burden beginning to worry crew (6)
WEIGHT – The first letter of Worry followed by a rowing crew.
12a Dogs making row interrupting church service (8)
MASTIFFS – A row or argument with a eucharistic service wrapped around it.
14a Notice eccentric character at the end of short drama (7)
PLACARD – Remove the final letter (short) from another word for a drama, then add an eccentric character.
16a A crime rocking a country (7)
AMERICA – A (from the clue) followed by an anagram (rocking) of CRIME, followed by the second A (from the clue).
20a Dame’s pet let loose, running out of control (8)
STAMPEDE – Anagram (let loose) of DAME’S PET.
23a Stop rude sister needing wings clipped (6)
DESIST – Remove the outer pairs of letters from (ru)DE SIST(er).
24a Side no good — what it won’t get? (3)
WIN – Remove the abbreviation for Good from a word for the side portion of a football pitch or a stately home.
25a Like bees in sun initially getting hot (8)
SWARMING – The first letter (initially) of Sun, followed by ‘getting hot’.
26a Attack route towards city centre, say? (6)
INROAD – Split the answer (2,4) and it could be a description of the way towards a city centre.
27a Our delight not wavering, giving end-of-year message (4,3,3,3)
RING OUT THE OLD – Anagram (wavering) of OUR DELIGHT NOT. A seasonal message, but possibly something more from our setter?
1d Travel in France — US soldier getting cold is hypersensitive (8)
ALLERGIC – The French verb for ‘to go’ followed by the usual American soldier and Cold.
2d One impressed by false image, I had nothing subsequently (8)
IDOLATER – Put together the short form of ‘I had’, a letter which looks like a zero, and another word for ‘subsequently’.
3d Traditions of border location? (7)
CUSTOMS – Double definition, the second being official checkpoints at border crossings.
4d Sheds garments making journey aboard ship (6)
STRIPS – Another word for a journey, with the usual abbreviation for a steamship wrapped around it. No, I’m not putting a picture up for this!
5d English friend entering province of Asian country (6)
NEPALI – Put together English and another word for ‘friend’, then wrap the initials of the province which is part of the UK but not of Great Britain around the result.
6d What could make remote wall rot in fort (8,5)
MARTELLO TOWER – Anagram (could make) of REMOTE WALL ROT, giving us the name of a type of fortification erected during the Napoleonic War to guard against French invasion.
7d See Cardiff install mostly new safety measure for pedestrians (7,6)
TRAFFIC ISLAND – Anagram (new) of CARDIFF INSTAL(l) (mostly).
13d Restriction that denies team a 24 (3)
TIE – This word for a restriction also denotes a game result which is neither a loss nor a 24a for a team.
15d Spring sees the uprising of a snake (3)
ASP – Another word for a spring of water, with the A rising to the top.
17d Twelve using power to restrict awful din (8)
MIDNIGHT – Anagram (awful) of DIN, with another word for ‘power’ wrapped around it.
18d Californian can, maybe! (4,4)
REST ROOM – The answer is an American euphemism for the ‘can’, ‘smallest room’, ‘loo’ …
19d Fresh group of spectators in a stir once (7)
NEWGATE – Another word for ‘fresh’ followed by the term used to describe the paying spectators at a match, giving us a former London prison, now the site of the Old Bailey
21d Jolly type from India diving into French river (6)
MARINE – The NATO alphabet letter represented by India is inserted into a river in France, which flows into the Seine from the east.
22d One wanting journalist’s article travelled north to collect it (6)
EDITOR – Start with a word for ‘travelled’ (on horseback, perhaps), reverse it (north, in a Down clue), then insert IT (from the clue).
The Quick Crossword pun GNOME + HOAR + FRIED + HAYES + HEAR = NO MORE FRIDAYS HERE