Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29250
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Good morning from South Staffs. Happy New Year to one and all.
I’m reasonably sure that today’s puzzle is by a new Friday setter, so it will be interesting to see whether he or she makes an appearance. The puzzle itself was quite straightforward.
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 Efforts to have men eat chives for digestion (12)
ACHIEVEMENTS – Anagram (for digestion) of MEN EAT CHIVES.
8a Carry out guillotine? (7)
EXECUTE – Double definition, both being verbs, the second being a definition by example.
9a Modified ginger beer comes first — about time (7)
ALTERED – Start by finding another word ‘ginger’ as a hair colour. Put another word for beer in front of it, then insert Time.
11a Substance secreted in drawers to maintain cover-up? (7)
ELASTIC – Cryptic definition. The drawers here are undergarments, and the answer is hidden in the waistband to stop them falling down.
12a Competitors from London area that is holding blokes back (7)
ENEMIES – Start with the compass point indicating where in the country London can be found, add the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ wrapped around some blokes, then reverse (back) the whole thing.
13a Rage of nurse when Romeo’s invited in (5)
TREND – ‘Rage’ here is as in ‘all the rage’. Insert the letter represented by Romeo in the NATO alphabet into another verb meaning ‘nurse’.
14a Vehicle to take breaks in (9)
SPACESHIP – Cryptic definition. This is a vehicle which could be used to navigate the breaks between words in a piece of text.
16a Some heads of state seem agitated about newspapers (9)
EMPRESSES – Anagram (agitated) of SEEM wrapped around a general term for newspapers.
19a Freight drivers’ club is taken over by function (5)
CARGO – Reverse (taken over) the three-letter acronym for an organisation which represents motoring interests, then add a verb meaning ‘function’.
21a Request directions before outing? (7)
ENTREAT – Two compass points followed by what an outing may represent for, say, the Sunday School pupils taken on it.
23a Elaborate, but formerly the opposite, apparently (7)
EXPLAIN – The definition is a verb. To get to it start with a prefix meaning ‘former’ or ‘formerly’, then add an adjective which means the opposite of ‘elaborate’ (as an adjective).
24a Waiter and cook to join firm, missing hotel opening (7)
STEWARD – Put together a means of cooking meat and/or vegetables in a single pot, and a word for ‘firm’ or ‘unyielding’ missing the first letter of Hotel, to get a waiter on board a ship or train.
25a Some claim a gin expands figure (7)
IMAGINE – Hidden in the clue.
26a Hip, say, niece damaged restricts golf sharpness (12)
INTELLIGENCE – Put together another word for ‘hip’ or ‘with it’, another word for ‘say’, and an anagram (damaged) of NIECE with the letter represented by Golf in the NATO alphabet inserted into it. I started by thinking that the answer was going to be an anagram of the first three words of the clue plus G. I bet I wasn’t alone!
1d Eager in rough after putting a five to make par (7)
AVERAGE – A (from the clue) and the Roman numeral for five, followed by an anagram (in rough) of EAGER.
2d Disturbed by a late visitor? (7)
HAUNTED – This visitor is late because he or she is no longer of this world.
3d Gym implements (9)
EXERCISES – Double definition, the second being a verb.
4d Cancel Times, going to Spain (5)
ERASE – Another word for ‘times’ or ‘periods’, followed by the IVR code for Spain.
5d Exert reforms this person trails as radical (7)
EXTREME – Anagram (reforms) of EXERT, followed by ‘this person’.
6d Eurasian hut designed to limit risk when rambling (7)
TURKISH – Anagram (designed) of HUT, wrapped around an anagram (when rambling) of RISK.
7d There’s always more, apparently, to be seen going round the still (12)
NEVERTHELESS – A phrase (5,4) which could define ‘always more’, wrapped around THE (from the clue).
10d Sad Mr James, funny fellow, being stood up then engaged (12)
DISAPPOINTED – Reverse (being stood up) the first name of the late Mr James (the Carry On actor, not the author and critic), then add another word for ‘engaged’, as in ‘taken into employment’.
15d Reacting to a new wave the Queen’s introduced (9)
ANSWERING – Put together A (from the clue), New, and another word for ‘wave’ or ‘sway’, then insert the Queen’s regnal cipher.
17d Arrangement of unknown number starting with sound of tiny feet (7)
PATTERN – The sound said to be expected when the arrival of a child is on the cards, followed by a mathematical unknown number.
18d Hike up fell — leave, as toe’s oddly getting cut (7)
ELEVATE – Alternate letters (oddly getting cut) of fElL lEaVe As ToE’s.
19d Officer‘s hat strap one’s broken (7)
CAPTAIN – A sort of hat followed by ‘to strap’ or ‘beat’ with the Roman numeral for one inserted.
20d Admire Ali’s electrifying boxing effect (7)
REALISE – Hidden in the clue.
22d Heartily pitied boy raised with regular comings and goings (5)
TIDAL – The central pair of letters (heart-ily) of pitied, followed by the reverse (raised) of another word for ‘boy’.
The Quick Crossword pun PUNK + CHEW + ASIAN = PUNCTUATION