Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29256
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Good morning from South Staffs on a bright and breezy morning.
I didn’t find anything to hold me up in today’s puzzle, and I particularly liked the image conjured by the surface of 5d. Thanks to our Friday setter, whoever he or she may be.
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1a Putting in case for physical sport (6)
BOXING – Double definition: the act of putting something into a container; or a sport practised in a ring.
5a Winding path once leading to monument (8)
CENOTAPH – Anagram (winding) of PATH ONCE.
9a Carriage of French wine people start to tip (10)
DEPORTMENT – Put together the French word for ‘of’, a fortified wine, a generic word for ‘people’, and the first letter of Tip.
10a Leave and live having abandoned son (4)
EXIT – Remove an abbreviation for Son from another word for ‘live’, and you get to leave the stage.
11a Most bubbly girl’s beginner, help to suppress energy (8)
GASSIEST – The first letter (beginner) of Girl, followed by another word for ‘help’ with an abbreviation of Energy inserted into it.
12a Celebration of life, as a tear regularly gets shed (6)
FIESTA – Alternate letters of oF lIfE aS a TeAr.
13a Report of Asian city shop (4)
DELI – A homophone of an Indian city is the short form of a sort of food shop.
15a Flood finished, predatory beast returned (8)
OVERFLOW – Another word for ‘finished’ followed by the reverse ‘overturned’ of the predator who impersonated Red Riding Hood’s Grandmother.
18a Dog discovered biting bovine hard (8)
FOXHOUND – Put together a bovine draught animal and the abbreviation for Hard, then wrap another word for ‘discovered’ around the result.
19a Drink in paprika sauce from the East (4)
SAKI – Hidden in reverse (from the East) in the clue.
21a Domestic animal eats everything — one’s moved by fork-lift (6)
PALLET – A general term for a companion animal wrapped around ‘everything’.
23a A carpet sure to excite enthusiasts (8)
AMATEURS – Put together A (from the clue), a small carpet, and an anagram (to excite) of SURE.
25a Can finish in any minute (4)
TINY – Another word for a can followed by the final letter of anY.
26a Night on the town in becoming uniform (7,3)
EVENING OUT – Double definition, the second being a phrase for reducing everything to the same level.
27a Review fake nails, say (8)
ANALYSIS – Anagram (fake) of NAILS SAY.
28a Runs off to secure ten contracts (6)
FLEXES – The Roman numeral for ten is inserted into ‘runs off’.
2d Love great end to Greek series (5)
OMEGA – The letter which looks like a love score at tennis followed by a Greek prefix meaning ‘great’ or ‘very large’, giving us the final letter of the series of letters which is the Greek alphabet.
3d This minor criminal is forger (9)
IRONSMITH – The definition her is someone who works in a forge, not a counterfeiter. Anagram (criminal) of THIS MINOR.
4d Understand playground game upset that girl (6)
GATHER – Reverse (upset) a playground chase game, then add the pronoun for ‘that girl’.
5d Furniture displaying artists’ busts? (6,2,7)
CHESTS OF DRAWERS – These items of furniture consist of another general plural word for the part of the body where the bust is found, a short word denoted by the apostrophe in ARTISTS’, and the artists themselves if they are wielding a pencil or similar.
6d Told number, bound to ring independent female (8)
NOTIFIED – An abbreviation for ‘number’ followed by another word for ‘bound’ wrapped around abbreviations for Independent and Female.
7d Article on Middle East topic (5)
THEME – A definite article followed by an abbreviation for Middle East.
8d Popular pair in field getting decoration (9)
PAINTWORK – A phrase (2,3) which could mean ‘popular pair’, with a field used for recreation wrapped around it.
14d Mental imagery of IT career? (9)
EVOCATION – The single letter often used where electronic communications are concerned, followed by a career or calling.
16d Bird‘s short flight performed with ease (4,5)
FISH EAGLE – Anagram (performed) of FLIGH(t) (short) and EASE.
17d Set up bath and lock support (8)
BUTTRESS – Reverse (set up) another word for the object you have a bath in, then add a lock of hair.
20d Quarrel involving a king’s list of duties … (6)
TARIFF – Another word for a minor quarrel wrapped around A (from the clue) and the Latin abbreviation for a king. The duties here may be charged by the Customs authorities.
22d … faithful left king, maybe, dropping leader (5)
LOYAL – Left, followed by a word denoting the king or a member of his family with its first letter removed.
24d Run old-fashioned English course (5)
ROUTE – Put together the cricket abbreviation for Run, a word for ‘old-fashioned’ (hence not ‘popular’) and English.
The Quick Crossword pun BAA + DARED + HAY = BAD HAIR DAY