Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29262
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is visible as I write, which makes a pleasant change.
This week’s crossword doesn’t contain the trademark four Xs of the last couple of weeks, so is probably not by ProXimal – who’s on Toughie duty today. Beyond that, I have no idea about the setter. It took me a little while to get on the right wavelength, so *** for difficulty.
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1a Rivals in union: one French — righteous, utterly — facing Scotsman linked to church (6,8)
UNHOLY ALLIANCE – Put together the French word for one, another word for righteous, another word for ‘utterly’, a name commonly associated with Scotsmen, and the initials of the Church of England.
9a That girl’s gloves, we hear they’ve become separated (7)
HERMITS – A pronoun for ‘that girl’s’, followed by what sounds like some gloves.
10a Thrill to have good racket after losing clubs (7)
GLAMOUR – Good followed by another word for ‘racket’ or ‘din’ with the initial C (for clubs) removed.
11a Having consumed whiskey, revolutionary number one is drunk, proverbially (4)
NEWT – The reverse (revolutionary) of a three-letter number wrapped around the letter represented by Whiskey in the NATO alphabet. The answer is a small animal which features in the saying ‘as p—-d as a —-‘.
12a Wavering, abstain — RIP trying to please both sides? (10)
BIPARTISAN – Anagram (wavering) of ABSTAIN RIP.
14a Go the wrong way with shopping trip? (6)
ERRAND – Another word for ‘go the wrong way’ followed by another word for ‘with’.
15a Torture giving detectives bit of a shock (8)
DISTRESS – Some Detective Inspectors followed by a piece of what grows in a shock on your head.
17a English welcome in patio after rambling about country (8)
ETHIOPIA – Put together English and a short word of greeting, then wrap an anagram (rambling) of PATIO around the result to get an African country.
18a Group in open red omnibus, backward-looking in fashion (6)
MODERN – Hidden in reverse (backward-looking) in the clue.
21a Lacking the capacity to host for five? Impossible to justify (10)
UNPROVABLE – Put together the Latin word for ‘for’ and the Roman numeral for five, then insert the result into a word meaning ‘lacking the capacity’.
22a Chap touring Spain gets tight (4)
MEAN – Another word for a chap wrapped around the IVR for Spain.
24a Is the Italian island phone firm turning over capital? (7)
TBILISI – Put together IS (from the clue), the Italian word for ‘the’, an abbreviation for Island, and a two-letter telephone company, then reverse the result (turning over) to get the capital of a former Soviet republic.
25a Outline device to have a lasting impression? (7)
STENCIL – Cryptic definition of something which can be used to apply a design to a surface.
26a Farming types with rustic guitars dancing around lake (14)
AGRICULTURISTS – Anagram (dancing) of RUSTIC GUITARS wrapped around Lake.
1d Make psycho release the door? (7)
UNHINGE – This word for driving someone mad could also be a way of taking a door off.
2d Excessive admiration of that man over rank or posting (4-11)
HERO-WORSHIPPING – The pronoun for ‘that man’ followed by a rank or line, followed by OR (from the clue) and another word for posting a parcel to someone.
3d Put clock up (4)
LAID – The definition is in the past tense, so the answer is the past tense of another word for ‘put’, which also happens to be the reverse (up) of another word for a clock face.
4d Attack while yacht maybe goes under (6)
ASSAIL – Another word for ‘while’ or ‘when’, followed by what you might do in a yacht.
5d Book taxi home for cottage in wood? (3,5)
LOG CABIN – Put together ‘to book’ or ‘to record’, another word for a taxi, and ‘at home’.
6d Paint a toad for a change? Yes (10)
ADAPTATION – An all-in-one clue, where ‘change’ is both the definition and the anagram indicator. Anagram of PAINT A TOAD.
7d Alludes to angry former employers? (5-10)
CROSS-REFERENCES – Another word for angry, followed by what former employers may act as when you go for a new job.
8d My being under doctor goes on (6)
DRONES – An abbreviation for ‘doctor’ followed by the way Her Majesty might say ‘my’.
13d Latin period (4,6)
ANNO DOMINI – The full Latin expression used to measure the passage of years since thebirth of Christ.
16d Redesigned atrium covering is sweet (8)
TIRAMISU – Anagram (redesigned) of ATRIUM wrapped around IS (from the clue).
17d Value of shares in players’ organisation (6)
EQUITY – Double definition, the second being a trade union for actors.
19d Noun’s disguised hiding place in puzzle (7)
NONPLUS – Anagram (disguised) of NOUN’S wrapped around an abbreviation for PLace. The definition is a verb.
20d Forty per cent of public lose trust in Cabinet (6)
CLOSET – Hidden in the clue. The six letters of the answer make up 40% of the letters in ‘public lose trust’.
23d Rent one’s shed, sadly — that sounds different! (4)
TEAR – Double definition: a rent or rip; or what a sad person may shed. Same spelling, different pronunciation, as the clue points out.
The Quick Crossword pun PAY + PER + WAIT = PAPERWEIGHT