Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29280
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Good morning from South Staffs on a misty, frosty day.
One or two clues which gave me pause for thought in today’s puzzle, but nothing like the degree of difficulty we saw last week.
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1a New York location that’s busy by nine, perhaps (5,6)
TIMES SQUARE – Another word for ‘by’, as in ‘multiplied by’, followed by the sort of number of which nine is an example (as are four and sixteen).
7a Home in which unopened chest’s stuck tight (7)
DRUNKEN – An animal’s home wrapped around another word for ‘chest’ or ‘torso’ with its first letter removed (unopened).
8a Progress from practice finally, after unrehearsed act (7)
IMPROVE – The short form of the word for the sort of theatrical performance where the cast make it up as they go along, followed by the last letter (finally) of practicE.
10a Cockney’s quiet before the Queen’s attendant (5)
USHER – How the typical crossword cockney might give an instruction to be quiet, followed by the Queen’s regnal cipher.
11a Profitable cure vital to be developed (9)
LUCRATIVE – anagram (to be developed) of CURE VITAL.
12a Sparing space within rocky inlet (7)
LENIENT – Anagram (rocky) of INLET, with a printer’s space inserted.
14a Dodgy American quietly infiltrating group (7)
SUSPECT – Put together a two-letter abbreviation for American and the musical symbol for ‘quietly’, then wrap a group or faction around the result.
15a Prisoner with sensitivity is touching (7)
CONTACT – One of the usual crossword prisoners followed by ‘sensitivity’ or ‘diplomacy’.
18a Boat docked and king carried in first-rate car (7)
FERRARI – The sort of boat you might cross a river in, with its final letter removed (docked), followed by the two letters which look like the alphanumeric rating of ‘first-rate’ wrapped around the Latin abbreviation for a king.
20a Overwhelm unfashionable figure (9)
OUTNUMBER – Another word for ‘unfashionable’ followed by another word for an arithmetic figure.
21a Fuss about a section of flight (5)
STAIR – A (from the clue) inserted into a fuss or commotion, giving us one part of a flight of steps.
22a Small winged insects covering old planes (7)
SMOOTHS – The definition here is a verb. Small followed by some, mainly nocturnal, winged insects with Old inserted into them.
23a Weapons stock in farm our youngsters uncovered (7)
ARMOURY – Hidden in the clue.
24a Do shake fist about cause of failure (4,2,5)
KISS OF DEATH – Anagram (about) of DO SHAKE FIST.
1d Jerk bagging duck, with another fowl making brace (7)
TOUGHEN – This is another clue where it helps to realise that the definition is a verb. Another word for ‘jerk’ or ‘pull’ wrapped around the letter which looks like a cricketing duck, followed by a female bird.
2d Builder regularly ignored bad knee in his address (5)
MAKER – Take the alternate letters (regularly ignored) of bAd KnEe, then wrap the way you would address a letter to a (male) builder around the result.
3d Tolerate having grass on that garment (7)
SINGLET – ‘Grass’, as in ‘grass up’, followed by ‘tolerate’ or ‘allow’.
4d Five siblings consuming case of choice fruit (7)
QUINCES – The word which describes five siblings from the same birth, wrapped around the outer letters (case) of ChoicE.
5d One estimates broken spa repair (9)
APPRAISER – Anagram (broken) of SPA REPAIR.
6d Upcoming book — this writer’s controversial (7)
EMOTIVE – Reverse (upcoming) a big, heavy book, then add another way of writing ‘this writer has’.
7d Angry after twin’s betrayal (6-5)
DOUBLE-CROSS – Another word for a twin or doppelganger, followed by another word for ‘angry’.
9d Vote I carry rotten fish (8,3)
ELECTRIC RAY – Another word for ‘vote for, followed by an anagram (rotten) of I CARRY.
13d Judges way to turn instruments holding article (9)
EVALUATES – Reverse (turn) an abbreviation of a type of urban way or road (New York’s run at right angles to its Streets), then add some archaic stringed instruments with an indefinite article inserted.
16d With men in Kent, overhauled computer system (7)
NETWORK – Put together an abbreviation for With and the abbreviation for soldiers who are not officers, then wrap an anagram (overhauled) of KENT around the result.
17d Sauce from South Africa; cricketer set up company (7)
TABASCO – Put together an abbreviation for South Africa and a short form of the word for a cricketer belonging to the side which is in, reverse (set up) the result, then add the abbreviation for Company.
18d Send on striker (7)
FORWARD – Double definition: to send on mail to another address; or a striker on the football pitch.
19d Bug dug centrally in timber if really required (2,1,4)
AT A PUSH – Another word for the sort of bug the intelligence services might use, followed by the middle letter (centrally) of dUg, with a type of hardwood timber wrapped around the result.
21d Steps taken from singular snake, heading off (5)
SAMBA – Singular, followed by an African venomous snake with its first letter removed (heading off).
The Quick Crossword pun BAA + LEAK + HORN = BARLEYCORN