Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29286
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. A bright start to the day in the lull before the next storm blows in.
Plenty of misdirection in today’s puzzle, so a certain amount of lateral thinking was required, and I solved it in a time which was on the border between my ** and *** times.
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1a Knocked off game, having urge for food (7,3)
POACHED EGG – The game here is of the furry or feathery kind. A word for ‘knocked off game’ followed by ‘to urge’.
6a Burlesque outfit with small opening (4)
SKIT – An abbreviation for Small followed by one’s outfit or equipment.
9a Senior officers facing fanatic — hairy hard case, soft inside (7)
COCONUT – To instances of the abbreviation for a commanding officer, followed by someone who is very keen on something.
10a Dump where 4×4’s taken, changing directions (7)
OFFLOAD – In the case of most 4×4 vehicles, this is where they are seldom taken, but with the Right replaced by Left.
12a Treatment misrepresented as hippy theory (13)
PHYSIOTHERAPY – Anagram (misrepresented) of AS HIPPY THEORY.
14a Strong drink from Spain with pretty wrapping papers (8)
ESPRESSO – To get this strong but non-alcoholic drink, start with the IVR code for Spain, then add a two-letter word which could act as an adverb like ‘pretty’, wrapped around a generic term for the newspapers.
15a The woman with no ring in love gets put off (6)
SHELVE – The pronoun for ‘the woman’ followed by L(o)VE (from the clue) with the ring-shaped letter removed.
17a Upper-class, boarding public transport? A shock (6)
TRAUMA – Put the letter which signifies ‘upper-class’ into a public transport vehicle, then add A (from the clue).
19a Row initiated by father on edge (8)
FRONTIER – Put together the abbreviated form of ‘father’ used as form of address for a priest, ON (from the clue) and a row of seating in a grandstand or theatre.
21a Informed of weekend ball, go crazy (13)
KNOWLEDGEABLE – Anagram (crazy) of WEEKEND BALL GO.
24a Nature scenes, peculiarly English (7)
ESSENCE – Anagram (peculiarly) of SCENES, followed by English.
25a Vow the Parisian frames is love (7)
IDOLISE – A two-word (1,2) phrase which may be part of a vow, followed by a French definite article wrapped around IS (from the clue).
26a Miss ending after missing beginning (4)
LOSE – Remove the first letter from a word for an ending, as in ‘—– of play’.
27a Party host’s timely order to give guests present? (10)
ATTENDANCE – If you split the answer (2,3,5) you could have an instruction when to start a particular form of entertainment.
1d Best tool (4)
PICK – Double definition: the best of a bunch; or a digging tool.
2d Officer in police operation undercuts Capone, offering diluted booze (7)
ALCOPOP – Put together the shortened first name of Mr Capone, a familiar term for a police officer, and an abbreviation for ‘operation’.
3d Sweet thing but thick-skinned for starters (8,5)
HONEYDEW MELON – Cryptic definition of a type of fruit often served as a first course with dinner.
4d Spot check about the compiler? Most ridiculous (8)
DOTTIEST – A small spot followed by a word for ‘check’ wrapped around the pronoun for the compiler of the crossword.
5d Golf disaster, filling in the holes? (5)
GROUT – The letter represented by Golf in the NATO alphabet, followed by a disastrous outcome to a battle or contest.
7d Stuffing for tortilla won kudos — that’s upset pedant (4-3)
KNOW-ALL – Hidden in reverse (that’s upset) in the clue.
8d Cuddlesome companions turn stomachs after time (5,5)
TEDDY BEARS – Put together an abbreviation for Time, a turn in a stream or current, and ‘stomachs’ or ‘endures’.
11d Family butcher’s business? (5,3,5)
FLESH AND BLOOD – A metaphorical expression for one’s close family, which is also what a butcher deals with in the course of his business.
13d Exit toll (5,5)
DEATH KNELL – Cryptic definition of how one’s exit from this life may be marked.
16d Realistic fertile blossoms covering uniform (4-4)
TRUE-LIFE – Anagram (blossoms) of FERTILE wrapped around the letter represented by Uniform in the NATO alphabet.
18d Spurs soar after developing boxing exercise (7)
AROUSES – Anagram (after developing) of SOAR wrapped around (boxing) a verb meaning ‘exercise’.
20d Certain kind of Russian should avoid south of Portugal? (7)
IBERIAN – Remove the South from the description of someone from one of the chillier parts of Russia, to get someone from Portugal (or Spain).
22d Lived and died on ridge as result of assault (5)
DWELT – An abbreviation for Died, followed by a raised ridge on the skin caused by a blow.
23d Simple to be married before, in an old-fashioned way (4)
MERE – An abbreviation for Married, followed by an archaic (in an old-fashioned way) word for ‘before’.
The Quick Crossword pun FURRY + LICK + QUID = FAIRY LIQUID