Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29292
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Good morning from South Staffs on another damp, grey day.
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1a Game Carol plays with sister regularly (8)
LACROSSE Anagram (plays) of CAROL, followed by alternate letters (regularly) of SiStEr.
5a Walks stiffly when final cricket ball has been delivered (6)
STUMPS – This word for a stiff and heavy gait is also the term used colloquially for close of play in a cricket match.
9a Cruel, like an ungrateful Frenchman? (9)
MERCILESS – An ungrateful Frenchman wouldn’t say ‘thank you’. So we have the French for ‘thank you’ followed by a suffix used to indicate an absence of the word before it.
11a Cat attracts extremely unusual VIP (5)
MOGUL – A familiar word for a cat followed by the first and last letters (extremely) of UnusuaL.
12a Rejection of Conservative road leading to decay (3,3)
DRY ROT – Start with a 4-letter word for a Conservative, add an abbreviation for ‘road’, then reverse the result to get this fungal disease of wood.
13a At sea, no rating is clueless (8)
IGNORANT – Anagram (at sea) of NO RATING.
15a Stop messing about and switch to TV quiz? (3,2,3,5)
CUT TO THE CHASE – The first two words of the answer mean ‘switch to’ in cinematic terms, the last two are the name of a quiz show currently on ITV, where a set of strangers have to work as a team to answer questions and keep ahead of a pursuit from a professional quizzer.
18a Hint leg’s injured, limiting team lacking individual awareness (13)
ENLIGHTENMENT – Anagram (injured) of HINT LEG, wrapped around a description (3,3) of a football team with one player missing.
22a Broadcast managed to fill times on vacation with German (8)
TRANSMIT – Take the middle letters out of TimeS, replace them with another word for ‘managed’, then add the German for ‘with’.
23a Cover for head schoolteacher at centre of town (6)
TURBAN – Take the middle letter (at centre) of schoolTeacher , then add a word for ‘of the town’.
26a Child pens first letter on back of Easter card (5)
TAROT – The first letter of the alphabet and the final letter of EasteR, with another word for a small child wrapped around the result.
27a Food pigs hate scattered across interior of sty (9)
SPAGHETTI – Anagram (scattered) of PIGS HATE wrapped around the middle letter (interior) of sTy.
28a Plant in orderly system (6)
COSMOS – Double definition, the first being a garden flower, the second another word for the universe.
29a Brief displays of theatrics, something John McEnroe used to do? (8)
PLAYLET – Split the answer (4,3) to get something that John McEnroe (or any other tennis player) would do after a service which hits the net but still lands in court.
1d Ineffectual person, this writer the French avoid locking up (4,4)
LAME DUCK – One of the forms of the definite article in French and a word for ‘avoid’ or ‘dodge’, placed either side (locking up) of a pronoun for ‘this writer’.
2d Dash, heading off for meal (5)
CURRY – Remove the first letter (heading off) from a word for ‘dash’ or ‘scamper’, to get a spicy meal from the East.
3d Banker occasionally sorry adding international name above old firm (7)
ORINOCO – Put together alternate letters of sOrRy, an abbreviation for International, an abbreviation for Name, an abbreviation for Old, and an abbreviation for COmpany. The banker is then revealed to be a South American river.
4d Raise favourite son to get degree (4)
STEP – Put together another word for ‘favourite’ and an abbreviation for Son, then reverse the result.
6d A fair kind of lottery? (7)
TOMBOLA – Cryptic definition of the kind of lottery typically found on a stall at a garden party or church bazaar.
7d Cambridge college speaker’s sentimental (9)
MAGDALENE – The pronunciation of the name of this Cambridge college, which is not as spelt, is a homophone (speaker’s) of a word for ‘sentimental’ or ‘weepily drunk’.
8d Hail leads to significant accumulations, lasting until temperatures ease (6)
SALUTE – The initial letters (leads) of the last 6 words in the clue.
10d Prudence comes from a municipality depressed by decline (8)
SAGACITY – Put together another word for ‘decline’ or ‘droop’, A (from the clue), and a large town or municipality.
14d Embarrasses fellow endlessly, then smiles (8)
CHAGRINS – Remove the final letter (endlessly) from a word for a fellow or bloke, then add ‘smiles broadly’.
16d He’s engaged by stars to produce book (9)
THESAURUS – One of the signs of the Zodiac wrapped around HE (from the clue) to get a work of reference often used by crossword setters and solvers.
17d Visiting America, listen out for useful devices (8)
UTENSILS – Anagram (out) of LISTEN, with a common abbreviation for America wrapped around it.
19d State of the loo’s dreadful! (7)
LESOTHO – Anagram (dreadful) of THE LOO’S.
20d Somewhat indecent and arrogant to change starter (7)
NAUGHTY – Change the initial letter (starter) of a word for ‘arrogant’ to get a word for something mildly indecent (or describing a badly-behaved child).
21d Still overjoyed after giving up The City (6)
STATIC – Remove the postcode for the City of London from the front of a word meaning ‘overjoyed’.
24d Wash two articles previously black (5)
BATHE start with an abbreviation for Black, then add an indefinite article and a definite one.
25d Bar banter (4)
RAIL – Double definition: a bar to hold on to; or noisy interaction in a social setting.
The Quick Crossword pun PURR + SEA + FEAR = PERSEVERE