Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29297
Hints and tips by a short-changed Miffypops
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
It’s not often that I notice a grid pattern before during or after solving a puzzle. I did today as soon as it appeared. Too many black squares. Only 26 answers and only 26 clues. I feel short-changed.
At the birthday bash Silvanus told us he had a puzzle published elsewhere that he had written for The Daily Telegraph but could not submit as the grid was not one that they use. Well whatever grid it was I reckon it will have had more than twenty six solutions.
Having got that off my chest the puzzle itself was helped along by six jumpoutatcha anagrams and several gimmies that filled so many white squares the solutions to what was left could almost be written in without reference to the clue.
I like the Thursday puzzle to be the most challenging of the week and the recent RayT and proXimal alternation suited me well. ProXimal seems to have taken up the Friday slot vacated by Don Manley.
I have no idea who today’s setter is but this is most definitely not a RayT.
Anyroad up. Sir Van Morrison has been singing to me. All is now well with my world.
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5a Revise procedure for getting clean and tidy (5-2)
BRUSH-UP: A double definition to begin with. Both fairly obvious
7a Goes out with hounds in county as before (5)
HUNTS: What those who ride out with hounds in pursuit of foxes is also the abbreviation used for a former shire county
9a Nervous in a situation where cliff may collapse? (2,4)
ON EDGE: How one might feel and how one might be situated when on a clifftop
10a Looking embarrassed about vehicle having to be recovered (8)
RECOUPED: The colour of embarrassment surrounds an open top touring car
11a Opposing erstwhile bolshiness, ultimately they fall in line (10)
CONFORMERS: Begin with a word meaning against or opposing. Add a synonym of the word erstwhile. Add the final letter (ultimately) of the word bolshiness
13a Some statement issued by benefactor of art (4)
TATE: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue as indicated by the word some
14a I paid sentries for working — people getting regular payments (13)
STIPENDIARIES: The first of many anagrams today and whilst the solution was immediately obvious to me the correct spelling needed Google’s help. The anagram indicator is for working and the fodder consists of the first three words of the clue
16a Go in Scotland in criminal group (4)
GANG: A double definition
A Red, Red Rose
By Robert Burns
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run
And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.
17a Competitor cheated dreadfully, having got let in (10)
DECATHLETE: An anagram (dreadfully) of CHEATED surrounds the word LET from the clue. This Olympic event over ten disciplines has a sister event over five events which appeared in Monday’s puzzle, also clued by an anagram
19a Unofficial instruction to tell a student what is going on (8)
INFORMAL: A verb meaning to give facts to a person is followed by the letter A from the clue and the letter that a learner driver displays
20a Time when soldiers will get involved in test (6)
MOMENT: The annual car test which our roller skate car has recently sailed through surrounds a word describing a group of soldiers
22a Poet‘s appointment around noon (5)
DANTE: A romantic appointment surrounds the abbreviation for noon
23a King wanting new attire, becoming more annoyed (7)
RATTIER: An abbreviation for King (Rex) is followed by an anagram (new) of ATTIRE
1d Money supply discovered, nothing missing (4)
FUND: A synonym of discovered has the letter that looks like zero (nothing) removed
2d Wiggle toes here — it may help footwear problem (8)
SHOETREE: Anagram (wiggle) of TOES HERE
3d Wine being smuggled aboard ship in jars (6)
SHOCKS: A dry white wine from the German Rhineland sits between the letters that denote a steamship. When was the last time you used this term to describe a ship?
4d Like a type of estate in trouble south of river (10)
INDUSTRIAL: A trouble or testing situation sits beneath one of the longest rivers in Asia
5d Writer set up one game and another (5)
BINGO: The part of a pen that puts ink to paper is reversed and followed by an abstract strategy board game. The clip here has nothing to do with the answer
6d Newly fitted up pad with recliner — in which one won’t be this! (13)
PERPENDICULAR: Another easily spotted and mentally solved anagram (newly fitted) of UP PAD RECLINER
8d More than one detective hustles around (7)
SLEUTHS: Anagram (around) of HUSTLES
12d Four daring to go wild in place of entertainment (10)
FAIRGROUND: Anagram (to go wild) of FOUR DARING
14d Dirty location near Heathrow almost changed finally (7)
STAINED: A town three miles away from Heathrow airport needs its last letter
changing. I have no idea what the word almost is doing in this clue dropping (almost) and followed by the final letter of [change]D – thanks to those who ointed this out
15d Provide machinery for chum getting under car (8)
AUTOMATE: A synonym of the word chum sits beneath a type of car with self-changing gears
17d Mother comes with a loaf of bread (6)
DAMPER: If a sire is your father then you mother gives the first three letters of this clue. Add a preposition meaning for each or with. The result is a traditional Australian soda bread, historically prepared by swagmen, drovers, stockmen and other travellers. It consists of a wheat-flour-based bread, traditionally baked in the coals of a campfire or in a camp oven
18d Singer sounding note (5)
TENOR: A banknote having the value of two deep sea divers is a homophone (sounding) for a singing voice a la Roberto Alagna, Marcello Alvarez or Juan Diego Florez
21d Most significant European river (4)
MAIN: A double definition. The second being the longest river lying entirely in Germany
Quickie pun: kappa+chino=overpriced coffee, what’s wrong with Nescafé?