Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29298
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Good morning from South Staffs on another chilly, wet, day.
Nothing unduly difficult for me in today’s crossword, with a couple of interesting clue constructions. I appreciate that others may have a different view, but I can only relate my own experience.
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1a Token clue (4)
SIGN – Double definition. not much else to say.
3a Mad character in following chapter originally goes rabbiting (10)
CHATTERING – Put together an abbreviation for Chapter, a character from Alice in Wonderland always described as mad, IN (from the clue), and the first letter (originally) of Goes.
9a Upper-class idlers, retiring, occasionally exercised (4)
USED – The letter signifying ‘upper-class’ followed by alternate letters (occasionally) of iDlErS read in reverse (retiring).
10a Compile ‘ten’ roughly like this clu (10)
INCOMPLETE – Anagram (roughly) of COMPILE TEN.
11a Small building suffers, having no entry places for pets (7)
HUTCHES – A small building followed by another word for ‘suffers’ with its first letter removed (having no entry).
13a ‘Waiter and cook’ advert’s about right (7)
STEWARD – A way to cook food, followed by the short form of ‘advert’ wrapped around Right.
14a We usually leave them pounds heavier and pounds lighter (11)
RESTAURANTS – Cryptic definition of places where you may eat too much, at a price.
18a Euphoric bore (11)
TRANSPORTED – Double definition, the second being a verb in the past tense.
21a Polished section of gate-leg antique (7)
ELEGANT – Hidden in the clue.
22a Country tune backing American gets into at first (7)
AUSTRIA – AT (from the clue) wrapped around one of the usual abbreviations for ‘American’, followed by the reverse (backing) of another word for a tune.
23a Ignore bush that’s aggravated local residents (10)
NEIGHBOURS – Anagram (aggravated) of IGNORE BUSH.
24a Metal hip with variable carbon coating (4)
ZINC – An algebraic variable and the chemical symbol for carbon, placed either side of a word for ‘hip’ or ‘trendy’.
25a Remarkable Parisian on piano, soaring (10)
SURPRISING – Put together the French for ‘on’, the abbreviation for the musical term ‘piano’, and another word for ‘soaring’.
26a Getting on in prison having got caught out (4)
AGED – Remove the cricket abbreviation for ‘caught’ from a word meaning ‘in prison’.
1d Bitter about the north? You may be this! (8)
SOUTHERN – A word for ‘bitter’ or ‘acid’ wrapped around THE (from the clue), followed by North.
2d Golf setter played when putting in America, most impressive (8)
GREATEST – The letter represented by Golf in the NATO alphabet, followed by an anagram (played) of SETTER with America inserted,
4d Tracks made by pile-up with top fully down (5)
HUNTS – Another word for a road traffic collision, with its first letter moved to the end.
5d Many desert, led by you in the past (9)
THOUSANDS – An old or dialect from of ‘you’, followed by the material that a desert is often made of.
6d Power lies in sexiness or refined looks (11)
EXPRESSIONS – Anagram (refined) of SEXINESS OR, wrapped around Power.
7d International tempo raised to support cold part of planet (6)
ICECAP – Put together International, Cold, and the reverse (raised) of a word for ‘tempo’ or ‘speed’.
8d Gobbling venison up, guy that’s heartless and …? (6)
GREEDY – Remove the middle letter (heartless) from G(u)Y, and wrap the result around the reverse (up) of what venison is while it is still alive.
12d Principal problem is to crush rise of alien resistance (4,7)
HEAD TEACHER – To get this school principal, take an 8-letter informal word for a problem, wrap it round the reverse (rise of) of the usual film alien, and add Resistance to the end.
15d Answer included in new collection of corniest answers (9)
REACTIONS – Anagram (new collection) of CORNIEST wrapped around Answer.
16d Chant, ingesting acid and turning on (8)
STARTING – Another verb for ‘chant’ wrapped around a word for ‘acid’ or ‘sharp’.
17d Forward on loan? (8)
ADVANCED – Double definition: the second refers particularly to loans of money.
19d Wrong goal overturned — that’s sport (6)
TENNIS – Put together a word for a moral wrong, and another term for a football goal, then reverse (overturned) the result to get a sport which may be real.
20d Oldster entering northbound metro in Essen (6)
SENIOR – Hidden in reverse (northbound) in the clue.
22d Article’s enclosed for protective cover (5)
APRON – The two-letter form of the indefinite article, wrapped around the Latin word for ‘for’.
The Quick Crossword pun SILLY + AISLES = SCILLY ISLES