Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29306
Hints and tips by Katniss Everdeen
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
After a chickenless couple of months we have now re-homed a dozen hens from a farm just down the road. They do look a sorry sight and have no idea what to do with the space they have. A couple of weeks should sort that out. My grandson Harrison’s face when he opened the first box and saw two eggs laid on the journey home was a picture. Nine eggs so far today. All we need now is a cockerel to keep an eye on the girls
Well who would have thought it? The wonderful ball handling skills of Joe Mahler during England’s win over the Welsh on Saturday and Britannia Inferior beating the French on Sunday Well done to them both.
And today’s crossword? Mondayish. That grid again. Only 28 clues.
This will be my last regular Monday blog as we are having a bit of a change round within the blogging team. Thanks for all of your comments over the last six years. It has been a lot of fun for me to do the hints. Thanks to Rufus, Allan Scott, Chris Lancaster and John Halpern for providing the majority of the puzzles
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7a I, with knight, greet by arrangement a whole number (7)
INTEGER: Our generous setter has given us the first letter of this answer with the first word of the clue. Add the chess notation for a knight or horsey. Add an anagram (by arrangement) of GREET
9a Swagger of a daughter in good show! (7)
BRAVADO: A cheer or shout that might be heard after a great performance has the A from the clue and the abbreviation for daughter introduced
10a Film one omnivorous creature (5)
COATI: A thin film of something such as paint is followed by the letter that looks like the number one
11a Area in which there may be no developments? (5,4)
GREEN BELT: An area of land between two cities or towns where further building is prohibited
12a DIY ads then, again recollected just now (2,4,3,3,3)
IN THIS DAY AND AGE: Anagram (re-collected) of DIY ADS THEN AGAIN
13a Fine lines about Stuart monarch, or flattery? (7)
FLANNEL: There are three parts to this charade. 1. The abbreviation for fine. 2 The abbreviation for line times two. 3. One of the Stuart monarchs. Arrange as per the clue.
16a Wise having drain that is not emptied? (7)
SAPIENT: Begin with a verb meaning to drain. Add the Latin abbreviation for that is. Finish off with the outer letters (emptied) of the word not
19a Tricking, slyly, all up feasting on bananas (7,1,4,3)
PULLING A FAST ONE: Anagram (bananas) of ALL UP FEASTING ON
23a Dog has a drink taken outside, accordingly (5,4)
LHASA APSO: Begin with the words HAS A lifted straight from the clue surround those words with a synonym of the word drink. Add a two-letter word meaning accordingly.
24a Top seat taken by head of table (5)
TRUMP: A word for your seat or bottom follows the initial letter of the word table. Our very own Beet clued this word with the wordplay ‘Given time even an arse may become president’
25a Heading off Moroccan wild animal (7)
RACCOON: Anagram (wild) of (M)OROCCAN. Heading off signifies the removal of the first letter
26a Critical assessments concerning convictions (7)
REVIEWS: A two-letter word meaning concerning is followed by one’s convictions or opinions
1d Is probing male’s first and foremost injury (8)
MISCHIEF: The word is from the clue sits between the first letter of Male and a word meaning foremost or the head of an organisation
2d Firing international, into gin unfortunately (8)
IGNITION: Anagrams (unfortunately) of GIN and INTO surround the abbreviation for International.
3d Cold, and beginning to feel stiff (6)
FRIGID: The initial letter of the word feel is followed by a synonym of the word stiff
4d Member of the clergy reportedly shot playing billiards (6)
CANNON: A member of the clergy who is on the staff of a cathedral sounds like a shot played in billiards
5d Makes an idiotic error, initially, supplying homonym (8)
NAMESAKE: Anagram (idiotic) of MAKES AN followed by the first letter of the word error. My last one in by quite some time
6d Will a drink from this give you courage? (6)
BOTTLE: A synonym of courage may also be something a drink may be poured from
8d Feature some extra items (5)
TRAIT: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. Indicated by the word some
9d Sleep so long with son (3-4)
BYE-BYES: Two identical words that may be used as a farewell have the abbreviation for son added
14d Everyone at home welcoming a church marriage (8)
ALLIANCE: Begin with a word meaning everyone. Add a word meaning at home which is split by the letter A. Add the initials of the overused Church of England
15d Type of delivery members nail (3-4)
LEG-SPIN: Although the answer is enumerated 3-4 the clue works on a 4,3 split. The members here are limbs so there are two to choose from. Add a synonym of the word nail. You have lots to choose from. The answer is a type of delivery used by a bowler in a cricket match defined thus: a type of bowling which causes the ball to deviate from the leg side towards the off side after pitching. I hope that helps
17d Confident attitude about current ITV broadcast (8)
POSITIVE: An attitude or stance sits around the symbol for electrical current and an anagram (broadcast) of ITV.
18d Illegally enter hydro, breaking lock (8)
TRESPASS: The lock here is a lock of hair. Within it lies a hydro or mineral spring
19d Miserable, friend on trial (6)
PALTRY: A three-letter friend is followed by a trial or attempt
20d One after the other having an argument (2,1,3)
IN A ROW: A double definition, the first being like the pretty maids in the nursery rhyme
21d Knocks down storeys (6)
FLOORS: Another double definition both rather obvious
22d Ordinary circuit breaker may be helpful (2,3)
OF USE: The abbreviations for ordinary is followed by a safety device consisting of a strip of wire that melts and breaks an electric circuit if the current exceeds a safe level.
That’s all folks. Arrivederci.
Top line tee+parr+tees=tea parties
Bottom line miss+cell+tow=mistletoe