Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29322
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from an eerily quiet South Staffs. I hope the coronavirus is keeping its distance from you all.
It’s not often that I award **** for difficulty to a back page puzzle, but this one took me into that time bracket. Some unusual constructions and some stretched definitions both contributed to the difficulty for me. I shall be interested to see what others make of it, but my feeling is that this would have been at home in a midweek Toughie slot.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Times following up proposition Queen is not a good Samaritan? (6-2)
PASSER-BY – Put together an amorous proposition, the regnal cipher of our Queen, and a word which, like ‘times’ is a multiplier. The result is what the priest and the Levite were to the man who fell among thieves in the parable of the Good Samaritan in St Luke’s Gospel.
5a Beat schoolmaster, getting time inside (4)
STIR – This is ‘beat’ in a cookery sense. Insert Time into the form of address traditionally used for a male teacher.
9a Spring in France — nation rioting, university seized (8)
FOUNTAIN – The IVR code for France followed by an anagram (rioting) of NATION wrapped around University.
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10a Fitting bolster back on (6)
PROPER – A verb meaning ‘to bolster’ followed by the reverse (back) of a Latin word for ‘on (the subject of)’.
11a Time of love, love? Love, love! (8)
MIDNIGHT – ‘Love’ here is the tennis score, Put four of them together and you get a time in 24-hour clock format which is the answer to this clue,
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12a Oddly taking things off in train, Bob doing strip (6)
RIBBON – Alternate letters (oddly taking things off) of tRaIn BoB dOiNg.
14a Running hot and cold, divine liquid covers ices, melting (10)
INDECISIVE – Anagram (liquid) of DIVINE wrapped around an anagram (melting) of ICES.
18a Victory number one turned series (10)
SUCCESSION – Another word for a victory followed by the reverse (turned) of a short form of ‘number one’.
22a Two Europeans having couple of pints inside run out to see match (6)
EQUATE – Remove the R (run out) from a two-pint measure, then put an abbreviation for European either side of the result.
23a Agreeable rustic houses either side of Liverpool (8)
PLEASANT – A rustic person with one of the end letters of Liverpool inserted.
24a Heated camphor used when going bye-byes, possibly? (6)
BOILED – What you use to ‘go bye-byes’ wrapped round something which may be an extract of camphor.
25a Popular remix of ‘So Vain’ becomes offensive (8)
INVASION – A two-letter word for ‘popular’ or ‘fashionable’ followed by an anagram(remix) of SO VAIN.
26a Sparkle — hurry — drop — shatter! (4)
DASH – Quadruple definition. The third one is a drop of liquid added to a mixture.
27a Likely cost of this person’s cracking country pile (8)
ESTIMATE – A country property wrapped around the short way of writing ‘this person is’.
2d Rather thick, putting an R in ‘investigate’ (6)
STURDY – Put an R into another word for ‘investigate’ or ‘research’.
3d Demand rising, business gathering cheers (6)
ENTAIL – Reverse (rising) another word for ‘business’ (as in the old TV programme ‘What’s My —?’) and insert a two-letter short word for ‘cheers’ or ‘thank you’.
4d Radiance of British justice (10)
BRIGHTNESS – British followed by ‘justice’ or ‘fairness’.
6d This writer involved in craftier novel, not a great (8)
TERRIFIC – The pronoun for ‘this writer’ inserted into an anagram (novel) of CR(a)FTIER without the A (not a).
7d ‘Bottled in Devonshire’, pub licences state (8)
REPUBLIC – Hidden in the clue.
8d Frenzied title boxing gave a buzz (8)
DERANGED – A document which may show title to a property wrapped round ‘gave a buzz’.
9d Celebrity footballers on camera, taking centre (4)
FAME – The two-letter acronym for the football governing body in England, followed by the middle letters of caMEra.
13d They fly around stormy Polar Sea, bearing north-east (10)
AEROPLANES – Anagram (stormy) of POLAR SEA with North-East inserted. They’re not flying around so much at the moment.
15d Gather disorder splits island where Boney was held up, … (8)
ASSEMBLE – Start by wrapping the Mediterranean island where Napoleon was first exiled around a word for ‘disorder’ or ‘confusion’, then reverse (held up) the result.
16d … captured and tied up (8)
OCCUPIED – Double definition: land under the control of an invading army; and ‘engaged in an activity’.
17d Anxious struggle to get wife off ship (8)
RESTLESS – Remove the Wife from the front of an other word for ‘struggle (with)’, then add the usual crossword abbreviation for a ship.
19d One joining military force since getting over shooting expedition (6)
SAFARI – Put together the Roman numeral for one, one of the armed services, and another word for ‘since’, then reverse the result (getting over).
20d We can admire the craft in this Bernstein song about November (6)
MARINA – Insert the letter represented by November in the NATO alphabet into a love song which is found in Bernstein’s West Side Story.
21d Overcome in Lourdes, one supporting saint (4)
STUN – An abbreviation for ‘saint’ followed by the way they say ‘one’ in Lourdes (which is in France).
The Quick Crossword pun BENDS + TOKES = BEN STOKES