Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29328
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from sunny but locked-down South Staffs. The bramble patches in my garden are beginning to wonder what’s hit them.
Today’s puzzle is a pangra, missing only the X which would make it a pangram. We may deduce that it is probably by ProXimal. I had no real hold-ups in solving it, so ** for difficulty, and plenty of time for the Telegraph’s extra puzzles.
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 Small tip: books tell us lots (5,7)
SPEAK VOLUMES – Put together an abbreviation for Small, the tip of a mountain, and some books in a set.
9a Broadcast on fine trade show (4)
FAIR – Fine followed by ‘broadcast’.
10a Spice Girl content in journey somewhere in Australia (9)
MELBOURNE – One of the spice girls (3,1) followed by the inside letters (content) of (j)OURNE(y).
12a Indifference in course in outskirts of Aylesbury (6)
APATHY – A course or route with the outside letters of AylesburY wrapped around it.
13a Plump guide sadly exhausted (8)
FATIGUED – another word for ‘plump’ followed by an anagram (sadly) of GUIDE.
15a Again find sample of Everywhere: disco version (10)
REDISCOVER – Hidden in the clue.
16a Gamble on a character from Greece (4)
BETA – Another word for ‘gamble’ followed by A (from the clue), giving us a letter of the Greek alphabet.
18a Reptiles like empty places (4)
ASPS – Another conjunction meaning ‘like’ followed by the outside letters (empty) of PlaceS.
20a Hell uncovered during show that’s unseemly (10)
INDELICATE – Start with verb for ‘show’ or ‘point out’, then insert the middle letters (uncovered) of (h)EL(l).
23a Delighted to welcome European, very lofty (8)
ELEVATED Another word for ‘delighted wrapped around abbreviations for European and Very.
24a Regularly action team attached to a leisure venue (6)
CINEMA – Alternate letters (regularly) of aCtIoN tEaM followed by A (from the clue).
26a Scout I note runs, following sport on playing field (9)
RECRUITER – Put together a small park or playing field, the initials of a fifteen-a-side sport, I (from the clue), a note from the sol-fa scale (a drink with jam and bread, perhaps), and some cricketing Runs.
27a Burn boat after king’s left (4)
ETCH – Remove the chess notation for a king from the front of a type of sailing boat.
28a Send one terms about driving offence records (12)
ENDORSEMENTS – Anagram (about) of SEND ONE TERMS.
2d Buy tea, going into wallet (8)
PURCHASE – A type of wallet, more often used by women, perhaps, wrapped around another word for ‘tea’.
3d A queen, gracious host (4)
ARMY – Put together A (from the clue), the Latin abbreviation for a queen, and an exclamation like ‘gracious!’.
4d One making choice to keep broken metal item of circuitry (10)
VOLTAMETER – Someone making a choice in an election, wrapped round an anagram (broken) of METAL.
5d Chance to share small room with relative (4-2)
LOOK-IN – split (3,3) you have another word for the smallest room in the house and another word for a relative. As (4-2) it’s a chance to participate in a deal or activity.
6d Damage most of monarch’s tent (7)
MARQUEE – Another word for ‘damage’ followed by our monarch with her last letter removed (most of).
7d Roadside observers a Merc passed travelling around Spain (5,7)
SPEED CAMERAS – Anagram (travelling) of A MERC PASSED, wit the IVR code for Spain inserted.
8d A Zulu in severe danger (6)
HAZARD – Another word for ‘severe’ or ‘stern’ wrapped round A (from the clue) and the letter represented by Zulu in the NATO alphabet.
11d Bearing cost about fiver in the end, without delivery charge (8-4)
CARRIAGE-FREE – A person’s bearing or way of standing followed by a cost or charge wrapped around the last letter (in the end) of fiveR.
14d Have cold in shelter on High Street, or thereabouts (4,6)
TOWN CENTRE – Another word for ‘have’ and an abbreviation for Cold are placed inside a canvas shelter. Then add the Latin word for ‘on (the subject of)’ or ‘about’.
17d Studious learner involved in editing novel (8)
DILIGENT – Anagram (novel) EDITING with the usual Learner inserted.
19d Ran through coastal structure erected last month (7)
PIERCED – Something found in seaside resorts followed by the reverse (erected, in a Down clue) of the last month of the year (in its short form).
21d Business acquiring clubs in New York after some time (6)
AGENCY – A long period of time followed by the abbreviation for New York wrapped around the bridge symbol for the club suit.
22d Big cat‘s junior imbibing water in Spain (6)
JAGUAR – The Spanish word for ‘water’ with an abbreviation of JunioR wrapped around it.
25d Real regret after end of engagement (4)
TRUE – The last letter (end) of engagemenT followed by another word for ‘regret’.
Stay safe, everyone.
The Quick Crossword pun MINE + OAT + TORE = MINOTAUR