Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29352
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning and ‘white rabbits’ from South Staffs, where we continue with a second month of lockdown, and my hair is acquiring the length (but not the colour!) it last had in the 1970s.
The top half of today’s puzzle went in very quickly, then I had to think a little more about the lower half, but still finished in ** time.
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1a Facial expression noble Anne changed before church (11)
COUNTENANCE – Put together a foreign nobleman (Monte Cristo, perhaps), an anagram (changed) of ANNE, and the initials of the Church of England.
7a Hotel losing all contents: utter thief uncordial and nasty (7)
HURTFUL – The letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet, followed by the outside letters (losing all contents) of UtteR ThieF UncordiaL.
8a Cutting back on beer in bar (7)
EXCERPT – The final letter of beeR inserted into a word meaning ‘bar’ or ‘saving’, giving us what may be a press cutting.
10a Marked lack of cuddling partner (5)
NOTED – Split the answer (2,3) and you may have what a child missing his favourite cuddly toy might say.
11a American willing for piano to be completely stripped (9)
ILLINOIAN – Remove the outside letters (to be completely stripped) from the second, third and fourth words of the clue, and put the remainder together to get this resident of an American state.
12a African native‘s wife painting house close to Johannesburg (7)
WARTHOG – Put together an abbreviation for Wife, something of which painting is an example, an abbreviation for HOuse, and the final letter of JohannesburG.
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14a Warrior spirit reflected in development of Asia (7)
SAMURAI – Reverse (reflected) an alcoholic spirit, then wrap an anagram (development) of ASIA around the result.
15a Intern cleared out skip coming to us (7)
INBOUND – The outside letters of InterN, followed by ‘skip’ or ‘leap’, to get a word for a ship or plane heading for its home base.
18a Young beast bit German neighbour (7)
TADPOLE – Another word for a bit or smidgen. Followed by someone who is a geographic neighbour of Germany.
20a Characteristic rush to return eastern currency no longer in use (9)
TRADEMARK – Reverse (return) another word for ‘rush’, then add Eastern, and a former European currency.
21a Little bit odd in empty catacomb (5)
CRUMB – A word for ‘odd’ or ‘strange’ inserted into the outside letters (empty) of CatacomB.
22a Approaching rogue in anger (7)
NEARING – Anagram (rogue) of IN ANGER.
23a Bird‘s right din on far side of mineral spring (7)
SPARROW – Put together a mineral spring, Right, and a din.
24a Officers from university caught in fib by those renting (11)
LIEUTENANTS – Another word for a fib and another word for people renting a property, placed either side of University.
1d Dog on a hill, one overseeing museum (7)
CURATOR – Put together a pejorative term for a dog, A (from the clue) and a hill on Dartmoor, perhaps.
2d Empty fund, excited to acquire house finally (5)
UNFED – Anagram (excited) of FUND, wrapped round the final letter of housE.
3d Meaningful narration (7)
TELLING – Double definition: something which makes an impression on the hearer; or a simple recounting of a story.
4d Noticed about ladder at regular points going up in sewers (7)
NEEDLES – These sewers are used for sewing. A word for ‘noticed’ is wrapped around alternate letters (at regular points) of LaDdEr, then the whole lot is reversed (going up).
5d Given pseudonym that’s appropriate upset male journalist (9)
NICKNAMED – Put together a word for ‘appropriate unlawfully’, the reverse (upset) of another word for a male human, and the usual crossword journalist.
6d Bodily organ with another, heart excised previously (7)
EARLIER – An organ found on the side of your head, followed by another organ from your insides, with its middle letter removed.
7d Engineer drew that inn using pen, perhaps (11)
HANDWRITTEN – Anagram (engineer) DREW THAT INN.
9d Player’s problem intense playing with large fiddlestick (6,5)
TENNIS ELBOW – Anagram (playing) of INTENSE, followed by Large and the implement used to play a violin.
13d Rodents metres below river covered in hard frozen water (5,4)
HOUSE MICE – Put together Hard, the name of one of several rivers in England, Metres, and ‘frozen water’.
16d Tool and plug put in scrap (7)
BRADAWL – A short form od a commercial plug inserted into a scrap or fight.
17d Current of air upended the short beefeater? (7)
DRAUGHT – Put together TH(e) (from the clue, short) and a person performing the duty that the Beefeaters perform at the Tower of London, then reverse the result.
18d Opinion lad adopts (5,2)
TAKES ON – An opinion or angle on a question, followed by a lad or male child.
19d Works ever so frantically outside for all to see (7)
OEUVRES – Anagram (frantically) of EVER SO wrapped round the letter used by film censors to indicate a film suitable for general viewing.
21d Secure area to the north in Asian country (5)
CHAIN – Start with a large Asian country, then move the Area forward in the word (to the north, in a Down clue).
The Quick Crossword pun HIDE + RANGER = HYDRANGEA