Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29357
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Good morning from Lockdown L I. Where Saint Sharon and I are enjoying an enforced retirement with pay. Although we have nothing to do and all day to do it, it is surprising just what can be achieved with a little effort here and there. The interior of our house in Leicestershire (It’s not Warwickshire Sharon) is nearly finished so I have begun an ambitious landscaping project in the garden. That should be fun with my knees. At least I have plenty of alcohol to see me through.
Today’s puzzle was a do what it says and all will be well puzzle. It fell into place quite quickly. I was hoping for more of a challenge but maybe that’s what The Toughie was made for.
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1a Bitter moan about plant in garden (10)
MONTBRETIA: For the gardeners amongst us we have an easy anagram of a plant also known as Crocosmia. The anagram indicator is about and the fodder is BITTER MOAN which is what you have after this plant has spread rapidly and taken over your borders
6a Posed outside back of shop in row (4)
SPAT: A three-letter word meaning posed has the last letter of the word shop included.
9a Abandon girl in shrub (6,4)
DESERT ROSE: Begin with a synonym of the word abandon, particularly used in a military situation. Add a girl. What girl? You may well ask. My daughter fits the bill.
10a American native given greeting outside work (4)
HOPI: The abbreviation of opus for a musical work sits inside a regularly used informal greeting. The tried in question had 19,338 people according to a census of 2010
12a In middle of lesson get unfriendly rebukes (6)
SCOLDS: The two central letters of the word lesson contain a word that means unfriendly, the opposite of warm.
13a Awful trouble with EU showing no love for diehard Tory? (4,4)
TRUE BLUE: An anagram (awful) of EU and TROUBLE needs to have the letter O removed (no love)
15a Special collection of least well-regarded artist? (6,6)
BOTTOM DRAWER: This special collection used to be what a bride to be gathered before her wedding to give her a start in married life. It might at a stretch be how one describes a lowly artist.
18a Buffoonery of liar had Queen troubled (12)
HARLEQUINADE: Anagram (troubled) of LIAR HAD QUEEN
21a Exercises to get bit of money by bankrupt college (8)
PEMBROKE: The third oldest Cambridge college can be found by placing the abbreviation usied by schools for physical education classes. Add the initial letter (bit of) of the word money. Add a word meaning bankrupt
22a German fellow’s regimen accepted with bit of hesitation (6)
DIETER: I believe this is a Christian name popular in Germany. Begin with a prescribed course of treatment often used for weight loss. Add one of two hesitations used by setters. Not um, the other one
24a Emotion created by speed getting heart going (4)
HATE: Begin with a synonym of the word speed. Remove its central letter to reveal an emotion on the other end of the emotional scale to love
25a Prisoner on top level said to be hiding away (10)
CONCEALING: Start with a regular criminal. Now find an upper limit or top level. Change the spelling of this word to suit the definition given by the clue. The word said is used here as a homophone indicator
26a Gait of the old man going to church (4)
PACE: Begin with an endearing informal term for your father. Add the abbreviation for the Church of England
27a Determined little girl, ten, saucy on the outside (10)
PERSISTENT: A three-part charade. 1. A little girl. The diminutive form of a female sibling. 2. The word ten from the clue. How generous of our setter is that. 3. A synonym of the word saucy. Arrange as per the instructions within the clue
1d Way holy person is unassuming (6)
MODEST: A way or method of doing something is followed by the abbreviation of a canonised person
2d Small numbers — in what way is that something bothering restaurant? (2-4)
NO SHOW: Split 3,3 we have the abbreviation for numbers followed by a word meaning in what way or by what means.
3d Like a drippy type showing no interest whatever? (5,2,5)
BORED TO TEARS: One might be said to be lachrymose in a situation of extreme ennui
4d They hear corny things (4)
EARS: Our organs of hearing are also the seed bearing heads of cereal plants
5d What may be played in tents that’s naughty and full of spirit (10)
INSTRUMENT: An anagram (that’s naughty) of IN TENTS contains (is full of) an alcoholic spirit favoured by sailors
7d Bad legislation? Such would supposedly help the needy (4,4)
POOR LAWS: A synonym of the word bad and a synonym of the word legislation should provide you with parliamentary acts of yesteryear designed to aid those living in chill penury
8d Attempt to get hold of liquid, out-of-this-world bathroom item (8)
TOILETRY: A three-lettered word meaning an attempt holds a liquid lubricant and the abbreviation used to mean out of this world which was the part of the title of a wonderful film about a boy and a visitor from outer space
11d Naval officers raised alarm at sea after first sign of rocks (4,8)
REAR ADMIRALS: An anagram (at sea) of RAISED ALARM follows the initial letter of the word rocks
14d Attacked dwelling and was effective (6,4)
STRUCK HOME: A word meaning to have attacked by hitting is followed by a term for ones dwelling or household
16d Quickly providing two portions of meat (4-4)
CHOP-CHOP: A word for a thick slice of meat, especially pork or lamb, adjacent to and often including a rib is repeated to make an exclamation meaning quickly
17d A passionate knight going out is fragrant (8)
AROMATIC: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a word meaning passionate or showing feelings of love but without the chess notation for a knight
19d Newspaper and Daily telegraph Puzzles Subscription clue. Street on fire — terrible conflict (6)
STRIFE: The abbreviation for street is followed by an anagram (terrible) of FIRE
19d Daily Telegraph subscriptions clue. Conflict? It’s upset ref badly (6)
STRIFE: Anagrams (upset and badly) of IT’S and REF
20d Traditional manufacturer needs entitlement to be heard (6)
WRIGHT: A homophone here. A traditional tradesman who might have the words wain, wheel or ship appended to his trade is a homophone on one’s entitlement to, possibly by birth
23d Stars in disgrace sometimes (4)
ACES: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. Indicated by the word in
Quickie Pun: bristle+rovers=Bristol Rovers