Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29369
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A jolly nice Thursday puzzle. Slightly lacking in difficulty.
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1a Old girl, one getting on, missing out (8)
OMISSION: Let us begin by following the instructions set out by our setter. 1 The abbreviation for old. 2 A girl (unmarried). 3 The letter that looks like the number one. 4 The word ON from the clue. Will this set the tone for the rest of the puzzle. I hope not. Far too simple
9a Sequence of individual’s autobiography? (3,2,3)
ONE BY ONE: A delightful clue. The sequence describes single file. The whole clue wittily describes an autobiography
10a Holiday location — mostly ‘dance island’? (4)
BALI: Three quarters of a formal dance together with the abbreviation for island will lead you to a holiday destination which is also an island. One of 17,508 in Indonesia
11a Maidens out in winds where snow and ice may be evident? (12)
MOUNTAINSIDE: Anagram time. No pencils necessary here. Anagram (winds) of MAIDENS OUT IN
13a Shop with endless lines in bowls? (8)
DELIVERS: Begin with a shop. The sort where Saint Sharon might buy my olives. Add a word meaning some lines (of poetry) but without its last letter.
15a My covering had to be head cloth (6)
CHADOR: The word had which our setter has kindly gifted to us sits comfortably inside an expression like my or gosh or golly bongs
16a Male animal with leg cut (4)
STAG: With the letter E added this male animal become a leg or intermediate part of a longer event or process
17a Where stone was taken from food item (5)
SCONE: The stone mentioned in the clue is also known as The Coronation Stone. It is named after the abbey where it used to be kept. Both the name of the abbey and the name of the stone are also the name of a small unsweetened or lightly sweetened cake made from flour, fat, and milk and sometimes having added fruit. The subject of an article in today’s paper. Online page 53. Dead tree page 11
18a Language of ranter sermonising (4)
ERSE: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue indicated by the word of
20a Line on map leader ignored travelling from place to place (2,4)
ON TOUR: Remove the first letter of the word used to show heights above sea level on an Ordnance Survey map. O.S. Maps also feature in today’s paper. Online page 11. Dead tree page 2
21a Leader of men is boss in funny business? (8)
MISCHIEF: Begin with the first letter (leader of) of the word Men. Add the word IS from the clue. Add the head person, ruler or leader of an organisation
23a Requests for ointments? (12)
APPLICATIONS: A delicious double definition. If in doubt wait for checkers
26a Facial expression of Greek character, last character in line-up? (4)
PHIZ: The 21st letter of the Greek alphabet is followed by the last letter of ours
27a Home (No. 6) by river — they’ve been asked along (8)
INVITEES: A three-part charade. 1 a word meaning (at) home. 2 The Roman numerals denoting the number six. 3 A river. No juggling necessary. Very straightforward once you stumble across the river
28a Guidance to find cheap accommodation (8)
STEERAGE: A double definition. The second usually being the cheapest form of travel
2d Unusual teatimes having most of one sort of food (8)
MEATIEST: Anagram (unusual) of TEATIMES
3d Sporting venue associated with water polo possibly! (8-4)
SWIMMING POOL: An all in one definition of a venue where water polo might be played. The final word is an anagram (possibly) of POLO
4d Trendy, on end of street, a Parisian flat? No! (2,4)
IN TUNE: Begin with a short word meaning trendy. Add the final letter of the word streeT. Add the French feminine word for a. An interesting definition
5d Nothing these days arrives on time (4)
NOWT: A three-letter word meaning these days or at the present time is followed by the abbreviation for time. The answer is a lovely little word much underused
6d This person, bad, holding firm up? Neither bad nor good (8)
MEDIOCRE: A word meaning this person is followed by a word meaning awful which contains the reverse of the abbreviation for company.
7d Piano composer not the first or last in a native group (4)
HOPI: Remove the outer letters of a Polish composer’s name who wrote primarily for solo piano. This answer appeared a fortnight ago clued thus: American native given greeting outside work (4)
8d Go through with soldiers sitting on ‘final’ vehicle (8)
REHEARSE: The soldiers here are The Royal Engineers who have spent a lot of time in crosswordland through the years. They are followed by the vehicle used to carry people on the way to their final resting place or a crematorium
12d Something dramatic not everyone will pick up (5,7)
STAGE WHISPER: A cryptic definition of a loud whisper uttered by an actor on stage, intended to be heard by the audience but supposedly unheard by other characters in the play.
14d Rage of street men prepared to fight about nothing (5)
STORM: There are three parts to this charade. 1 The abbreviation for street. 2 The abbreviation for a set of fighting men, this time the the Royal Marines. 3 The letter that represents nothing. Arrange to suit the instructions within the clue.
16d Occasional crop said to be unreliable (8)
SPORADIC: Anagram (to be unreliable) of CROP SAID.
17d Note ascending space vehicle — there’s a rotating mechanism (8)
SPROCKET: The note appended as an afterthought is reversed and placed in front of a spaceship.
19d Wholesale activity to remove dirt? (8)
SWEEPING: a word meaning wide in range or effect also describes the removal of dirt with a broom
22d Silly jokes about parking in capital city (6)
SKOPJE: Good luck with this anagram (silly) of JOKES which surrounds the abbreviation for parking. Good luck with the spelling. I left this blank
24d Put surface material on quiet avenue (4)
PAVE: The musical notation for quiet is followed by the abbreviation of avenue
25d Tails up maybe after this? (4)
TOSS: What one does with a coin to decide an outcome by guessing heads or tails
John Thompson. Gone but not forgotten. Thanks for all the good times.
Quickie Pun Maxim + Million = Maximilian A Holy Roman Emperor never crowned by The Pope