Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29376
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs where the sun continues to shine on our locked -down world. I wonder how many people it took to work out the latest ‘relaxation’ where you can meet family members in your garden so long as you don’t let them use the loo? Do we have to designate separate bushes for ladies and gents?
I found this quite tricky again, so a *** for difficulty. We have a pangra missing the X, so it looks like a ProXimal production.
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1a Stops minor that’s brought back drink (5,2)
DRAWS UP – Start by reversing the term for someone under age who is protected by the court or by a guardian, then add a verb for ‘drink’. The definition can apply to a bus arriving at a bus stop, for example.
5a Provide workers to others, a fine firm’s leader (7)
RESTAFF – Put together another word for ‘others’ or ‘the remainder’, A (from the clue), an abbreviation for Fine. And the first letter (leader) of Firm.
9a Beware entertaining Romeo’s desire (5)
CRAVE – The Latin word for ‘beware’ wrapped round the letter represented by Romeo in the NATO alphabet.
10a Shoe part‘s one in pack Helena ordered (5,4)
CUBAN HEEL – A young pack animal followed by an anagram (ordered) of HELENA.
11a Great home, inspector having decorated outside (10)
INORDINATE – ‘At home’ followed by a word for ‘elaborately decorated’ wrapped round the abbreviation for a Detective Inspector.
12a Called and spoke (4)
RUNG – Double definition, the first being a past participle, the second a noun for a spoke in a ladder.
14a Casually left inside nanny with cloth and a potty (12)
NONCHALANTLY – Anagram (potty) of NANNY, CLOTH and A, with Left inserted.
18a Romance story’s trendy (12)
RELATIONSHIP – The act of telling a story, followed by ‘trendy’ or ‘cool’.
21a Gollum losing ring left sad (4)
GLUM – Remove the ring-shaped letter and an abbreviation for Left from G(ol)LUM.
21a (newspaper version) Gollum losing ring alongside lake becoming sad. (4)
GLUM – Remove the ring-shaped letter and an abbreviation for Lake from G(ol)LUM.
22a Trader‘s quiet with little time to keep in touch (10)
FISHMONGER – Put together an instruction to be quiet and a shortened word for a brief period of time, then wrap another word for ‘touch’ or ‘handle’ around the result.
25a Focus! Impressive starter not totally finished (9)
EPICENTRE – Another word for ‘impressive’, as in a long and wide-ranging film, followed by a word for a starter (in some parts pf the world, a main course in others) with its final letter missing. A topical clue for the 2 Kiwis this week!
26a Divine images one sold fraudulently (5)
IDOLS – The Roman numeral for one, followed by an anagram (fraudulently) of SOLD. I put ICONS until the website told me I had a wrong answer.
27a Pitcher starts to tip, hampering one moving vessel (7)
THROWER – Put together the first letters (starts) of Tip and Hampering, then add someone moving a boat by means of oars.
28a Excellent, fast to accept male’s complaint (7)
AILMENT – The two letters which look like an alphanumeric grading of excellence, followed by the Christian fast leading up to Easter with Male inserted.
1d Cheating of French clubs, couple from the south (6)
DECEIT – Put together the French for ‘of’, the abbreviation for the club suit in a pack of cards, and the reverse (from the south, in a Down clue) of a word for ‘couple’ or ‘link’.
2d A fellow taking in Australia going up river (6)
AMAZON – Start with A (from the clue) and a word for a fellow, then insert the reverse (going up) of a slang term for Australia.
3d Depot’s base redeployed to create crafts (10)
SPEEDBOATS – Anagram (redeployed) of DEPOT’S BASE.
4d Shelled open, container for nut (5)
PECAN – Remove the outside letters (shelled) from (o)PE(n), then add a metal container.
5d Refutations about Capone, maybe, intercepting gun parts (9)
REBUTTALS – The Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, followed by the back ends of some guns wrapped round the abbreviated first name of Mr Capone (or Mr Jolson, for that matter).
6d Give son something to write with (4)
SINK – An abbreviation for Son followed by a fluid used for writing.
7d Correspond after a fourth letter? OK (8)
ADEQUATE – Put together A (from the clue), the fourth letter of the alphabet, and a word for ‘correspond’ or ‘regard as the same’.
8d Dupes men with no exception — female being superior (4,4)
FALL GUYS – Female followed by ‘men with no exception’.
13d Cleaning from New Year’s Day to year’s end, it all gets scrubbed regularly (10)
JANITORIAL – Start with a representation of the date of New Year’s Day, then add the last letter of yeaR and alternate letters (scrubbed regularly) of It AlL.
15d Rich sort prepared to host English singer (9)
CHORISTER – Anagram (prepared) of RICH SORT with English inserted.
16d Split up following business meeting to cut tenancy cost (8)
FRAGMENT – An abbreviation for Following, followed by the recurring cost of a tenancy wrapped round the acronym for a yearly formal meeting of a business or association.
17d Processed crude oil becomes more murky (8)
CLOUDIER – Anagram (processed) of CRUDE OIL.
19d Take no notice of some hanger-on, giving up (6)
IGNORE – Hidden in reverse in the clue.
20d Name missing from gift organised in advance (6)
PRESET – Remove the abbreviation for Name from another word for a gift.
23d Scavenger hunt’s beginning with the old rejected article (5)
HYENA – Put together the first letter of Hunt, an antique spelling for ‘the’, and the reverse (rejected) of a form of the indefinite article.
24d Beastly cry from yours truly: ‘That hurt!’ (4)
MEOW – A pronoun for ‘yours truly’ followed by an exclamation of pain.
The Quick Crossword pun KNAVE + EASE + EELS = NAVY SEALS