Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29394
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Good morning from South Staffs where it’s still grey and damp.
Today’s puzzle did not present any particular difficulty for me, though I suppose we will get the usual complaints from those who object to Biblical references.
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1a Number on University Challenge team notice one’s slept in (4-6)
FOUR-POSTER – The number of people who make up a team on University Challenge followed by an advertising notice stuck to the wall, giving us a type of bed.
6a Long gradient with no parking (4)
ITCH – Remove the symbol for a car park from the front of another word for gradient or slope.
9a Patriarch‘s account in prophetic book (5)
JACOB – The usual abbreviation for ‘account’ is placed inside an Old Testament book recounting the trials of someone whose patience is proverbial, giving us an Old Testament patriarch, son of Isaac.
10a Affection’s gone west — moving out in progress (9)
EVOLUTION – Reverse (gone west) another word for affection, then add an anagram (moving) of OUT IN.
12a The French bird over country seeing all the wildlife (6,7)
ANIMAL KINGDOM – Put together one of the forms of the French definite article and a talking bird, reverse the result (over), then add a word for a country ruled by a monarch.
14a One questioning what’s in mailbag — no stickers? (8)
AGNOSTIC – Hidden in the clue.
15a Long dull passage covered in loose rock, apparently (6)
SCREED – This word for a long piece of writing could also be a participle created by back-formation from a word for a slope of loose pieces of weathered rock found at the foot of a cliff or mountain.
17a Modern work — revolutionary work with character (3,3)
POP ART – Reverse (revolutionary) the Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work, then add a character or role on stage.
19a Propeller engineer carries west (8)
AIRSCREW – Anagram (engineer) of CARRIES, followed by West.
21a One starts a speech that another puts a stop to (9,4)
QUOTATION MARK – Cryptic definition of a piece of punctuation used to indicate direct speech.
24a I had to restrain rattier drunk becoming angry (9)
IRRITATED – The short form of ‘I had’ wrapped round an anagram (drunk) of RATTIER.
25a Playwright in limbo, seeing odd characters cut (5)
IBSEN – Alternate letters of lImBo SeEiNg.
26a Part or whole read aloud (4)
SOME – Another word for a part of something which sounds like (read aloud) a word for the total.
27a Biscuit trademark with flower rejected (6,4)
BRANDY SNAP – A manufacturer’s identifying mark followed by the reverse (rejected) of a flower also known as a viola.
1d Juliet visiting France, Italy, India and another country (4)
FIJI – Put together the IVR codes for France and Italy and the letter represented by India in the NATO alphabet, then insert the letter represented by Juliet in the NATO alphabet.
2d Row after meeting of countries leads to release (7)
UNCHAIN – The initials of an international forum, followed by a row or series of linked occurrences.
3d Bar very piercing clarinets, playing as one in the town hall? (6,7)
PUBLIC SERVANT – Another word for a bar or inn followed by an anagram (playing) of CLARINETS with Very inserted.
4d Film outline in which arsenic wrecked love (8)
SCENARIO – Anagram (wrecked) of ARSENIC followed by the letter which looks like a love score at tennis.
5d Something for the mind that’s offered in a tablet? (1-4)
E-BOOK – The tablet here is an iPad or similar, and the answer refers to reading material made available on such a tablet.
7d Twirl in tango with violin, losing head (7)
TWIDDLE – Put together the letter represented by Tango in the NATO alphabet, With, and another word for a violin with its first letter removed.
8d Cast-off worker sad to receive note (4-2-4)
HAND-ME-DOWN – A factory worker and another word for ‘sad’, placed either side of ‘the name I call myself’ in the sol-fa scale.
11d In clues, yearns to be funny, superfluously (13)
UNNECESSARILY – Anagram (to be funny) of IN CLUES YEARNS.
13d Moist sea creatures British caught, not Germany — they won’t go off (4,6)
DAMP SQUIBS – Start with another word for moist, add some sea creatures with many tentacles, then replace the IVR code for Germany with British, to get some failing fireworks.
16d Leo, maybe journalist, definitely not up to be recruited (6,2)
SIGNED ON – Put together something of which Leo (or Aquarius) is an example, the usual crossword journalist, and the reverse (up) of a word for ‘definitely not’.
18d Computer aid for good memory (7)
PROGRAM – Put together the Latin word for ‘for’. Good¸ and the acronym for a type of computer memory.
20d Revolutionise karaoke to collect rising gains (5,2)
RAKES IN – Hidden in reverse (rising) in the clue).
22d Bury theatrical writer misses opening (5)
INTER – Remove the first letter of the author of The Birthday Party.
23d Bargain brooches sent to the north (4)
SNIP – Reverse (to the north) another word for brooches or the way they are attached.
And finally, a fond farewell to the superstar my late father always referred to as ‘Vera Grim’
The Quick Crossword pun VERSE + EYE = VERSAILLES