Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29405
Hints and tips by Wilson, Keppel and Betty
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from the bottom of the barrel. Our new home where I am waiting for DPS to bring my new HiFi system having donated my old one to a worthy cause in the L.I. boondocks. Had I realised just how much high end HiFi would cost I may not have been so altruistic. As usual ‘Don’t tell Sharon’.
After solving the Quickie as a warmup, I didn’t expect too much difficulty from this puzzle and it didn’t prove me wrong. Work through the acrosses and downs a couple of times and fill in the blanks. After the three easier starts to the week I was hoping for a more testing exercise. I have a theory that the longer you stay with Big Dave’s blog the better you get at solving these puzzles.
Thanks to the setter for providing an early loaf of bread and a slice of cake to go with my early morning cup of cha.
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1a Good article about old English author who wrote in German (6)
GOETHE: Just what we need to start the day. An obscure (to me) German author who died in 1832. Actually he is considered to be Germany’s greatest ever writer. His output was varied and prolific. However has he passed me by? The abbreviations for Old and English are separated by G(ood) and a word described in the clue as an article but defined as a determiner
5a Women’s undergarments — they may cause embarrassment (8)
BLOOMERS: An old-fashioned term for a ladies loose fitting knee length knickers is also a term describing a gaffe that might lead to red faced embarrassment. After a serious injury my pal John had to visit a physiotherapist to help regain the use of his hand. He couldn’t close his fist to hold small items which would fall through to the ground. The sweet young female physiotherapist asked what tasks he could no longer do that he would like to be able to do. “Well nurse” he said, “I can’t hold my peanuts” Unfortunately that wasn’t what she heard.
9a An Irishman too nasty to bring peace and concord? (13)
HARMONISATION: Here we go. Anagram time. Anagram (nasty) of AN IRISHMAN TOO
10a Criticising action of quarry workers? (8)
BLASTING: A form of criticism is also what quarry workers might do with dynamite. Does anybody remember Mr Bates? I considered looking for a YouTube clip but thought it would be very dated and not really funny
11a Sound of Bertrand in speech? (6)
RUSTLE: A British polymath and Nobel Laureate born in 1872 has a surname that sounds like the noise caused by the movement of dry leaves or paper
12a US city street in financially favourable situation (6)
BOSTON: A time of great prosperity is interrupted by the abbreviation for a street
14a Last bits, fancy details — any number to be filled in (4,4)
TAIL ENDS: On of those anagrams that doesn’t require too much shuffling. The word fancy suggests an anagram. The letters of the word DETAILS are those to play with. Hang on I hear you cry! Where does the letter N come from? Ah yes I see now. That is the mathematical unknown
16a Holy person with top-class car, one in no hurry (8)
STROLLER: The abbreviation for one canonised is followed by a term used to describe a make of luxury motor car.
19a Cake provided by entrance to a university (6)
GATEAU: An entrance like the one to your front garden is followed by the letter A from the clue and the abbreviation for university. Somebody stole our front gate the other day. Right in front of my eyes. He just took it off it’s hinges and walked away. I didn’t say anything in case he took offence
21a Word of thanks with poet getting ceremonial tunic (6)
TABARD: A simple two-letter word of thanks is followed by a poet, traditionally one reciting epics and associated with a particular oral tradition
23a Like many a blind Italian (8)
VENETIAN: A nun was taking a bath when there was a knock at the door. “Who is there” she asked? “The blind man” came the reply. “Well come on in then” she said. The blind man entered, looked at the nun and said “Nice boobs. Now where do want me do want me to fit these blinds?”
25a On the golf course messing about (7,6)
PLAYING AROUND: When split 7,1,5 this might describe what a golfer is doing on a golf course.
26a Doomed fools suffering setback in exploit (8)
DESTINED: A word meaning fools or idiots is reversed (setback) and placed inside a word describing an exploit or performance
27a Leg gets stuck in bit of wood, running (6)
LOPING: I do like this clue. A term meaning one of your legs is placed inside a sawn-off branch of wood
2d Play books set on top of celebrity magazine (7)
OTHELLO: Collectively the first half of the books of the bible is followed by the name of a magazine popular amongst people who are very different. Oddly different
3d Birds back with first one descending to ground (5)
TERNS: A word meaning the back (of a ship perhaps) has its first letter moved to the end of the word
4d Passionate end of the movement, a recital’s final bit (9)
EMOTIONAL: A four-part charade in regular order. 1 The final letter of the word the. 2 A movement in an agenda or in general. 3 The letter A from the clue 4 The last letter of the word recital
5d Girl in game ultimately lost (7)
BRIDGET: This girl can be found by adding the final letter of the word lost to a popular card game
6d Broadcasting as one walking very happily? (2,3)
ON AIR: A double definition. The second describes Saint Sharon ever since the moment she set eyes on me. Lucky girl
7d An item possibly seen when going round the ship (9)
MAINSHEET: An anagram (possibly) of AN ITEM sits around the gender by which a ship is known
8d Caused irritation, having acted as boss after row (7)
RANKLED: The past participle of a verb meaning to lead as in be the boss follows a row of soldiers perhaps
13d Attacked and broken up? (4,5)
TOOK APART: A double definition the second being more obvious to me. What George Daniels did with the watch he found as a boy
15d E-learning can be arranged, by and large (2,7)
IN GENERAL: Anagram (can be arranged) of E-LEARNING
17d Pirate’s funny walk (7)
TRAIPSE: Anagram (funny) of PIRATES. I quite like this short sharp clue
18d Wrecked artist, very old (7)
RAVAGED: The abbreviation for a member of the Royal Academy is followed by the abbreviation of very. These are followed by a word meaning old or knocking on a bit.
20d Leave a bar, accompanied by university teacher (7)
ABANDON: Begin with the letter A from the clue. Add a word meaning to bar something. Add a term for a lecturer at a university
22d Lower oneself to be entertained by rude ignoramus (5)
DEIGN: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. The words to be entertained by suggest that it is so
24d Something digital, mostly with quiet beat (5)
THUMP: One of our digits has its last letter replaced by the musical abbreviation for quiet.
The Quick Crossword pun: locum+ocean=locomotion