Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29412
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Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun put in an appearance this morning for the first time this week. Somewhat light-headed this week, after getting my first haircut since February!
For me, this crossword was unusually straightforward for a Friday, and I rattled through it with no hold-ups.
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1a The new stadium designed for West Ham United, perhaps? (7)
ANAGRAM – The answer is what makes ‘the new stadium’ into ‘West Ham United’, or vice versa.
5a Floral wreath kid is upset to put down (7)
GARLAND – Reverse a verb for ‘kid’ or ‘tease’, then add ‘put down’, as an aeroplane might at an airport.
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9a Compensate occasionally greedy, grasping old man (5)
REPAY – Alternate letters of gReEdY wrapped round another way of referring to the old man.
10a Dance a lot when tipsy, according to accounts (9)
ANECDOTAL – Anagram (when tipsy) of DANCE A LOT.
11a Encourage female to abandon a facelift — it melted! (10)
FACILITATE – Anagram (melted) of A (f)ACELIFT IT, with one of the abbreviations for Female removed.
12a Scrap audio tapes to some extent (4)
IOTA – Hidden in the clue.
14a Knowledgeable about water sources? (4-8)
WELL-INFORMED – The first word could refer to water sources accessed with a bucket and rope.
18a Traditional chorus in England, say, rendered around middle of July (4,4,4)
AULD LANG SYNE – Anagram (rendered) of ENGLAND SAY wrapped round the middle letters of JULy.
21a Drunk back by hotel? Nonsense (4)
TOSH – Reverse (back) a word for a habitual drunk, then add the letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet.
22a Content to leave etching as an illustration (3,7)
FOR EXAMPLE – If you remove all the inside letters from e(tchin)g you get a Latin abbreviation. The English translation of the phrase which that abbreviation represents is the answer here.
25a Song couple heard with others in Bury (3,2,4)
LAY TO REST – Put together an old word for a song, a homophone (heard) of a word for a couple, and a word for ‘the others’.
26a Gobbles suet regularly, getting very overweight (5)
OBESE – Alternate letters of gObBlEs and SuEt. The newspaper version and the early version of the online clue had ‘gobble’ rather than gobbles’, which makes the wordplay less satisfactory.
27a Exam’s first question was worrying, second is deemed comparable (7)
EQUATES – Put together the first letter of Exam, an abbreviation for ‘question’, another word for ‘was worrying’, and an abbreviation for Second.
28a Went to bed exhausted following ride I’d taken (7)
RETIRED – Remove the I’D (from the clue) from R(id)E, then add a word for ‘exhausted’.
1d Notice golfer finally, short distance off course (6)
ADRIFT – Put together a short word for a public notice, the last letter of golfeR, and three letters which, split (1,2) could be a Roman numeral for a small number and an abbreviation for an imperial measure of length.
2d Feature performance involving special source of expertise (6)
ASPECT – Put together an abbreviation for Special and the first letter (source) of Expertise, then wrap a performance or deed around the result.
3d Dietary supplement from which a queen benefits? (5,5)
ROYAL JELLY – Cryptic definition of a substance fed to queen bees.
4d Intended food must contain new ingredient (5)
MEANT – An abbreviation for New inserted into a carnivore’s food.
5d Respects detailed environmental articles husband disregarded (9)
GREETINGS – Remove the last letter (de-tailed) from the adjective usually attached to environmental measures, then add a general word for ‘articles’ with the abbreviation for Husband removed.
6d Rough game is supported by lowest social classes (4)
RUDE – The initials of the game played with an egg-shaped ball, followed by the alphabetic classification of the two lowest classes of society.
7d Creations modelled from trash, mostly? (3,5)
ART FORMS – Anagram (modelled) of FROM TRAS(h). ‘Mostly’ indicates that the anagram fodder is shortened.
8d Slow people boring when crossing road (8)
DULLARDS – Another word for ‘boring’ followed by another word for ‘when’ wrapped round an abbreviation for ‘road’.
13d Revolutionary children’s entertainer? (10)
ROUNDABOUT – Cryptic definition of a revolving item found in a children’s playground.
15d Spaniard visits solitary individuals, capitalists (9)
LONDONERS – The definition here refers to people who live in the capital. A word for people who prefer their own company wrapped round a title given to Spanish nobles.
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16d Sweet smell, it’s apparently returning somewhat (8)
PASTILLE – Hidden in reverse (returning somewhat) in the clue.
17d Affectionate expression boy uses freely about student (5,3)
BLESS YOU – Anagram (freely) of BOY USES with the letter attached to student drivers inserted.
19d Show up a House of Lords member, reportedly (6)
APPEAR – A (from the clue) followed by what sounds like (reportedly) a member of the House of Lords.
20d Key story that may not be true (6)
LEGEND – Double definition, the first being the key to a map or diagram.
23d Go in for chips without carp (5)
ENTER – Remove CARP from the tradesman often familiarly known as ‘chips’ to get the answer.
24d Dispute low temperature (4)
MOOT – ‘Low’ (like a cow) followed by Temperature.
The Quick Crossword pun KANT + HERB + AIRY = CANTERBURY