Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29418
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Good morning from South Staffs. As I write, the sun is shining for the first time for some days.
Nothing particularly difficult for me in today’s puzzle, though the checkers weren’t particularly helpful in deciding which of a few possibilities was the answer to 15a, my last one in.
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1a They protect young things and elderly bodies beyond 100 (4,6)
COLD FRAMES – These items protect young plants. Put together the Roman numeral for 100, another word for ‘elderly’, and another word for ‘bodies’.
6a Spectacular cognac I personally sampled, from the East (4)
EPIC – Hidden in reverse (from the East) in the clue.
9a Gather scattered forces about school? (7)
REGROUP – The Lain word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, followed by a school or collection.
10a Bit unsettling, entertaining as mum makes rice (7)
BASMATI – Anagram (unsettling) of BIT, wrapped round AS (from the clue) and a short word for ‘mum’, giving us a variety of long-grain rice.
12a Star excited with boat’s decorative design (4,3,6)
ARTS AND CRAFTS – Anagram (excited) of STAR, followed by another word for ‘with’ and another word for ‘boat, plus the’S from the clue.
14a One’s away east, been all over the place (8)
ABSENTEE – Anagram (all over the place) of EAST BEEN.
15a Someone who gives others a hand (6)
DEALER – Cryptic definition of someone at a card table distributing cards.
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17a Thinking it over in advance? (6)
MOTIVE – Reverse (over) IT (from the clue) and insert the result into another word for ‘advance’.
19a Sets up meals eating area (8)
LAUNCHES – Some midday meals wrapped round Area.
21a Cricketer who takes guard late? (5-8)
NIGHT-WATCHMAN – Cryptic definition of a lower-order batsman sent in when a wicket falls late in the day, to protect a specialist batsman from having to come out to bat in difficult circumstances.
24a One brings food in vehicle to sit around tree, unwinding (7)
CATERER – A motor vehicle wrapped round an anagram (unwinding) of TREE.
25a Consider US lawyer’s twisted justice (7)
ADJUDGE – Reverse (twisted) the initials of a US law officer responsible for prosecuting local cases, then add another word for the person called a ‘justice’.
26a Emergency call boxes opening for ‘999’ and children? (4)
SONS – The three-letter emergency call which is ··· – – – ··· in Morse, wrapped round the first letter of ‘999’ (if you wrote it as words).
27a Cook segregates seasonal specialities (6,4)
EASTER EGGS – Anagram (cook) of SEGREGATES.
1d Port that’s put in a sherry bottle? (4)
CORK – The port in the south-west of Ireland known as Corcaigh in Irish. Also a stopper for a sherry bottle.
2d Stoppages spread in Accounts (3,4)
LOG JAMS – Some records or accounts ofevents on board ship, wrapped round a preserved fruit spread.
3d One doesn’t know where to cross (8,5)
FLOATING VOTER – Cryptic definition of someone who is unsure whom to choose in an election.
4d All the letters from two Greek characters one abridged (8)
ALPHABET – Put together the first two letters of the Greek one of these, then remove the last letter of the second one.
5d Implant added — bumped up evenly (5)
EMBED – Alternate letters (evenly) of aDdEd BuMpEd, reversed (up)
7d Philip lay fulminating about teasing (7)
PLAYFUL – Hidden in the clue.
8d Caught start of rugby scissors manoeuvres intersecting (5-5)
CRISS-CROSS – Put together an abbreviation for Caught, the first letter of Rugby, and an anagram (manoeuvres) of SCISSORS.
11d NCO material, six-footer accompanying ex-PM (8-5)
SERGEANT-MAJOR – A heavy, twilled material, followed by one of the usual crossword insects (six footer) and the surname of the Prime Minister who followed Margaret Thatcher.
13d Charisma — dancing, carrying on blowing instruments (10)
HARMONICAS – Anagram (dancing) of CHARISMA, wrapped round ON (from the clue).
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16d Diagram showing local top ten? (3,5)
BAR CHART – The local here is a drinking establishment. If the top ten of these were ranked, they would appear in a — —–.
18d Reportedly giant is tense (7)
TIGHTEN – This verb for ‘tense’ sounds like (reportedly) a mythical giant, one of those overthrown by Zeus in Greek mythology.
20d Abject display by setter? (7)
HANGDOG – Put together ‘display’ (a picture in a gallery, perhaps) and the type of animal which a setter is.
22d Gold volunteers located under a vessel (5)
AORTA – Put together A (from the clue), the heraldic term for gold, and the initials of Britain’s former volunteer reserve force, to get a major blood vessel.
23d Encloses scribbles (4)
PENS – Double definition, the first referring to enclosing farm animals in small enclosures.
The Quick Crossword pun CAR + PIN + TREE + SOARS = CARPENTRY SAWS