Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29453
Hints and tips by Bill Brewer.
Not the academic. The one from around Gazza’s way
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Only twenty eight clues to sort out today folks which should give us all extra time in our day. Use it wisely. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Tell somebody you hold dear that you love them. Indulge yourself in a guilty pleasure. Never forget what comes next after breathe out.
Time travel will be of use solving this pleasant puzzle but there is no need for stout footwear or suitable clothing. Just you and your imagination should suffice.
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1a School does something to get mutual agreements (8)
COMPACTS: Begin with the shortened name of a school which takes pupils of all abilities and add a word meaning does something or takes action
6a Fantasies? Daughter has lots (6)
DREAMS: The abbreviation for daughter is followed by a word meaning a great deal of something. Paper maybe
9a Army officer’s spoken with heart (6)
KERNEL: A regular type of army officer sounds like the central or most important part of something. Or the soft edible heart of a nut
10a Modest collection of two notes and a coin? (8)
RETICENT: Two notes from the solfa scale are followed by a coin of little value found all over Europe and the USA
11a Planned action creating a bit of a scene (3,5)
SET PIECE: A planned action in a sporting fixture such as a free kick or corner in soccer and a line out or scrummage in Rugby is also a part of what the scenery might be known as in the theatre
12a Report of broadcast relocated (6)
RELAID: A homophone based on a synonym of the word broadcast nicely sums up what your blogger has done with his pathways recently. Here is one I made earlier
13a Village to be excited about store finally offering something for the kitchen (9,3)
VEGETABLE OIL: Anagram (excited) of VILLAGE TO BE which also includes the final letter of the word store
The answer prompts questions best not put to a child at bathtime
What do we make Linseed Oil from?
What do we make Rape Seed Oil from?
What do we make Olive Oil from?
And Baby Oil?
16a Member of royal family can rebel with trip abroad (6,6)
PRINCE ALBERT: Anagram (abroad) of CAN REBEL with TRIP the answer was obvious from the checking letters. Saint Sharon and I once stayed in a hotel of the same name in Kingston Ontario
19a High flier in trouble heading off to meet old singer (6)
CARUSO: The high flier who flew too close to the sun and lost his feathers needs his first letter removing and the abbreviation for old adding
21a A tin hat I designed for islander (8)
TAHITIAN: Anagram (designed) of A TIN HAT I. Hello to any tin hatters from Hinckley who might be reading this. Why not say hello back?
23a It sounds like Mrs Fawlty had to make a hissing sound (8)
SIBILATE: Mrs Fawlty was a character in an obscure sitcom from the last century. Her first name was Sybil. The clue works by using a homophone of this name together with a synonym of the word had (ingested food) to suggest a word meaning to make a hissing sound
24a Observe one of estranged couple in film rolling over (6)
REMARK: Way back in the last century we had a film about a divorcing couple who fought over the custody of their child. Dustin Hoffman (he cannot be far off the obits page) played the male lead. Who knows who played the female lead? Anyway take their fictional surname and reverse it (rolling over)
25a One promising not to start book (6)
LEDGER: One making a promise, plight, vow, oath, commitment, compact, agreement, contract or covenant needs to have their first letter removed to leave a book of accounts
26a I’d hissed — terrible bit of food on the table! (4,4)
SIDE DISH: An anagram (terrible) of I’D HISSED leads one to something which may be placed on the table as well as the main meal. In a restaurant it appears on the menu (where it should stay) in an attempt to ramp up the price of ones meal. At least it’s something more to eat
2d Nothing well-balanced in old-style qualification (1,5)
O LEVEL: The letter that looks like the number nothing is followed by a word meaning well balanced to reveal an exam introduced in the middle of the last century. My results in these examinations spelled out the word FUDGE
3d Picture of little dog that’s kept at home (3-2)
PIN-UP: A word for a baby dog contains a word meaning at home
4d Fellow traveller maybe three miles south of mountain pass (9)
COLLEAGUE: An outdated length of three miles follows (south of in a down clue) a mountain pass
5d Snake now more than half twisted (7)
SERPENT: Take a word meaning now. As in at this moment in time..
Make an anagram (twisted) of Reverse (twisted) the first four letters (more than half) of this word to give the answer which suits the underlined definition
6d Resolute, not half, or put off? (5)
DETER: The first half of a synonym of the word resolute is all you need for the answer to this clue
7d Old church getting fifty in season? Wonderful! (9)
EXCELLENT: A straightforward charade. Do as you are instructed and all will be revealed. 1. A word meaning old like an old lover. 2. The Church of England 3. The Roman numeral for fifty 4 A season. The one preceding Easter. Ok the season needed a bit of thought but what else could it be?
8d Fellow with UK country relations is a model (8)
MANNIKIN: A three part charade. 1. A fellow, chap, geezer or adult male. 2. The initials of a country within the United Kingdom. 3. Ones family or relations
13d Guessing discharge has uranium? Get on the phone! (9)
VENTURING: A three part charade. 1. Discharge. One’s spleen perhaps 2. The abbreviation for Uranium (Cornwall’s next mining boom) 3. Make a phone call
14d Bishop guided around that place chatted (9)
BLETHERED: Begin with the abbreviation for Bishop. Add a word meaning guided which sits around a word meaning that place. The answer is a fine word. I’ve done a bit of it in my time and I’ve been on the receiving end of it as well
15d Jazz fan hanging round about — I have to be artistic (8)
CREATIVE: A regular term for a jazz fan sits around a word meaning about. This is followed by the diminutive form of I have
17d Learning the alphabet? (7)
LETTERS: A double definition. The second being more accessible. The first may be preceded by the words Man of (or Woman of)
18d One of three in a boat somewhere off the Scottish mainland (6)
HARRIS: One of Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men In A Boat is also the name of a Scottish Island
20d Happily puffed up? (2,3)
ON AIR: A very suitable definition of being happy
22d Cautious little girl turning up to support little boy (5)
TIMID: Two shortened names, one a girl and one a boy need to be reversed (turning up) Doncha just love this sort of clue which makes you think that little bit more?
The peace here in Barrel is about to be shattered by the arrival of my daughter and my two grandsons. Bring it on. It will set me up for a beer with my mate Craig later on
The Quick Crossword pun: auks+Hilary=auxiliary