Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29460
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs where the sun is trying with limited success to break through the clouds.
One or two slightly obscure words in today’s puzzle, but nothing particularly difficult for me, so a ** marking.
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1a Clash between boxers perhaps that Sky would stage? (8)
DOGFIGHT – Cryptic definition of something which may be a clash between (canine) boxers, or may involve a fight in the sky.
5a Some radical politician, revolutionary having calm demeanour (6)
PLACID – Hidden in reverse (revolutionary) in the clue.
9a Criminal rules a con could be light-fingered (9)
LARCENOUS – Anagram (criminal) of RULES A CON.
11a Little bit of dessert Alex essentially leaves (5)
CRUMB – A cooked dessert which may involve apples, plums, or rhubarb, minus the middle letters (essentially) of ALEx.
12a Debate about working to cover case of asbestosis (6)
REASON – The Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’ and another word for ‘working’, placed either side of the outer letters (case) of AsbestosiS.
13a Paper coverage connected with unions? (8)
CONFETTI – Cryptic definition of the little bits of paper thrown at newly-weds.
15a Accidents fail to restrict Ray following United beyond pre-Christmas period (13)
MISADVENTURES – Put together the name of the liturgical season covering the four Sundays before Christmas, an abbreviation for United, and the sol-fa note which sounds like Ray. Then wrap a word for ‘fail (to hit the target)’ around the result.
18a At sea, certain ensign displays stubbornness (13)
INTRANSIGENCE – Anagram (at sea) of CERTAIN ENSIGN.
22a Discharge of firearms consisting of fine lead shot (8)
ENFILADE – Anagram (shot) of FINE LEAD.
23a Cleric said to be one that’s loaded? (6)
CANNON – A firearm which sounds like a senior cleric.
26a Handle European making complaint (5)
GRIPE – A verb for ‘handle’ or ‘grasp’, followed by European.
27a Treatment applied to man’s right leg tendon (9)
HAMSTRING – Anagram (treatment applied) of MAN’S RIGHT.
28a Property close to collapse, say (6)
ESTATE – The last letter (close) of collapsE, followed by ‘say’.
29a Meat dish from a top store, not quite fresh (3,5)
POT ROAST – Anagram (fresh) of A TOP STOR(e) without the final letter (not quite).
1d Musical instruments to entertain elderly in low spirits (8)
DOLDRUMS – Another word for ‘elderly’, with some musical instruments wrapped round it.
2d A trail going north for police officer (5)
GARDA – A (from the clue) and a slightly obscure word for a trail or road (as in ‘the main —-‘) are reversed (going north, in a Down clue) to get an Irish police officer.
3d Bitter personal description of one issuing reprimands, reportedly (3-4)
ICE-COLD – The definition is a word applied to weather conditions, It sounds like (reportedly) a phrase (1,5) which people handing out reprimands could use of themselves.
4d Catchy phrase of pantomime villain (4)
HOOK – Double definition, the second being a pirate captain.
6d Match official on pitch current couple occasionally upset (7)
LUCIFER – Put together a short version of the word for the person in charge of a football match, the physics symbol for electric current, and alternate letters (occasionally) of CoUpLe, then reverse (upset) the result.
7d Tune Oscar composed for mistress (9)
COURTESAN – Anagram (composed) of TUNE OSCAR.
8d Gentleman keeled over, supporting girl coming out with rubbish (6)
DEBRIS – The short form of the word for a young woman making her entrance into society, followed by the reverse (keeled over) of a form of address for a gentleman.
10d Nationality of extreme independent socialists’ leader visiting school (8)
SCOTTISH – Put together a three-letter acronym of a phrase meaning ‘extreme’ or ‘excessive’, Independent, and the first letter of Socialists, then wrap an abbreviation for ‘school’ round the result.
14d Terrace view intermittently over river with a hotel below (8)
VERANDAH – Put together alternate letters (intermittently) of ViEw, River, another word for ‘with’, A (from the clue), and the letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet.
16d Tightwad from Welsh town discovered begging previously (9)
SKINFLINT – Remove the outer letters (dis-covered) from another word for ‘begging’ or ‘requesting’, then add the name of a North Wales town which gives its name to a historic (and present-day) county.
17d Top name, keen ultimately to enter female party (3,5)
HEN NIGHT – Start with a word for ‘top’ or ‘altitude’, then insert Name and the last letter of keeN.
19d Most remarkable trial absorbs everyone (7)
TALLEST – A trial or examination wrapped round another word for ‘everyone’.
20d One working hard cleared out gutter subsequently (7)
GRAFTER – Remove the inside letters (cleared out) of G(utte)R, then add ‘subsequently’.
21d Group of people a guerrilla captures (6)
LEAGUE – Hidden in the clue.
24d Nigerian ready to broadcast in North America (5)
NAIRA – This Nigerian currency (ready, as in ‘ready money’) is made up of another word for ‘broadcast’ with an abbreviation for North America wrapped round it.
25d Something to shoot unlimited meat (4)
AMMO – Remove the outer letters (unlimited) from a joint of cured pork to get the answer.
The Quick Crossword pun CYGNET + ATTUNE = SIGNATURE TUNE