Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29462
Hints and tips by pommers
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Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is coming to its end – the temperature hasn’t got over 30°C since last weekend and the humidity has dropped big time. It’s really very pleasant!
Either I’m on the top of my game today or this puzzle is the easiest for quite some time. It was my fastest solve ever when in the blogging seat which is the only time I solve against the clock. Still, it was enjoyable while it lasted. I’ll be interested to see if you found it the same.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Needle match shown in pub against City? (5,5)
LOCAL DERBY: A word for your nearest pub followed by a city in the midlands. Always nice when 1a goes straight in, but this is a bit of a chestnut.
6a Returning at eleven in cab (4)
TAXI: Take the AT from the clue and reverse it (returning) and follow with the Roman numerals for eleven.
10a Play in short trousers (5)
SLACK: A word for casual trousers without its last letter (short). My dad used to wear these but I don’t think I’ve heard the word since he died 35 years ago .
11a Hector heard entering English hospital department full of enthusiasm (9)
EBULLIENT: Start with E(nglish) and the usual hospital department and insert (entering) five letters which aren’t a word but if pronounced would sound like (heard) another word meaning to hector.
12a Wealthiest heading off, one refusing to face unpleasant facts (7)
OSTRICH: A phrase (4,4) meaning wealthiest without its first letter (heading off) gives a word for a person who refuses to face unpleasant facts by burying his head in the sand.
13a Lecture room: initially adjust temperature in there (7)
THEATRE: Start with THERE from the clue and insert (in) the first letters (initially) from Adjust Temperature. This clue is particularly hard if you key 8d wrongly and get an R as the last letter, D’OH!
14a Unusual ‘Toughie’ word describing unknown folk singer (5,7)
WOODY GUTHRIE: Anagram (unusual) of TOUGHIE WORD placed around (describing) an algebraic unknown. I used to have a couple of albums by this guy but ¡where they’ve got now to I’ve no idea.
18a Child prodigy? It’s hardly surprising (6,6)
LITTLE WONDER: A phrase meaning it’s hardly surprising could also be read as a cryptic definition of a child prodigy.
21a Daughter to take part in ramble — father reviewed plan (4,3)
ROAD MAP: A word for to ramble or wander with a D(aughter) inserted (to take part in) followed by the usual two letter father, but he’s reversed (reviewed).
23a Available for one worried about onset of flu (2,5)
ON OFFER: Anagram (worried) of FOR ONE around (about) an F (onset of Flu).
24a Medium blocking conscious feeling (9)
SENTIMENT: T conscious or aware and insert (blocking) an M for medium.
25a Out of place at home, a pint (5)
INAPT: The usual “at home” followed by the A from the clue and then an abbreviation of pint.
26a Man-eating monster in fairy tale therefore repelled (4)
OGRE: The Latin word for therefore is reversed (repelled). I didn’t know Shrek was a man eater!
27a Anger badly managed, on the whole (2,3,5)
BY AND LARGE: Anagram (managed) of ANGER BADLY.
1d Not as busy in practice (6)
LESSON: Split the answer (4,2) and you get a phrase meaning not as busy.
2d Modest order cut by husband (6)
CHASTE: A word for your order in the social scale with an H(usband) inserted (cut by).
3d You have no choice, I put to killer I’m to reform (4,2,2,4,2)
LIKE IT OR LUMP IT: anagram (to reform) of I PUT TO KILLER I’M.
7d Mouth of a brisk Yorkshire river (8)
APERTURE: A (from the clue) followed by a word meaning brisk or cheeky and finally crosswordland’s favourite Yorkshire river, not the Ouse but the other one.
8d Owing money their end, abroad (2,3,3)
IN THE RED: Anagram (abroad) of THEIR END.
15d Explosive piece about too much working (9)
GUNCOTTON: What piece might be a slang term for followed by a single letter for about, three letters meaning too much and finally a two letter word meaning working or in operation. Hand’s up all those who, like me, put GUNPOWDER at first as it fits the first three checkers.
16d A student painting outdoors (8)
ALFRESCO: A (from the clue) followed by the usual student and the a painting on a wall.
19d Incident in a fine bazaar (6)
AFFAIR: A (from the clue) followed by F(ine) and then a bazaar or market.
20d Feel acute embarrassment having legal document served on ambassador (6)
WRITHE: Start with a legal document and follow with the two letters for an ambassador.
22d Sad thing about ending of one religious devotion (5)
PIETY: A word for something sad placed around (about) an E (ending of onE). For no particular reason this was my last one in.
I think 20d was my favourite but not by a lot as it’s all pretty nice stuff.
Quick crossword pun: SPEY + SLABS = SPACE LABS
If there’s a pun across the bottom I can’t see it. Maybe someone will enlighten me. I don´t know if there’s any significance to it but every one of the across answer begins with the letter S.