Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29466
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on another grey day.
Some quirky clues in today’s puzzle, of the sort where the answer appears to be obvious, but the parsing can take time. My ** marking probably doesn’t give enough for the second part of the exercise.
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1a Gets new actors and delivers more alluring lines? (7)
RECASTS – Double definition, the second suggesting an angler trying to attract fish.
5a Fib teen employed to get advantage (7)
BENEFIT – Anagram (employed) of FIB TEEN.
9a Malls that could possibly offer double parking? (8,7)
SHOPPING CENTRES – A curious clue. ‘Double parking’ suggests that we are looking for two examples of the letter which indicates a car park. Where are they? Well, the second word of the answer tells us where in the first word they are.
10a Someone pillaging downs a horseman (5)
RIDER – Remove the A (downs a) from a word for someone doing a spo of pillaging, and you get a horseman.
11a Italians take this long to eat (9)
SPAGHETTI – Cryptic definition of a staple part of the Italian diet. The rest of us take it long as well, unless we’re eating the variety which comes in tins with tomato sauce.
12a Facial adornment with ring in has to hurt (9)
MOUSTACHE – A phrase (4,4) meaning ‘has to hurt’ wrapped round a ring-shaped letter.
14a Wishy-washy golf article (5)
THING – Another word for wishy-washy followed by the letter represented by Golf in the NATO alphabet.
15a Cook that gets smashed in break (5)
BAKER – Anagram (smashed) of BREAK.
16a Light fixture that helps passengers leaving the plane (9)
PARACHUTE – The passengers here will be airborne troops or skydivers.
18a Obstructed southern hideout used by European communist (9)
SNOOKERED – Put together Southern, a hiding place often found with a cranny, European, and the usual colour of Communist.
21a Requires niece’s dish to be scrubbed evenly (5)
NEEDS – Alternate letters of NiEcE’s DiSh.
22a Capital place where an old serviceman is always looked up to (9,6)
TRAFALGAR SQUARE – Cryptic definition of the place in London where a statue of an old naval hero is placed so that everyone except the pigeons has to look up at it.
23a Spooner’s fish gone — work on the net! (7)
PODCAST – Two words (3,4): a fish often eaten with chips; and something gone or over and done with. Apply Dr Spooner’s speech impediment to get a single word for a modern internet activity.
24a Add cubes, maybe derived from small, insignificant number (7)
SWEETEN – Put together Small, another word for insignificant or small, and a cardinal number, to get what you might do to your tea or coffee.
1d Stand to project a speech or having done a turn, play guitar? (7)
ROSTRUM – Reverse (having done a turn) OR (from the clue), then add another word for ‘play guitar’.
2d Obscure bird seen over dock — pie in the sky? (5-6-4)
CLOUD-CUCKOO-LAND – The first word of the answer is a verb meaning ‘obscure’; the second a type of bird; and the third another verb which may describe a ship or aircraft arriving in port.
3d Rising Democrat’s rep used to bring in A-list celeb (9)
SUPERSTAR – Hidden in reverse (rising, in a Down clue) in the clue.
4d Serenades perhaps, and kisses with no upset (5)
SONGS – Start with a word for some vigorous kissing, then reverse the ON inside it.
5d Pirate cure can be fake (9)
BUCCANEER – Anagram (fake) of CURE CAN BE.
6d Ranked as a lower-order batsman, direction is to keep in — or out (5)
NINTH – Start with a point of the compass, remove the OR and replace it with IN.
7d Officer needing loo in speech in US, that would be left here (5,10)
FIRST LIEUTENANT – The first syllable of this junior officer is pronounced differently in American English and UK English, as the clue tells us.
8d Tricky criminal gets to carry can (7)
TESTING – Anagram (criminal) of GETS, wrapped round another word for a can.
13d PC at first, young conservative goes into ownership (9)
COPYRIGHT – Put together another word for a PC or policeman, the first letter of Young, and the position on the political spectrum usually associated with conservatism
14d Prepared ten quiches — last lacking style (9)
TECHNIQUE – Anagram (prepared) of TEN QUICHE(s) with the last letter removed (last lacking).
15d Heading north from depots, substitute coaches pick up here? (3,4)
BUS STOP – Hidden in reverse (heading north, in a Down clue) in the clue.
17d Nearest broadcast is from China? (7)
EASTERN – Anagram (broadcast) of NEAREST.
19d All right to be got up in the style of Australian native (5)
KOALA – A two-letter expression for ‘all right’ is reversed (got up), followed by a French expression (1,2) for ‘in the style of’.
20d Runs local activity (5)
DARTS – Double definition, the second being a game played in a pub (local).
On the subject of regular commenters missing from the scene, has anyone heard from Jean-Luc Cheval recently? He hasn’t posted since mid-August. I emailed him earlier this week but haven’t had a reply. I hope he’s well.
The Quick Crossword pun LEO + TOLLS + TOY = LEO TOLSTOY