Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29484
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a damp, grey, October day.
I found today’s puzzle quite tricky, with 1a my last one in for some reason. Anyway, it took me well into my *** bracket for difficulty.
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1a Ostentatious display of spectator refreshments at sporting event? (7)
FANFARE – Split the answer (3,4) and you get another word for a spectator at a sporting event, and a generic word for refreshments.
9a Resort area discovered on voyage (8)
RECOURSE – Remove the outer letters (dis-covered) from (a)RE(a), then add a voyage or path.
10a Deeply impress European with northern accent (7)
ENGRAVE – Put together European, Northern, and one of the accents used in French spelling.
11a Expecting Portugal to introduce ruling (8)
PREGNANT – the IVR code for Portugal followed by a term describing the current monarch.
12a Bird identified by some beautiful markings (6)
FULMAR – Hidden in the clue.
13a Cheaply produced lace? (10)
SHOESTRING – Another word for a lace in footwear, which also describes something produced on a small budget.
15a Plays cards, requiring time for conclusion of game (4)
ACTS – Start with a word for some playing cards, then replace the last letter of gamE with an abbreviation for Time.
16a Food seasoning at intervals usually going into flattish cake (5,4)
TABLE SALT – Here we have a word for a flattish cake of soap or medicine, with alternate letters (at intervals) of uSuAlLy inserted.
21a Touch musical instrument all over (4)
ABUT – Reverse (all over) a large brass instrument to get a word describing properties which are built touching each other.
22a Waste time attending clubs, perhaps in formal wear (6,4)
LOUNGE SUIT – A word for ‘waste time’ or ‘idle about’, followed by something which can apply to clubs (or diamonds, hearts or spades).
24a Show court information that must free murderer essentially (6)
EVINCE – Remove the middle letters (essentially) of murDErer from a word for the information provided to a court by a witness.
25a Reportedly express disapproval of furniture material in shop (8)
BOUTIQUE – The first syllable of the answer sounds like a vocal expression of disapproval, the second like a tropical hardwood used for furniture.
27a Around an hour after midnight, sees stray cat (7)
SIAMESE – The three letters which look like a way of writing the time which falls an hour after midnight, with an anagram(stray) of SEES wrapped round them.
28a I heard ultimately charming young woman supplies optical equipment (8)
EYEGLASS – Put together a homophone of ‘I’, the last letter of charminG, and another word for a young woman.
29a Worry easing somehow surrounding Leader of Opposition (7)
AGONISE – Anagram (somehow) of EASING, wrapped round the first letter (leader) of Opposition.
2d Little weight behind American news report (8)
ANNOUNCE – Put together American, two examples of the abbreviation for New, and a small non-metric weight.
3d Principal way of working cutting wood (8)
FOREMOST – The initials of the Latin phrase for ‘way of working’ are inserted into a large wood.
4d Like a certain jacket, maybe label that Hannah has? (10)
REVERSIBLE – I think this is a sort of double definition, the second being a way of describing the characteristics of the word ‘Hannah’ which recognises that it is a palindrome.
5d Picked up beloved animal (4)
DEER – An animal which sounds like (picked up) a word for ‘beloved’.
6d Round figure recorded every so often playing cricket? (6)
NOUGHT – Cryptic definition of the score every cricketer is likely to make at some time or other, but nobody wants.
7d British family covering up each burglary (5-2)
BREAK-IN – An abbreviation for British and another word for ‘family’, placed either side of an abbreviation for ‘each’.
8d Scrap, initially overlooked, vet gives for recycling (7)
VESTIGE – Anagram (for recycling) of (v)ET GIVES, without the first letter (initially overlooked).
11d Sue starts to party early, imbibing wine with Nick (9)
PROSECUTE – Put together a colour of wine and a verb for ‘nick’ or ‘slice’, then put the first letters of Party and Early at either end of the result.
14d Superficial knowledge of subject Carol possesses (10)
SMATTERING – A synonym of the verb ‘carol’ wrapped round a subject or issue.
17d Oriental is managing to maintain charm (8)
TALISMAN – Hidden in the clue.
18d Exposed groups of players, those regarded as rejects (8)
OUTCASTS – Split the answer (3,5) and you have words for ‘exposed’ (as opposed to ‘hidden’) and ‘groups of (theatrical) players’.
19d Student wearing Australian mate’s gear (7)
CLOBBER – An informal Australian term for a mate or colleague, wrapped round the usual letter indicating learner status, to produce an informal word for ‘clothing’ or ‘gear’.
20d Tense son traded securities (7)
FUTURES – A grammatical tense followed by Son.
23d Frightful girl is silly from time to time (6)
GRISLY – Alternate letters of GiRl Is SiLlY.
26d Peacekeepers on somewhat empty Shetland island (4)
UNST – The usual international peacekeepers followed by the outside letters (empty) of SomewhaT.
The Quick Crossword pun TACK + TITIAN = TACTICIAN