Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29490
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny October morning.
Today’s puzzle wasn’t as difficult as last week’s for me, but still went into my *** time, probably because I spent too long trying to tease out some wordplay from 14a.
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1a Was dwelling given new walls? (7)
RESIDED – If you hyphenate the answer (2-5) you could have a word meaning ‘given new walls’ (think of where the walls are to be found).
5a Plants displayed round a monarch’s houses (7)
PALACES – Another verb for ‘plants’ with A (from the clue) inserted.
9a One blessed Green sucker (5)
STRAW – Split the answer (2,3) and you have the short form of the title given to a blessed or holy person, followed by ‘green’ or ‘inexperienced’.
10a Dodgy alibi, with connections offering gifts (9)
ABILITIES – Anagram (dodgy) of ALIBI, followed by some links or connections.
11a Sample from brochures — is tan cedarwood used for protection? (10)
RESISTANCE – Hidden in the clue.
12a Golf precedes this person’s award (4)
GIVE – The letter represented by Golf in the NATO alphabet, followed by the short form of ‘this person has’.
14a Some creep munching gum leaves (12)
CATERPILLARS – Cryptic definition of the larval forms of an insect which crawl along eating leaves.
18a Send best wishes to Aunt Carol and get drunk (12)
CONGRATULATE – Anagram (drunk) of AUNT CAROL and GET.
21a Deceased not half needed for undertaking (4)
DEED – Remove half the letters from DE(ceas)ED and you get a legal undertaking.
22a Females comprising more than one resident in 5? (10)
PRINCESSES – Cryptic definition of some of the people who may live in the answer to 5a.
25a Paints, say, old-fashioned parent, one too short (9)
MATERIALS – The Latin word for one of your parents, followed by the Roman numeral for one and another word for ‘too’ with its final letter removed (short).
26a Cuddling grandma, that is silly (5)
INANE – The Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ wrapped round a familiar word for grandma.
27a One’s often high during a performance but down after the show (7)
CURTAIN – Cryptic definition of something which comes down in the theatre at the end of a performance.
28a Part seen occasionally in ‘stinker’, mag pens in review (7)
SEGMENT – Alternate letters (occasionally) of three words in the clue, read backwards (in review).
1d Nice perhaps and kind about taking the lead (6)
RESORT – Nice here is the French city. We have another word for ‘kind’ or ‘type’, with the Latin for ‘about’ or ‘concerning placed in front of it.
2d Exaggerate accent (6)
STRESS – Double definition, both being verbs.
3d This kind of clue, by the sound of it, looks on a lower level (10)
DOWNSTAIRS – This clue, and those listed around it, all have one thing in common, which makes up the first four letters of the answer. Now add a homophone (by the sound of it) of a word for ‘looks’.
4d Short, a film maybe (5)
DRAMA – A short drink of spirits followed by A (from the clue).
5d Cardinal rule for a speaker (9)
PRINCIPAL – The answer sounds like (for a speaker) a word for ‘rule’ or ‘belief’ which is often confused with this word for ‘cardinal’ or ‘chief’.
6d Schoolboy traps the compiler set! (4)
LAID – A young boy wrapped round the pronoun which the setter applies to himself/herself. ‘Set’ as in ‘set the table’.
7d Wild Arctic tours I left, showing disapproval (8)
CRITICAL – Anagram (wild) of ARCTIC wrapped round I (from the clue) and followed by Left.
8d Now and then, Seuss writes with energy and tension (8)
SUSPENSE – Put together alternate letters (now and then) of SeUsS, another word for ‘writes’, and an abbreviation for Energy.
13d Get lit weirdly — phone makes one shiny (10)
GLITTERING – Anagram (weirdly) of GET LIT, followed by another word for ‘phone’ or ‘call’.
15d Get in metal to embody a charm (9)
ENTERTAIN – Another word for ‘get (or go) in’, followed by a metallic element wrapped round (to embody) A (from the clue).
16d Intellectual copyright undermines a rogue record company (8)
ACADEMIC – Put together A (from the clue), a rogue or low fellow, the three-letter acronym of a former record company, and the abbreviation for ‘copyright’.
17d One creates liquid vintner’s keeping over (8)
INVENTOR – Anagram (liquid) of VINTNER wrapped round Over.
19d Possessions stored up in chalet at seaside (6)
ESTATE – Hidden in reverse (stored up) in the clue.
20d Advance with a bouquet (6)
ASCENT – A (from the clue) followed by ‘bouquet’ or ‘smell’.
23d They smell new — flowers pruned at the top (5)
NOSES – New followed by some garden flowers with their first letter removed.
24d Queen intercepts motorists going over field (4)
AREA – The initials of one of the large motoring organisations are wrapped round the Queen’s regnal cipher, then the whole lot is reversed (going over).
The Quick Crossword pun PILL + OAK + ACES = PILLOWCASES