Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29508
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Good morning from South Staffs as October runs out in damp gloom.
I found today’s puzzle quite tricky, though a good deal of that was down to the length of time it took me to parse 1a.
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1a Rough for friend on team in a police dept (12)
APPROXIMATED – This quite a complicated assembly job. Start with the roman numeral for the number of players in a cricket team. Add another word for ‘friend’. Put the Latin for ‘for’ in front of the result. Finally, wrap A (from the clue) and Police Department round the rest.
9a Resisting shifting clutter covering article (9)
RELUCTANT – Anagram (shifting) of CLUTTER wrapped round an indefinite article.
10a Leave time for craft group (5)
FLEET – This group of craft may belong to the Royal Navy. Another word for ‘leave (in a hurry)’ followed by Time.
11a Released bunny, tail end dropped off and on (6)
UNTIED – Alternate letters (dropped off and on) of the second, third and fourth words of the clue.
12a Teacher consuming whiskey following everyone failing (8)
DOWNFALL – Put together a university teacher wrapped round the letter represented by Whiskey in the NATO alphabet, Following, and another word for ‘everyone’.
13a Suspects cook bust mobile (6)
DOUBTS – A two-letter word for ‘cook’ followed by an anagram (mobile) of BUST.
15a Desire 12 months at home? No good hiding that (8)
YEARNING – A period of 12 months followed by an abbreviation for No Good wrapped round ‘at home’.
18a Discussion notes available here (8)
EXCHANGE – Double definition, the second being somehere to get hold of currency notes.
19a Branded evil, good editor (6)
BADGED – Put together another word for ‘evil’, an abbreviation for Good, and an abbreviation for EDitor.
21a Male with a place excited about university admission (3,5)
MEA CULPA – Anagram (excited) of M(ale) and A PLACE wrapped round University, giving a Latin phrase which is an admission of guilt.
23a Female animals cross in struggle with partners (6)
VIXENS – Put a cross-shaped letter into a word for ‘struggle, then add some bridge partners.
26a Bore youngster heading off for bed (5)
TOTED – The definition is the past tense of ‘bear’. Another word for a small child followed by (b)ED with its first letter removed (heading off.
27a Entering unprotected mine wielding club (9)
INPUTTING – Remove the outside letters (unprotected) from (m)IN(e), then add an action being carried out on a golf green, to get a word for entering data onto a computer.
28a Member of nobility in drugs den loaded with cash (5,7)
GRAND DUCHESS – Anagram (loaded) of DRUGS DEN and CASH.
1d The highest-rated stadium on earth (7)
AGROUND – This is the sort of ‘on earth’ that a ship doesn’t want to be. We have a single letter which often indicates the highest rating, followed by another word for ‘stadium’ or ‘pitch’.
2d Plan to catch one fly (5)
PILOT – The Roman numeral for one inserted into a plan or scheme.
3d Using line of torches, tracked people in pit (9)
ORCHESTRA – Hidden in the clue.
4d Via road regularly used, finish in southern country (4)
IRAN – Alternate letters (regularly used) of vIa RoAd, followed by the last letter of southerN.
5d Wrote date with hour to be arranged (8)
AUTHORED – Anagram (to be arranged) of DATE and HOUR.
6d Dainty female carried by river to the north (5)
ELFIN – Reverse (to the north, in a Down clue) an African river and insert Female.
7d Stress-free times with beer served up in club (8)
RELAXING – Put together the letter which looks like a multiplication sign (times) and some beer. Reverse the result (served up) and wrap a club or gang around the result.
8d Street carnival turned camp (6)
STALAG – An abbreviation for STreet, followed by the reverse (turned) of another word for a carnival or celebration, giving a word for a type of camp which was difficult to get out of.
14d Indecent Frenchman’s one caught with urgency (8)
UNCHASTE – Put together the French for ‘one’, the cricket abbreviation for Caught, and another word for ‘urgency’ or ‘hurry’.
16d It is clear eccentric is genuine (9)
REALISTIC – Anagram (eccentric) of IT IS CLEAR.
17d Crossing yard quietly, eating nuts from Africa (8)
EGYPTIAN – Anagram (nuts) of EATING, wrapped round an abbreviation for Yard and the musical symbol for ‘quietly’.
18d Issue around New Year causing malice (6)
ENMITY – Another word for ‘issue’ or ‘send out’ wrapped round an abbreviation for New, with an abbreviation for Year added at the end.
20d Lowers oneself to take in small objects (7)
DESIGNS – ‘Lowers oneself’ or ‘condescends’ with Small inserted. The ‘objects’ here are plans or aims.
22d All banks depleted — funds zero and below (5)
UNDER – Remove the outside letters (all banks depleted) from (f)UND(s) (z)ER(o).
24d Chosen most common Scrabble piece to pick up (5)
ELITE – The most common letter (in English generally, as well as in Scrabble) is placed in front of the technical term for a Scrabble piece, then the whole thing is reversed (to pick up).
25d Potato soup’s starter, superior to dessert (4)
SPUD – The first letter (starter) of Soup, followed by a short word for a dessert.
The Quick Crossword pun WOOL + FOUND = WOLFHOUND