Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29538
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a grey December day in Tier 3.
A slow start for me today, but I picked up pace as the first few answers began to appear, and finished in *** time.
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1a Most unadventurous Rio carnival, possibly (6)
SAFEST – The first two letters of the answer are an abbreviation for the continent where Rio is to be found. The last four make up a shortened word for something like a carnival.
4a What’s black and smooth that goes superfast? (3,5)
JET PLANE – A black mineral followed by a way of smoothing the surface of a piece of wood.
9a Graphic passport in possession of university student (6)
VISUAL – A passport, or more accurately a stamp in a passport granting access to a particular country, wrapped round University, followed by the usual letter indicating a student or learner.
10a Cabinet in Cuba drop off (8)
CUPBOARD – Anagram (off) of CUBA DROP.
12a Transports slate, then steers up to turning now and then (8)
RAPTURES – Another word for ‘slate’ or ‘criticise’, followed by alternate letters (now and then) of StEeRs Up To, read from right t left (turning).
13a Cafe first in Belgium, or needing backing? (6)
BISTRO – The IVR code for Belgium and the reverse (needing backing) of OR (from the clue) are placed either side of three letters which look like the alphanumeric contraction for ‘first’.
15a One should stop drips hanging with horrible lot (6,7)
SHOWER CURTAIN – The first word is, like ‘horrible lot’, a disparaging term which a drill sergeant may apply to a group of soldiers on the parade ground. The second is a fabric hanging found at many windows.
18a They bring you round marketing to house married sailors (8,5)
SMELLING SALTS – A synonym of ‘marketing’ has the abbreviation for Married inserted, then we have a familiar term for sailors.
20a Elbows out a Victorian protagonist — British and old (6)
AKIMBO – Put together A (from the clue), the eponymous hero of a novel by Rudyard Kipling set in 19th-century India, British, and Old.
22a Burned-out setter maybe attempted swapping couple of letters (3-5)
DOG-TIRED – The sort of creature of which a setter is an example, followed by a synonym of ‘attempted’ with its second and third letters swapped over.
24a Incomes, sadly suffering a setback, rise unexpectedly (8)
SALARIES – Reverse (suffering a setback) an exclamation for ‘sadly’, then add an anagram (unexpectedly) of RISE.
25a Animal seen around in estate, ill occasionally (6)
COLLIE – Hidden in reverse in the clue.
26a The state of Wendy after mingling with Lew? (5-3)
NEWLY-WED – This is an all-in-one clue where the answer is an anagram (after mingling) of WENDY and LEW.
27a Leak in skip (6)
ESCAPE – Double definition, the first relating to a liquid or gas leaving a container unexpectedly, the second to a person fleeing confinement.
1d Runner‘s number during run — that’s the other way round! (6)
SEVERN – The runner here is, like the crossword ‘banker’, a river rather than an athlete. To get the answer, insert the abbreviation for Run into a cardinal number. The clue starts by referring to a number inside a run, then tells you to do it the other way round.
2d Sturgeon maybe finished with English food (4,5)
FISH PASTE – The sturgeon here is not the First Minister of Scotland, but an example (maybe) of the type of creature in the first word of the answer. The second word is a synonym of ‘finished’ or ‘over’, followed by English.
3d The most prominent figure in a US city (6,2,7)
STATUE OF LIBERTY – Cryptic definition of a well-known landmark in New York.
5d This person raised you and me as natives of 16 (4)
EMUS – Reverse (raised) a pronoun for ‘this person’, then add the pronoun for ‘you and me’ to get some creatures native to the country which is the answer to 16d.
6d Well-known family generates hype (6,9)
PUBLIC RELATIONS – Another word for ‘well-known’ as opposed to ‘private’, followed by a word describing one’s wider family.
7d A monstrous thing Long John Silver said (5)
AVAST – A (from the clue) followed by ‘monstrous’ or ‘enormous’, giving us a word of command in the days of sail, telling a ship’s crew to stop pulling on a rope.
8d Don’t need being involved in a row (3,2,3)
END TO END – Anagram (being involved) of DON’T NEED.
11d Provide me answers incorporating ‘humbles’ (7)
DEMEANS – Hidden in the clue.
14d I chose to adapt with performance on the slide (3,4)
ICE SHOW – Anagram (to adapt) of I CHOSE, followed by an abbreviation of With.
16d Land somewhere in America to climb in country (9)
AUSTRALIA – The two-letter abbreviation for a West Coast city in America is reversed (to climb) and inserted into a European country, producing another land or country.
17d Butcher takes two animals in (8)
ASSASSIN – Two examples of a draught animal, followed by IN (from the clue).
19d In this era try, people say, and stick together (6)
ADHERE – The two-letter abbreviation used in dating to indicate the current set of year numbers in the (Christian) calendar, followed by a word which sounds like (people say) another word for ‘try (a case in court)’.
21d One’s relatively connected with the union (2-3)
IN-LAW – Cryptic definition of someone who becomes a relative by marriage.
23d Summer event involving walkers with twisted toes? (4)
FETE – The ‘walkers’ here are what you walk on or with. The last two letters are exchanged (twisted) to give the answer. We know that the last two letters are involved because they are the ‘toes’ – the end of the ‘walkers’.
The Quick Crossword pun SON + DAZE + COOL = SUNDAY SCHOOL