Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29544
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a damp, grey day.
Today’s puzzle took a little while to start unpacking itself, but once I got going things fell into place. The top half seemed harder than the bottom half.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Bad-tempered type of dog, dog men exercised outside university (10)
CURMUDGEON –A pejorative term for a dog, followed by an anagram (exercised) of DOG MEN wrapped round University.
6a VAT on a musical instrument (4)
TUBA – There’s some false capitalisation here to mislead you. Another word for a vat, followed by A (from the clue).
9a One always desperate to discover what’s in store? (10)
SHOPAHOLIC – Cryptic definition of someone with a compulsive need for retail therapy.
10a Appeals lacking involvement from church members (4)
ARMS – Remove the abbreviation for CHurch from the beginning of a word for the appeals of desirable persons, to get some members of the body.
12a Correct instruction to footballer from East-ender? (4)
EDIT – A homophone of a phrase (4,2) giving a footballer an instruction to play the ball in a certain way, but with the initial aspirate dropped because the speaker is a crossword Cockney.
13a Grand operas by Wagner inspiring adult group (9)
GATHERING – An abbreviation for Grand and a cycle of operas by Wagner, placed either side of (inspiring) Adult.
15a Non-commissioned officer material (8)
CORPORAL – Double definition, the second being ‘material’ as opposed to ‘spiritual’.
16a Current cricketer finally breaking into Second Eleven (6)
STREAM – Second followed by another word for an eleven wrapped round the last letter (finally) of cricketeR.
18a Expose story, essentially controversial, Greek character rejected (6)
UNVEIL – Put together a false story, the middle letter (essentially) of controVersial, and a Greek letter, then reverse (rejected) the result.
20a Lucky mascot of Dutch explorer crossing large island (8)
TALISMAN – A Dutch explorer who had a large island off Australia and a stretch of sea named after him, wrapped round Large and Island.
23a Struggling for idea, as previously mentioned (9)
AFORESAID – Anagram (struggling) of FOR IDEA AS.
24a Good initial main point (4)
GIST – Good, followed by a representation of the alphanumeric expression for ‘initial’ or ‘first’.
26a Spiritual leader, one attending mass before noon (4)
IMAM – Put together the Roman numeral for one, an abbreviation for Mass, and the Latin abbreviation for ‘before noon’, to get a Muslim spiritual leader.
27a Cheap unsold books produced by Brexit opponents, around 500 (10)
REMAINDERS – The Roman numeral for 500 is inserted into the term used for those who opposed the UK’s departure from the EU.
28a Now and again angered by daughter making demand (4)
NEED – Alternate letters (now and again) of aNgErEd, followed by Daughter.
29a Looking old perhaps, her edgy air is awkward (4-6)
GREY-HAIRED – Anagram (is awkward) of HER EDGY AIR. I prefer ‘distinguished’ as the description!
1d Point crockery’s price initially is lowered (4)
CUSP – Start with some items of crockery, then move the P (Price initially) to the bottom.
2d Transpose heading of case that’s dismissed by judge (7)
REORDER – Start with the term for a lawyer who has been appointed a part-time judge (in England), then remove the C (heading of Case that’s dismissed).
3d Like certain biographies describing North America I rushed out to order (12)
UNAUTHORISED – Anagram (to order) of I RUSHED OUT wrapped round the abbreviation for North America.
4d Style of architecture, one from the southern US (8)
GEORGIAN – Double definition, the second being a citizen of a US state that has been the focus of many of the shenanigans resulting from the US presidential election this year.
5d Drug topic was item repeatedly not covered (6)
OPIATE – Remove the outside letters (repeatedly not covered) from (t)OPI(c) (w)A(s) (i)TE(m).
7d Bad weather visiting these islands and European country (7)
UKRAINE – Put together a two-letter acronym for our home nations, some bad (wet) weather, and European, to get an Eastern European country.
8d Worker receives small hint before note getting job (10)
ASSIGNMENT – Put together Small, a hint or omen, and one of the notes of the sol-fa scale, then wrap a worker insect round the result.
11d State tries waiving reforms (4,8)
WEST VIRGINIA – Anagram (reforms) of TRIES WAIVING.
14d Case involving scam oddly undermining copper in charge (10)
ACCUSATION – Put together the chemical symbol for copper and alternate letters (oddly) of ScAm, then wrap a case or lawsuit round the result.
17d Accommodating woman with young man in outskirts of Londonderry (8)
LANDLADY – Another word for ‘with’ and another word for a young man, with the outside letters of LondonderrY wrapped round them.
In remembrance of the 17d of the Queen Vic
19d Heard disgusting group rowing, being profane (7)
VIOLATE – The definition is a verb. This is a rather poor homophone of another word for ‘disgusting’ or ‘repellent’ and another word for a particular sort of rowing crew.
21d One easing tension in crowd over French street uprising (7)
MASSEUR – Another word for a crowd, followed by the reverse (uprising) of the French word for a street.
22d Gallop from Aintree racehorse when mounted (6)
CAREER – Hidden in reverse (when mounted) in the clue.
25d Finishes off impromptu stories, some indeed not new (4)
USED – Take the final letters (finishes) of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth words of the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun ROW + STIR + QUAY = ROAST TURKEY