Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29550
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from dark, soggy South Staffs.
This puzzle took me some time to get a foothold, and I thought it was going to be really difficult, but once I got some checkers in place life became a little easier, and I finished in *** time.
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1a Advert over railway for something to eat (4,6)
PUFF PASTRY – Put together another, somewhat dated word for an advert, another word for ‘over (and done with)’, and an abbreviation for ‘railway’.
6a He wrote notes maybe covering for elder, it’s said (4)
BACH This composer has a name which sounds a bit like the covering of an elder, or any other tree, for that matter.
9a Guardian article used in court worried Republican (7)
CURATOR – Anagram (worried) of COURT wrapped round an indefinite article, followed by Republican.
10a Marine guards Queen, returning debt that will grow massively (7)
SEQUOIA – Put together the chess notation for a queen and the reverse of a three-letter acknowledgement of debt, than wrap another word for ‘marine’ round the result, to get a very large tree.
12a Play in the traffic? (6,7)
STREET THEATRE – Cryptic definition of dramatic productions which take place outdoors among the passers-by.
14a Daily withdrawals of liquidity from the banks? (3,5)
LOW TIDES – Cryptic definition of what you have when the water has receded from the banks of an estuary.
15a While touring at that time one sees old city (6)
ATHENS – Another word for ‘while’ wrapped round (touring) a word for ‘at that time’.
17a Every one of the old revolutionary Southern ways (6)
ALLEYS – Another word for ‘every one of’, followed by the reverse (revolutionary) of an old way of printing ‘the’, followed by Southern.
19a Slough introduced to exotic tango — this goes downhill fast (8)
TOBOGGAN – A slough (of Despond, perhaps!) inserted into an anagram (exotic) of TANGO.
21a Gadget that makes space less polluted? (6,7)
VACUUM CLEANER – The first word is what you find in outer space, the second means ‘less polluted’. The whole is a household gadget that Mrs DT has been wielding relentlessly as she prepares for Christmas.
24a Woolly middle in peppers we ate roasted (7)
SWEATER – Hidden in the clue – the middle letters of the last four words.
25a Move abroad — good to get away somewhere in the Gulf? (7)
EMIRATE – Remove the abbreviation for Good from a word for ‘move abroad’.
26a Cinders put on diamonds showing sparkle (4)
DASH – The abbreviation for the Diamond suit at cards, followed by another word for the cinders and other detritus from a fire.
27a Hold-up requires audacity and impudence (10)
BOTTLENECK – Split this (6,4) and you have a Cockney rhyming slang word for ‘audacity’ or ‘courage’, and another slang word for ‘impudence’, often preceded by ‘brass’.
1d Settlement is crowded, we hear (4)
PACT – A diplomatic settlement or agreement which sounds like (we hear) another word for ‘crowded’.
2d Driver’s warning was written up as expected (7)
FORESAW – The warning shouted by a golfer whose drive is errant, followed by the reverse (written up) of WAS (from the clue).
3d Legal case that shows one’s young? (9,4)
PATERNITY SUIT – Cryptic definition of a court action designed to find out the father of a child.
4d Spades or clubs? With two queens one mysteriously makes tricks (8)
SORCERER – Put together the abbreviation for Spades in a pack of cards, OR (from the clue), the abbreviation for Clubs, and two instances of the Queen’s regnal cipher.
5d Lie about switching second test (5)
RESIT – Another word for ‘lie’ (as in ‘are located’) and the Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, with their order reversed (switching).
7d Someone following in Model T, so parked up (7)
APOSTLE – Hidden in reverse (up) in the clue.
8d Haul new plastic nets, getting unexpectedly lucky (6-4)
HEAVEN-SENT – Put together another word for ‘haul’, an abbreviation for New, and an anagram (plastic) of NETS.
11d No.1 mounts, kept by trained equestrian in form (13)
QUESTIONNAIRE – The letters which look like ‘No 1’ are reversed (mounts) and inserted into an anagram (trained) of EQUESTRIAN.
13d Rash devil dials mistakenly (3-7)
ILL-ADVISED – Anagram (mistakenly) of DEVIL DIALS.
16d Orderly officer, that man needs payment! (8)
COHERENT – Put together the abbreviation for a commanding officer, the pronoun for ‘that man’, and a payment for the hire of property.
18d Needing pounds not pence, steals jewellery items (7)
LOCKETS – Another word for ‘steals (small moveable property)’ has the abbreviation for Pence removed and replaced by the Latin abbreviation for pounds.
20d Gear Ruby argued occasionally is junk (7)
GARBAGE – Alternate letters (occasionally) of the first three words of the clue.
22d What may be stuffed in banger, say, before function (5)
CARGO – A vehicle which may be a banger if it is old and decrepit, followed by another verb meaning ‘function’.
23d Bill the headmaster (4)
BEAK – Double definition, the first belonging to a bird.
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“It was the Bicester Times.
It was the Worcester Times …”
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