Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29561
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning and Happy New Year from South Staffs. Let’s hope for health and happiness for all, and release from the twin plagues of virus infection and government nannying.
Today’s puzzle is a reasonably gentle one for those who stayed up late to see in the New Year, and has a certain seasonal element.
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1a Number or score linked to this clue? (6-3)
TWENTY-ONE – Start with the number known as a score, then add the number visible at the start of this clue.
6a In these times, yes-man Democrat should move to the left (5)
TODAY – A ‘yes-man’ or sycophant, with the Democrat moved one place left.
9a Show bottom student that item with heavenly illumination (7)
MOONLIT – Put together a slang term for showing one’s bottom in public, the letter which indicates a student driver, and the pronoun for ‘that item’.
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.
10a Book perhaps with chart for base of operations (9)
WORKTABLE – Another word for a book or a piece of music, followed by a chart of figures.
11a Most evil-smelling tanker’s adrift (7)
RANKEST – Anagram (adrift) of TANKER’S.
12a They shoot what hairdresser does when visited by Queen (7)
SNIPERS – Start with something a hairdresser does with his or her scissors, then insert our queen’s regnal cipher.
13a Conditions expected if quartet is spoken by actors (7,8)
WEATHER FORECAST – Put together homophones (is spoken) of another word for ‘if’ and another word for a quartet, then add the collective noun for the actors in a play.
18a Clue for hint, for example – or equivalent? (7)
SYNONYM – A word for something which is a verbal equivalent of another, as ‘clue’ is of ‘hint’.
20a Tango in nude’s going wrong – with time one should learn (7)
STUDENT – Anagram of the letter represented by Tango in the NATO alphabet and NUDE’S, followed by Time.
22a Retribution in Geneva recollected once, with nothing omitted (9)
VENGEANCE – Anagram (recollected) of GENEVA, followed by (o)NCE.
23a Therapist, am I napping to conserve energy? (7)
STAMINA – Hidden in the clue.
24a Dinin’ interrupted? Do it at home! (3,2)
EAT IN – Another word for ‘dinin’’ (complete with missing ‘g’) is split (3,2) (interrupted), to get what you do when dinin’ at home.
25a Socially uncertain, like a redundant teacher? (9)
CLASSLESS – The teacher is redundant because he or she has no pupils to teach, so could be said to be this,
1d When 1 Down will be 6 Across? (8)
TOMORROW – 6a is Friday 1 January. 1d is Saturday 2 January. 1d, Saturday 2 January will be 6a.
2d Strange enigma, keeping love a thing for oneself? (8)
EGOMANIA – Anagram (strange) of ENIGMA, with the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, followed by A (from the clue).
3d Kind of picture that speaks volumes? (6)
TALKIE – Cryptic definition of the type of cinematic production which displaced silent fims.
4d Best said, ‘Oh you … idiot!’ (6)
OUTWIT – The two letters which sound like (said) ‘Oh you’, followed by another word for an idiot.
5d Little drink needed in Spain, so swallowing squash (8)
ESPRESSO – The IVR code for Spain and ‘so’ (from the clue), placed either side of (swallowing) another word for ‘squash’.
6d Fabulous race-winner? One hesitates to stick one’s neck out (8)
TORTOISE – The fable was by Aesop, and the loser was a hare.
7d League and Cup, say, could be possible with United ousting ace (6)
DOUBLE – A sporting term describing the winning of two trophies in a single season. Another word for ‘possible’ or ‘feasible’ has the A(ce) replaced by U(nited).
8d Sings high? (6)
YODELS – A type of singing associated with communicating from high mountains.
14d What keeps trousers creased? Working flunkey (6-2)
HANGER-ON – Something used to put trousers away tidily, followed by another word for ‘working’.
15d Sort of Italian automatic response, getting amorous (8)
ROMANTIC – An adjective for an inhabitant of a large Italian city, followed by a nervous reflex.
16d Deal with idea to move somewhere down under (8)
ADELAIDE – Anagram (to move) of DEAL and IDEA.
17d They carry bits and pieces to Tetleys, maybe dropping the first article (4,4)
TOTE BAGS – TO (from the clue) followed by something made by Tetleys or PG Tips, with the first instance of the indefinite article removed.
18d A set in Vegas, rocking wild (6)
SAVAGE – Anagram (rocking) of VEGAS with A (from the clue) inserted.
19d No northern female will lead at slimming (3-3)
NON-FAT – Put together NO (from the clue), Northern, Female, and AT (from the clue).
20d Rest that makes one smile, as it can occasionally (6)
SIESTA – Alternate letters (occasionally) of the fourth to the seventh words of the clue.
21d German divers in American landing craft? (1-5)
U-BOATS – These divers are machines rather than people. One of the abbreviations for ‘American’ wrapped round a craft or vessel.
The Quick Crossword pun SUE + PURSE + TAR = SUPERSTAR