Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29567
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Good morning from South Staffs, where we start the day with a light dusting of snow.
It took me a while to get started on today’s puzzle, but once a few checkers were in, things began to flow more smoothly. Thanks to today’s setter, in particular for the anagram at 7d and the lurker at 9d.
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7a Rot in base with two types of wood (7)
EYEWASH – Put together a logarithmic base (approximately 2.72) and two three-letter trees.
8a Substitutes for team beside opponents (7)
PROXIES – Put together the Latin for ‘for’, the Roman numeral for the number of players in a cricket team, and two compass points representing opponents at the bridge table.
10a Divided volume of liquid, English wine (9)
QUARTERED – An Imperial measure of liquid, followed by English and a colour of wine.
11a Backed youth with an expert in court (5)
NADAL – Put together another word for ‘youth’ and AN (from the clue), then reverse the result to get the name of an expert on the tennis court.
12a Slacker, first to ignore dinner, left for pub (5)
IDLER – The first letter of Ignore, followed by D(inn)ER (from the clue), with Left replacing the pub.
13a Separated half of dishes, cracked (9)
DISSOLVED – The first half of DIShes, followed by ‘cracked’, as you will have done when you get the answer to this clue.
15a Stupidly popular, shifty type (about 50) (7)
INEPTLY – Another word for ‘popular’, followed by an anagram (shifty) of TYPE, wrapped round the Roman numeral for fifty.
17a One makes proposal cancelled by monarch twice (7)
OFFERER – Another word for ‘cancelled’, as in ‘tomorrow’s match is —‘, followed by two instances of the Queen’s regnal cipher.
18a Caught alien restraining knight and struck (9)
ENTRAPPED – Crosswordland’s favourite film alien, wrapped round the chess notation for a knight, followed by ‘struck (the table with one’s knuckles, perhaps)’.
20a Tests after some oddly fell back (5)
EXAMS – Put together the odd-numbered letters of SoMe and a synonym of ‘fell (a tree)’, then reverse the result (back).
21a Heading off very much in advance (5)
EARLY – Remove the first letter (heading off) from a word meaning ‘very much’, as in ‘I would —— like to have my family visit again’.
23a Biscuit a girl replaced with bad one (9)
GARIBALDI – Anagram (replaced) of A GIRL, BAD, followed by the Roman numeral for one. These are possibly my least favourite biscuit.
24a Avoided quiet one in French home to the west (7)
SHUNNED – Put together an instruction to be quiet, the French for ‘one’, and the reverse (to the west) of an animal’s home.
25a Banks of nowhere returned good gains for savings (4,3)
NEST EGG – Start with the outside letters (banks) of NowherE, then put together Good and a verb meaning ‘gains’ or ‘acquires’, reverse the result (returned) and add it to your starting letters.
1d Tracks ignored in Derry, poor condition causing this? (10)
DERAILMENT – Here we have an all-in-one clue. The abbreviation for a means of transport which uses tracks is removed from DER(ry), then we add an illness or poor condition. The result is what may happen if the track is in poor condition.
2d Characteristic of fine player (6)
FACTOR – Fine, followed by a player on stage.
3d Engineer shut yard for some time (8)
THURSDAY – Anagram (engineer) of SHUT YARD.
4d Spring day, content in best suit (6)
SPADES – Put together a mineral spring, an abbreviation for Day, and the middle letters (content) of (b)ES(t), to get one of the suits in a pack of cards.
5d Starting to dislike turning (5,3)
GOING OFF – Double definition, the second being some milk, perhaps, which is past its best.
6d Gambled once Charlie’s gone and cashed in his chips (4)
DIED – Remove the letter represented by Charlie in the NATO alphabet from a word for ‘gambled’ – one involving cubes with numbers on .
7d Beauty queen is mad with sexist (13)
EXQUISITENESS – Anagram (mad) of QUEEN IS and SEXIST.
9d Sauce collected by vassal, address in Greenwich (5,8)
SALAD DRESSING – Hidden in the clue (!)
14d Earl lives extravagantly, acquiring second chateau (10)
VERSAILLES – Anagram (extravagantly) of EARL LIVES followed by an abbreviation for Second.
16d Trojan regularly declining acting sycophantically (8)
TOADYING – Alternate letters of TrOjAn, followed by ‘declining’ or ‘falling’.
17d Leader quitting by arrangement (8)
ORDERING – Start with a word for ‘by’ or ‘next to’, then remove the first letter (leader quitting).
19d Trouble opening up temple (6)
PAGODA – Put together another word for ‘trouble’ or ‘commotion’, add an opening or space, then reverse the result.
20d Gems centrally placed on superior ornament (6)
EMBOSS – Take the middle letters of (g)EM(s), then add one’s superior at work.
22d Audibly bemoan making cooking mixture (4)
ROUX – This is a mixture of flour and fat cooked together and used as a base to thicken a sauce. It sounds like (audibly) a word for ‘bemoan’ or ‘regret’. Coincidentally and topically, it is the name of a famous French chef who died this week.
The Quick Crossword pun BOARD + ALIGN = BORDERLINE