Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29573
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs and another dull, grey day of lockdown.
In contrast to the last couple of Fridays, I rattled through today’s puzzle at some speed, hence the * marking.
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1a Common to find extra starting price studied (10)
WIDESPREAD – A cricket extra, followed by the abbreviation for Starting Price and another word for ‘studied’.
6a Scoffs as regatta’s jettisoning odd entries (4)
EATS – The even-numbered letters from the third word of the clue (jettisoning odd entries).
9a Reserve suite but confused about street briefly (10)
SUBSTITUTE – Anagram (confused) of SUITE BUT, wrapped round the short form of ‘street’.
10a Film finishes early — drive away (4)
SHOO – The term for the act of making a film, minus its last letter (finishes early).
12a Love and desire gripping student — would that be wise? (6)
OWLISH – The letter which looks like a love score at tennis, followed by another word for ‘desire’ wrapped round the letter which usually indicates a student or learner. The result is a word for someone who looks like a bird reputed to be wise.
13a Second person with no starter to eat? Most immature (8)
YOUNGEST – The second person pronoun, followed by another word for ‘eat’ minus its first letter.
15a Two groups of politicians to accommodate or a lot of researchers here (12)
LABORATORIES – OR A (from the clue) placed between an abbreviation for one UK political party and a familiar name for the party opposing them.
18a Building engineer scorning TUC needing time to break (12)
CONSTRUCTING – Anagram (engineer) of SCORNING TUC, with Time inserted.
21a Going on and on, getting cross inside and outside (8)
EXTERNAL – Put a cross-shaped letter inside another word for ‘going on and on’ or ‘endless’.
22a Investigation of lariat rope-running heading to the West (6)
REPORT – Hidden in reverse (heading to the West) in the clue.
24a This person’s popular, being embraced by yours truly (4)
MINE – Another word for ‘popular’ or ‘fashionable’, inserted into the pronoun for ‘yours truly’.
25a The fairy-tale king Hans had one, being Christian (6,4)
MIDDLE NAME – The fairy-tale king was Hans Andersen. The answer is what ‘Christian’ was in relation to him.
26a Title that reads the same backwards (4)
DEED – A property title which is a palindrome.
27a Objects, seeing lies getting Victor kicked out for tango (10)
INTENTIONS – Start with a word for ‘lies’ or ‘made-up stories’, then remove the letter represented by Victor in the NATO alphabet, and replace it with Tango from the same alphabet.
1d You know if you’ve got it (6)
WISDOM – Cryptic definition. Someone who has this characteristic will also have knowledge – though the opposite is not necessarily true!
2d Flirt with depression in Yorkshire? Book twice for lodging (6)
DABBLE – A Yorkshire valley with two instances of Book inserted.
3d Posed with one’s works, revealed as adequate (12)
SATISFACTORY – Put together another word for ‘posed’, the Roman numeral for one plus the ‘S from the clue, and another word for a works or mill.
4d Estimate speed toll (4)
RATE – Triple definition, the first a verb, the other two being nouns.
5d They could be redirected to a star/sun? (10)
ASTRONAUTS – An all-in-one clue with an anagram (could be redirected) of TO A STAR/SUN.
7d Fit it up in renovated chalet (8)
ATHLETIC – IT (from the clue) is reversed (up) and inserted into an anagram (renovated) of CHALET.
8d Quiet before and after riot — disorderly but not very long (8)
SHORTISH – Two instances of an instruction to be quiet, placed either side of an anagram (disorderly) of RIOT.
11d Release article on part of speech — stick with it (12)
ANNOUNCEMENT – Put together an indefinite article, a part of speech, and something used to stick things together.
14d I invested in mobile top-up loan for residents (10)
POPULATION – Anagam (mobile) of TOP-UP LOAN with I (from the clue) inserted.
16d Southern elite journalist was crying? (8)
SCREAMED – Put together Southern, another word for the elite, and the usual crossword journalist.
17d Case of Clarins tan certain to cover it (8)
INSTANCE – Hidden in the clue.
19d Work over short speech of gratitude before getting to food (6)
POTATO – Put together the reverse (over) of the Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work, a short word of thanks, and TO (from the clue).
20d Notebooks unopened? They’re probably out swimming and running around (6)
OTTERS – Remove the initial letter from a word for a notebook, and you get a mammal which lives on the riverbank and catches fish.
23d Incisiveness, let’s say, of French revolutionary (4)
EDGE – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’ and the French for ‘of’, then reverse (revolutionary) the result.
The Quick Crossword pun MAR + TIN + SHORE = MARTIN SHAW