Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29577
Hints and tips by Rahmat Ali
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Rahmat Ali has provided reviews for two of last year’s MPP puzzles, but this is his first time in the hot seat. BD
Greetings from Kolkata, the City of Joy and a Happy, Healthy and Harmless New Year 2021 – a year having both the concatenation of consecutive integers 20 and 21 and the product of two consecutive primes 43 and 47. Happy, exciting, adventurous and memorable holidays to the 2Kiwis. This is my first venture at the Hints and Tips and I have the pleasure of writing the same for this Wednesday, so I may please be enlightened if there happen to be any error. In the hints below, the underlining identifies the precise definitions and cryptic definitions, with indicators wherever required.
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1a Present tense used in log that’s passed down (10)
HEREDITARY: Another word for present followed by the abbreviation for tense inside (used in) another word for log.
6a Hero may see nothing left after one day (4)
IDOL: An abbreviated letter each for one, day, nothing and left, sequentially.
10a Subject to snap (5)
TOPIC: TO and a short, colloquial name for snap.
11a Challenge from group of monks of high standing? (4,5)
TALL ORDER: Difficult assignment of two words from the collective noun for monks (group of monks) preceded by (of) an adjective indicating high standing.
12a Doctor means I must go before a complaint (7)
AMNESIA: An anagram (doctor) of MEANS, then I is followed by (before) A.
13a Cell walls of course keeping line by university writer (7)
CUBICLE: The exterior letters (walls) of course having inside (keeping in) the abbreviation for line coming after or beside (by) an abbreviation for university and another word for writer or ball pen, called by the introducer himself as a shortened and more memorable version of his own last name.
14a Drugs could be a new philosophy of good taste (12)
ANAESTHETICS: A charade of A from the clue, the abbreviation for new and one word for philosophy of good taste.
18a Free trader even up, perhaps (12)
PERADVENTURE: An anagram (free) of TRADER EVEN UP.
21a Justify international being taken in by former scheme (7)
EXPLAIN: An abbreviation for international inside (being taken in by) the combined two words involving an abbreviation for former and a synonym for scheme.
23a Issue label returning with a note (7)
EMANATE: Another word for label in reverse order (returning) plus A from the clue and a two-letter word for a musical note.
24a Criminal‘s sort of rail about reformed peers (9)
DESPERADO: A bar attached to a wall (sort of rail) around (about) an anagram (reformed) of PEERS.
25a Most of journey with a learner will be an ordeal (5)
TRIAL: Three out of four-letter word (most) for journey followed by A from the clue and the abbreviation for learner.
26a Transient lodger accommodating fool going west (4)
DOLT: The first two words hiding (accommodating) the required word reversely (going west), or rather the west-going fool.
27a A Green’s bid to change coats (10)
GABERDINES: An anagram (to change) of A GREENS BID.
1d Killer‘s hot Italian mother beginning to network (6)
HITMAN: A charade involving an abbreviation each for hot, Italian, mother, followed by the first letter (beginning) of Network.
2d Regret being right about European writer (6)
REPENT: The two-letter abbreviation for ‘honorary’ right around (about) abbreviation for European and another word for writer.
3d Avoid smooth doctor and speak out, missing start of party game (5,3,6)
DUCKS AND DRAKES: Another word each for avoid and smooth, followed by an abbreviation for doctor and an anagram (out) of SpEAK without (missing) the letter p (start of party).
4d Heads for France to cover area for confidential talk (4-1-4)
TETE-A-TETE: French words for head and head (heads) hide between them (cover) the abbreviation for the word area.
5d Memento of priest found in church (5)
RELIC: The Biblical priest inside (found in) the abbreviation for Roman Catholic (Church).
7d Instructive and accomplished performance in charge (8)
DIDACTIC: Another word for accomplished followed by another word for performance and an abbreviated in charge.
8d Generosity shown by the capital of Sweden, reportedly? (8)
LARGESSE: The capital S of Sweden is heard so (reportedly).
9d Questioned about suspicious rebel as seeing such a jacket (6-8)
DOUBLE-BREASTED: Another word for questioned around (about) an anagram (suspicious) for REBEL plus AS from the clue.
15d Hamlet perhaps right — terrible loser with no heart (5,4)
TITLE ROLE: A word meaning right is followed by an anagram (terrible) of LOsER without the middle letter (with no heart).
16d Added a couple of pages and finished (8)
APPENDED: A from the clue followed by an abbreviation for (a couple of) pages and a synonym for finished.
17d Suggestion in favour of concession set up on a lake (8)
PROPOSAL: A Latin word for ‘for’ or in favour of followed by a down reversal (set up) of a word meaning concession, then A from the clue and an abbreviation for a lake.
19d Betray trust, holding current allowance (6)
RATION: A three-letter word for betray and a two-letter word for trust as in bet with the conventional symbol for electric current in between (holding) the two.
20d Nice girls that are fetching? (6)
BELLES: Girls that are very attractive, lovely or fetching in Nice (or in any place in France); can also be used as an adjective (for feminine plural) in French meaning beautiful or lovely.
22d Creature from US city unfortunately docked (5)
NYALA: Two-letter abbreviation for a US city and a word indicating unfortunately without the last letter (docked).
Tonnes of thanks to today’s setter. Honourable mentions are 24a, 3d, 4d and 9d, but the crème de la crème for me is 20d, which I take as a double definition, as the word ‘belles’ also serves as an adjective (in French, though) that can somehow be connected to fetching. Tell us about your favourite ones.
Quickie Pun: CHEW + KNEE + SEAR = TUNISIA