Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29581
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Hola from the Vega Baja where we’re having some unseasonably warm weather, which is a welcome change from the cold snap we had a couple of weeks ago. 22°C forecast for today and as high as 27°C by Friday, I might have to get my shorts out!
Today we have the usual Monday fare. Elegantly clued and not too difficult. A nice start to the crosswording week.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
5a Be hooked by new form of match play (7)
MACBETH: Take the BE from the clue and insert it into (hooked by) an anagram (new form of) of MATCH and you’ll get Shakespeare’s Scottish play.
7a Short talk with Irish president (5)
CHAIR: A word for an informal talk without its last letter (short) followed by two letters for Irish.
10a Refuse move out of order (4,4)
TURN DOWN: A word which means a move for the worse but its two halves are reversed (out of order).
11a Range of skills of reporter I trained on ‘Echo’ (10)
REPERTOIRE: Anagram (trained) of REPORTER I followed by (on) the letter represented by the word echo in the phonetic alphabet.
13a Conceited, one in delivery vehicle? (4)
VAIN: The letter that looks like the number one inserted into (in) a delivery vehicle. It doesn’t matter how fast you drive along the motorway, you always get overtaken by a white one!
14a Poem in book with title you’ll be upset about (6,3,4)
LITTLE BOY BLUE: Start with a B for book and around it (about) put an anagram (upset) of TITLE YOULL BE.
17a Several ads in resort for sauce (5,5)
SALSA VERDE: Anagram (in resort) of SEVERAL ADS.
19a Apache chief in rocky region west of Missouri (8)
GERONIMO: Anagram (rocky) of REGION followed by (west of in an across clue) the abbreviation of Missouri.
20a Belief unacceptable across India (6)
NOTION: A phrase (3,2) meaning unacceptable placed around (across) the letter represented by the word India in the phonetic alphabet.
22a Difficult stage round Egypt’s capital (5)
STEEP: Another word for a stage or leg placed around (round) an E (Egypt’s capital).
23a Perplex indefinite number on benefit (7)
NONPLUS: The letter representing an indefinite number followed by the ON from the clue and then a benefit or bonus.
1d Runs through one area of land (4)
ACRE: R(uns) inserted into (through) the playing card with a face value of one.
2d Target of ridicule in genuine denial (8)
REBUTTAL: The target of ridicule or a joke inserted into (in) a word meaning genuine.
3d Panic about cans, initially in short supply (6)
SCARCE: A word meaning to panic or frighten placed around (about) a C (Cans initially).
4d Variety, fit for all to see, survived over in valley (10)
VAUDEVILLE: This is variety as seen on a stage. It’s the letter used to indicate that a film is fit for everyone to see and a reversal (over) of a word meaning survived or existed inserted into (in) another word for a valley.
6d Empty talk by swell high-flier? (3-3,7)
HOT AIR BALLOON: A phrase (3,3) meaning empty talk followed by a word meaning to swell or grow larger.
8d Green mask and whip (7)
RAWHIDE: A word for green or uncooked followed by a word meaning to mask or conceal. Spot the very young Clint Eastwood . . .
12d Additional clothing for fielder (5,5)
EXTRA COVER: This is a fielding position on a cricket field and it could be read to mean some additional clothing.
15d Yankee being paid in yen (8)
YEARNING: The letter represented by the word yankee in the phonetic alphabet followed by a word meaning being payed.
17d Mean of secret agent framing Philby, say (6)
SKIMPY: A secret agent placed around (framing) the Christian name of the traitor Philby.
18d Right to interrupt sleep? Rubbish (5)
DROSS: R(ight) inserted into (to interrupt) a slang term meaning to sleep.
21d Kiosk failing to open? That’s hard to believe (4)
TALL: A kiosk or stand on a market without its first letter (failing to open).
My favourite today was 15d with 19a and 2d on the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: BOAR + BULLS = BAUBLES
Bottom line: BARRE + BELL = BARBEL or BARBELL