Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29583
Hints and tips by Rahmat Ali
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Greetings from Kolkata. We have, of late, passed a moment which we could have celebrated in some way but it came and went in the twinkling of an eye. However, the moment had a long list or name, whatever you may call – 21st century, 21st year, 21st day, 21st hour, 21st minute, 21st second. But that is past and I am now concerned with the present and feel it a great moment to have just finished writing the Hints and Tips for the second time which I hope you will enjoy.
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1a One who’s trained to work on a plane? (4,7)
TREE SURGEON: A cryptic definition involving one who’s trained to work or operate following (on) the common name for a plane; some of its North American species are called sycamores.
9a Unleash anger, upset to find such farming practice (4-5)
FREE-RANGE: A synonym for unleash, followed by an anagram (upset) of ANGER.
10a Pace of fashion needing answer for the ultimate in design (5)
TREAD: A synonym of fashion wanting to have (needing) the one-letter abbreviation for answer in place of (for) the final letter (ultimate) in design.
11a Reach out and be inclined to go after former partner (6)
EXTEND: Another word for ‘be inclined’ to follow (go after) a two-letter colloquial word for former partner.
12a Aggressive promotion resulting from confusion of shared lines (4,4)
HARD SELL: An anagram (confusion) of SHARED, followed by an abbreviation for lines.
13a Act out of character, disturbed to see one with a target (6)
ARCHER: The word ‘act’ missing (out of) CHARactER and an anagram made (disturbed) out of the remaining words.
15a Period in which there’s universal grief (8)
MOURNING: The first part of the day inside (in) which there’s an abbreviation for the word universal.
18a Primate gets religious instruction having knocked back suitable drink (8)
APERITIF: Another word for primate followed by an abbreviation for religious instruction and a reversal (knocked back) of the word suitable.
19a Rebukes from ship crossing Arctic (6)
SCOLDS: The two-letter abbreviation for a steamship going over (crossing) this region (Arctic), more particularly used here as an adjective denoting its characteristic feature.
21a Formality shown by inspector with attitude (8)
DISTANCE: A charade consisting of two-letter abbreviation for an inspector trained in criminal investigation and (with) another word for attitude.
23a One out on the tiles may see the end of celebrations in due course (6)
SLATER: The last letter (end) of the word celebrations followed by a single word for the phrase ‘in due course’.
26a Phrase too much adopted by doctor? (5)
MOTTO: An abbreviation for a three-word phrase signifying too extreme and not suitable or demanding too much attention or effort, especially in an uncontrolled way (too much) inserted inside (adopted by) a two-letter abbreviation for doctor.
27a A walk for males with a date after vacation (9)
PROMENADE: A Latin word for ‘for’ or in favour of followed by another word for males and (with) A from the clue (a) DatE without the inner letters (after vacation).
28a Good person on perilous north face will find something to eat (6,5)
FRENCH TOAST: A two-letter abbreviation for a good or holy person follows (on) an anagram (perilous) of NORTH FACE.
1d Temperature on a fine cheese material (7)
TAFFETA: A concatenation of an abbreviation for temperature, the letter A from the clue (a), an abbreviation for fine and a word for a white salty Greek cheese made from the milk of ewes or goats.
2d Vote in the Spanish on European court (5)
ELECT: A two-letter Spanish word for definite article (the) followed by (on) an abbreviation each for European and court.
3d Wild tiger seen in park (9)
SERENGETI: Anagram (wild) of TIGER and SEEN will give the name of a national park of Tanzania. This fascinating park presents all kinds of ecosystems which allow it to host a variety of plants, animals and birds.
4d Call for sign of commitment (4)
RING: Double definition. One. Another word, noun or verb, for call, with respect to telephone or mobile. Two. A promised one given as a symbol of commitment, not marriage specifically, but an engagement one is a sure sign of commitment for marriage.
5d Reveal changes about to lift (8)
ELEVATOR: An anagram (changes) of REVEAL around (about) TO from the clue (to).
6d Celebrated school raised daughter (5)
NOTED: Name of the famous public school of Berkshire reversed or written upwards (raised) followed by an abbreviation for daughter.
7d Warning bolshie, loud prisoner (3,4)
RED FLAG: Another word for left-winged or bolshie, followed by the abbreviation of loud as in music and a slang word for inmate in a correctional facility (prisoner).
8d Providing a fix in political aide merely given a lift (8)
REMEDIAL: Part of or hidden inside (in) the three words (political aide merely) seen as a reversal or brought up (given a lift).
14d Application that preserves love like this in Greek island (8)
CREOSOTE: A single-letter abbreviation for zero score in tennis (love) and a two-letter word for ‘like this’ placed inside (in) an island in Greece (Greek island).
16d Remember about part of string section brought up in court (9)
RECOLLECT: An abbreviation used in a business letter for the preposition meaning with reference to or concerning (about) followed by an abbreviation for the word court having another word for part of string section reversed or taken up (brought up) inside (in).
17d An eye for a Cockney‘s Christmas treat? (5,3)
MINCE PIE: Double definition. A two-word phrase evolved as a Cockney rhyming slang for an eye, but not specifically related to Christmas in that sense.
18d Part of corporation needing to remodel bad sign (7)
ABDOMEN: To do an anagram (remodel) of BAD followed by another word for sign.
20d Excess energy contained in stewed fruits (7)
SURFEIT: The abbreviation for energy put inside (contained in) an anagram (stewed) of FRUITS.
22d Cold facilities welcomed by a female (5)
ALOOF: The colloquial word for lavatory (facilities) is taken inside (welcomed by) A from the clue (a) and an abbreviation for female.
24d Sailor must keep one area for headgear (5)
TIARA: A colloquial and popular word for sailor must have inside (keep) the Roman numeral for one, then add the abbreviation for the word area.
25d Stock regularly including gold choker (4)
TORC: Alternate letters (regularly) in sToCk having inside (including) the abbreviation, as used in heraldry, for gold.
I enjoyed this one too and tonnes of thanks to today’s setter and also to BD for the encouragement. I came to know the name of the Tanzanian national park today only. I liked so many among the clues for today – 1a, 9a, 23a, 1d, 14d, 17d and 25d and would be happy to know your favourite ones.
The Quick Crossword pun: pink+who+shun=pincushion