Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29585
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a mild winter morning. This week I reached a significant birthday, and by way of a (slightly late) present Mrs DT and I received an appointment for our Covid jabs next week (hurrah!).
Today’s puzzle took me just into *** time with some interesting constructions in the cluing.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Show off, getting first of reds in pocket (4)
BRAG – The first letter of Reds inserted into another word for a pocket.
3a Kind of cleaner I propped against piece of furniture (10)
CHARITABLE – Put together a cleaning person, I (from the clue) and a piece of furniture.
9a Authorise oxygen gas from the East (4)
OKAY – The chemical symbol for oxygen, followed by the reversal (from the East) of a verb for ‘to gas’ or ‘chatter’.
10a Shift gear with artist backing little singer (10)
BUDGERIGAR – Another word for ‘shift, followed by another word for ‘gear’ or ‘equipment’, followed by the reversal (backing) of the usual crossword artist.
11a Idiot — that man has 1 Across the wrong way round! (7)
CLOTHES – Another word for ‘idiot’, followed by a short way of writing ‘that man has’. The definition is the reverse of the answer to 1 Across.
13a Stop using toast in cooking (7)
STATION – Anagram (cooking) of TOAST IN, giving us a stop on a train journey.
14a Junior to sidestep second 11 (11)
UNDERSKIRTS – The answer is an example of the answer to 11 Across. Put together another word for ‘Junior (to)’, another word for ‘sidestep’, and Second.
18a Facility that AA members may be driven to use? (5,6)
WATER SUPPLY – The AA here is not the motoring organisation but Alcoholics Anonymous, and the facility is one which members may use for refreshment.
21a New start in river race — overturned, hospital to follow (7)
REBIRTH – Put together an abbreviation for River, the reverse (overturned) of a race or ethnic group, and an abbreviation for Hospital.
22a Time to be part of campaign I never rejected (7)
EVENING – This period of the day is hidden in reverse (part of … rejected) in the clue.
23a Meet with work in the balance (5,3,2)
TOUCH AND GO – Here we have three synonyms: ‘meet’ or ‘come into contact’; ‘with’; and ‘work (of a machine)’.
24a Somewhere in Italy having a drink, falling over (4)
PISA – Put together A (from the clue) and a small drink, then reverse the result to get this Italian city.
25a Proceeding with different partner contracted as relative (4-6)
STEP-PARENT – Another word for a proceeding or stage, followed by an anagram (different) of PARTNE(r) with its last letter removed (contracted).
26a More than one goal post moving front to back (4)
ENDS – Start with what you do when you commit a letter to the post, then move the initial letter to the back.
1d Reading squad reserve with green gear (4,4)
BOOK CLUB – What you do when you make a reservation, followed by some kit you need on a golf green.
2d It snakes around Canada with no bends! (8)
ANACONDA – Anagram (bends) of CANADA and NO.
4d Times delivered by hotel for us (5)
HOURS – The letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet, followed by ‘for (or belonging to) us’.
5d Official position number, e.g. 1st, rarely includes it (9)
REGISTRAR – The answer is hidden in the clue, but you have to read the number 1 as being the letter equivalent in Roman numerals.
6d Something enhancing taste in mouth after salt used twice (6,5)
TARTAR SAUCE – Two examples of one of the usual crossword sailors (salt), followed by a word which. Like ‘mouth’ in the clue, is an informal term for backchat or insolence.
7d VIP in major cover-up, that’s hairy (6)
BIGWIG – This informal term for a VIP is also (3,3) what someone with a large bald spot might use to cover it.
8d Rambling harangue in support of Her Majesty (6)
ERRANT – The Queen’s regnal cipher, followed by a harangue or diatribe.
12d Using horsewhip or alternative, show strong feelings about somebody (4-7)
HERO-WORSHIP – Anagram (alternative) of HORSEWHIP OR.
15d Famous war lord in hot place, tracked by eastern resistance (9)
KITCHENER – The place you should get out of if you can’t stand the heat, followed by Eastern and Resistance. He was Secretary of State for War during WW1, and his face appeared on a famous recruiting poster.
16d Caption I designed, one that helps people see … (8)
OPTICIAN – Anagram (designed) of CAPTION I.
17d … what’s prescribed by 16 as gel — yes, that’s unusual (8)
EYEGLASS – Anagram (unusual) of AS GEL YES.
19d Composes ceremonies by ear (6)
WRITES – This word for ‘composes’ is a homophone (by ear) of a word for ‘ceremonies’.
20d Combat guns get mislaid regularly — that’s stupid (6)
OBTUSE – Alternate letters (mislaid regularly) of the first three words of the clue..
22d Prompt breakfast could be this followed by toast (3,2)
EGG ON – The answer is a phrase for ‘prompt’ or ‘incite’. If you add ‘toast’, you get a breakfast dish.
The Quick Crossword pun MISS + TREES + TORY = MYSTERY STORY