Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29591
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a grey South Staffs. Mrs DT and I had our jabs on Wednesday, so far (touch wood!) without any adverse effects.
We have a pangra missing the X today, so can identify ProXimal as the setter. I didn’t find any particular difficulty in completing it in ** time.
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1a They advocate close-fitting underwear (6)
BRIEFS – Double definition, the first being a slang word for a lawyer.
4a Fought little bit with journalist penning page (8)
SCRAPPED – Another word for a small piece of something, and the usual crossword journalist, placed either side of an abbreviation for Page.
10a Might seahorses be required for this sport? (5,4)
WATER POLO – Cryptic definition of an aquatic sport, the terrestrial namesake of which is played on horseback.
11a Leader in hunt going east for yaks (5)
TALKS – Start with the sort of hunt which involves creeping quietly up on one’s prey, then move the first letter to the end (going east, in an Across clue).
12a Could be resort hotel agent backed (7)
PERHAPS – Put together a health resort, the letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet, and a shortened word for a commercial agent, then reverse (backed) the result.
13a Reveal a Parisian caught by Kent port not opening (7)
UNCOVER – Put together a French word for ‘a’, the cricket abbreviation for ‘caught’, and a heavily used Channel port, minus its first letter (not opening).
14a Itinerant Aussie without a family (5)
ISSUE – Anagram (itinerant) of (a)USSIE without it’s a.
15a Approached gathering soft wood for heat source (8)
CAMPFIRE – Another word for ‘approached’ wrapped round the musical symbol for ‘soft’ and some evergreen wood.
18a Way around New Age temple (8)
PANTHEON – Start with a way or trail wrapped round New, then add a word for a very long period of time, to get a Roman temple.
20a Trip outside good bank (5)
RIDGE – A trip on horseback or in a motor vehicle, wrapped round Good.
23a Bumbling tired to US city (7)
DETROIT – Anagram (bumbling) of TIRED TO.
25a Original one, Titian lacking frame in the Netherlands (7)
INITIAL – The Roman numeral for one, followed by the IVR code for the Netherlands wrapped round the interior letters (lacking frame) of (t)ITIA(n).
26a Group swelling after first of barriers is removed (5)
UNION – Remove the first letter of Barriers from a type of swelling on the foot.
27a Burn-out’s regularly struck university friend, remarkably (9)
UNUSUALLY – Alternate letters (regularly struck) of bUrN-oUt’S followed by University and a friend or helper.
28a Suppose, taking helium in, to go up (8)
THEORISE – Another way of saying ‘to go up’, wrapped round the chemical symbol for helium.
29a Worried characters in cafe are dodgy (6)
FEARED – Hidden in the clue.
1d Ducks right inside hollow part of boat (8)
BOWSPRIT – Another word for ‘ducks’ or ‘bends one’s head’, followed by a hole in the ground wrapped round Right.
2d Medics find missing wings on seabirds (7)
INTERNS – Remove the outer letters (missing wings) from (f)IN(d), then add some common crossword seabirds, to get some junior hospital doctors.
3d Fast insect circling me in sky (9)
FIRMAMENT – Put together another word for ‘fast’ or ‘fixed’, and one of the usual crossword insects wrapped round ME (from the clue).
5d Pulped more sour quince for sandwich (6-8)
CROQUE-MONSIEUR – Anagram (pulped) of MORE SOUR QUINCE, to get a French toasted sandwich.
6d A note in Zulu about ancient person (5)
AZTEC – Put together A (from the clue), the letter represented by Zulu I the NATO alphabet, a note of the sol-fa scale, and a Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’, to get a member of a Central American people.
7d Bother father on toilet, one on the throne (7)
PALAVER – Put together a short word for ‘father’, a shortened form of another word for ‘toilet’, and the regnal cipher of the Queen.
8d Abandon course after losing heart (6)
DESERT – Remove the central letter (losing heart) from a word for the sweet course of a meal.
9d Husky reportedly on trunk, crazy for trees (5,9)
HORSE CHESTNUTS – Start with a homophone (reportedly) of another word for ‘husky’ (not the dog!), then add a trunk or coffer, followed by another word for ‘crazy’.
16d Grit ruined red outfit (9)
FORTITUDE – Anagram (ruined) of RED OUTFIT.
17d Document about device that’s used (8)
DEPLOYED – A legal document wrapped round a device or ruse.
19d On article, grime’s upset European (7)
ASTRIDE – Put together an indefinite article, the reverse (upset) of another word for ‘grime’s’ (including the ‘S), then European.
21d One boring doctor, comparatively sick (7)
DRILLER – An abbreviation for ‘Doctor’, followed by ‘more unwell’.
22d A formal garment on American, time for change (6)
ADJUST – Put together A (from the clue), part of a man’s ‘black tie’ outfit, an abbreviation for ‘American’ and an abbreviation for Time.
24d Love winner knocking out popular title-holder (5)
OWNER – The letter which looks like a love score at tennis, followed by W(in)NER (from the clue) with a word for ‘popular’ removed.
The Quick Crossword pun TIMBER + TONNE = TIM BURTON