Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29592
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This puzzle was published on 6th February 2021
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! I found this quite enjoyable and tricky to parse in places.
1a Designs strong boxes to carry drug (7)
CREATES – CRATES or strong boxes carrying E for Ecstasy (a drug).
5a Clear around sides of lightweight screening structure (7)
SHELTER – Place SHEER or clear around the side letters in L(ightweigh)T.
9a Account for former partner without addition (7)
EXPLAIN – The former partner is an EX. Add PLAIN for ‘without addition’.
10a People used to pulling strings? (7)
ARCHERS – A cryptic definition which has nothing to do with puppets!.
11a Authorisations of dad’s frolics? (9)
PASSPORTS – Dad’s Frolics might cryptically be referred to as PA’S SPORTS.
12a Absolute state (5)
UTTER – Two definitions – complete and to speak/state.
13a Jog naked? Good to go inside! (5)
NUDGE – G for good inside NUDE/naked.
15a Cunningly resist rat, female who betrays (9)
TRAITRESS – Not a common word but an anagram (cunningly) of RESIST RAT.
17a Precedents of good person about to be admitted by Guys? (4,5)
TEST CASES – ST for saint (good person and C for about (one of the abbs. Of Circa) inside /admitted by TEASES for guys.
19a Overstrains joints? (5)
RACKS – Another double definition with the second being of the meat variety e.g. a joint/rack of lamb.
22a Some decor almost deep orange-pink (5)
CORAL – A hidden word is some of de COR AL most.
23a Researcher, say, one going into trail of evidence, is right at last (9)
SCIENTIST – Place I for one inside a SCENT or trail then add IS form the clue and the last letter of (righ)T.
25a Put another way, the girl is more cheerful (7)
LIGHTER – Make an anagram (to put another way) of THE GIRL.
26a Beasts harshly censure fashionable adult in review (7)
ANIMALS – A reversal (in review) of SLAM/harshly censure, IN for fashionable and finally A(dult).
27a Party I’d organised for excursion (3,4)
DAY TRIP – An anagram (organised) of PARTY I’D.
28a Roughly three billion yen — about that amount (7)
THEREBY – An anagram (roughly) of THREE then B(illion) and Y(en).
1d Devalue revolutionary article and writer (7)
CHEAPEN – A charade of CHE Guevara (a revolutionary), A for an article and PEN for writer.
2d European, with Times, sat in the open (7)
EXPOSED – E(uropean) and X for Times (by) followed by POSED for sat.
3d Vagrant male caught by snare (5)
TRAMP – M for male caught inside a TRAP or snare.
4d Foreign girls in flawed assertion (9)
SENORITAS – A flawed anagram of ASSERTIONS.
5d Sailor on board performs exceptionally (5)
STARS – A TAR or sailor inside SS, a ship, i.e. he is ‘on board a ship’.
6d Two thirds of men opposing meeting (9)
ENCOUTER – EN, or two thirds of the word (m)EN followed by COUNTER for opposing.
7d End up in stitches here? (7)
THEATRE – It could be a surgical THEATRE or a comedy THEATRE.
8d Once again arranges holiday locations (7)
RESORTS – Another double def. – to order again and e.g. a beach RESORT.
14d Cycling, climb a little hill in endless series of steps (9)
ESCALATOR – An unusual cryptic device for a standard back-pager. To Cycle is to move the back letter of a word to the front. Hence SCALE/climb when cycling becomes ESCAL. Add A from the clue and a TOR or little hill.
16d Alsatians mauled attacker (9)
ASSAILANT – A mauled anagram of ALSATIONS and a nice, concise clue.
17d Amused moment was among the first (7)
TICKLED – A TICK for a moment/second and LED for ‘was among the first’.
18d Having an untidy outline, steep initially, and full of rocks (7)
SCRAGGY – The initial letter of S(teep) followed by CRAGGY for full of rocks.
20d Around capital, cold and extremely tense atmosphere (7)
CLIMATE – C(old) and the outside/extreme letters in T(ens)E around the capital city LIMA.
21d To meet requirements, announce hedging possibly fits (7)
SATISFY – SAY for announce s around/hedges an anagram (possibly) of FITS.
23d Criticism from harbours on the rise (5)
STROP – A reversal (on the rise) of PORTS/harbours,
24d Racket made by single piercing hooter (5)
NOISE – I for one/a single inside/piercing a NOSE for hooter.