Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29597
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Good morning from South Staffs, where the day began with a brief display by ‘rosy-fingered Dawn’ which has now faded to grey.
There was nothing particularly tricky for me in this morning’s puzzle, though I suspect I can hear Brian warming up for another diatribe about ‘religious’ content!
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1a In possession of Burma’s king, tapestry that’s put up for decoration (7,4)
MASKING TAPE – Hidden in the clue.
7a Most bitter requires little bit of money and relaxation (7)
SOUREST – A small old French coin, followed by another word for ‘relaxation’.
8a Woeful poet I edited, American (7)
PITEOUS – Anagram (edited) of POET I, followed by one of the usual abbreviations for ‘American’.
10a End of tie seen at work every day (4-4)
FULL-TIME – Double definition, the first being what you get at the end of a football match.
11a Hollow wood with nothing inside (6)
GROOVE – A small wood or clump of trees, wrapped round the letter which looks like a zero.
13a Lean nurse (4)
TEND – Double definition, both verbs. The first is a synonym of ‘incline towards’.
14a Cassette player perhaps found next to class pigeonhole (10)
STEREOTYPE – An informal term for the sort of music player of which a cassette player or record turntable may make up a part, followed by another word for ‘class’ or ‘sort’.
16a Mother fast to catch rodent — nasty! (10)
MALEVOLENT – Put together a short word for ‘mother’ and a period of fasting in the run-up to Easter, wrapped round a small rodent.
18a Ring up over head displaying saintliness (4)
HALO – Cryptic definition of the image used in art to denote that the subject is divine or saintly.
21a A comedian should have this hat I’m in, gran admits (6)
TIMING – Hidden in the clue.
22a A gent may wear this belt and tie (4,4)
CUFF LINK – Another word for ‘belt’ or ‘hit’, followed by another word for ‘tie’ or ‘join’.
24a Panama usually has one marking its borders (7)
HATBAND – Cryptic definition of a decorative item found on the outside of a hat such as a Panama.
25a Visiting cathedral city, reportedly crashed with an upright carriage (7)
ERECTLY – A homophone (reportedly) of another word for ‘crashed’ or ‘ruined’, with Crosswordland’s favourite cathedral city wrapped round it.
26a It’s delivered along the ground air ducts, yet to be processed (5-6)
DAISY-CUTTER – Anagram (to be processed) of AIR DUCTS YET, giving us a cricket delivery which shoots along the ground on pitching.
1d A mild UN broadcast that gets half-cut? (7)
MAUDLIN – Anagram (broadcast) of A MILD UN.
2d Bouquets creating impression when delivered (6)
SCENTS – This word for ‘bouquets’ or ‘aromas’ sounds like (when delivered) an impression or feeling.
3d One with spoilt mentality personally (10)
INTIMATELY – The roman numeral for one, followed by an anagram (spoilt) of MENTALITY.
4d Open Jeep gang’s taken over regularly (4)
GAPE – Alternate letters, reading from the back (taken over regularly) of JEeP gAnG.
5d He’s active in the masses observed by the ministry, sometimes getting cross (5,3)
ALTAR BOY – Cryptic definition of a lay assistant at a Roman catholic or Church of England eucharistic service, one of whose duties may be to carry the processional cross. Quite likely to be a girl these days, as well.
6d Green with no well — financial resources needed (7)
ECONOMY – The prefix which now indicates all things ‘Green’, followed by NO (fom the clue) and an exclamation like ‘well!’
7d Striker needs security before game (6,5)
SAFETY MATCH – Another word for ‘security’ followed by another word for a competitive game, giving us the sort of striker which comes in a little box with a special rough surface on one side.
9d Kent lose terribly important opening all-rounder? (8,3)
SKELETON KEY – Anagram (terribly) of KENT LOSE, followed by another word for ‘important’ or ‘crucial’.
12d Sort of design a clue for ‘Rat’ in French? (3,7)
ART NOUVEAU – An art and design movement which flourished around the beginning of the 20th century could also be a way of cluing ‘rat’ as an anagram in French.
15d A compelling figure in orchestration, Gil Evans (8)
SVENGALI – Anagram (in orchestration) of GIL EVANS.
17d Fly-in mail, trend used off and on with restrictions (7)
LIMITED – Alternate letters (used off and on) of the first four words of the clue.
19d A Roman way to run gets one flying (7)
AVIATOR – Put together A (from the clue), a Latin word for ‘way’ or ‘road’, TO (from the clue) and the cricket abbreviation for ‘run’.
20d Result: fine is doubled in East European court (6)
EFFECT – East and European placed either side of two instances of the abbreviation for Fine, followed by an abbreviation for ‘court’.
23d Irritable, being on the fringes? (4)
EDGY – This word for ‘irritable’ could also be a description of something close(ish) to the border or fringes of an object.
The Quick Crossword pun GRATE + SCOT = GREAT SCOTT!