Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29603
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a grey February day.
Today’s puzzle took me some time to get into, but then the answers began to flow, so that what I thought was going to be a **** puzzle fitted comfortable into my *** slot.
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1a Local souvenir stores in France, for instance (8)
REPUBLIC – A historical or religious souvenir wrapped round (stores) another word for the place sometimes called a local, giving us a system of government of which France is an example.
5a Sweet-looking child Bruce spoiled outside hospital (6)
CHERUB – Anagram (spoiled) of BRUCE wrapped round an abbreviation for Hospital.
10a Student pursues trendy antiques, once treated as unimportant (15)
INCONSEQUENTIAL – Another word for ‘trendy’, followed by an anagram (treated) of ANTIQUES ONCE, followed by the letter which indicates a student driver.
11a Polished part of table between each set of books (7)
ELEGANT – An abbreviation of ‘each’ wrapped round the part of a table which supports the top, followed by the abbreviation for one of the sets of books which make up the Bible.
12a Musical, fashionable in the past (7)
CHICAGO – Another word for ‘fashionable’ or ‘stylish’, followed by a word for ‘in the past’.
13a Just terrible losing first source of finance (8)
RIGHTFUL – Start with another word for ‘terrible’, then remove the first instance of the first letter of Finance.
15a Tree Truro wants to protect (5)
ROWAN – Hidden in the clue.
18a Strict and clear ruling ultimately Italy breaks (5)
RIGID – Put together the last letter (ultimately) of rulinG and the IVR code for Italy, then insert the result into a verb meaning ‘to clear (out)’.
20a Conservative PM’s beginning to expel foreign nationals (8)
ISRAELIS – Remove the first letter (beginning to expel) from the surname of a 19th-century Conservative Prime Minister (but keep the ‘S from the clue) and you have some Middle Eastern nationals.
23a Last drink delays retirement to bed (5,2)
STAYS UP – A verb for ‘to last’ and a verb for ‘drink’ are putogether.
25a Group of players defending centre for silliest foul (7)
SQUALID – A group of players from which a team is selected, wrapped round the middle letters (centre) of silLIest.
26a Surprisingly gain lumber trade in place of what’s disappeared? (7,8)
BERMUDA TRIANGLE – Anagram (surprisingly) of GAIN LUMBER TRADE.
27a Fish river area, visiting West Sussex regularly (6)
WRASSE – Put together abbreviations for River and Area, then insert the result between West and alternate letters of SuSsEx.
28a Persuade Nigel I’ve changed (8)
INVEIGLE – Anagram (changed) of NIGEL I’VE.
1d Stopped one who rejects accepted truth turning up (6)
REINED – Reverse (turning up) a word for someone who does not accept the truth of a proposition, to get another word for ‘stopped’ – as a horse might be.
2d Choose, say, to collect money for strike activity (9)
PICKETING – Another word for ‘choose’, followed by the Latin abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’ wrapped round some elderly slang for ‘money’.
3d Live overlooking South Wales town or lower down (7)
BENEATH – Another word for ‘live’ or ‘exist’, followed by the town whose name in Welsh is Castell Nedd.
4d Unsuitable interest surrounds origins of environmental protesters (5)
INEPT – An abbreviation for ‘interest’ is wrapped round the initial letters (origins) of Environmental Protesters.
6d More convenient hotel, above a run-down diner (7)
HANDIER – The letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet is followed by A (from the clue) and an anagram (run-down) of DINER.
7d Dish from Ankara I tasted (5)
RAITA – This Indian yoghurt dish is hidden in the clue.
8d Once party is over, they may have a deflated look? (8)
BALLOONS – Cryptic definition of something which will be let down when party decorations are cleared up.
9d Brawny American couple oddly beset by ruin (8)
MUSCULAR – Put together one of the usual abbreviations for ‘American’ and the odd-numbered letters of CoUpLe, then wrap a word for ‘ruin’ or ‘spoil’ around the result.
14d Fine radio exposure for song getting just treatment (4,4)
FAIR PLAY – The abbreviation for Fine followed by what a song gets when it is broadcast on the radio.
16d Old MP hugs excited girl, one aboard merry-go-round (9)
WHIRLIGIG – Put together an anagram (excited) of GIRL and the Roman numeral for one, then wrap a member of a British political faction in Parliament in the 18th century round the result.
17d Angry with crook producing weapon (8)
CROSSBOW – Another word for ‘angry’, followed by another word for ’crook’ or ‘bend’.
19d Exchange views on son supporting athletics event (7)
DISCUSS – One of the field events at an athletics meeting, followed by Son.
21d Vintage coin found inside empty Eastbourne train (7)
EDUCATE – The outside letters (empty) of EastbournE wrapped round an old European gold or silver coin.
22d Notice that lady’s poodle at last finding stick (6)
ADHERE – Put together a short publicity notice, the pronoun for ‘that lady’s’, and the last letter of poodlE.
24d Main artery, part of that road going north (5)
AORTA – Hidden in reverse (going north, in a Down clue) in the clue.
25d Father needs new security alarm, perhaps (5)
SIREN – A verb for ‘to father’ followed by New.
The Quick Crossword pun HISSED + EERIER = HYSTERIA