Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29621
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a damp and windy South Staffs.
A couple of intersecting clues in the SW corner gave me a little pause, and pushed my solving time into *** territory, but otherwise I found today’s puzzle reasonably straightforward, with some nice twists on familiar crossword constructions.
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1a Punched by employee, bound to be arrested? (10)
HANDCUFFED – An employee, in a factory perhaps, followed by another word for ‘punched’, giving us a means of restraint used by police officers.
6a Tramp‘s dog’s maybe running round (4)
STEP – Another word for what may be a dog or a cat, plus the ‘S from the clue, is reversed (running round).
10a Ruins trifle — odd ingredients should have been discarded before (5)
UNTIL – Remove the odd-numbered letters from the first two words of the clue.
11a Lenin rued revolutionary stress (9)
UNDERLINE – Anagram (revolutionary) of LENIN RUED.
12a Component of refrigerator men transported gives bother (7)
TORMENT – Hidden in the clue.
13a In turnover, the Queen pub perhaps earns this? (7)
REVENUE – An all-in-one clue, where the whole clue defines the answer. Reverse (in turnover) the Queen’s regnal cipher, and add a general term for a place where an event may take place, of which ‘pub’ is an example.
14a A blockbuster movie is so like an American standard (4-8)
STAR-SPANGLED – Double definition, the first metaphorical, the second being a familiar description of the US flag.
18a Like Wham or Bananarama but not Abba or A-ha? (12)
IRREVERSIBLE – If you note that the first two groups in the clue are not palindromes, whereas the second two are, you will arrive at a word which describes the former but not the latter.
21a Reels back, seeing Liverpool snatching victory (7)
REWINDS – The reels here are on a tape recorder. A nickname for Liverpool FC (related to the colour of their shirts) is wrapped round another word for ‘victory’.
23a Cushions doubly firm — relative shifting second to back (7)
COCOONS – Put together two instances of the abbreviation for a firm or company, then add a male relative, but move the abbreviation for Second to the back of the answer.
24a A supreme blending with main ingredient from Burgundy — cut the mustard? (7,2)
MEASURE UP – Anagram (blending) of A SUPREME and the letter which occurs most often (main ingredient) in BUrgUndy.
25a One might assassinate knight in German agreement (5)
NINJA – Put together the chess notation for a knight, IN (from the clue), and a German word of agreement.
26a Right in the old harness (4)
YOKE – An archaic spelling of ‘the’ wrapped round an expression of agreement such as ‘right’.
27a Old transporter‘s role subtly changed (10)
TROLLEYBUS – Anagram (changed) of ROLE SUBTLY.
1d Troubles go missing in drunken hangouts (6)
HAUNTS – Anagram (drunken) of HAN(go)UTS, with the GO removed (missing).
2d The wild character (6)
NATURE – Double definition: untouched countryside; or the inner character of a person.
3d Gather I have no one French in family, for instance (10,4)
COLLECTIVE NOUN – Put together another word for ‘gather’, the short form of ‘I have’, NO (from the clue) and the French for ‘one’. To get a phrase of which ‘family’ is an example.
4d One sells food Tue-Fri for cooking, with arrears off and on (9)
FRUITERER – Anagram (for cooking) of TUE-FRI, followed by alternate letters (off and on) of aRrEaRs.
5d Waterfowl, bottom-up, floundered — I emoted somewhat (5)
EIDER – Hidden in reverse (bottom up) in the clue.
7d Square cut possibly, with one side going for it (8)
TRIANGLE – A square has four sides. If you remove one side, you get a three-sided figure, or ——–.
8d Claims about nurse seen in part of letter (8)
PRETENDS – Put together the Latin for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’. And another verb for ‘nurse’. Then wrap something you may add at the bottom of a letter round the result.
9d Motorists may show this forceful lack of inhibition (7,7)
DRIVING LICENCE – Another word ‘forceful’ followed by another word for ‘lack of inhibition’.
15d Head first (9)
PRINCIPAL – Double definition, the first being perhaps the head of a school or college.
16d Game one’s put down after a couple of drinks (3,5)
GIN RUMMY – Two different short drinks, followed by what the Queen means when she says ‘one’s’.
17d Result comes with player making catch (8)
DRAWBACK – A possible result of a football match, followed by a defensive player in that match.
19d Around new hospital, two old boys hang about (6)
HOBNOB – Put together the abbreviation for Hospital and two examples of the abbreviation for old boys of a school, then wrap the result round New.
20d Mutual admiration ceremonies? You may see one or two in Hollywood (6)
OSCARS – If you look at the word ‘HOllywOOd, you will see a single and a double occurrence of a particular letter. The NATO alphabet equivalent of that letter is also the name given to an annual award ceremony ifor Hollywood productions.
22d Cut complete broadcast (5)
SHEAR – The answer is a homophone (broadcast) of a word for ‘complete’ or ‘total’.
The Quick Crossword pun QUAY + POUT = KEEP OUT