Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29633
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Good morning from South Staffs where we have a mixture of sunshine and showers.
I was making fairly rapid progress through today’s puzzle until I hit a rock with the cryptic definition at 27a, pushed me well into *** time. Some interesting clue constructions from today’s setter.
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1a Bridge — one cad played, church official (10)
ARCHDEACON – A bridge, or one of its components, followed by an anagram (played) of ONE CAD.
6a Spluttered: ‘Hot and cold running over!’ (4)
SPAT – Reverse (running over) the things you find with ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ marked on them.
9a This woman‘s bit of caramel is salty (7)
MELISSA – Hidden in the clue.
10a ‘Trouble and strife’ should get album maybe — or daughter? (7)
DISCORD – Put together a vinyl or CD album, OR (from the clue), and Daughter. Hands up all those who were looking for some Cockney rhyming slang to be involved.
12a Where most of us go at five to eleven? (7,6)
PRIMARY SCHOOL – Cryptic definition of the institution most of us attended between the ages of five and eleven.
14a The Spanish leading on opening stretch (8)
ELONGATE – Put together a Spanish definite article, ON (from the clue), and an opening providing access to a garden or field.
15a Artist’s following arrived, one holding pictures (6)
CAMERA – Another word for ‘arrived’, followed by the usual crossword artist.
17a Six-love, with nothing returned — one’s played painfully at times (6)
VIOLIN – Put together the Roman numeral for six, the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, and another word for ‘nothing’ or ‘zero’ reversed.
19a Naughty niece, imp wanting something for Christmas? (5,3)
MINCE PIE – Anagram (naughty) of NIECE IMP.
21a Tasty chops wife devoured with group (13)
MOUTHWATERING – Put together the part of the face which may be referred to as ‘chops’, an abbreviation for Wife, another word for ‘devoured’, and another word for a group or gang.
24a Extremists on Twitter, wound up, went viral (7)
TRENDED – The outside letters (extremists) of TwitteR, followed by another word for ‘wound up’.
25a Tease about lack of youth and bony frame (7)
RIBCAGE – Put together another word for ‘tease’, a Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’, and another word for ‘lack of youth’, to get a bony structure in the body.
26a Instrument that makes money for the listener (4)
LUTE – This stringed instrument sounds vaguely like a slang word for ‘money’.
27a A very quick shower? (10)
METEORITES – Cryptic definition of some objects which may fall to earth after travelling through space.
1d Prepares to fight when invaded by marines (4)
ARMS – Another word ‘when’ wrapped round the abbreviation for the Royal Marines.
2d Song lifted Solo, spy lacking inside (7)
CALYPSO – Hidden in reverse (lifted) in the clue.
3d Unsettling hint admitted in parts by disguised noble (13)
DISTINGUISHED – The letters of HINT are scrambled (unsettling) and inserted in two groups into DISGUISED (from the clue).
4d A skill to cut delicate material according to taste (1,2,5)
A LA CARTE – A (from the clue) followed by a delicate material wrapped round another word for ‘skill’.
5d Sordid play seen off and on — or ignored in this way? (5)
ODDLY – Alternate letters (off and on) of SOrDiD pLaY provide the answer – and since these are the even-numbered letters of that phrase, they could be described cryptically as ‘(the answer) ignored’.
7d Egg on show, sandwiching in order (7)
PROVOKE – Another word for ‘show’ or ‘demonstrate’, wrapped round ‘in order’ or ‘satisfactory’.
8d Massive water rushes (5,5)
TIDAL WAVES – This clue seems to have escaped from the Quick crossword, because it’s not very cryptic. A term given to large movements of water, usually in the aftermath of an undersea earthquake or landslip.
11d One wants to join another class and do something in the garden (6,7)
SOCIAL CLIMBER – Another word for a ’do’ or ‘party’, followed by a type of garden plant which needs a wall or trellis to support it.
13d Some rock and lead, say, have melted and tamely liquefied (5,5)
HEAVY METAL – Anagram (melted) of HAVE, followed by an anagram (liquefied) of TAMELY, giving us something which is either a genre of rock music or one of a group of elements of which lead is an example.
16d One may be tall and long — stark even, occasionally (4,4)
PINE TREE – Another word for ‘long’ or ‘wish’, followed by alternate letters (occasionally) of sTaRk EvEn.
18d Wealthy upper-class fast to support surgeon’s work (7)
OPULENT – An abbreviation for a surgical intervention, followed by the letter indicating ‘upper-class’ and a Christian period of fasting in the run-up to Easter.
20d Show involving servant and soldier (7)
PAGEANT – A junior servant followed by a soldier insect.
22d Make confused commercial — not working, missing an intro (5)
ADDLE – Put together a short word for a commercial, followed by ‘not working’ without its first letter (missing an intro).
23d Notices notices put up! (4)
SEES – Another word for ‘notices’ which, because it’s a palindrome also means ‘notices’ when reversed.
The Quick Crossword pun HOUSE + YORE + FARTHER = HOW’S YOUR FATHER