Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29647
Hints and tips by Falcon
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Greetings from Ottawa, where we have recently enjoyed a nice run of summer-like weather but are now back to more seasonable conditions with April showers in the cards for the next week. Farmers will be happy as it has been extremely dry here.
While there is some personal good news on the COVID front — I will be getting my first jab today, in general, the situation is really becoming quite dire. We have a record number of cases, hospitals are on the verge of collapse with all non-emergency surgery cancelled and other extreme measures in place, and the province is back under a stay-at-home order with most businesses closed.
As for today’s puzzle, Campbell has served up the usual gentle, well-crafted and entertaining Monday offering that we have come to expect.
In the hints below, underlining identifies precise definitions and , and indicators are italicized. The answers will be revealed by clicking on the ANSWER buttons.
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1a Succeeded with a spot of moving flattery (4,4)
SOFT SOAP — the genealogical abbreviation for succeeded precedes an anagram (moving) of the three words in the centre of the clue
6a Blunt, independent married couple (6)
IMPAIR — single-letter abbreviations for independent and married followed by another word for couple
9a Take one’s hat off to daughter entering a stretch of boggy ground (6)
ADMIRE — the genealogical abbreviation for daughter placed between the A from the clue and some deep mud
10a Method that may get a fish very quietly hooked (8)
APPROACH — start by lining up the A from the clue and a silvery freshwater fish of the carp family; into this is inserted (hooked) the musical notation directing one to play very quietly
11a Exclamation made by one hitting another in pop group? (4,4)
TAKE THAT — double definition
12a Hear about object, very fashionable (6)
TRENDY — to hear (before a judge) goes round a goal or an aim
13a Inaccurately portray reformed miser here (12)
anagram (reformed) of the final two words in the clue anagram (reformed) of MISER and a synonym of here or in attendance; sometimes one strays off the track between solving the clue and writing the review
16a Sauce on heat in B&B, say (6,6)
BRANDY BUTTER — feeling frisky or in the mood in B&B, then a word meaning state or say; sounds almost like kiss and tell!
19a Comic book crimefighter, officer’s personal assistant (6)
BATMAN — double definition
21a Invented story about Republican causes conflict (8)
FRICTION — a story concerning imaginary characters absorbing the abbreviation for Republican
23a Part of the woodwork in pub by bridge (8)
CROSSBAR — another word for pub following a verb meaning to bridge or traverse; this woodwork is found on a football pitch, not in your parlour
24a One doing wilful damage in museum close to Whitehall (6)
VANDAL — the abbreviated name of a museum in Kensington followed by the final letter (close) of WhitehalL
25a Ill at ease concerning border (2,4)
ON EDGE — a preposition denoting concerning or regarding and a border or boundary
26a Go off and film rat (8)
TURNCOAT — link together synonyms for go off or spoil and a film or covering layer
2d Trying experience in gold trade (6)
ORDEAL — the heraldic term for gold precedes a verb meaning to engage in commercial trading
3d Food: tons ready to be harvested (5)
TRIPE — the abbreviation for tons and an adjective denoting fully matured and ready to be picked
4d Too quick a shot, very ungainly (9)
OVERHASTY — anagram (ungainly) of A SHOT VERY
5d Rabbit, soft baby’s toy (7)
PRATTLE — the musical direction to play a little less quietly than in 10a precedes a baby’s noisemaker
6d Place under batting data (5)
INPUT — a verb meaning to place or position follows (under in a down clue) the cricket term denoting batting; Who amongst us remembers punch cards?
7d Posers for supply teacher (9)
PROFESSOR — anagram (supply [in a supple manner]) of the first two words of the clue
8d Depression following popular Channel Islands event (8)
INCIDENT — link together popular or 12a, the abbreviation for the Channel Islands and a depression or hollow (in the door of a car, perhaps)
13d Made light of notes describing one newspaper chief (9)
MINIMISED — some half notes enveloping (describing) a Roman one and followed by a shortened newspaper boss
14d Dog, barking terrier, biting vet endlessly (9)
RETRIEVER — anagram (barking) of TERRIER wrapped around VE(t) from which the final letter has been removed (endlessly)
15d Manage after hearing test (5,3)
TRIAL RUN — to manage or direct following a hearing before a judge; our second appearance in court today!
17d Ready to take part on horseback, on account of Italian (2,3,2)
UP FOR IT — an adverb denoting on horseback, a preposition meaning on account of or by reason of, and the abbreviation for Italian (either the language or the vermouth)
18d Musical piece, likewise with a beat, coming up (6)
SONATA — a small word meaning also or likewise (“She’s a good friend and __ are you”) followed by a reversal (coming up in a down clue) of the A from the clue and a word meaning to hit or beat
20d Illustrious person of wealth, extremely likeable (5)
NOBLE — a slang term for someone of wealth or high social rank and the initial and final letters (extremely) of LikeablE
22d Livener kept in bucket, on ice (5)
TONIC — a lurker hiding in the final three words of the clue
How could my favourite clue today be any other than the saucy 16a?
The bottom Quickie pun proved to be a challenge, I must say, containing (between the source and target) a total of four non-rhotic Rs.
Quickie Pun (Top Row): POLLED + ANSWER = POLE DANCER
Quickie Pun (Bottom Row) : POSTER + LAUDER = POSTAL ORDER