Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29657
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Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny St George’s Day.
A somewhat quirky puzzle from today’s setter, – probably a wavelength thing.
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1a Such a fish as sinks beneath the waves? (7)
TORPEDO – Cryptic definition of something which a submariner may call a ‘fish’.
9a Spies must keep wandering Bloom in country (8)
COLOMBIA – The acronym of the US spy agency wrapped round an anagram (wandering) of BLOOM.
10a Trader being in no hurry to appear in business paper (7)
FLORIST – The initials of the UK business-focused paper printed on pink paper, wrapped round a creature which is presumably in no hurry, because the first word of its common name is ‘slow’.
11a Guard posted home by the Spanish (8)
SENTINEL – Put together another word for ‘posted’, another word for ‘(at) home’, and one of the forms of the Spanish for ‘the’.
12a Having daughter in control an explosive mixture? (6)
POWDER – An abbreviation for Daughter inserted into another word for ‘control’ or ‘authority’.
13a Sober sailors ring us after rough time (10)
ABSTEMIOUS – Put together some competent seamen, an anagram (rough) of TIME, the ring-shaped letter, and US (from the clue).
15a Catty remarks in converted stables? (4)
MEWS – Double definition: the noises cats make; or the old stables behind a town house, now converted into bijou residences.
16a Scrambling device in American helicopter? (3,6)
EGG BEATER – Double definition: a tool for creating something scrambled for breakfast; or some dated American slang for a helicopter.
21a English graduate cross about test (4)
EXAM – English to start with, then the letters after the name of an Arts graduate and the cross-shaped letter are put together and the result reversed (about).
22a Horse initially brought to Troy under volatile monarch (5,5)
HENRY TUDOR – The first letter (initially) of Horse, followed by an anagram (volatile) of TROY UNDER.
24a For temple, travel through flat area (6)
PAGODA – Another word for ‘travel’ is inserted into a slang word for a residential flat, then Area is added.
25a Forebear needs an exotic escort (8)
ANCESTOR – AN (from the clue) followed by an anagram (exotic) of ESCORT.
27a Prodigy being learner in motorway chase (7)
MIRACLE – Put together two letters which look like the name of the motorway running from London to the North and another word for a chase, then insert the letter which indicates a learner driver.
28a Beauty spot in front of city’s limits? (3,5)
EYE CANDY – A verb for ‘spot’, followed by a phrase (1,3,1) telling us what the outside letters (limits) of CitY are.
29a Fate in Tyneside not completely appalling (7)
DESTINY – Anagram (appalling) of TYNESID(e), minus its last letter (not completely).
2d One sees royal couple below using smallest room? (8)
ONLOOKER – A phrase (2,3) which could mean ‘using smallest room’, followed by the chess notation for a king, and the regnal cipher of the Queen.
3d Heavenly place is locked up in March (8)
PARADISE – An organised march (perhaps led by 76 trombones?), with IS (from the clue) inserted.
4d Getting into beer, one good person raving (10)
DISTRAUGHT – Put together the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation of the title given to a canonised person, then insert the result into the sort of beer which is on tap.
5d Tiresome sort giving wave (4)
BORE – Double definition, the second being a tidal wave which comes up a river.
6d Seat German fellow in black mass (6)
BOTTOM – Abbreviations for Black and Mass, placed either side of a typical German forename.
7d Musicians playing in Strand (7)
ABANDON – A phrase (1,4) which might mean ‘musicians’, followed by a two-letter word for ‘playing’ (as in ‘the radio is –‘).
8d Round item a stone in coarse aggregate (7)
BALLAST – Put together a round item used in many games, A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for STone. This reminds me of the apocryphal story of the civil servant who, finding a nonsensical proposal in a paper he was reviewing wrote ‘Round objects’ in the margin. A senior officer in a subsequent review asked ‘Who is Round, and to what does he object?’
11d This supports stocking revolutionary American poet (9)
SUSPENDER – Reverse (revolutionary) a common abbreviation for ‘American’, then add a 20th-century English poet.
14d Compete in Lever business (10)
ENTERPRISE – Another word for ‘compete in (a tournament)’, followed by a word for ‘lever (open or apart)’.
17d Two different pandas — one massive star! (3,5)
RED GIANT – The adjectives used to describe two different animals both called ‘panda’, are also the designation given to a star towards the end of its life cycle, when it has expanded to many times its original size.
18d Chap to kill carrying large instrument (8)
MANDOLIN – Another word for ‘chap’ followed by a phrase (2,2) meaning ‘kill’ wrapped round Large.
19d Conservative in rage broke the rules (7)
CHEATED – An abbreviation for Conservative, followed by ‘in a rage’.
20d Source of criticism for rapper (7)
KNOCKER – Double definition: someone who belittles someone else’s scheme or work; or something for rapping on a door.
23d Might one forever be a nodding acquaintance? (3-3)
YES-MAN – Cryptic definition of someone who is always nodding in agreement.
26d Bits sourced as appropriate from old VDUs? (4)
ODDS – Alternate letters of OlD VDUS – appropriate because not the even-numbered letters.
The Quick Crossword pun KNOW + STEW + TALE = NOSE TO TAIL