Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29675
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Good morning from South Staffs on an overcast morning.
The presence of four Xs in today’s puzzle suggests ProXimal as the setter, and he has given us a typical Friday challenge, with one or two less common words.
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1a Snout reported in prison public fully recognises (5,6,3)
KNOWS INSIDE OUT – The first word sounds like (reported) another word for ‘snout’; the second is another word for ‘in prison’; and the third means ‘public’ rather than ‘private’ or ‘hidden’.
9a Racing vehicle in church, a fun event (7)
CHARIOT – Put together an abbreviation for church, A (from the clue), and an informal word for something which is fun or enjoyable.
10a For all to see in message, father’s blunder (4,3)
FAUX PAS – The cinema classification of a film suitable for all is placed inside a method of sending messages electronically to get the first word; then take an informal word for ‘father’, plus the ‘S from the clue to get the second. The whole phrase is a French one.
11a Vessel heading off later (4)
EWER – Start with a word for ‘later’ or ‘more recent’, then remove the first letter.
12a Scientific tool that’s rewritten comic prose (10)
MICROSCOPE – Anagram (rewritten) of COMIC PROSE.
14a Injure head in smacking roughly against article (6)
SCATHE – Put together the first letter (head) of Smacking, a Latin abbreviation for ‘roughly’ or ‘approximately’, and a definite article. This is a word which is more often seen as a past participle prefixed by ‘un-‘ to mean ‘uninjured’.
15a Execute bishop, second person snared by queen, maybe (5,3)
CARRY OUT – Put together the abbreviated form of address for a bishop and the second person pronoun. Then wrap an animal where the female may be referred to as a queen around the result.
17a Woolly garment‘s stain turned water hazy (8)
KNITWEAR – Reverse (turned) a liquid stain or writing medium, then add an anagram (hazy) of WATER.
18a Male in the morning penning antelope in oversize container (6)
MAGNUM – Put together abbreviations for ‘male’ and ‘in the morning’, then wrap the result around a species of antelope made famous by Flanders and Swann.
21a Clerics a Yankee has converted on coral island (10)
AYATOLLAHS – Put together A (from the clue), the letter represented by Yankee in the NATO alphabet, a coral island, and an anagram (converted( of HAS, to get some Shia Muslim clerics.
22a Following cross, where ball would be for goal? (4)
NEXT – To score a goal in Soccer, the ball has to be ‘in the —‘. Replace the ball with the cross-shaped letter to get the answer.
24a Drugs work, I answer group in review (7)
OPIATES – Put together an abbreviation for a (musical) word, I (from the clue), an abbreviation for Answer, and the reverse (in review) of a word for a group of people or objects.
25a Fine ale around that is gift (7)
FREEBIE – Put together an abbreviation for Fine, the reverse (around) of another word for ale, and the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’.
26a Hostility if elder nuns sin all over the place (14)
UNFRIENDLINESS – Anagram (all over the place) of IF ELDER NUNS SIN.
1d Maybe footballers close to promotion skipped in underwear (7)
KICKERS – Remove the last letter (close) of promotioN from some underwear, to get a generic description of footballers (unless you’re talking about the American version, where these are specialists).
2d Virtual assistant: 60 secs engaged in speech test (4,11)
ORAL EXAMINATION – Put together one of those irritating electronic assistance devices and the (abbreviated) period of time represented by 60 secs, then wrap a public speech around the result.
3d Overturning alcoholic drink is mistake (4)
SLIP – Reverse (overturning) a European beer.
4d Bonehead in IT withholds screens (6)
NITWIT – Hidden in the clue.
5d Vile reason an earl regularly stripped (8)
INFERNAL – Another verb for ‘reason’, followed by alternate letters (regularly stripped) of aN eArL.
6d Horse-rider requests trial, one totally unlimited (10)
EQUESTRIAN – Remove the outside letters (totally unlimited) from the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue, then put together what is left.
7d No-one can rule pub out, it’s impossible to say (15)
UNPRONOUNCEABLE – Anagram (out) of NO-ONE CAN RULE PUB.
8d Yield when discharged (6)
ASSENT – Another word for ‘when’ followed by another word for ‘discharged’.
13d Exhibitionist who’s tailored hat (10)
SHOWBOATER – Anagram (tailored) of WHO’S, followed by a straw hat.
16d City‘s chapter gathering both sides in part of church (8)
CARLISLE – Start with an abbreviation for Chapter, then add part of a church to the side of the nave, with abbreviations for Right and Left inserted. The city is in the North of England.
17d Kelvin casual, playing horn (6)
KLAXON – Put together the abbreviation for the Kelvin temperature scale, another word for ‘casual’, and another word for ‘playing’’ (as in ‘the radio is playing’).
19d Relatives married, not me (7)
MOTHERS – An abbreviation for Married, followed by a pronoun for a set of people not including me.
20d Irritated chap cut short FBI agent (6)
CHAFED – CHA(p) from the clue with its final letter removed (cut short), followed by an American slang word for an FBI agent.
23d Rogue content in spiked headwear (4)
KEPI – Anagram (rogue) of the interior letters (content) of (s)PIKE(d), giving us some French military headwear.
The Quick Crossword pun DINER + MIGHT = DYNAMITE