Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29681
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a wet and windy day.
I found today’s puzzle a mixture of easy and much more difficult clues. Three crossing entries in the NE corner were the last to fall, and held me up quite considerably.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a What you’ll need if you cry in dispute? (2,5)
AT ISSUE – Split the answer (1,6) for something to dry your tears.
5a Assumed one’s invited for speech (7)
GUESSED – The answer is a homophone (for speech) of a word for an invited person.
9a Instrument that could make mobile ring (5)
CELLO – The American term for a mobile phone, followed by the ring-shaped letter.
10a Prepare to cut leave, reluctantly (3,3,3)
GET THE AXE – Double definition: what you need to do before chopping a tree down; or another way of referring to being fired from one’s job.
11a City Road in revised A-Z (10)
DICTIONARY – Anagram (revised) of CITY ROAD IN.
12a Group of women wearing two costume sizes for pool activity (4)
SWIM – The initials of an organised women’s group famed for ‘jam and Jerusalem’, with two different clothing size indications placed before and after.
14a Laura, girl cut out for farming (12)
AGRICULTURAL – anagram (out) of LAURA GIRL CUT.
18a Lacking way to get square (3,2,7)
OUT OF FASHION – Another way of saying ‘lacking’, as in ‘— — stock’, followed by another word for ‘way’ or ‘method’.
21a Male hero, no maiden (4)
CHAP – Remove the abbreviation for a maiden over at cricket from a shortened form of a word which could indicate a hero.
22a Conflict caused by man mostly seen in jumper going to church (10)
DIVERGENCE – Start with someone jumping into water. Add another word for a man, minus its last letter (mostly). Finish with the abbreviation for the church of England.
25a Son entertained by silly ‘alien’ pun — ‘one that sticks out on Earth’ (9)
PENINSULA – Anagram (silly) of ALIEN PUN, with Son inserted.
26a Love meeting when one’s well (5)
OASIS – Put together the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, another word for ‘when’, and the Roman numeral for one plus the ‘S from the clue. The answer is a well in the desert.
27a Street with field at the end, not common (7)
STRANGE – An abbreviation for ‘street’ followed by a field or extent.
28a Reports occasional sightings of third fiend — gosh! (7)
TIDINGS – alternate letters (occasional sightings) of the last three words of the clue.
1d Little group of shops are broken into by villain (6)
ARCADE – ARE (from the clue) wrapped round a villain or bounder.
2d Fortunate having two kinds of spirit left by GP initially (2,4)
IN LUCK – An alcoholic spirit and another word for spirit or courage have their initial G and P removed.
3d His gown is ruffled — rotten exhibitionism! (7-3)
SHOWING-OFF – Anagram (ruffled) of HIS GOWN, followed by another word for ‘rotten’.
4d Drive from Winnipeg, go north (3,2)
EGG ON – Hidden in the clue.
5d Bear became hot and wild (2,7)
GO THROUGH – Put together another word for ‘became’, an abbreviation for Hot, and another word for ‘wild’ (like a stormy sea, perhaps), then split the result (2,5).
6d Imitate character on the radio? (4)
ECHO – Double definition, the second being one of the letters of the NATO alphabet.
7d Old reliable with coastal wartime housing (8)
STALWART – Hidden in the clue.
8d Idle army deployed in visionary fashion? (8)
DREAMILY – Anagram (deployed) of IDLE ARMY.
13d Keep what wrestler wants? (10)
STRONGHOLD – The definition is a noun. Split the answer (6,4) and you get what a wrestler wants to subdue an opponent.
15d Ian drunk? Tiddly before you know it! (2,1,6)
IN A MINUTE – Anagram (drunk) of IAN, followed by another word for ‘tiddly’ or ‘small’.
16d Thoughts formerly admitted by upstanding pious person, politically correct (8)
CONCEPTS – Put together the abbreviated title of a holy person and the acronym for ‘politically correct’. Then reverse (upstanding) the result and insert a word for ‘formerly’ or ‘on one occasion’.
17d On the way to getting drunk, leaves stick here (8)
STRAINER – Cryptic definition of a device used to keep tea leaves out of your cup (no, not a tea bag!).
19d College boy offers togetherness (6)
UNISON – An abbreviation for college or university, followed by a boy child.
20d Things people sing against upper class being overthrown by English (6)
VERSES – Start with the full version of the Latin word for ‘against’ found in football fixtures lists, then replace the letter which signifies ‘upper class’ with an abbreviation for English.
23d Former band, say, bang on (5)
EXACT – The usual prefix for ‘former’, followed by a generic word for an entertainer or group of entertainers on the variety stage.
24d Article about author seeking privacy? (4)
ANON – One of the forms of the indefinite article, followed by a word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’.
The Quick Crossword pun READ + LEANT + TILLS = RED LENTILS