Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29687
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Good morning from South Staffs, with a bright start to the day but the likelihood of cloud and rain later.
I found today’s puzzle reasonably straightforward, with any obscurities easily gettable from the wordplay.
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1a Propose drink then short quiz (3,3,8)
POP THE QUESTION – Put together a non-alcoholic drink, THE(n) from the clue minus its last letter (short), and another word for ‘quiz’.
10a Improving inn with change following refurbishment (9)
ENHANCING – Anagram (following refurbishment) of INN and CHANGE.
11a Unit of weight around a ton, about right? (5)
CARAT – Put together one of the Latin abbreviations for ‘around’ or ‘approximately’, A (from the clue), and an abbreviation for Ton, then insert Right, to get a unit used in measuring the weight of diamonds, for example.
12a Stations Royal Marines on popular island after evacuating there (7)
TERMINI – The outside letters of TherE, followed by the initials of the Royal Marines, another word for ‘popular’ and an abbreviation for Island.
13a Spirit and energy required to maintain Kew’s top tree (6)
GINGKO – An alcoholic spirit, followed by another word for ‘energy’ wrapped round the initial letter (top) of Kew.
15a Dote on bird pair outside ignored (4)
LOVE – Remove the abbreviation for ‘pair’ from the outside of the name of a bird.
17a Australian organised wild party (10)
SATURNALIA Anagram (organised) of AUSTRALIAN.
18a Where pilots will fly is not yet decided (2,2,3,3)
UP IN THE AIR – This term for the future being undecided is also a literal description of where a pilot flies a plane.
20a No idle presence within Airedale region (4)
AREA – Remove the letters of IDLE from AiREdAle.
22a Language coming from council eager for backing (6)
GAELIC – Hidden in reverse in the clue.
23a Independent succeeding to bury bill lacking in precision (7)
INEXACT – An abbreviation for Independent, followed by another word for ‘succeeding’ or ‘following’ wrapped round an abbreviation for a bill or account.
26a Look happy if occasionally finding forest giraffe (5)
OKAPI – Alternate letters (occasionally) of the first three words of the clue.
27a Philosopher tries a lot to be different (9)
ARISTOTLE – Anagram (to be different) of TRIES A LOT.
28a Pomposity of certain MPs shifting position, involving twelve essentially (4-10)
SELF-IMPORTANCE – Anagram (shifting position) of OF CERTAIN MPS, with the central letters (essentially) of twelve inserted.
2d Additional fish eater has change of heart (5)
OTHER – Start with a fish-eating mammal, then change the central letter to get the answer.
3d British Olympic champion supports time for sport (6)
TENNIS – Time, followed by the surname of Jess, the London 2012 heptathlon champion.
4d Bird tucks into cream daughter put out (10)
ELIMINATED – One of the spellings of a noted ‘talking’ bird is inserted into a word for ‘cream’ or ‘top-level’, then an abbreviation for Daughter is added. The definition is ‘put out’ as in ‘England were put out of the tournament’.
5d Advocate, for example, game that must undergo revolution (4)
URGE – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘for example’ and the initials of a game played with an ellipsoidal ball, then reverse the result.
6d Part of Essex city I found oddly deserted (7)
SECTION – Alternate letters (oddly deserted) of words 3 to 6 of the clue.
7d Rural girl almost struggles to comprehend English, extraordinary! (9)
IRREGULAR – Anagram (struggles) of RURAL GIR(l) without the final L (almost), wrapped round English.
8d Theatre worker on edge composing stirring song (8,6)
NATIONAL ANTHEM – Put together the subsidised theatre on London’s South Bank, one of the usual worker insects, and the sewn edge of a piece of cloth.
9d Trained professionals involved in bridge design? (6,8)
DENTAL SURGEONS – Cryptic definition. These bridges cover gaps in your teeth.
14d Air-quality device hired if I’m working around university (10)
HUMIDIFIER – Anagram (working) of HIRED IF I’M, wrapped round University.
16d Possibly active man said to get mobile phone feature? (9)
VOICEMAIL – The grammatical term of which ‘active’ (or ‘passive’) is an example, followed by a homophone (said) of a word for ‘man’.
19d Capital, is it raised to acquire business in London initially? (7)
TBILISI – Reverse (raised) IS IT (from the clue), then insert the initial letters (primarily) of Business In London, to get the capital of a former Soviet republic.
21d Remember Thai clutching old lace collar (6)
BERTHA – Hidden in the clue. A new word for me.
24d Father stays away from mad prank (5)
ANTIC – Start with a word for ‘mad’ or ‘distracted’, then remove the abbreviation for ‘father’ (when used to address a Catholic priest).
25d Resistance to wear head-covering seen in swimmer (4)
CARP – A type of headgear wrapped round the physics abbreviation for Resistance.
The Quick Crossword pun SIGH + ATTICA = SCIATICA