Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29689
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hola from the Vega Baja on a slightly chilly morning. It’s sure to warm up later as spring has definitely sprung here.
Not much to say about the crossword which hasn’t already been said on a Monday. It’s the usual fare, not too difficult but enjoyable. Today’s offering seems a bit light on anagrams so I know some of you will be disappointed but there’s a lot of good stuff to enjoy.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Go round a church finding source of strength? (7)
SPINACH: A word meaning to go round or revolve followed by the A from the clue and an abbreviation of church will give you the source of Popeye’s strength. Personally I can’t stand the stuff.
5a One who wrote a lot of nonsense about the tanned skin (7)
LEATHER: An author famous for his nonsense literature, including “The Owl and the Pussycat” is placed around (about) the THE from the clue.
9a Lost for words as we crashed wagon (3-6)
AWE STRUCK: Anagram (crashed) of AS WE followed by another word for a wagon or lorry.
10a New guy on manoeuvres (5)
YOUNG: Anagram (manoevres) of GUY ON.
11a Bury artist the old man ignored (5)
INTER: An artist has a short word for your father removed (ignored) from the front.
12a Drifter managed — is back under canvas? (9)
TRANSIENT: A word meaning managed and a reversal (back) of the IS from the clue are placed in TENT (under canvas?).
13a Girl, Sheila, wrong about wager (9)
ELISABETH: Anagram (wrong) of SHEILA placed around (about) another word for a wager.
16a What’s tea passed round in? (5)
CHINA: A word for tea placed around (passed round) the IN from the clue will give you something you may well drink your tea out of. I think this is the best all-in-one that I’ve seen for quite some time.
17a Mostly ineffective, church magazine in the past (5)
PUNCH: A word meaning ineffective or weak without its last letter (mostly) and an abbreviation of church will give a magazine which is no longer published.
18a Recovering as a result of continuously swallowing them (2,3,4)
ON THE MEND: A phrase (2,3) meaning continuously has the THEM from the clue inserted (swallowing) and it’s all split (2,3,4).
20a Becoming popular again, vital following short break (9)
RESURGENT: A word for a break or breather without is last letter (short) followed by a word meaning vital or critical.
25a Anxious, on edge over Vaslav Nijinsky’s last letters (5)
NERVY: The last letters from the words “on edge over Vaslav Nijinsky”.
26a Spotted after a bishop avoided voting (9)
ABSTAINED: A (from the clue) and B(ishop) are followed by (after) a word meaning spotted or marked.
27a Parking, about to deliver lead (7)
PRECEDE: This isn’t the lead on the church roof but lead as in go first. It’s a P(arking) followed by two letters for about and then a word meaning deliver or yield.
28a US writer, bod losing face employing me! (7)
EMERSON: Take a word for a bod or somebody and remove the first letter (losing face) and then insert (employing) the ME from the clue. Here’s a bit of Keith of the same name . . .
1d Disease spreading in popular resort area? (7)
SEASIDE: Anagram (spreading) of DISEASE.
2d Awkward finding swan caught up in it (5)
INEPT: Take a female swan, reverse it and insert into (caught up in a down clue) the IT from the clue.
3d Outcome of a fine spell at hotel (9)
AFTERMATH: A (from the clue) followed by F(ine) and then a spell of time, at school perhaps, is followed by the AT from the clue and an H(otel).
4d Search round area, place frequently visited (5)
HAUNT: A word meaning search is placed around A(rea).
5d Instantly enjoy, when spicy (4,1,4)
LIKE A SHOT: Take a word meaning to enjoy, another word for when and a word meaning spicy and split it all (4,1,4).
6d Donkey crossing near deep chasm (5)
ABYSS: Put the usual donkey around (crossing) a word meaning near or next to.
7d Drink in bistro, perhaps, in centre of Leeds after bingo success (5,4)
HOUSE WINE: The central letter from Leeds (centre of ) is placed after another word for bingo and a success or victory.
14d Poetic island‘s tavern is empty (9)
INNISFREE: Another word for a tavern followed by the IS from the clue and a word which can mean empty or gratis will give you the isle in a poem by W.B. Yeats.
I will arise and go now, and go to ?????
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
15d Clear former partner with single charge (9)
EXONERATE: The usual former partner followed by a word meaning single and then a charge or fee.
16d Staunch pal’s defeat on board (9)
CHECKMATE: A word for staunch or stop followed by a pal gives defeat on a chess board. I thought for a while that the on board bit was saying SS around something for defeat, d’oh!
19d Study involving leader of sect in Red China (7)
DRESDEN: This is a Russian doll clue. Start with a S (leader of Sect) and insert into (in) the RED from the clue. Now insert that lot into (involving) a word meaning a study or lair.
21d Verse of Frost heard? (5)
RHYME: This verse sounds like (heard) another word for frost which is falsely capitalised in the clue.
22d Having head of security inside gallery makes sense (5)
TASTE: Insert an S (head of Security) into (having . . . inside) the art gallery named after a sugar magnate.
24d Woman, part of champagne set (5)
AGNES: This woman is hiding in (part of) the last two words of the clue.
My favourite today was 16a with 12a and 7d on the podium.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: FAUX + KNEE + WORE = PHONEY WAR
Bottom line: PEAT + EARP + ANNE = PETER PAN