Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29693
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cloudy June day.
I got firmly stuck in the SW corner of today’s puzzle, with three crossing clues refusing to fall, and that put what would have been a *** solve into **** territory. It will be interesting to see how others got on.
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1a Bad place to cross river — standard package travels this way (6,4)
PARCEL POST – Anagram (bad) of PLACE wrapped round an abbreviation for River, followed by the sot of standard that may have a lamp on top.
6a Second person appearing in Bible (4)
THEE – An archaic form of the second person singular, which may be found in some versions of the Bible.
9a Record set by one Conservative making sense (5)
LOGIC – A record of activity (on board ship, perhaps), followed by the Roman numeral for one and an abbreviation for Conservative.
10a Shade next door to Anne maybe is down (5,4)
ROYAL BLUE – The description of the family to which Anne (or Charles or Andrew) belongs, followed by another word for ‘down’ or ‘sad’.
12a Second in reality showdown (6,2,5)
MOMENT OF TRUTH – A second or brief period of time, of reality rather than fiction, giving us a crisis point.
14a Something fruity about naughty nude swinger (8)
PENDULUM – Anagram (naughty) of NUDE, inserted into a tree fruit, technically a drupe. The answer is something which swings from a fixed point, and can be used to measure the passage of time.
15a Uplifting pianos in Ultravox’s gripping concert (6)
UNISON – Hidden in reverse in the clue.
17a Worried, not getting a hi-tech acknowledgement (6)
CREDIT – Another word for ‘worried’ or ‘was concerned’, minus its A, followed by the abbreviation for the department at work which looks after the hi-tech equipment. This gives us the sort of acknowledgement found at the end of a film.
19a Four male cooks creating recipes (8)
FORMULAE – Anagram (cooks) of FOUR MALE.
21a Religious warriors that may be represented as manly aviators (9,4)
SALVATION ARMY – Anagram (may be represented) of MANLY AVIATORS.
24a Urchin regularly downed fried chips — ‘veg’ would be inaccurate (9)
IMPRECISE – An urchin or naughty child, followed by alternate letters (regularly downed) of fRiEd ChIpS vEg.
25a Perhaps Jack’s getting marching orders? (5)
CARDS – Double definition: what a Jack (or Queen or King) may be, plus the ‘S from the clue; or what you get when fired from a job.
26a Drop something in the garden (4)
SHED – Double definition, the first being a verb for what a tree does when it loses its leaves.
27a Contemporary Christmas? (7-3)
PRESENT-DAY – Another phrase for ‘contemporary’, or a cryptic definition of Christmas.
1d Wide-ranging Italian sport (4)
POLO – Double definition, the first being a 13th-century Venetian explorer who travelled to the Far East.
2d Diet soldiers left unfinished (7)
REGIMEN – An organisation of soldiers, minus its last letter (unfinished).
3d Intimate former partner’s heading for ban from services (13)
EXCOMMUNICATE – Another verb for ‘intimate’ or ‘pass on message’, with the usual former partner put in front of it.
4d Frequency when contracted office worker will appear (3,5)
PER ANNUM – This is a Latin phrase for a frequency (of salary, perhaps). If you abbreviate it to its initial letters, you get something which could also be the abbreviated job title of the boss’s secretary in the office.
5d ‘Express’ really go-ahead (3-2)
SAY-SO – An informal term for the ‘go ahead’ or ‘permission to proceed’ which is made up of another verb for ‘express’ and a word which, like ‘really’, can be used as an intensifier.
7d Bears eating finished jams (4-3)
HOLD-UPS – another word for ‘finished’ (as in ‘time’s –’) is inserted into a verb which can mean ‘bears’
8d Uniform passed — just (4-6)
EVEN-HANDED – Another word for ‘uniform’ or ‘level’, followed by a verb for ‘passed (something to someone)’.
11d Dance style that combines ancient and modern modes of expression? (5,8)
LATIN AMERICAN – An ancient language followed by a modern dialect of English.
13d Travelling costumes in stretch cases (10)
SPACESUITS – These travelling costumes are out of this world! A stretch or period of time, followed by some legal cases.
16d Aristocrat reckoning to share time with Hardy’s girl (8)
COUNTESS – Another word for ‘reckoning’ which ends in the abbreviation for Time, which it shares with the first letter of Hardy’s eponymous heroine from the d’Urbervilles.
18d Section of hose clip secures sunshade? (7)
ECLIPSE – Hidden in the clue.
20d Amateur European rose in several bands? (7)
LAYERED – Put together another word for ‘amateur’, an abbreviation for European, and a rose colour.
22d Free biscuit served up off and on with more frosting (5)
ICIER – Alternate letters (off and on) in reverse (served up) of fReE bIsCuIt.
23d See final part of ‘Apocalypse Rising (4)
ESPY – The last four letters of ApocalYPSE in reverse (rising)
The Quick Crossword pun BLEW + BELLE + WOULD = BLUEBELL WOOD