Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29705
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Good morning from South Staffs, where we’re back to cloud and rain this morning.
A slightly odd mixture in this morning’s puzzle, with one clue (3d) which I simply don’t understand, though the definition is easy enough to get. I’ll be interested to hear your views.
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1a Interpret two bits of text (10)
PARAPHRASE – An abbreviated form of a word for a chunk of text conveying a particular idea, followed by a word for a string of words without a finite verb.
6a Feeble learner, mischievous child (4)
LIMP – The usual letter indicating a learner driver, followed by a naughty child or mischievous sprite.
9a Old-fashioned bridge clubs with interior first-rate (7)
ARCHAIC – A feature of a bridge and the abbreviation for the club suit, placed either side of what looks like an alphanumeric expression indicating first-rate status.
10a Insist on piece of chicken for celebration (7)
ENFORCE – Hidden in the clue.
12a Frank talking away, gave address west of Northern Cape (13)
OUTSPOKENNESS – Put together a word for ‘away’, a verb for ‘gave address’ followed by (west of, in the usual grid description) an abbreviation for Northern and a cape or headland.
14a Annoying being part of cult? (6)
INSECT – Another word for ‘part of’ followed by another word for a cult.
15a Erase ink smudges, getting more shady (8)
SNEAKIER – Anagram (smudges) of ERASE INK.
17a Cheer is loud — two letters in a row written about it (8)
EMBOLDEN – Another word for LOUD with the names of two consecutive letters of the alphabet placed one each side.
19a SOS vet broadcast for cooking equipment (6)
STOVES – Anagram (broadcast) of SOS VET.
22a Having reformed a school, Philip resigned (13)
PHILOSOPHICAL – Anagram (having reformed) of A SCHOOL PHILIP.
24a Breakfast food boss offers Einstein (7)
EGGHEAD – A common breakfast food followed by another word for the boss, giving us a term which may be applied to Einstein or other brainy people.
25a Loot not well concealed by sheet (7)
PILLAGE – Another word for a sheet of paper wrapped round ‘not well’.
26a Trick of the French to forego training (4)
DUPE – The French for ‘of the’, followed by my least favourite school subject, the one taught by sadists with muscles instead of brains.
27a It may cause scoffing and make Yankee shoot (6,4)
BRANDY SNAP – These tasty biscuits may cause you to scoff them. Put together a make or trade name, the letter represented by Yankee in the NATO alphabet, and another word for ‘shoot (with a camera)’.
1d Oppose petition, swapping sides (4)
PLAY – Start with a verb for ‘to petition’, then change the letter indicating ‘right’ to the letter indicating ‘left’.
2d Nuclear plants lacking atomic mass conductors? (7)
RECTORS – Remove the abbreviation for Atomic from some nuclear plants, to get some clergy who may conduct Mass.
3d Trick from a card you’d rather not be dealt? (9,4)
PRACTICAL JOKE – The definition is a form of trick played on someone. Beyond that, I’ve no idea what the wordplay is supposed to be doing.
4d On and coming up, kind of movie guide (6)
RECIPE – The Latin word for ‘on’ or ‘concerning’, followed by the reverse (coming up) of a long and grand movie.
5d Working as lecturer, perhaps, son going to a summit (8)
SPEAKING – The abbreviation for Son, followed by ‘going to a summit’.
7d Middle Easterner is famously mad ruler, twisted one (7)
ISRAELI – IS (from the clue, followed by the reverse (twisted) of a mad Shakespearean king, followed by the Roman numeral for one.
8d Upturn after papers united in force (10)
PRESSURISE – Put together a generic term for the newspapers, an abbreviation for United, and an upturn.
11d Cat sat, finally tumbling in well (13)
FANTASTICALLY – Anagram (tumbling) of CAT SAT FINALLY.
13d Extra seconds with last of soup dipped into — it’s common! (10)
WIDESPREAD – Put together a cricket extra, an abbreviation for Seconds, the last letter of souP, and a word for ‘dipped into (a book)’.
16d Witness seized by Ethelred — lo, he begs to get up (8)
BEHOLDER – Hidden in reverse (to get up) in the clue.
18d Mention turnover of local housing syndicate (5,2)
BRING UP – Reverse (turnover) another word for the sort of local which Miffypops used to run, and wrap the result round a syndicate or gang.
20d One’s base: Roman building, all the rage (7)
VILLAIN – A Roman country house, followed by a word which can mean ‘all the rage’.
21d Composer about to be supported by board (6)
CHOPIN – A Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’, followed by a compound verb (3,2) which can mean ‘board (a car or taxi)’.
23d Look to go north or south (4)
PEEP – A palindrome (to go north or south) of a word for ‘look’.
The Quick Crossword pun COMMA + NILE + LEAN = COME ON, EILEEN