Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29717
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cool, cloudy morning.
I found the top half of today’s puzzle trickier than the bottom, but overall not particularly difficult.
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1a Top individual, leader of gang (6)
CAPONE – A verb meaning ‘to top’ followed by an individual, giving us the surname of a famous gangster from Chicago.
4a Field marshal whose targets are rather woolly? (8)
SHEEPDOG – Cryptic definition of something used to round up sheep.
10a Upper-class snake caught finally as killer down under (1-4)
U-BOAT – Put together the letter indicating ‘upper-class’, a strangling snake, and the last letter (finally) of caughT, to get something which lurks under the surface of the sea.
11a Habit into which one might slip when retiring? (9)
NIGHTGOWN – Cryptic definition of what you might wear in bed.
12a After crashing: ‘Leave, ET — get uplift!’ (7)
ELEVATE – Anagram (after crashing) of LEAVE ET.
13a Pride of person who detests being given uniform on two occasions (7)
HAUTEUR – Start with a word for ‘person who detests’, then insert two instances of the letter represented by Uniform in the NATO alphabet.
14a Offensive video maybe about a band of electricians? (10,4)
INSULATING TAPE – Put together another word for ‘offensive’ and the material on which a VHS video was recorded, then insert A (from the clue) to get a sticky band or strip used by electricians.
17a Stressful situation — one shouldn’t let off steam (8,6)
PRESSURE COOKER – A metaphor for a stressful situation, or a means of preparing food in a sealed vessel.
21a Bit of music — not the first time it’s done with a hook (7)
CROCHET – Remove the first instance of an abbreviation for Time from a musical note, to get this handicraft.
23a In Paris, the routine article is put over as genuine (7)
NATURAL – Put together a French definite article, another word for ‘routine’, and an English indefinite article, then reverse (put over) the result.
24a Model bored wearing campaign’s clothes (9)
WARDROBES – Another word for ‘campaign’, plus the ‘S from the clue, wrapped round an anagram (model) of BORED.
25a Family Golf giving dull sound (5)
CLANG – An extended family followed by the letter represented by Golf in the NATO alphabet.
26a Gasped out loud: maybe dog’s set about duck (8)
SIDESTEP – A homophone (out loud) of another word for ‘gasped’, followed by the reverse (set about) of what a dog (or cat) may be, with the ‘S from the clue.
27a Do escape church (6)
FLEECE – ‘Do’ here means ‘cheat’. Put together another word for ‘escape’ and the initials of the Church of England.
1d Raw fuel that could make you cheeky, breaking wind (5,3)
CRUDE OIL – Another word for ‘cheeky’ or ‘impolite’, with a verb for ‘wind’ (rope, perhaps) wrapped round it.
2d One pretends one owns a chair (9)
PROFESSOR – Double definition, the second being the holder of a chair at a university.
3d Significant number held up party game … (7)
NETBALL – Reverse (held up) a cardinal number, then add a dance party.
5d … in which it helps to have this arrogance? (4-10)
HIGH-HANDEDNESS – The literal meaning of this phrase for ‘arrogance’ is helpful for players of the game in 3d.
6d Nutters arranged to get put in charge (7)
ENTRUST – Anagram (arranged) of NUTTERS.
7d Motored from Kiev or Dusseldorf, heading north (5)
DROVE – Hidden in reverse (heading north) in the clue.
8d People who might make grand arrival? (6)
GENTRY – An abbreviation for Grand, followed by an arrival.
9d Strong cider best until tipsy (14)
INDESTRUCTIBLE – Anagram (tipsy) of CIDER BEST UNTIL.
15d Hot rod features — one’s unreadable (5,4)
POKER FACE – A rod that’s hot because you’ve stirred the fire with it, followed by another word for ‘features’.
16d What comes before play in pool — urge to swim (8)
PROLOGUE – Anagram (to swim) of POOL URGE.
18d Wasp he researched gathers in fields (7)
SPHERES – Hidden in the clue.
19d Jewel keeps winking, perhaps it’s a kind of illusion (7)
OPTICAL – A semi-precious stone wrapped round an involuntary movement such as winking or blinking.
20d Small animal looks discontented? Looks very discontented! (6)
SCOWLS – Put together an abbreviation for Small, a farm animal, and the outside letters (dis-contented) of L(ook)S.
22d Had a row with a communist — nothing starting it (5)
OARED – Put together the letter which looks like a zero, A (from the clue), and the colour associated with a communist, to get ‘had a row (in a boat)’.
The Quick Crossword pun TENOR + CROSS = TEN ACROSS