Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29723
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Devon, where Mrs DT and I are dodging the rain while having a break in the caravan. I’m on a limited internet connection, so a rather minimalist blog today.
I found today’s puzzle quite tricky, but the answers gradually fell into place, the right-hand side more readily than the left.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Tell a learner is relaxed (8)
INFORMAL – Another word for ‘tell’ followed by A (from the clue) and the usual indication of a learner driver.
6a Harry and Queen on stamp (6)
BADGER – A stamp or emblem, followed by the Latin abbreviation for a queen.
9a Part of aircraft soldiers modify (6)
TAILOR – The rear end of an aircraft, followed by the usual abbreviation for soldiers who are not officers.
10a Race is on to rectify situation (8)
SCENARIO – Anagram (to rectify) of RACE IS ON.
11a Straight students primarily drink pop (4-4)
SLAP-BANG – The definition refers to going straight or headlong into a situation. Put together the first letter (primarily)of Students, a verb for ‘drink’, and a pop or explosion.
12a Come down on press, receiving popular backing (6)
PUNISH – Reverse (backing) a two-letter word for ‘popular’ and insert it into a verb meaning ‘press (upon)’.
13a Excess publicity about show? Definitely (12)
OVEREXPOSURE – Put together another word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, a big trade show, and another word for ‘definitely’.
16a Son has played with top six players (12)
SAXOPHONISTS – Anagram (played) of SON HAS and TOP SIX.
19a Accommodation that’s popular recluse regularly ignored (6)
HOTELS – Another informal word for ‘popular’, followed by alternate letters (regularly ignored) of rEcLuSe.
21a Verbally state deal for canvas used in craft (8)
MAINSAIL – This sounds like (verbally) a US state and a trading deal, and refers to the largest piece of canvas on a sailing ship.
23a Under obligation remain with husband from early days (8)
BEHOLDEN – Another word for ‘remain’ or ‘exist’, followed by an abbreviation for Husband and an archaic word for ‘from early days’.
24a Measure by figure to block alien (6)
EXTENT – Put together a letter which looks like the sign for ‘(multiplied) by’ and a cardinal number. Then wrap the usual cinematic alien around the result.
25a Alcohol diligently on vacation put on cereal (6)
BRANDY – An unattractive form of breakfast cereal followed by the outside letters (on vacation) of D(iligentl)Y.
26a Stay after farewell call (4,4)
LAST POST – A word for ‘stay’ or ‘endure’ followed by the Latin word for ‘after’.
2d Knight noble, Yankee not quite (6)
NEARLY – Put together the chess notation for a knight, a rank in the nobility, and the letter represented by Yankee in the NATO alphabet.
3d Content to exploit exotic flower (5)
OXLIP – First find the inside letters (content) of (e)XPLOI(t), then make an anagram of them (exotic) to get a flower.
4d Search in boggy place somewhere in Africa (9)
MARRAKESH – A term for a boggy place is wrapped round another word for ‘search’ (possibly using a tool with teeth).
5d Food making gas rise within passage (7)
LASAGNE – A narrow street or passage is wrapped round the reverse (rise, in a Down clue) of GAS (from the clue).
6d Signal swimmer in lead to return (5)
BLEEP – Wrap the chemical symbol for lead round a type of fish, then reverse the result (to return), to get an electronic signal.
7d Gin mixed with soda is what doctor might give you (9)
DIAGNOSIS – Anagram (mixed) of GIN SODA IS.
8d Girl interrupts listener, unknown agent (8)
EMISSARY – A part of the body used for listening is wrapped round a form of address for a young girl, then an algebraic unknown is added.
13d Maybe Yoko and John’s last English broadcast without anyone else (2,4,3)
ON ONE’S OWN – Put together Yoko’s surname, the last letter of JohN, an abbreviation for English, and ‘broadcast’ like seed.
14d Aggression from cat holding glare (9)
PUSHINESS – A term of endearment for a cat is wrapped roubd the sort of ‘glare’ that the sun does.
15d Rebel base rout destroyed (8)
SABOTEUR – Anagram (destroyed) of BASE ROUT.
17d Minor extraction of venom in a leg (7)
NOMINAL – Hidden in the clue.
18d Devotees of US sitcom first for ‘Rachel cut’ (6)
FIENDS – A well-known American sitcom which recently had a reunion episode has the R (first for Rachel) removed.
20d Tricky to cover bill, unfortunately (5)
SADLY – Another word for ‘tricky’ or ‘sneaky’ wrapped round a short word for a bill or poster.
22d Overturned position is for exercise (3-2)
SIT-UP – Put together a verb meaning ‘position’ and IS (from the clue), then reverse (overturned) the result.
The Quick Crossword pun FOREIGN + DAFT = FORE AND AFT