Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29729
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Devon, where last week’s rain has given way to some sunshine.
Again, because I’m on a limited internet connection, this week’s blog is lacking in pictures or music. Quite tricky today, I thought, well into my *** time.
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1a Offensive criticism (6)
ATTACK – Double definition: a military offensive; or some negative criticism.
4a Funeral item that may require a DJ? (5,3)
BLACK TIE – Something often worn, usually by men, as a mark of respect at a funeral. If the answer appears as the dress code on an invitation, it means that a dinner jacket (DJ) should be worn.
10a Union territory where rat meets defeat (4,5)
SHOP FLOOR – Another word for ‘rat’ or ‘grass’ is followed by another word for ‘defeat’.
11a Pinches snacks (5)
BITES – Double definition, the first perhaps referring to the effect of winter cold.
12a Cheers before I advance in final (4-3)
TAIL-END – Put together another word for ‘Cheers!’, I (from the clue), and another word for ‘advance’.
13a Lent ear to broadcast — it’s never-ending (7)
ETERNAL – Anagram (to broadcast) of LENT EAR.
14a A model revolutionary, he was fabulously creative (5)
AESOP – A (from the clue) followed by the reverse (revolutionary) of a word for what models do.
15a Perhaps corner rook or knight? (3,5)
SET PIECE – A phrase from sporting jargon, relating to a pre-arranged move from a static start, which could also describe what a rook or knight is in relation to chess.
18a Old royal part of London (8)
VICTORIA – A former Queen, or the railway station named after her.
20a Part of spring is damper — field to get cut occasionally (5)
APRIL – Alternate letters (cut occasionally) of dAmPeR fIeLd.
23a Where food’s prepared in high-vis vest? (7)
WORKTOP – Double definition: the part of your kitchen where food preparation may be carried out; or what a high-vis vest may be.
25a Take a drag and give a smile? (5,2)
LIGHT UP – Double definition: to start a cigarette; or the effect of a smile on one’s expression.
26a Yes-man now transferring a forward (5)
TOADY – Another word for ‘now’ with the A moved one place forward.
27a Wind up getting unfair tie rearranged (9)
INFURIATE – Anagram (rearranged) of UNFAIR TIE.
28a Holding back, washes it antiseptically in part (8)
HESITANT – Hidden in the clue.
29a Tired of notice about fish having to be put back (6)
SLEEPY – Another word for ‘notice’ or ‘spot’ wrapped round the reverse (having to be put back) of a type of fish.
1d One may snarl at a snail meandering about (8)
ALSATIAN – Anagram (meandering about) of AT A SNAIL.
2d River in question’s somewhere near the Equator (7)
TROPICS – Another word for ‘question’ or ‘theme’, plus the ‘S from the clue, wrapped round River.
3d Drinks maker initially cautious of price cap being raised (6,3)
COFFEE POT – Put together the first letter (initially) of Cautious, OF (from the clue), a price or charge, and the reverse (being raised) of another word for ‘cap’.
5d How someone on Mount Rushmore looks over the top (6,4,4)
LARGER THAN LIFE – Double definition, the first being a reference to the giant sculptured heads of US Presidents on the side of that mountain.
6d Telegraph guy? (5)
CABLE – Double definition, the second being the sort of guy that keeps a marquee up.
7d Little bird — one about to go under an enormous boat, that would be unfortunate (7)
TITANIC – Put together a small bird, AN (from the clue), the Roman numeral for one, and the Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’.
8d They display art in moderate sizes (6)
EASELS – Another word for ‘moderate’ or ‘relax’, followed by two examples of clothes size.
9d Prophetic part of CV? (3,11)
JOB DESCRIPTION – A cryptic definition. The basic meaning is a simple recitation of what one has been doing on a CV. The ‘prophetic’ part is a reference to the Old Testament prophet renowned for patience in the face of adversity.
16d Gore perhaps after airgun exploded, covering uniform first (9)
INAUGURAL – Anagram (exploded) of AIRGUN, wrapped round the letter represented by Uniform in the NATO alphabet, and followed by the short form of the first name of US Vice-President Gore.
17d Czech beer served up for a Yankee — ice-covered? (8)
SLIPPERY – Reverse (served up) a Czech beer, then add another word for ‘for a’ and the letter represented by Yankee in the NATO alphabet.
19d Advances where parents say children shouldn’t play (7)
INROADS – Split the answer (2,5) and this is where parents tell their children not to play.
21d Some expensive car — target when upwardly mobile in this? (3,4)
RAT RACE – Hidden in reverse (upwardly mobile) in the clue.
22d Son touched by woman doing magic turn (6)
SWITCH – An abbreviation for Son followed by a female magic worker.
24d Secret meeting to get crack on street (5)
TRYST – A crack or attempt, followed by an abbreviation for STreet.
The Quick Crossword pun PARA + KEATS = PARAKEETS