Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29735
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Good morning from hot and sticky South Staffs.
It took me a little time to get going on today’s puzzle, but the answers gradually fell into place and the availability of checkers helped me to speed up.
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8a Note producers — they might be tickled! (7)
IVORIES – Cryptic definition of an informal term for the keys of a piano.
10a Achievement by that woman is something insignificant (7)
FEATHER – An achievement or exploit, followed by a pronoun for ‘that woman’.
11a Change design reportedly for entrance to football stadium? (9)
TURNSTILE – Another word for ‘change’ or ‘transform’, followed by a homophone (reportedly) of another word for ‘design’ or ‘fashion’.
12a Small vegetable, smooth in appearance (5)
SLEEK – An abbreviation for Small followed by a vegetable which is a symbol of Wales.
13a Individual cycling qualification (5)
RIDER – Double definition, the second being a qualification or exception in a legal agreement.
14a Wind remained fickle, lacking intensity initially (7)
MEANDER – Anagram (fickle) of REMA(i)NED, without the first letter of Intensity.
17a Stupid action she condemned as naive (15)
UNSOPHISTICATED – Anagram (condemned) of STUPID ACTION SHE.
19a Wife placed on town’s tip putrid rubbish (7)
TWADDLE – Put together the first letter (tip) of Town, an abbreviation for Wife, and an uncommon word for ‘putrid’.
21a Ancient people, practitioners of tattoo art some said? (5)
INCAS – This ancient South American people sound like (some said?) an informal term for people carrying out tattooing.
24a Time of year for demonstration? (5)
MARCH – Double definition, the first being a month of the year.
26a Ten entering a church in Devon town (9)
AXMINSTER – A (from the clue) and a type of church, placed either side of the Roman numeral for ten.
27a Runner runs left across island, alongside verge (7)
TENDRIL – Another verb for ‘to verge’, followed by abbreviations of Runs, Island, and Left.
28a Proposition that he or employer will accept (7)
THEOREM – Hidden in the clue.
1d Member of Weight Watchers, German chap? (6)
DIETER – Double definition: what a member of Weight Watchers is; or a German given name.
2d Echo smart address chosen regularly for fellow soldiers (8)
COMRADES – Alternate letters (chosen regularly) of the first three words of the clue.
3d Longed to dress Rob in such a suit (10)
PINSTRIPED – Another word for ‘longed’ wrapped round another word for ‘rob’ or ‘despoil’.
4d Consequences of that farmer virtually being drunk (9)
AFTERMATH – Anagram (frunk) of THAT FARME(r), where ‘virtually’ tells us that the previous word is not quite complete.
5d Girl is sort to go topless (4)
LASS – A sort or category of object, missing its first letter (topless) gives us a word for a girl.
6d Uncontrolled hatred, common element throughout story (6)
THREAD – Anagram (uncontrolled) of HATRED.
7d American negotiated, hard up and visibly embarrassed (8)
BROKERED – Another word for ‘hard up’ or ‘skint’, followed by the colour you go when embarrassed.
9d Oscar escapes mounting disturbances and commotion (4)
STIR – Remove the letter represented by Oscar in the NATO alphabet from some civil disturbances, then reverse (mounting) the result.
15d One responsible for lots being sold? (10)
AUCTIONEER – Not very cryptic definition of someone who holds a sale, one lot at a time.
16d Unhappy, this writer’s upset over Queen wearing fur (9)
MISERABLE – Reverse (upset) a short way of saying ‘this writer is’, then add a type of fur wrapped round the Queen’s regnal cipher.
17d Best friend supporting United let rip occasionally (8)
ULTIMATE – Put together an abbreviation for United, alternate letters (occasionally) of LeT rIp, and a friend or pal.
18d Go around a metropolis mostly tight-lipped (8)
TACITURN – Another word for ‘go’, as in ‘it’s your go’, is wrapped round A (from the clue) and another word for a metropolis missing its last letter (mostly).
20d Excellent band getting exposure (6)
AIRING – The two letters which look like the alphanumeric rating given by an insurance company to an excellent risk, followed by the sort of band you might have on your finger.
22d Bright pink apron mum Penny possesses (6)
SHRIMP – Put together an exclamation for ‘mum!’ or ‘keep quiet!’, another word for an apron or border, and the abbreviation for a penny.
23d Issue of revolting magazine (4)
EMIT – Reverse (revolting) the name of a distinguished American periodical.
25d Leading man, extremely handsome Romeo, content to leave (4)
HERO – The outside letters (content to leave) of HandsomE RomeO.
The Quick Crossword pun ROAR + GERM + OAR = ROGER MOORE