Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29741
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Good morning from South Staffs on a slightly damp morning.
Until I got the first couple of answers in today’s puzzle I thought that it was going to be difficult, but once a few checkers were in place my solving speed increased.
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1a Sisters have this responsibility ahead (8)
FORWARDS – Double definition: split the answer (3,5 to get the responsibility of hospital sisters; or the direction which is ahead.
5a One shows one’s sad to split (4)
TEAR – Double definition, the first being something you might shed if sad.
9a Detectives crack, getting wind up (8)
DISSOLVE – The abbreviation for a set of senior detectives, followed by what you do when you crack a crossword clue.
10a Promises magic times (6)
SPELLS – Triple definition: a verb meaning ‘promises’ or ‘indicates’; a noun for an ingredient of magic; and some periods of time.
11a Using force in street unacceptably after wife leaves (8)
STRONGLY – The abbreviation for STreet, followed by a word meaning ‘unacceptably’, minus the abbreviation for Wife.
12a Expansion keeping Times in rear (6)
BOTTOM – A period of economic expansion, with two abbreviations for Time inserted.
14a Promoted team relegated — it’s over! (6,4)
UPSIDE DOWN – A promoted team could be described as this (2,4). Then add another way of saying ‘relegated’.
18a Playing card incorporating old-fashioned diamonds is familiar (10)
ACQUAINTED – A high-ranking playing card is wrapped around another word for ‘old-fashioned’ or ‘curious’, then the abbreviation for the diamond suit is added to the end.
22a Grasp mat shoved over to conceal labels (6)
STAMPS – Hidden in reverse (over) in the clue.
23a Leave via Acton, unusually (8)
VACATION – Anagram (unusually) of VIA ACTON.
24a Love gear, popular creation (6)
ORIGIN – Put together the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, another word for ‘gear’ or ‘clothing’, and another word for ‘popular’.
25a Seal needs a blue place to live (8)
BUNGALOW – Put together something used to seal a barrel, A (from the clue), and another word for ‘blue’ or ‘depressed’.
26a Figure half-a-dozen will turn up (4)
NINE – Start with the single digit for ‘half-a-dozen’, then rotate it (will turn up) to get the answer.
27a Was banking made secure using pressure not force? (8)
DEPENDED – Start with a word for ‘made secure’, then replace the abbreviation for ‘force’ with the abbreviation for ‘pressure’.
2d Weight rose rapidly up, partly in place of relaxing (6)
RESORT – Hidden in reverse (up, partly) in the clue.
3d A cycle put together roughly (6)
AROUND – A (from the clue) followed by a cycle or repetition.
4d Loving deep novel that’s coming out (10)
DEVELOPING – Anagram (novel) of LOVING DEEP.
6d Former cop journalist blasted (8)
EXPLODED – Put together the usual prefix for ‘former’, a disparaging (or Blytonesque) term for a policeman, and the usual crossword journalist.
7d Reference given by uncle? (8)
RELATION – Double definition: a reference or connection; or someone of whom an uncle is an example.
8d HQ designed without a cellar (8)
BASEMENT – A headquarters or starting point, followed by another word for ‘designed’ or ‘intended’ with the A removed.
9d Little sprint (4)
DASH – Double definition, the first being a small addition to a mixed drink.
13d In which we see authors retail imagined and true shapes (10)
LITERATURE – Anagram (imagined) of RETAIL, followed by an anagram (shapes) of TRUE.
15d Papers showing what striker wants from full-back — Rio, for instance (8)
PASSPORT – Something any footballer wants to receive from a teammate, followed by the sort of place of which Rio is an example.
16d A boring broadcast on quiet times is often part of this formula (8)
EQUATION – Anagram (broadcast) of ON QUIET, with A (from the clue) inserted, or boring in.
17d Tents pitched on major road by extremists in Green lobby (8)
CAMPAIGN – Put together a collection of people in tents, two letters which look like the alphanumeric designation of the Great North Road, and the outside letters (extremists) of GreeN.
19d Loveless dance, the French twist (6)
TANGLE – A Latin American dance, minus the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, followed by one form of the French definite article.
20d Packed and shaved, getting the middle bit twice (6)
FILLED – Start with a word which can mean ‘shaved’ (a piece of wood or metal), then double the middle letter to get the answer.
21d Recognised novel being read aloud (4)
KNEW – A homophone (being read aloud) of a word for ‘novel’.
The Quick Crossword pun CARRY + OKAY + BAAS = KARAOKE BARS