Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29743
Hints and tips by Falcon
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Greetings from Ottawa, where a cold, damp week is about to give way to a spell of hot, sunny weather that may last through August. A blessing for those of us who thrive on hot weather.
Yesterday was the first national observance of Emancipation Day in Canada commemorating the end of slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834. In the past, the day has been observed in the province of Ontario and local communities in other provinces but has now been officially recognized nationally. In doing some fact checking, I was surprised to discover that Ontario (then known as Upper Canada) was, in 1793, the first jurisdiction in the British Empire to abolish the slave trade and limit slavery (41 years ahead of the action by London and some seven decades ahead of the US). The observance in Ontario actually relates to the 1793 event rather than the 1834 event, although one would never know it as it was references to the latter event which blanketed the airwaves yesterday. In any event, I could not help but notice the timely reference in 11a. I wonder, is it a coincidence or intentional?
As for Campbell’s puzzle, I breezed through the southeast half but found the northwest heavy going. As is often the case, my appreciation for the clues increased as I more carefully scrutinized them in the process of writing the review. The Quickie also was no walk in the park today.
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8a Round fired by every gun in wood — screech heard, exposing game (5,10)
BEACH VOLLEYBALL — place a term for the simultaneous firing of several weapons between two words that sound like a type of wood used in furniture making and a verb meaning to cry or shout loudly to get a game in which there is a lot of skin exposed; a timely clue given the controversy at the Olympics regarding some female players refusing to wear the mandatory bikini bottoms
9a Mother and daughter, very angry (3)
MAD — an informal term for your mother and D(aughter)
10a Favourite student – young Frank Sinatra, perhaps? (4-4,3)
BLUE-EYED BOY — given that Frank was known as old **** **** in his later years leads one to conclude he might have been referred to as this in his youth
Nice teacher, teach me something.
I’m as awkward as a camel, that’s not the worst,
My two feet haven’t met yet,
But I’ll be teacher’s pet yet,
‘Cause I’m gonna learn to dance or burst.
11a Poem in English on ending of slavery (5)
ELEGY — a charade of E(nglish), the other name for ‘on’ in cricket, and the final letter of slaverY; another rather timely reference, seeing that yesterday marked the 187th anniversary of the Slavery Abolition Act coming into effect in the British Empire on 1 August 1834
12a Rearrange an overdue attempt (9)
ENDEAVOUR — an anagram (rearrange) of the middle two words in the clue
A little something for our recuperating blogger in case she happens to look in!
15a Team overcome, losing a wager (4,3)
SIDE BET — another word for team and a synonym for overcome or defeat with the A removed (losing a)
17a Old sailor’s weapon nicked by young woman (7)
CUTLASS — a verb meaning nicked (by a sharp object) and a young Scottish woman
19a French football club, Reims, all upset about base (9)
MARSEILLE — an anagram (upset) of REIMS ALL wrapped around the usual mathematical base; the team’s name nicely complements the sporting event currently underway in Tokyo
20a Marvellous agent, American, returned (5)
SUPER — string together an informal term for an agent (of the sales variety rather than a James Bond type) and one of the usual short forms for American; then reverse the lot (returned)
21a Do brief amendment (5-6)
SHORT-CHANGE — a straightforward charade of synonyms for the last two words in the clue produce a term meaning to do or cheat someone in a monetary transaction
24a Have nothing with last of gin (3)
OWN — line up the letter that looks like a zero, the abbreviation for with, and the final letter of giN
25a Before anything else, see leading article inside (2,3,5,5)
IN THE FIRST PLACE — a (2,5,5) phrase meaning leading in a competition with a definite article inserted
1d Electronic sensor has nurse full of foreboding (4,6)
CARD READER — what a nurse is an example of enveloping a great fear or foreboding
Oh, not what you had in mind?
2d Carol’s first partner, plump (6)
CHUBBY — the first letter of Carol followed by an informal term for her partner in marriage
3d Massive memorial overlooking a lake (10)
MONUMENTAL — a charade of a memorial of a physical nature, the A from the clue, and L(ake)
4d Armada with no time to escape (4)
FLEE — another term for armada with T(ime) removed
5d Sort on pitch always given similar roles? (8)
TYPECAST — a sort or kind and a verb meaning to pitch or throw together describe an actor with little variety in his working life
6d Chatter about right clothing (4)
GARB — an informal term for chatter or talk encapsulating R(ight)
7d Actor, drama queen? (6)
PLAYER — a stage production followed by Her Majesty
8d Deliveries, unusually large close to Christmas (7)
BUMPERS — an adjective denoting a prodigious amount (said of a crop perhaps) and the closing letter of ChristmaS produce a bouncing cricket delivery
13d Court order: one in residence affected (6,4)
DECREE NISI — a Roman one inserted into an anagram (affected) of RESIDENCE produce a preliminary ruling by a court
14d How goods may be dispatched in van poor pal damaged (2,8)
ON APPROVAL — an anagram (damaged) of VAN POOR PAL
16d Rest of British more readily accepting lead from Europe (8)
BREATHER — link together B(ritish) and a word meaning ‘more readily’ or ‘prefer to’ and then insert E(uropean)
18d Odd stone on practice area (7)
STRANGE — the abbreviation for stone (as a unit of weight) and an area where one might practice archery
19d Young lady, not entirely suitable — a square peg in a round hole, maybe (6)
MISFIT — a young lady (this time not the Scottish one) whose rear end has been removed (not entirely) and replaced by a word meaning suitable and correct according to accepted social standards
20d Guide‘s phrase in need of translation (6)
SHERPA — an anagram (in need of translation) of PHRASE
22d Swear-word used in set-to at home (4)
OATH — hidden in (used in) the final three words of the clue
23d Natural successor, that woman touring India (4)
HEIR — a pronoun signifying ‘that woman’ going around (touring) the letter represented by India in the NATO phonetic alphabet
I will award podium places to 10a, 16d and 19d with top laurels to 19d with its smooth surface aided by the punctuation which conveniently provides misdirection.
Quickie Pun (Top Row): WHETHER + CYMBAL = WEATHER SYMBOL
Quickie Pun (Bottom Row) : BUCHAN + EARRING = BUCCANEERING