Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29747
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a damp, grey South Staffs.
For me, this was an extremely rapid solve, because the bits of GK needed fell into my comfort zone, and the wordplay made it easy to work out any unfamiliar terms. My * rating for difficulty reflects the time it took me. Others may differ.
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.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Figure reportedly plump, that lady’s ancestor (10)
FOREFATHER – Put together something that sounds like (reportedly) a single-digit figure, another word for ‘plump’, and a pronoun for ‘that lady’.
6a Returning, share carriage (4)
TRAP – Reverse (returning) a word for ‘share’ or ‘section’, to get a horse-drawn carriage.
9a One making binders correct after failing to open (5)
ROPER – Remove the initial letter (filing to start) from a word meaning ‘correct’ or ‘appropriate’ to get someone who makes things used to bind stuff.
10a Soothe everyone English through endless tea (9)
ALLEVIATE – Put together another word for ‘everyone’, an abbreviation for English, a Latin word for ‘through’ or ‘by way of’, and TE(a) from the clue without its final letter (endless).
12a Sports bats suppress noises (6,7)
SQUASH RACKETS – To get these sports bats take a word for ‘suppress’ or ‘keep down’, and follow it with a word for ‘noises’ or ‘commotions’.
14a Poorly rate poet’s musical work (8)
OPERETTA – Anagram (poorly) of RATE POET.
15a Silk worker‘s rest on table (6)
SPIDER – Double definition: an arthropod which generates a silken thread; or a rest used in snooker or billiards.
17a Rejected injection around November with outsize instruments (6)
BANJOS – Reverse (rejected) an informal word for an injection, wrap it around the letter represented by November in the NATO alphabet, then add the clothing abbreviation for ‘outsize’.
19a View turned rigid on Time magazines (8)
GAZETTES – Start with a verb meaning ‘view’ or ‘look steadily’. Then put together a word for ‘rigid’ or ‘solidified’ and an abbreviation for ‘time’. Reverse the result and add it to the first part of the answer.
21a Girls getting drunk with a new pink prosecco, maybe (9,4)
SPARKLING WINE – Anagram (getting drunk) of GIRLS A NEW PINK.
24a Uncouth diner peeled limb attached to insect (9)
INELEGANT – Remove the outside letters (peeled) of (d)INE(r), then add a limb and a worker insect.
25a What holds policeman back? Age (5)
EPOCH – An exclamation like ‘What?’ is wrapped round the reverse (back) of a familiar word for ‘policeman’.
26a Removes contents of bottle (4)
GUTS – Double definition: a verb meaning ‘removes the innards’; or a noun, the Cockney rhyming slang for which is ‘bottle’.
27a Discharges divisions including Royal Engineers (10)
SECRETIONS – Insert the abbreviation for the Royal Engineers into a word for ‘divisions’, to get some bodily discharges.
1d Rage of social reformer gripping you, reportedly (4)
FURY – Insert the letter which sounds like (reportedly) ‘you’ into the surname of a Quaker prison reformer from the early 19th century who used to appear on the back of a £5 note.
2d Fencer’s thrust one support piercing uncovered area (7)
RIPOSTE – Put together the Roman numeral for one and something which will support a fence, for example. Then insert the result into the central letters (uncovered) of (a)RE(a).
3d One’s eaten, holding lot in Chinese restaurant? (7,6)
FORTUNE COOKIE – Cryptic definition of something which you may be offered in a Chinese restaurant which contains a message about the future.
4d Shipments of tons managed before rests (8)
TRANSITS – Put together an abbreviation for Tons, a verb for ‘managed’, and another verb for ‘rests’.
5d Mathematician from Spain developed rule (5)
EULER – The IVR code for Spain, followed by an anagram (developed) of RULE, to give us a Swiss mathematician from the 18th century.
7d Make further changes to last sheet of paper, presumably (7)
REAMEND – If you split the answer (4,3) you get what could be the last sheet in a large amount of paper.
8d Purse’s tight, increase force (10)
PRESSURISE – Anagram (tight) of PURSE’S, followed by another word for ‘increase’.
11d Politician‘s immorality with power over citizen (4-9)
VICE-PRESIDENT – Put together another word for ‘immorality’, an abbreviation for Power, and a citizen or inhabitant of a place.
13d Burning artwork in future (10)
COMBUSTING – An artwork showing the head and shoulders of a person is inserted into a word for ‘future’ (as in ‘—— shortly’ in the trailers at the cinema).
16d Relative died giggling with head falling off (8)
DAUGHTER – An abbreviation for Died, followed by a word which could include giggling, with its first letter removed.
18d Most spruce home for birds including swallow (7)
NEATEST – Another word for ‘swallow’ or ‘ingest’ is inserted into a bird’s residence.
20d US band in Toledo removing editor’s musical effect (7)
TREMOLO – Take out the abbreviation for ‘editor’ from TOL(ed)O. then wrap the result around a US rock band formed in 1981 which finally stopped performing in 2011.
22d Italy game tricky match (5)
IMAGE – The IVR code for Italy, followed by an anagram (tricky) of GAME.
23d As I’ve shown, wordsmith uses traps (4)
THUS – Hidden in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun BUST + IRK + ETON = BUSTER KEATON