Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29753
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Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is shining as I write. Triskaidekaphobics beware!
It will be interesting to see what the commentariat makes of today’s puzzle. For me it was not unduly difficult, but I suspect that ‘wavelength’ may come into it.
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.
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1a For instance, pottery vessel displayed by husband and I (10)
HANDICRAFT – Put together an abbreviation for Husband, AND I (from the clue), and another word for a vessel or boat.
6a Wag Club? (4)
CARD – Double definition: a witty person; or something which may be a club, diamond, heart or spade.
9a Well-worn article about study local’s following (10)
THREADBARE – Put together another word for ‘study’ and another word for a ‘local’, then wrap a definite article around the result.
10a Maybe Cornish area will be welcoming to store (4)
STOW – An indication of the geographical location of Cornwall wrapped round TO (from the clue).
12a In the habit of playing duets with nothing on (4,2)
USED TO – Anagram (playing) of DUETS, followed by the letter which looks like zero.
13a Hack admitted to dance of seven veils (8)
ENVELOPS – Anagram (dance) of SEVEN, wrapped round a verb for ‘hack’ or ‘cut’.
15a Granted a recording, about 17 (12)
ACKNOWLEDGED – A (from the clue) and a recording medium wrapped round another word for the answer to 17d.
18a Fascinating stretch cover (12)
SPELLBINDING – A stretch of time, followed by another word for the cover of a book.
21a Clear a chessboard, taking great pains? No, little ones (8)
EARACHES – Hidden in the clue.
22a Wander with son, ugly little fellow (6)
STROLL – An abbreviation for Son, followed something which, depending on your mythology, can be an ugly little fellow, or a large silicon-based life form.
24a The old lady one’s hurt (4)
MAIM – A familiar word for ‘the old lady’, followed by another abbreviated way of saying ‘one is’.
25a Put an end to sock fluff (6,4)
STRIKE DOWN – Another word for ‘sock’ or ‘hit’, followed by another word for ‘fluff’ or ‘feathers’.
26a Appreciates accommodation (4)
DIGS – Double definition: some ancient slang for ‘appreciates’; or an informal word for some furnished accommodation.
27a Sneaky boxing final — punch in the middle is dirty (10)
SLATTERNLY – Put together another word for the final one (of two) and the middle letter of puNch, then wrap another word for sneaky around the result.
1d Bath, not the best place to have ice cream? (3,3)
HOT TUB – Cryptic definition of a type of communal bath which could be seen as a less than ideal container for ice cream.
2d Ratty‘s boat kept in hideaway capsized (6)
NARKED – The boat built by Noah is inserted into the reverse (capsized) of an animal’s lair or hideaway.
3d In technique, I fancy, arresting copper shows incoherence (12)
INARTICULACY – Put together IN (from the clue), another word for ‘technique’ or ‘skill’, I (from the clue), the chemical symbol for copper, and an adjective describing a type of fancy fabric.
4d Colour is arguably absent, oddly (4)
RUBY – Alternate letters (absent, oddly) of aRgUaBlY.
5d Part of military uprising, with general all over the place (3,3,4)
FAR AND WIDE – Reverse (uprising, in a Down clue) the initials of one of the UK armed services, than add another word for ‘with’, and another word for ‘general’ or ‘unrestricted’.
7d While tough, Hal gets beaten (8)
ALTHOUGH – Anagram (gets beaten) of TOUGH HAL.
8d Blue team reveals limitation (8)
DOWNSIDE – Another word for ‘blue’ or ‘sad’, followed by another word for ‘team’.
11d Two presents to wrap plus tons in various places (4,3,5)
HERE AND THERE – Two examples of a word for ‘present’ (as in ‘not absent’), placed either side of another word for ‘plus’ and the abbreviation for Tons.
14d Subordinate in police dept to go on hire, topless (10)
INCIDENTAL – Put together IN (from the clue), the detective department of the police force, and another word for ‘hire’ minus its first letter (topless).
16d Distinguished parade meets Eisenhower, partly getting held up (8)
ESTEEMED – Hidden in reverse (partly getting held up) in the clue.
17d Left before winning scholarship (8)
LEARNING – An abbreviation for Left followed by ‘winning’ or ‘gaining’.
19d Cut down consuming to hit factory in America (6)
MOTOWN – ‘Cut down (like grass)’ wrapped round TO (from the clue).
20d Quiet Yankee eats fast enough (6)
PLENTY – The musical symbol for ‘quiet’ and the letter represented by Yankee in the NATO alphabet are placed either side of the Christian fast in the period before Easter.
23d Hand is covered by foot (4)
FIST – An abbreviation for ‘foot’ is wrapped round IS (from the clue).
The Quick Crossword pun ROAM + MEN + RODE = ROMAN ROAD