Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29765
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Good morning from South Staffs. My thanks to LetterboxRoy for filling in last week while I was otherwise engaged.
Something of a mixture this morning, with some easy clues to get you started, and others which are more convoluted, and in some cases I’m not convinced that the parsing works properly.
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1a Ready for a dogfight — with dangerous canines? (5,2,3,5)
ARMED TO THE TEETH – The canines here are in your mouth.
9a In need of exercise book here? (9)
GYMNASIUM – This clue becomes clearer if you put a comma or question mark after ‘exercise’, making it clear that this is an instruction to reserve a place at the answer if you need exercise.
10a They often cause bother, being available in two sizes (5)
LOUTS – Two different clothing sizes, placed either side of a word meaning ‘available’, as in ‘her latest novel is — next week’.
11a Memento queen left in ice for restoring (5)
RELIC – The Latin abbreviation for a queen, followed by an anagram (for restoring) of ICE with Left inserted.
12a Coppers locate writer in square by church (9)
NINEPENCE – Put together a square number, something to write with, and an abbreviation for ‘church’.
13a Dog deposited between two men (8)
ALSATIAN – A two-letter name and a three-letter name, placed either side of a word that can mean ‘deposited’, giving a well-known breed of dog.
14a Eggs on fire — tucked into lettuce! (6)
COAXES – Another word for ‘fire’ or ‘sack’, with a type of lettuce wrapped round it.
16a Catnap where wild animals are facing west, standing in all other directions (6)
SNOOZE – Reverse (facing west) a place where a collection of wild animals may be found, then wrap abbreviations for the other three directions around the result.
18a Retired nurse I retrained to secure body parts (8)
ARTERIES – Hidden in reverse (retired) in the clue.
22a Drunk and turned out of work (9)
REDUNDANT – Anagram (drunk) of AND TURNED.
23a Down with articles in EU languages (5)
UNDER – Put together examples of indefinite and definite articles in two languages spoken in the EU. The answer, like ‘down’ can mean ‘in a lower position’.
24a One may get dropped making ascent unwell (5)
AITCH – If the ascent is a hill, and unwell is ‘ill’, what has been dropped?
25a If you need to step on it, don’t step on it (9)
FOOTBRAKE – Cryptic definition of a control ina car which you would not use to go faster.
26a Performed hip-hop in street raising money to offer poor (8,3,4)
STRAPPED FOR CASH – Start with an abbreviation for ‘street’, then add a phrase which could mean ‘performed hip-hop’ (apparently) and ‘in return for money’.
1d Country‘s odd-looking regalia (7)
ALGERIA – anagram (odd-looking) of REGALIA.
2d Speaks softly, silence getting endless praise (7)
MUMBLES – Another word for keeping quiet, followed by another word for ‘praise’ minus its last letter (endless).
3d Documentation for person with extra land? (4,11)
DUAL CITIZENSHIP – Cryptic definition of the status of someone who belongs to more than one country.
4d Relation moving from Japan? (8)
ORIENTAL – Anagram (moving) of RELATION.
5d Kind of chap that sits in shade (6)
HUMANE – A shade or colour wrapped round another word for ‘chap’.
6d One usually starts with nothing — but this represents high earnings! (9,6)
TELEPHONE NUMBER – Cryptic definition of a string of digits usually starting with a zero, which can be used metaphorically to describe a very high earnings figure.
7d Who in France tucks into wild oxen as a regular event? (7)
EQUINOX – Anagram (wild) of OXEN wrapped round the French for ‘who’.
8d Hotel tosses out person holding a party (7)
HOSTESS – The letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet, followed by an anagram (out) of TOSSES.
15d Forget about crash? (5,3)
WRITE OFF – Double definition: to forget about, or stop pursuing, a debt; or a cer crash that isn’t worth repairing.
16d Beefy cuts across river and barely runs (7)
STREAKS – Some cuts of beef wrapped round the abbreviation for River, giving us a verb for running ‘barely’.
17d OAP‘s diamonds stored where East-ender’s weapon is kept (7)
OLDSTER – An East-ender’s gun may be kept in something lacking the initial 24a. Insert the abbreviation for the diamond suit in a pack of cards to get the answer.
19d State intervening in Egyptian aid, Nile rising (7)
INDIANA – A US state is hidden in reverse (rising) in the clue.
20d Loose stones coming down on church make a horrible noise (7)
SCREECH – An area of loose rock on a hillside, followed by an abbreviation for ‘church’.
21d Little mischief-maker with remote turned over lottery (6)
RAFFLE – Put together another word for a sprite or fairy and another word for ‘remote’, then reverse the result to get a type of lottery.
The Quick Crossword pun CHEST + ORNAMENT = CHESS TOURNAMENT