Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29777
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cloudy day with some rain forecast.
The NW corner of today’s puzzle, which is where I like to start, was the last to fall, and led me well into my *** time bracket.
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1a Slow boat going to Spain, transporter that’s sunk (4)
TUBE – A pejorative word for a slow, possibly unseaworthy, boat, followed by the IVR code for Spain. The answer is a familiar word for the London Underground.
3a Massive smash coming up with ‘Shaking All Over’? (10)
EARTHQUAKE – Cryptic definition of something which leaves the world shaken.
9a They regularly dip and rise, first to last (4)
OARS – Another word for ‘rise’, as a glider might on a thermal, with the first letter moved to the end, giving us something regularly dipped in water.
10a Actor Nigel changes set for a new scene? (10)
RELOCATING – Anagram (changes) of ACTOR NIGEL.
11a Feels anger stops after this? (4,3)
SEES RED – A phrase for feeling anger, which is also a reason for a car or train driver to stop.
13a Used by rabble-rouser, van terrorised man (7)
SERVANT – Hidden in the clue.
14a Old coin located beside Scottish island claimed by the Spanish academic (11)
EDUCATIONAL – Put together an old European gold coin and a Scottish island associated with St Columba, then wrap the Spanish for ‘the’ around the result.
18a Pair of idiots batting, getting knocked back and hit (11)
ASSASSINATE – Put together two instances of another word for ‘idiot’, a two-letter word for ‘batting’ in cricket, and another word for ‘knocked back (food, rather than drink)’. The definition is ‘hit’ as a hitman might.
21a Casanova in Paris, dear, embracing what comes to hand? (7)
CHARMER – The French for ‘dear’ is wrapped round a part of the body which leads to the hand.
22a Bishop first to eat egg on the counter, most substantial (7)
BIGGEST – The chess notation for ‘bishop’, followed by three letters which look like the alphanumeric version of ‘first’ wrapped round the reverse (on the counter) of EGG (from the clue).
23a Out of shape Corsica don boxes, getting squeezed for notes (10)
ACCORDIONS – Anagram (out of shape) of CORSICA DON.
24a What traditionally was carried up the hill — light when delivered! (4)
PAIL – What Jack and Jill carried between them sounds like (when delivered) a word for ‘light coloured’.
25a Penned in doggerel, one line’s spreading sad feelings (10)
LONELINESS – Hidden in the clue.
26a Oppose West End show? (4)
PLAY – Double definition, the first being in a sporting fixture.
1d Turned up what thieves might hide and drop here? (4,4)
TOOL SHED – Reverse (turned up) a word for a thief’s ill-gotten gains, then add another word for ‘drop’ (as a tree drops its leaves), and you get somewhere that a thief might use as a hiding place, though it’s more likely to be one of the places that gets robbed. I’m not convinced that this clue works properly.
2d Dig electronic signal that’s useful for eating out (8)
BARBECUE – A verbal dig, followed by the usual abbreviation for Electronic, and the signal to an actor that it’s time to enter or speak.
4d Forwards including a captain? (5)
AHEAD – A (from the clue) followed by another word for ‘captain’ or ‘leader’.
5d Lots of money taken from you, and aboard ship (9)
THOUSANDS – Start with an archaic word for ‘you’, then add the usual abbreviation for a steamship wrapped round AND (from the clue).
6d Rowing, equalling travels around two rivers (11)
QUARRELLING – Anagram (travelling) of EQUALLING wrapped round two instances of the abbreviation for River.
7d Creature lawn firm fails regularly to rub out (6)
ANIMAL – Alternate letters (regularly to rub out) of lAwN fIrM fAiLs.
8d Fraction of this clue plus this letter? (6)
EIGHTH – Write out the number of this clue, then add the letter of the alphabet which corresponds to the clue number.
12d Officer is stern over alarm I’d set off (4,7)
REAR ADMIRAL – Another word for ‘stern’ or ‘back’, followed by an anagram (set off) of ALARM I’D.
15d Static charged particle going about small entry (9)
INSERTION – Put together another word for ‘static’ or ‘unreactive’ and an electrically-charged particle, then wrap the result around the abbreviation for Small.
16d Americans enjoy this wretched dance (8)
BASEBALL – Another word for ‘wretched’ or ‘low’, followed by a formal dance event, giving us a version of rounders enjoyed by Americans and a good many others.
17d Fifty per cent of adults add up in the mind (8)
MENTALLY – A word for the people who make up about half of the human race, followed by ‘add up’.
19d Dash off to see son perform in pool? (6)
SCRAWL – An abbreviation for Son, followed by a swimming stroke.
20d Tintin’s naughty knees-up? (6)
CANCAN – Nothing to do with Hergé’s creation! Take another word for ‘tin’ and double it to get Offenbach’s work.
22d Where deposits build up both sides of the Nile, say (5)
BANKS – Double definition, the first relating to deposits of money.
The Quick Crossword pun PASS + TENTS = PAST TENSE