Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29783
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Good morning from South Staffs, where the morning sun is peeping through the clouds.
For me, this was reasonably straightforward. Whether others find it so will depend to some extent on the GK elements falling within their comfort zone.
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1a PM claims love for country (8)
CAMEROON – The surname of a former Prime Minister, with the letter which looks like a love score at tennis inserted, to give us an African country.
5a Bishop enters a lounge that’s brightly lit (6)
ABLAZE – A (from the clue) and another word for ‘lounge’, placed either side of the chess notation for a bishop.
9a Payments to copyright holder in Italy rose unexpectedly (9)
ROYALTIES – Anagram (unexpectedly) of ITALY ROSE.
11a American coach chasing very big award (5)
OSCAR – A clothing size which may be described as ‘very big’, followed by what the Americans call a railway coach or carriage.
12a Skilful Anderson oddly needs time to trap India’s opener (6)
ADROIT – Alternate letters (oddly) of AnDeRsOn, followed by the first letter of India and an abbreviation for Time.
13a Largest threat to fruit crop? (8)
PLUMPEST – Divide the answer (4,4) and you get something which could attack your Victorias.
15a Les and Tony rather agitated getting wind (5-8)
NORTH-EASTERLY – Anagram (agitated) of LES, TONY and RATHER.
18a He designed spa resorts, showing stubborn nature (13)
PIGHEADEDNESS – Anagram (resorts) of HE DESIGNED SPA.
22a Substantial account correct, yet having occasional omissions (8)
CONCRETE – Alternate letters of words two, three and four of the clue.
23a Boris frantically pens article, it indicates pressure? (6)
ISOBAR – Anagram (frantically) of BORIS, wrapped round an indefinite article.
26a Path out of brush to cross river (5)
TRAIL – The sort of brush a fox has, wrapped round River.
27a Worried by honest person standing for election (9)
CANDIDATE – Another word for ‘honest’ or ‘open’, followed by another word for ‘worried’.
28a Runs special editions of newspaper (6)
EXTRAS – Double definition, the first being runs in cricket which are not scored by the batsman (or do I have to say ‘batter’ these days?).
29a Goes along with impression voiced following trick (8)
CONSENTS – A trick or chest followed by something which sounds like (voiced) an impression or feeling.
1d It’s the end for some home furnishings (8)
CURTAINS – Double definition: some rather dated slang for the end of life; or some soft furnishings.
2d Irish county has right person heading council (5)
MAYOR – A county in the West of Ireland, followed by Right.
3d Vivien, say, supports artist, one of Elizabeth’s favourites (7)
RALEIGH – The usual artist who is a member of the Royal Academy, followed by the surname of, among others, Vivien, who starred in Gone with the Wind. This gives us the surname of an Elizabethan seafarer and explorer.
4d Poet about to flee pandemic (4)
OVID – To get this Roman poet, remove the Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’ from the short name of a virus with which we are all too familiar.
6d Something baker’s made with yeast rose perhaps (7)
BLOOMER – Double definition: a type of loaf; or something which may be used to describe a rose or other flower.
7d Classic Jaguar car goes under bridge (9)
ARCHETYPE – A feature of many bridges, followed by the model name (1-4) of a famous Jaguar car.
8d Some bureaucrat arrested over document inaccuracies (6)
ERRATA – Hidden in reverse (over) in the clue.
10d Councillor essentially avoids anxiety in retirement (8)
SOLITUDE – Remove the middle letters of counCIllor from a word for ‘anxiety’ or ‘concern’, to get a state of retirement from the company of others.
14d Adult joke, one described by compere as sublime (8)
MAJESTIC – Put together an abbreviation for Adult and another word for a joke. A two-letter acronym for the host of an event is wrapped round the result.
16d Sorry about dog maybe biting indefinite number attending function (9)
REPENTANT – Start with the Latin for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, then add what a dog or cat may be, wrapped round an algebraic expression for any number and the shortened form of a trigonometric function.
17d Republican appears regularly to visit pair of Americans, those seizing power (8)
USURPERS – An abbreviation for Republican and alternate letters of aPpEaRs are put together. Then two examples of a common abbreviation for ‘American’ are put together and wrapped round the result.
19d Primate is partisan when speaking (7)
GORILLA – One of the great apes is also a homophone (when speaking) of a partisan or other irregular fighter.
20d Give notice a little word is misspelled (7)
DISMISS – Hidden in the clue.
21d Blast staggering cheats (6)
SCATHE – Anagram (staggering) of CHEATS.
24d Brother with beard displaying strength (5)
BRAWN – An abbreviation for BRother, followed by the beard on an ear of barley.
25d Open University refusal to admit daughter (4)
UNDO – An abbreviation for University, followed by a word of refusal wrapped round an abbreviation for Daughter.
The Quick Crossword pun KNOW + THYME + TOULOUSE = NO TIME TO LOSE
That reminds of a joke from when our children were small:
Q: Why is it better to be caught short in France than in Cornwall?
A: Because there’s only one Looe in Cornwall, but Toulouse in France!