Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29785
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja where summer is slowly drawing to a close. We’re forecast rain for tomorrow and temperatures not reaching 30°C but then normal service is due to return for a few days.
Today we have the usual Monday elegance but perhaps a little on the easier side of the spectrum of difficulty. Well, I thought it so but no doubt many of you will disagree.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Accelerate when favourite’s back in the lead (4,2)
STEP UP: The usual teacher’s favourite (don’t forget the ‘S) is reversed (back) and followed by a word meaning leading or ahead in a game.
5a Lark, notice, in flight (8)
ESCAPADE: A notice or an advert in a flight, as in fleeing.
9a Popular, a New York fixture, whatever happens (2,3,5)
IN ANY EVENT: The usual two letters for popular, the A from the clue and New York and then a fixture as in a football match.
10a Examine some graduate students (4)
TEST: A lurker hiding in (some) the last two words.
11a Truthfulness of account given by member of the clergy’s office (8)
ACCURACY: Two letters for account followed by the office of a junior clergyman.
13a State of Aunt Kath, regularly (4)
UTAH: Alternate letters (regularly) from Aunt Kath.
15a Love fine route followed, naturally (2,6)
OF COURSE: O (love) and F(ine) followed by a route or direction, of a ship perhaps.
18a Tackle a gutted plump fish (8)
APPROACH: The A from the clue followed PP (gutted P(lum)P) and a freshwater fish.
19a Support husband, advanced in years (4)
HOLD: H(usband) followed by a word meaning advanced in years.
21a Specimen politician put into auction (6)
SAMPLE: The usual politician inserted into (put into) what an auction is an example of.
25a Nobleman given attention by lake (4)
EARL: A word for attention next to (by) an L(ake).
26a Formal proposal concerning answer to problem (10)
RESOLUTION: Two letters for concerning or about followed by the answer to a problem or crossword.
28a In close, judge houses (6)
TRENDY: A word for close or finish is inserted into (houses) a word meaning judge or check out.
2d Shot in the arm in Washington, I collapsed (5)
TONIC: Another lurker hiding in (in) the last three words.
3d Clerical worker in dock, one dealing in drugs (3-6)
PEN PUSHER: A type of dock, usually associated with submarines, followed by an illegal drug dealer
4d Page about marvellous quickly assembled property (6)
PREFAB: A charade of P(age), two letters for about and a slang term meaning marvellous.
5d All, without exception, envy her sort? Some, anyhow (5,7,3)
EVERY MOTHERS SON: Anagram (anyhow) of ENVY HER SORT SOME.
6d New picture frames charged originally at a reduced rate (3-5)
CUT PRICE: Anagram (new) of PICTURE placed around (frames) a C (Charged originally).
7d Courtyard built by Irishman I love? (5)
PATIO: One of the usual Irishmen followed by the I from the clue and O (love in tennis).
8d Ring about second young lady’s redundancy (9)
DISMISSAL: A word meaning ring, on the phone, placed around (about) an S(econd) and a young lady. Strictly speaking this clue is wrong. It’s not a young lady but an unmarried one who might well be 90 years old.
16d Cinema worker in uniform reset the reels (9)
USHERETTE: U(niform) followed by an anagram (reels) of RESET THE. I spent some time trying to make an anagram (reset) of THE REELS, d’oh!
17d Having few worries about a heartless whistle-blower (8)
CAREFREE: A single letter for about followed by the A from the clue and the whistle blower on a football pitch but without his middle letter (heartless).
22d Guide the Italian aboard vessel (5)
PILOT: The Italian definite article put inside (aboard) a vessel or container.
24d Steer clear of area containing nothing (5)
AVOID: A(rea) followed by a word meaning containing nothing or empty.
Replace this with the Epilogue.
Quick crossword puns:
Top line: BLEW + IDE + BUOY = BLUE EYED BOY
Middle line: EKE + HONOUR + MISSED = ECONOMIST
Bottom Line: EMMA + NAY + SHUN = EMANATION