Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29795
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a day of sunshine and showers.
We have a pangra missing the X this morning, which gives us a good clue about the setter. For me this wasn’t one of his most difficult, and I finished in ** time.
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1a One next to bay five picked up nuts and bolts (6)
BASICS – This word for the ‘nuts and bolts’ of a subject sounds like (picked up) the area you might find next to bay five in a warehouse.
4a Cadet in conflict with our teacher (8)
EDUCATOR – Anagram (in conflict) of CADET and OUR.
10a Tax shelter protecting a politician in France of the time (5,4)
STAMP DUTY – Put together A (from the clue), one of the usual politicians, the French for ‘of the’, and an abbreviation for Time. Then wrap a shelter for pigs around the result.
11a Addition to music player disco regularly used (5)
LYRIC – Alternate letters (regularly used) of pLaYeR dIsCo.
12a Start to blanche more nuts without opening heated container (7)
BRAZIER – The first letter (start to) of Blanche, followed by a word for ‘more nuts’ missing its first letter (without opening), giving us a heated container without which no picket was complete.
13a Herald from distant Spain after lover (7)
FANFARE – A lover (of a sports team, perhaps) followed by another word for ‘distant’ and the IVR code for Spain.
14a Learner very exuberant over game (5)
LOTTO – Put together the usual symbol for a learner, a three-letter acronym for ‘very exuberant’ or ‘excessive’, and the cricket abbreviation for Over.
15a Breaking out innocent revolutionary with little noise (8)
ERUPTING – Reverse (revolutionary) a word for ‘innocent’ or ‘chaste’, then add the sound of a small bell, to get the sort of breaking out that’s happening on La Palma at the moment.
18a Obtain dram on vacation enjoying Canadian city (8)
WINNIPEG – Put together another word for ‘obtain’ or ‘gain’, another word for a dram or tot od )spirits. And the outside letters (on vacation) of E(njoyin)G.
20a Flexible times to secure result (5)
BENDY – A two-letter word for ‘times’ (in a multiplication sum) is wrapped round a result or outcome.
23a Reindeer around ridge, four overlooking edges (7)
CARIBOU – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘around’ or ‘about’, a ridge (in a leaf, perhaps), and the inside letters (overlooking edges) of (f)OU(r).
25a Ace graduate redesigned store (7)
MAESTRO – A senior Arts graduate followed by an anagram (redesigned) of STORE.
26a Respond about facts lacking in case (5)
REACT – The Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, followed by the inside letters (lacking in case) of (f)ACT(s).
27a Grease smeared on greyish brown garment (9)
DUNGAREES – A greyish brown colour followed by an anagram (smeared) of GREASE.
28a Drunk shortly embracing English boozer (8)
HOSTELRY – Anagram (drunk) of SHORTLY, with English inserted.
29a Against Hoovers using bags (6)
VERSUS – Hidden in the clue.
1d Babe’s smashed everything in this sport (8)
BASEBALL – A rather nice all-in-one clue. An anagram (smashed) of BABE’S followed by another word for ‘everything’, giving us a sport in which the Babe (Ruth) was a master player in the first half of the 20th century.
2d Sugar, maybe, fed to group — that fills a gap (7)
SEALANT – The first name of, among others, the Sugar who founded Amstrad and later hosted The Apprentice, with a group or clique wrapped round it.
3d Sign of company, with navy south of island (9)
CAPRICORN – To get this sign of the Zodiac, start with a Mediterranean island, then add the abbreviation for ‘company’ and the initials of the Royal Navy.
5d Enjoyed daft mug shot in divine accounting event (3,2,9)
DAY OF JUDGEMENT – Anagram (shot) of ENJOYED DAFT MUG.
6d One indicating ratio of emigrant group without base (5)
COLON – The punctuation mark used to indicate the ratio between two numbers is also the now disapproved-of setting-up of a settlement in another country, minus its last letter (base, in a Down clue).
7d In casual footwear, the Queen goes to north land (7)
TERRAIN – Start with a sort of casual footwear, then move the Queen’s regnal cipher from the end to second and third position (a move north, in a Down clue).
8d Early locomotive leaves (6)
ROCKET – Double definition: George Stephenson’s railway locomotive which won the Rainhill trials in 1829; or some salad leaves.
9d Burger that’s 25p? (7-7)
QUARTER-POUNDER – Cryptic definition of a size of burger. What fraction of a larger currency unit is 25p?
16d Old volunteers watch out carrying large dishes etc (9)
TABLEWARE – The initials of the former name of the UK’s volunteer reserve force, followed by an instruction to watch out, with Large inserted.
17d Outline is horse climbing in sunless void (8)
SYNOPSIS – Put together IS (from the clue) and a small horse, reverse (climbing, in a Down clue) the result, then wrap the outside letters (void) of S(unles)S around it.
19d Reportedly where Colossus overlooked harbour raids (7)
INROADS – This word for ‘raids’ sounds like (reportedly) the answer to the question about where to find the ancient Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
21d New treats prepared for rabbits (7)
NATTERS – The definition is a verb, not a furry creature. New followed by an anagram (prepared) of TREATS.
22d Goodness in school’s roast (6)
SCORCH – An exclamation like ‘Goodness!’ with an abbreviation for ‘school’ wrapped round it.
24d Wash black article after another (5)
BATHE – An abbreviation for Black followed by two different grammatical articles.
The Quick Crossword pun MISSED + HERB + LOBBY = MR BLOBBY