Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29807
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Good morning from South Staffs on a damp, grey morning. Covid booster jab scheduled for this morning.
I found this puzzle reasonably straightforward, with just a couple of pauses for thought.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Loose cows on farm creating potentially tricky problem (3,2,5)
CAN OF WORMS – Anagram (loose) of COWS ON FARM.
6a Wild animal said to be nuisance (4)
BORE – This pest or nuisance sounds like (said to be) a sort of wild pig.
9a It is hard backing second-rate horse essentially in race (7)
BRITISH – Put together a letter indicating second rate, the middle letter (essentially) of hoRse, IT IS (from the clue), and Hard.
10a Inclined to cry, first of those facing reprimand (7)
TEARFUL – The first letter of Those, followed by another word for a reprimand or telling-off.
12a Dance with student also involved in tempestuous affair (8,5)
HIGHLAND FLING – The usual letter indicating a learner or student, and another word for ‘also’, are placed between another word for ‘tempestuous’ (think of wind here) and a brief love affair.
14a Though appearing gutless, steals pounds (6)
THROBS – The definition is a verb. The outside letters (gutless) of T(houg)H are followed by another word for ‘steals’.
15a Accommodation for sections of society (8)
QUARTERS – Double definition, the first being often used about accommodation for the military.
17a Arabs, in theory, will secrete potent drink (8)
ABSINTHE – Hidden in the clue.
19a Those originally inside Rolls-Royce arriving at opera? (6)
CARMEN – Split the answer (3,3) and you could have a definition of people inside a Rolls-Royce or other automobile. As a single word the answer is an opera based on a story by Prosper Mérimée.
22a Place near London, order fish there mostly for distribution (13)
HERTFORDSHIRE – Anagram (for distribution) of ORDER FISH THER(e) (there mostly).
24a About to enter English court, Edmond’s case is established (7)
ERECTED – The Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’ is placed between an abbreviation for English and an abbreviation for Court, then the outer letters (case) of E(dmon)D are added.
25a Over time medic provided gear periodically for vagrant (7)
DRIFTER – Put together an abbreviation for Doctor, another word for ‘provided’, and alternate letters (periodically) of gEaR. Then insert an abbreviation for Time.
26a Flipping insect bite (4)
TANG – Reverse (flipping) a biting insect, to get the bite of something with a sharp flavour.
27a Unknown’s article replaced by vacuous story expressing same idea (10)
SYNONYMOUS – Start with a word for an unknown author, then remove the indefinite article from the front and replace it with the outside letters (vacuous) of S(tor)Y.
1d Caught boat regularly to circle posh island (4)
CUBA – The cricket abbreviation for Caught and alternate letters (regularly) of BoAt, placed either side of the letter often used to signify something ‘posh’, giving us an island country in the Caribbean.
2d In no case is Italy blocking new anaesthetic (7)
NEITHER – An abbreviation for New and a volatile gas once used as an anaesthetic, with the IVR code for Italy inserted.
3d Employment perk, something a hairdresser might suggest? (6,7)
FRINGE BENEFIT – The first word of the answer can also be a part of a hairstyle, the second a perk or advantage. Put together, these suggest a form of non-cash remuneration for an employee.
4d Postponed number going around vessel’s cargo area (2,4)
ON HOLD – Reverse (going around) a two-letter abbreviation for ‘number’, then add the place where a ship’s cargo is stowed.
5d Second American admitting irregular unit is insubordinate (8)
MUTINOUS – Another word for a second or short period of time and one of the usual abbreviations for ‘American’, wrapped round an anagram (irregular) of UNIT.
7d Decision affecting lawful position of striker? (7)
OFFSIDE – Cryptic definition of a law in Association football which determines whether a striker is in a legal position to score a goal.
8d Praising European Union record, good restricting international crime (10)
EULOGISING – Put together the acronym for the European Union, a record of activity, an abbreviation for International, a crime or moral failing, and an abbreviation for Good.
11d Inexpensiveness of gold daughter accepted in good humour (13)
AFFORDABILITY – The heraldic term for ‘gold’ and an abbreviation for Daughter are put together and inserted into a word for good-humouredness.
13d Love file sent with email message (10)
ATTACHMENT – Double definition, the first being love or affection for someone or something.
16d Yard shut about when in the week? (8)
THURSDAY – Anagram (about) of YARD SHUT. This is a sort of all-in-one, with the answer telling us when the yard is shut.
18d Unusually generous fortune finally escaping theatre worker (7)
SURGEON – Anagram (unusually) of GEN(e)ROUS, missing one example of the last letter (finally) of fortunE, giving us someone who works in a theatre, but not one with a stage.
20d Rising Oregon tenor’s opening line for skilled musician (7)
MAESTRO – Put together the abbreviation for the state of ORegon, the first letter (opening) of Tenor, and a line of stitching, then reverse (rising, in a Down clue) the result.
21d Familiar with gripping, tense, uplifting poems you articulated (4,2)
USED TO – Put together some poems and the letter which sounds like (articulated) ‘you’, insert an abbreviation for Tense, then reverse (uplifting) the result.
23d Plant, one supported by stake briefly (4)
IRIS – The Roman numeral for one, followed by another word for ‘stake’ or ‘gamble’, minus its last letter.
The Quick Crossword pun SUNDAES + COOL = SUNDAY SCHOOL