Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29813
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where the day has dawned bright and clear.
I found today’s puzzle reasonably straightforward, with no major hold-ups.
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1a Issue bullet that’s harmless at close range (5-5)
POINT-BLANK – An issue in a debate or argument, followed by a bullet which makes a noise but does no damage.
6a Second in craft (4)
SHIP – An abbreviation for Second, followed by another word for ‘in’ or ‘trendy’.
9a Shocking forbidden passion — love found by you and me (10)
OUTRAGEOUS – Put together another word for ‘forbidden, another word for ‘passion’ or ‘anger’, the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, and a pronoun for ‘you and me’.
10a Good to get massage and something to eat (4)
GRUB – An abbreviation for Good followed by another word for ‘massage’.
12a Like a play on words lacking core discipline (6)
PUNISH – Remove the middle letter (lacking core) from a word which could mean ‘like a play on words’.
13a More intelligent British having longer showers? (8)
BRAINIER – An abbreviation for British, followed by ‘having longer showers’ or ‘wetter’.
15a Friend in form? (12)
SCHOOLFELLOW – Mildly cryptic definition of someone in the same class at school.
18a Feel war should be replaced, say, in this social system (7,5)
WELFARE STATE – Anagram (should be replaced) of FEEL WAR, followed by another word for ‘say’.
21a After reflection during Whitsun, I’m retiring — end of the line (8)
TERMINUS – Hidden in reverse (after reflection) in the clue.
22a Very cold spell — one bear’s home, perhaps conserving energy (3,3)
ICE AGE – The Roman numeral for one followed by what would be better described as a bear’s prison in a zoo, wrapped round Energy.
24a Maiden about to meet king’s brother (4)
MONK – Put together the cricket abbreviation for a maiden over, another word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, and the chess notation for a king, to get someone who lives in a religious community.
25a Mail unfair in review for novel (10)
UNFAMILIAR – Anagram (in review) of MAIL UNFAIR.
26a Outstanding student in head-to-head fight (4)
DUEL – ‘Outstanding’, as a debt might be, followed by the usual crossword student.
27a Using odd bits of turkey, guys cook American — awesome! (10)
TREMENDOUS – Put together alternate letters (odd bits) of TuRkEy, another word for ‘guys’, another verb for ‘cook’, and an acronym for some Americans.
1d Encourage seafront exercises (6)
PROMPT – A common shortening of a seafront walking area, followed by some physical jerks.
2d Games console given without wrapping — that’s mean (6)
INTEND – Remove the first and last letters from the name of a Japanese producer of video games and consoles, to get a verb for ‘mean’.
3d Crane’s action when flying across the Atlantic? (12)
TRANSOCEANIC – Anagram (when flying) of CRANE’S ACTION.
4d Told a tale showing origins of love in ‘Edwin Drood’ (4)
LIED – The first letters (showing origins) of the last four words of the clue.
5d Sitting on the fence — Tyne ritual when drunk (10)
NEUTRALITY – Anagram (when drunk) of TYNE RITUAL.
7d Awful run with kid falling in burrow (8)
HORRIBLE – Put together an abbreviation for Run and another word for ‘kid’ or ‘tease’. Then wrap another word for ‘burrow’ around the result.
8d Knockout round involving locals? (3,5)
PUB CRAWL – Cryptic definition of an activity involving the consumption of alcohol in a series of hostelries in quick succession.
11d Hitchcock, say, would do this kind of political manoeuvre (6,6)
DIRECT ACTION – As (verb, noun) the answer is what Hitchcock or any other film maker does to get his picture made. As (adjective, noun) the answer is the sort of political protest favoured by the sort of people who glue themselves to motorways, largely unhindered by the police.
14d Behind European athlete, one that came first (10)
FORERUNNER – Put together a word for ‘behind’ or ‘in favour of’, an abbreviation for European, and a type of athlete.
16d Ordered to wed, Tim was unfaithful (3-5)
TWO-TIMED – Anagram (ordered) of TO WED TIM.
17d Barrier placed around Lima or another city (8)
FLORENCE – Put together the letter represented by Lima in the NATO alphabet and OR (from the clue), then wrap a sort of barrier around the result, to get the English name of an Italian city.
19d Turned over in pontoon, I sacrificed fortune needed to win here (6)
CASINO – Hidden in reverse (turned over) in the clue.
20d Design has been put into that man’s suit (6)
HEARTS – ‘That man’s’ can be rendered as ‘he is’, contracted with the aid of an apostrophe. Wrap that contracted form around some design or skill, to get a suit of cards.
23d North-bound motorway service area for pigs? (4)
FARM – Put together the abbreviation for a motorway and an acronym for one of the armed services. Then reverse the result (north bound, in a Down clue) to get somewhere you might find pigs.
The Quick Crossword pun INDIE + NILE = IN DENIAL