Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29825
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cloudy Guy Fawkes day.
Thanks to all those who expressed sympathy for my bad back last week, and suggested various remedies. Things are much better by now, and since the last two episodes were triggered by putting on my trousers and by getting out of the shower, I’ve decided that these are activities to be avoided. So if you see a grubby, half-clad person with a copy of the Daily Telegraph …
I would guess from the loose and quirky cluing that today’s puzzle is by Zandio. It took me into *** time to fill the grid, and by the time the penny dropped on the parsing of 12d, which wasn’t until I was writing the hints, probably well into *** time.
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 Well-read party that’s considering writing? (4,4)
BOOK CLUB – Cryptic definition of a group of people who meet to discuss the work of an author.
5a Boy gets a thank you for composition (6)
SONATA – Put together a male child, A (from the clue), and a short form of ‘thank you’.
8a Be suspended and delay the sack? (4,2)
STAY UP – Double definition, the sack in the second being the one you hit at the end of the day.
9a Chat with date, excited to get engaged? (8)
ATTACHED – Anagram (excited) of CHAT and DATE.
10a Made a bob on getting to meet the Queen? (8)
CURTSIED – Mildly cryptic definition of a mark of respect for a royal.
11a Order mixer only to be added? (6)
NOTICE – Split the answer (3,3) to get what could be an order to the barman mixing your gin and tonic.
12a Vehicle sabotaged to go bang (8)
TOBOGGAN – Anagram (sabotaged) of TO GO BANG.
13a Vast area of 100 miles covered by Ordnance Survey twice (6)
COSMOS – The Roman numeral for 100 and an abbreviation for Miles, each followed by the initials of the Ordnance Survey.
15a Acclimatise in Japan maybe (6)
ORIENT – This verb for ‘acclimatise’ or ‘introduce’ could also be a description of where Japan is to be found.
18a Pipes in sight carrying whiskey explode (8)
SEWERAGE – A three-letter verb for ‘sight’ is wrapped round the letter represented by Whiskey in the NATO alphabet, then followed by a verb for ‘explode’ or ‘lose your temper’.
20a Cut two journalists (6)
HACKED – The definition is in the past tense. Put together two common crossword terms for a journalist.
21a Chilli sauce, perhaps it’s stolen (3,5)
HOT STUFF – Double definition: a literal description foodstuffs such as chilli sauce; or a slang way of describing stolen goods.
23a Ban-the-bombers holding missiles back ring military man? (8)
COMMANDO – The initials of a group calling for nuclear disarmament are wrapped round the reverse (back) of a shortened form of the word for the sort of missiles fired out of guns, then a ring-shaped letter is added to the end.
24a Some characters on board splash or escape to the beach (6)
ASHORE – Hidden in the clue.
25a Express found among European ship’s papers (6)
ESSAYS – Put together European and the usual crossword ship, then insert another verb for ‘express’, to get some papers which might be submitted as part of an examination.
26a Turning left maybe, went by bike reportedly? (8)
SIDEROAD – What ‘left (or right)’ is an example of, followed by a homophone (reportedly) of a verb for ‘went by bike’.
1d Simple when written in pen (5)
BASIC – another word for ‘when’ inserted into a brand of writing implement, named for a short form of the surname of the founder of the company which makes them.
2d I will need one input — you will need two more (9)
KEYSTROKE – If you are solving this crossword on a computer, you will need one of these to enter ‘I’, and three (two more) to enter ‘you’.
3d China’s rising rugby player, flier (7)
LAPWING – Reverse (rising) another word for the person described as a ‘china’ in Cockney rhyming slang, then add a position on the rugby field, to get a variety of bird.
4d Their residents who sleep in are taught a lesson (8,7)
BOARDING SCHOOLS – Cryptic definition of establishments which both accommodate and educate their inmates.
5d Twisted element of magic in a Tasmanian devil’s character (7)
SATANIC – Hidden in reverse (twisted) in the clue.
6d The aim’s to be converted, having no church (7)
ATHEISM – Anagram (to be converted) of THE AIM’S.
7d Commercial outfit beginning to export electronic letter opener (9)
ADDRESSEE – Put together a short word for a commercial, a verb meaning ‘to outfit’, the first letter (beginning) of Export, and the letter used to denote Electronic. The answer is someone entitled to open a letter sent to him or her.
12d Flying ace doubly hot, in biting pain (9)
TOOTHACHE – Anagram (flying) of HOT HOT ACE (doubly hot).
14d Support for someone unfortunately getting carried away (9)
STRETCHER – Cryptic definition of the device used to carry a casualty away from the scene.
16d Fashionable company meets occasionally to deliver these? (7)
INCOMES – Put together another word for ‘fashionable’, an abbreviation for ‘company’, and alternate letters (occasionally) of MeEtS.
17d News items with hospital being scrapped I’d put in (7)
TIDINGS – Start with another word for ‘items’, remove the abbreviation for Hospital, and insert I’D (from the clue).
19d Western delta is wild — around November it rarely dries out (7)
WETLAND – An abbreviation for Western followed by an anagram (is wild) of DELTA, wrapped round the letter represented by November in the NATO alphabet.
22d Beast could be intimate without resistance (5)
FIEND – Remove the Resistance from a word for someone who is an intimate.
The Quick Crossword pun AFRO + DYE + TEA = APHRODITE