Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29831
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a damp and dreary morning. and, having seen the banner on the site, happy birthday to Crypticsue.
Apart from teasing out the parsing of 3d, where the answer was obvious but the construction wasn’t, I found today’s puzzle to be a steady solve.
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7a Last piece of Arctic roll for dessert (7)
CRUMBLE – The final letter of ArctiC followed by another word for ‘roll’ or ‘trundle’.
8a Military order read out (7)
MARTIAL – This word for matters military sounds like (read out) a word for ‘order’ or ‘arrange’.
10a Somehow depend on keeping agreement essentially indeterminate (4-5)
OPEN-ENDED – Anagram (somehow) of DEPEND ON plus the middle letter (essentially) of agreEment.
11a Smart chain mayor finally removed (5)
STING – Remove the last letter of mayoR from a word for ‘chain’ or ‘sequence’.
12a Start working with firm (5)
ONSET – Another word for ‘working’ followed by another word for ‘firm’ or ‘solidified’.
13a Finished plan creating bank facility for customers (9)
OVERDRAFT – Another word for ‘finished’, followed by a plan or outline.
15a Arrest adult trio that’s regularly expressed upsetting language (7)
ITALIAN – Put together an informal word for ‘arrest’ or ‘catch’, an abbreviation for Adult, and alternate letters (regularly expressed) of TrIo, then reverse (upsetting) the result to get a European language.
17a Hound immoral head of judiciary in Northern Ireland (7)
BASENJI – Another word for ‘immoral’ or ‘low’, followed by the abbreviation for Northern Ireland wrapped round the first letter (head) of Judiciary.
18a Go crazy around Eve (9)
ENDEAVOUR – Anagram (crazy) of AROUND EVE, giving us a ‘go’ or ‘attempt’.
20a Cast finishes off brief rehearsal you began watching (5)
FLUNG – The final letters (finishes) of the last five words of the clue.
21a Unknown cuts record for composer (5)
LISZT – An algebraic unknown inserted into a record or sequence of items or events.
23a Wager Mark will find something fast to drive? (6,3)
SPORTS CAR – Another (somewhat unusual) word for ‘wager’, followed by a mark on the skin.
24a Suggest what experienced fashion model might exhibit? (7)
PROPOSE – Split the answer (3,4) and you have something that an experienced or non-amateur model might adopt.
25a Unfortunately rudeness almost is guaranteed (7)
ENSURED – Anagram (unfortunately) of RUDENES(s) without its last letter (almost).
1d Rock band’s also touring large part of Australia (10)
QUEENSLAND – The band that Freddie Mercury used to front, plus the ‘S from the clue, and another word for ‘also’, placed either side of an abbreviation for Large.
2d Worthless article yields nothing for American (6)
ABJECT – Start with a word for an article or thing, then replace the letter which looks like a zero with an abbreviation for American.
3d Expel from university without reason extremely shocked individual (4,4)
SEND DOWN – The parsing of this one took me some time. Wrap the outside letters (extremely) of ShockeD around another word for a reason or motive, then add an adjective for ‘individual’ or ‘personal’.
4d Second European defends abuse over guitarist originally in Blur (6)
SMUDGE – Put together a metaphorical word for ‘abuse’ or ‘slander’ and the first letter (originally) of Guitarist. Then put the abbreviations for Second and European either side of the result.
5d Campaigns running scared, limiting empty undertakings (8)
CRUSADES – Anagram (running) of SCARED, wrapped round the outside letters (empty) of UndertakingS.
6d Antipodean principal, small of stature reportedly (4)
KIWI – Put together homophones (reportedly) of another word for ‘principal’ or ‘crucial’ and ‘small in stature’, to get a familiar word for the people of one of the Antipodean nations.
7d Film excerpt about reptile, current connection with it? (9,4)
CROCODILE CLIP – A large reptile followed by a four-letter word for a film excerpt, giving something that may be used to make an electrical (current) connection.
9d Inclined to steal gin, the girl fed appallingly (5-8)
LIGHT-FINGERED – Anagram (appallingly) of GIN THE GIRL FED.
14d Newscasters in US on CNN are changing (10)
ANNOUNCERS – Anagram (changing) of US ON CNN ARE.
16d Current lawsuit leads to state where nothing’s happening (8)
INACTION – Another word for ‘current’ (fashion) followed by another word for a lawsuit.
17d Person withdrawing library books, one with 13 perhaps? (8)
BORROWER – Double definition, where the 13 refers to the answer to 13a.
19d Competed in medieval combat re-enactment topless, getting thrown out! (6)
OUSTED – Remove the initial letter (topless) from a word for what knights did in medieval tournaments.
20d Rearing cheetahs, it effectively inspires obsession (6)
FETISH – Hidden in reverse (rearing) in the clue.
22d Son given powerful injection (4)
SHOT – An abbreviation for Son followed by ‘powerful’ (as a chilli might be).
The Quick Crossword pun BEE + BUSY + JUAN = BBC ONE