Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29842
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from a blue skies South Devon, a perfect late Autumn day.
In all the time on the blog I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times I’ve been disappointed with a Ray T puzzle. This was not one of those occasions, I thought it a cracker though tricky in places with some cunning misdirection.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Craving return of Queen brilliance (6)
LUSTRE: A craving or sexual desire is followed by a reversal (return) of the royal cipher.
4a Examples one’s seen in record books (8)
EPITOMES: Start with one of the usual vinyl records, add some “weighty” books and place the result around the letter that looks like the number one.
9a Slowly in trouble suppressing a grunt (6)
ADAGIO: Split 1-2 some trouble goes around (suppressing) A from the clue and a nickname for a GI
10a Inspector with cut rejected by Underground worker (8)
EXAMINER: A reversal (rejected) of a verb meaning to cut severely is followed by the usual underground worker.
11a Cry wolf in account (8)
ENTREATY: Here the wolf is not a howling canine but a verb meaning to eat quickly. It goes inside an account in the sense of a record.
13a Swamp could produce nugget containing gold (6)
MORASS: A synonym of nugget goes around the heraldic symbol for gold.
15a Curious pelting rain? Get over it! (13)
INTERROGATIVE: Anagram (pelting) of the following four words.
18a Stunned, noting a mature reasoning (13)
ARGUMENTATION: Anagram (stunned) of the following three words
22a Automatic drive? (6)
LIBIDO: A cryptic definition of the (sex) drive within us all to varying degrees
24a Tries again facing front of Eurostar train (8)
REHEARSE: A verb meaning tries (in a court) again precedes the initial (front) letter of Eurostar.
26a Assuming expert struggled tackling Mastermind’s final (8)
PROVIDED: Assuming here is a conjunction. A three letter expert is followed by a synonym of struggled placed around (tackling) the final letter of Mastermind.
27a Standard one wants to outlaw? (6)
BANNER: A flag that could whimsically describe someone in favour of a veto
28a Aversion of sadist as terribly controlling (8)
DISTASTE: Hidden in the clue where the indicator, I think is the word controlling
29a Attacks England overcome by defeats (6)
BESETS: The abbreviation for England sits inside a verb meaning defeats, in the sense of gets the better of.
1d Laboured conduct over discontented European (6)
LEADEN: A four letter verb meaning conduct or control goes before (over in a down clue) the outer letters (discontented) of European.
2d Beginning to embrace left is unforeseen (9)
STARTLING: A straight forward synonym of beginning goes around (to embrace) the abbreviation for Left.
3d Dress cleavage is gripping sight (7)
RAIMENT: A synonym of cleavage as in a split goes around a verb meaning to sight, as one might a gun
5d Stuffing work up, bearing a cross (4)
PAXO: Place a reversal (up) of the usual two letter work around (bearing) A from the clue and the letter that looks like a cross
6d Vault over line, a fair game (7)
TOMBOLA: The vault here is not a jump but a crypt. Follow it with the abbreviations for Over and Line and A from the clue
7d Ray cheers supporting worker (5)
MANTA: An informal two letter word meaning cheers or thank you goes below (supporting in a down clue) one of the usual workers
8d Worried seeing sweet son upset (8)
STRESSED: A sweet one has after the main course and the abbreviation for Son are reversed (upset)
12d Shed reportedly used for lavatory, commonly (6)
THRONE: A clever homophone of shed as a verb gives us an amusing name for a lavatory.
14d Fellow consumed finding present (6)
DONATE: A fellow at a university is followed by a synonym of consumed (think food)
16d One caring about illiteracy (9)
IGNORANCE: Anagram (about) of the preceding two words.
17d Everybody in work exercise day ran (8)
GALLOPED: Place a synonym of everybody inside a two letter synonym of work. Add some physical exercise and the abbreviation for Day.
19d Crazy time around capital of Ibiza island (7)
MADEIRA: Start with a word meaning crazy or bats, add a long period of time and insert into it the capital of Ibiza.
20d Sex charge embracing sweetheart? Say again! (7)
ITERATE: This setter’s favourite synonym of sex and a charge (for fixing Terence’s boiler maybe) go around (embracing) swEetheart.
21d Suit warms up around summer’s end (6)
HEARTS: A verb meaning warms goes around the final letter of summeR.
23d Ducks catching nothing and drops the ball (5)
BOOBS: A synonym of ducks as a verb goes around (catching) the letter that represents nothing or nil.
25d Behave excessively, administering thrashing initially (4)
BEAT: A typical Mr T first letters (initially) clue.
Quickie Pun: pier+ridges=peerages.
Well that was great fun. In a very strong field 12d takes the honours for me.