Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29849
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Good morning from South Staffs on a damp, grey December morning.
I thought today’s puzzle was about average for a Friday, though some stretched synonyms in the wordplay held me up at times.
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1a It makes a man hot and sweet (11)
GINGERBREAD – Cryptic definition of a spicy sweetmeat, often made in a humanoid shape.
7a Father’s herbal extract? (7)
PASSAGE – Another word for ‘father’s’ (including the ‘S), followed by a herb, giving us a literary extract.
8a Model girl, one among hundreds (7)
CLASSIC – Put together another word for ‘girl’ and the Roman numeral for one, then put the Roman numeral for 100 at each end of the result.
10a All the same, many martyrs were asking for it (8)
EQUALITY – When we’re all the same, this is what we have. Whether martyrs were looking for this rather depends on why they became martyrs.
11a He painted it, twice going round article (6)
TITIAN – Reverse IT (from the clue) twice, and add an indefinite article.
13a Yankee must follow imperial order and toe the line (4)
OBEY – The three-letter acronym for one of the honours found in the New Year’s Honours list (cynically known by some as standing for ‘other b—–s’ efforts), followed by the letter represented by Yankee in the NATO alphabet.
14a Go with flattery when conversing (10)
COMPLEMENT – This sounds like (when conversing) another word for a piece of flattery.
16a Absurd tasteless clothing starts to cause ridicule (10)
INCREDIBLE – The initial letters of the last two words of the clue are inserted into a word that the setter wants to mean ‘tasteless’, but more commonly means ‘tough’ or ‘unpalatable’.
18a You forget 50 per cent of ideas (4)
THOU – Start with an eight-letter word for ‘ideas’, remove the second half, and you have an archaic word for ‘you’.
21a Serial broadcast in Middle Eastern country (6)
ISRAEL – Anagram (broadcast) of SERIAL.
22a I admit having no piercing may be stupid (8)
IGNORANT – Another phrase (1,5) for ‘I admit’, wrapped round NO (from the clue).
24a More curious to tour Italy — it’s louder (7)
NOISIER – The IVR code for Italy is inserted into another word for ‘more curious’ or ‘more prying’.
25a Hang nudes in new arrangement over small piano (7)
SUSPEND – Anagram (in new arrangement) of NUDES, wrapped round abbreviations for Small and Piano.
26a Family take a dip, busy creatures (11)
DESCENDANTS – A verb for ‘take a dip’ or ‘go down’, followed by some industrious insets.
1d Sign of trail-bike ruts Egyptologist’s covered over (7)
GESTURE – Hidden in reverse in the clue.
2d Conveniently taking time out for run? Not quite (6)
NEARLY – Start with another word for ‘conveniently’ or ‘tidily’, then replace the T(ime) with R(un).
3d What’s represented by the fifth letter in email? (10)
ELECTRONIC – Cryptic definition, where the ‘fifth letter’ is the fifth letter of the alphabet, not the fifth letter of ‘email’.
4d Dough, not doe! (4)
BUCK – A slang word for the sort of ‘dough’ that our American friends can spend, which is also the opposite of a doe among deer.
5d Researched old quarry used in commercial (8)
EXAMINED – The usual prefix for ‘old’ or ‘former’, followed by the short form of a commercial wrapped round another word for a quarry.
6d Daughter is, y’know, showing hostility (7)
DISLIKE – Put together an abbreviation for Daughter, IS (from the clue), and one of those irritating verbal tics prevlent among the young, just as ‘y’know’ is or was used by an earlier generation.
7d Pie portions mixed up, for instance (11)
PREPOSITION – Anagram (mixed) of PIE PORTIONS.
9d Brief written up after scams Edward put together (11)
CONSTRUCTED – Put together some scams, the reverse (written up) of a word for ‘brief’ or ‘short’, and a short form of ‘Edward’.
12d Expressed regret, seeing Goa spoiled when travelling (10)
APOLOGISED – Anagram (when travelling) of GOA SPOILED.
15d Case of rogue compiler — passes on solutions (8)
REMEDIES – Put together the outside letters (case) of RoguE, a pronoun the compiler might use of himself or herself, and the word for which ‘passes on’ is a euphemism.
17d Bore shed tears about a Republican (7)
CARRIED – The definition is the past tense of a verb. Wrap another word for ‘shed tears’ around A (from the clue) and Republican.
19d Gosh! Harbour’s invaded by Spain (7)
HEAVENS – Another word for a harbour, plus the ‘S from the clue, has the IVR code for Spain inserted.
20d Fiasco, using grasping member of family (6)
COUSIN – Hidden in the clue.
23d Going north from here, craft regularly vacant (4)
FREE – Alternate letters (regularly) in reverse (coming north, in a Down clue) of hErE cRaFt.
The Quick Crossword pun SUNS + INN + LORE = SONS-IN-LAW