Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29854
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning all from a nice and bright South Devon, where mercifully we seemed to have escaped the recent storms relatively unscathed.
Today Mr T has given us a puzzle that I found a lot of fun, a decent challenge and full of his trademark wit and crafty misdirection.
All guidance was followed in providing these hints by the way!
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1a Bond part’s embracing belle periodically? Cool! (12)
RELATIONSHIP: Place a part or share (with the S) around (embracing) alternate letters of belle and add a synonym of cool
8a Bank clerk is cold and comparatively grey (7)
CASHIER: The abbreviation for Cold and then a word meaning greyer or more ashen
9a Established contact fibbed about top story’s lead (7)
LIAISED: A fib or an untruth goes around two letters that could represent top or best and the first letter of Story.
11a Frees from lavatory feeling unfinished (7)
LOOSENS: An informal word for a lavatory and a feeling without its last letter (unfinished)
12a Small compensation returning lingerie? (7)
DRAWERS: The abbreviation for Small is followed by some compensation or a prize. Reverse (returning) the result
13a Wise people, ushers occasionally, protecting Queen (5)
SEERS: Alternate letters of ushers go around (protecting) the Queen’s regnal cipher.
14a Angry discontented influencer judged about sex (9)
IRRITATED: Start with the outside (discontented) letters of influencer Add a synonym of judged into which is inserted this setter’s favourite synonym of sex.
16a Receptive sailor shipped around globe (9)
ABSORBENT: The abbreviation for Able Seaman and a synonym of shipped into which is inserted a three-letter globe
19a Good person, with look back, streaks (5)
STRIA: The abbreviation for a good (biblical say) person is followed by a by a reversal (back) of a synonym of look as a noun.
21a Rates a Republican wearing spats (7)
TARIFFS: A plus the abbreviation for Republican are inside (wearing) some spats or arguments.
23a Part of lover, actually ham! (7)
OVERACT: Hidden (part of) in the clue
24a Reportedly spot fish in vault? (7)
CEILING: A homophone (reportedly) of a verb meaning to spot plus a fish common in crosswordland.
25a Seeking perch, perhaps flapping, losing head (7)
ANGLING: The perch here are fish. Take a word meaning flapping and remove the first letter (losing head)
26a Bored denture set in, somehow (12)
UNINTERESTED: Anagram (somehow) of the preceding three words.
1d Renew section of forest or ecosystem (7)
RESTORE: Hidden in the clue (section of)
2d American measures to imprison old lags (7)
LOITERS: The American spelling of some liquid measures goes around (imprison) the abbreviation for Old.
3d Revolving apparatus for fans? (9)
TURNSTILE: A cryptic definition. The fans here are supporters.
4d Leered over girl looking extremely dodgy initially (5)
OGLED: A typical Mr T first letters clue.
5d Marine worker enclosing large water barrier? (7)
SEALANT: A synonym of marine and a popular crossword worker go around (enclosing) the abbreviation for Large.
6d Head of pin piercing bug for study (7)
INSPECT: The first letter (head of) the word pin goes inside (piercing) a bug.
7d A sect’s cilice prepared for cleric (12)
ECCLESIASTIC.: Anagram (prepared) of the preceding three words
10d Navigated badly, circling wretched albatross? (12)
DISADVANTAGE: The albatross here I think is one which when placed around the neck would give the solution, hence the question mark. It’s obtained by an anagram (badly) of navigated placed around (circling) a three-letter synonym of wretched.
15d Logic of AI to learn differently (9)
RATIONALE: Anagram (differently) of the previous three words. Al is not the name of a man!
17d Exercising brains to catch European national (7)
SERBIAN: Anagram (exercising) of brains goes around (catching) the abbreviation for European
18d Rugby supporter keeps providing backing for lout (7)
RUFFIAN: Start with the abbreviation for the 15-man version of rugby. Add a supporter into which is inserted a reversal (backing) of a word meaning providing as a conjunction.
19d Dexterity of sweetheart in dainty embrace (7)
SLEIGHT: Place this setter’s swEetheart inside a synonym of dainty to give a word often followed by “of hand”
20d About lost power keeping America prepared (7)
READIED: Start with the two letters we often use to mean about or regarding. Add a word meaning lost power as an engine might and place them around (keeping) the abbreviation for America.
22d Follow on, say, in charge (5)
SEGUE: A synonym of say goes inside a word meaning to charge in a legal sense.
Quickie Pun = Foreign + Daft = fore and aft
No particular favourites as it was all top class. Many thanks to the Mr T and best wishes to Kath.