Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29878
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Good morning from South Staffs. Happy New Year to all, and best wishes for the year ahead.
I found this a fairly gentle Friday puzzle to start the year. It looked as though a pangram was on the cards, but both X and Y appear to be missing.
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1a Advising company, French one trading (11)
COUNSELLING – Put together an abbreviation for ‘company’, the French for ‘one’, and one of the components of trading.
7a Spy James going round large fair (5)
BLOND – The surname of 007 is wrapped round Large.
8a Tackle some horrible quip men told (9)
EQUIPMENT – Hidden (some) in the clue.
10a Noted space in hospital department (7)
EMINENT – Put together a printer’s space, IN (from the clue) and the usual hospital abode of otorhinolaryngologists.
11a Cabin’s not opening with a turning tool (7)
HACKSAW – Another word for a cabin or rural dwelling, minus its first letter (not opening), followed by A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for With. ‘Turning’ in the clue tells you that ‘with a’ needs to be turned into ‘a with’ to get to the answer.
12a Coming west, regularly seen sweet dinky birds (5)
KITES – Alternate letters (regularly seen) of SwEeT dInKy, read from right to left (coming west).
13a Changes school subject with dreams of the future (9)
REVISIONS – The abbreviation for the school subject also known as Scripture, followed by a word for dreams of what may come to pass.
16a Vetoed backing of Republican president, Democrat brought in (9)
FORBIDDEN – Put together the reverse (backing) of OF (from the clue), an abbreviation for Republican, and the surname of the current US president with an abbreviation for Democrat inserted.
18a Announced means of paying store (5)
CACHE – This secret store sounds like (announced) a means of paying for goods.
19a Body oddly peculiar after sport massage (7)
RUBDOWN – Put together the initials of a sport played 15-a-side, the alternate letters (oddly) of BoDy, and a word for ‘peculiar’ or ‘personal’.
22a Strike to fasten joint in arrangement of boards (7)
SHIPLAP – A word for ‘strike with an open hand’ is wrapped round a major joint in the body.
23a Name of female doctor in theatre (9)
HENRIETTA – Anagram (doctor) of IN THEATRE.
24a Pronounced noses treasured (5)
PRIZE – A homophone (pronounced) of a word for ‘noses’ or ‘looks into’.
25a Bad smell around fish, odour on the way out (11)
OBSOLESCENT – Reverse (around) the acronym for a bad bodily smell, then add a flat fish, and another word for ‘odour’ or ‘perfume’.
1d Score hit playing with right singer (9)
CHORISTER – Anagram (playing) of SCORE HIT, followed by Right.
2d Get one’s kit off university doctor wearing cape (7)
UNDRESS – A single-letter abbreviation for University, followed by a cape or headland wrapped round an abbreviation for doctor.
3d Under cover, sheepdog scratching head in its shade (9)
SHELTERED – A type of sheepdog, minus the first letter of Its, followed by a shade or colour.
4d Fun activity that’s unpleasant after lady gets half-cut (5)
LAUGH – If you remove the first half of LAdy from the answer you get an exclamation which means ‘that’s unpleasant!’.
5d Consequences of rogue deeds (7)
IMPACTS – A rogue or rascal, usually of tender years, followed by another word for ‘deeds’.
6d Divine having time away from visitors (5)
GUESS – Remove the abbreviation for Time from some visitors to your house, to get this verb for ‘to divine’.
7d Issues from holidays on Scottish river (6,5)
BREAKS FORTH – Some holidays from work, followed by a major Scottish river.
9d Urban residents won’t sleep agitated about work (11)
TOWNSPEOPLE – Anagram (agitated) of WON’T SLEEP, wrapped round the Latin abbreviation for ‘work’.
14d Aliens from one star base turned up in transport (9)
VENUSIANS – Start by putting together the Roman numeral for ‘one’, our nearest star, and a logarithmic base. Reverse (turned up) the result, then wrap somecommercial transport around the result.
15d Supernatural fiend awfully stoic protecting sect (9)
OCCULTIST – anagram (awfully) of STOIC wrapped round another word for a sect. ‘Fiend’ here is being used in the sense of a fan rather than a demon.
17d Welshman lies after losing leader’s keys (7)
IVORIES – The answer is an informal word for piano keys. A typically Welsh forename (though with English spelling), followed by (l)IES from the clue minus its first letter.
The actor singing in this clip had the right first name:
18d Takeaway with baked food beneath counter (7)
CHIPPIE – The sort of counter used in a casino, followed by a baked item, typically meat or fruit in a pastry case.
20d Instrument is article used in tricky job (5)
BANJO – Anagram (tricky) of JOB, wrapped round an indefinite article.
21d Beat up Capone, perhaps, in early days (5)
NATAL – Reverse (up) a word for ‘beat’, than add Mr Capone’s first name.
The Quick Crossword pun FARE + ELAND = FAIRYLAND