Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29890
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cold, grey January morning.
I was sailing through today’s crossword until I hit the buffers with the crossing entries at 19a and 16d which pushed me into *** time.
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1a Enter lift, disorderly charge to get in first (10)
INFILTRATE – Start with IN (from the clue), then add an anagram (disorderly) of LIFT and a charge or price.
6a Garment from southern India a queen wears (4)
SARI – A (from the clue) and the Latin abbreviation for a queen are tucked inside (wearing) the abbreviation for Southern and the letter represented by India in the NATO alphabet.
9a Artist seen where arty types drink — from these? (7)
CARAFES – The usual crossword artist is inserted into places where arty types or others may meet to drink coffee or something stronger – which may be poured from the answer.
10a See what I’m trying to say? (3-4)
LIP-READ – A cryptic definition of a method of communication for the deaf.
12a Cricketer’s skill with revolver — it should make a good yarn (8-5)
SPINNING-WHEEL – The skill of a particular type of bowler in cricket, followed by something that revolves.
14a Fifty-fifty odds on getting good service (8)
EVENSONG – Put together another way of expressing fifty-fifty odds, ON (from the clue), snf sn abbreviation for Good.
15a Cooler to be employed in backing Ono, Sir Paul (6)
PRISON – Hidden in reverse (employed in backing) in the clue.
17a This person’s left something from China, say (6)
IMPORT – Another way of saying ‘this person is’, followed by a sailor’s word for left.
19a Run over Victor — in shock or OK? (8)
APPROVAL – Put together abbreviations for Run and Over and the NATO alphabet letter represented by Victor. Then wrap a word for ‘shock’ or ‘dismay’ around the result.
21a Lawyer opposing pieces local officials broadcast (6,7)
QUEENS COUNSEL – Two chess pieces, one on each side, followed by a homophone (broadcast) of a group of local officials, giving us a senior lawyer.
24a Pictures created by writer — one’s a peculiar grey (7)
IMAGERY – Put together another way of sating ‘one is’, A (from the clue), and an anagram (peculiar) of GREY,
25a Where planes may fly and luggage disappear? (4,3)
THIN AIR – Cryptic definition of a medium in which planes fly, and, metaphorically, into which one’s luggage may disappear without trace.
26a Wishes to offload power tools (4)
HOES – Remove the abbreviation for Power from a word for ‘wishes’.
27a Not in fashion, American clothes old and horrible (10)
OUTRAGEOUS – Put together a word for ‘not in’, another word for ‘fashion’ (as in ‘all the —-‘), an abbreviation for Old, and an abbreviation for ‘American’.
1d Pine fixture in kitchen (4)
ITCH – Hidden in the last word of the clue.
2d Divine class of 14-year-olds in report? (7)
FORESEE – When I was at school the 14-year-olds were in the 4th year, and possibly divided into classes A, B and so on. Here we have another word for ‘divine’ or ‘prophesy’ which sounds like (in report) one of those year groups.
3d One’s dying to make this pay! (4,9)
LIFE INSURANCE – Cryptic definition of something which pays out when you die.
4d Creative arts, none booming (8)
RESONANT – Anagram (creative) of ARTS NONE.
5d Twisted ungodly act — occasionally it could be gripping (5)
TALON – Alternate letters (occasionally) of uNgOdLy AcT, but read from right to left (twisted).
7d Classic that will be read in language lesson (7)
AGELESS – Hidden in the clue.
8d Popular hospital dept’s broken toy with no zip? (10)
INDOLENTLY – Another word for ‘popular’ often seen in crosswords, followed by a child’s toy wrapped round the usual hospital department.
11d Maybe steam sauce that’s designed to impress (5,8)
POWER DRESSING – Something designed to impress clients or colleagues in the world of business is made up of two words. ‘Steam’ is an example of the first, and ‘sauce’ an example of the second.
13d Enjoy welcoming knight who French let go (10)
RELINQUISH – another word for ‘enjoy’ is wrapped round the chess notation for a knight and the French for ‘who’.
16d Uplifting pop records? Absolute babble (8)
SPLUTTER – Reverse (uplifting) some vinyl records which may or may not be pop, then add another word for ‘absolute’ or ‘total’.
18d Speed to surround referee — one gets in the book first (7)
PREFACE – Another word for ‘speed’ wrapped round the shortened form of ‘referee’ gives us a passage found at the beginning of a book.
20d Rocking on vocal, one issues hot stuff (7)
VOLCANO – Anagram (rocking) of ON VOCAL.
22d S American native reserved and turned up (5)
COYPU – Another word for ‘reserved’ or ‘shy’, followed by the reverse (turned) of UP (from the clue), producing an animal native to South America, but since imported to other countries.
23d They kill members (4)
ARMS – Double definition, the second being members of the body.
The Quick Crossword pun FRANC + INNS + TYNE = FRANKENSTEIN