Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29896
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Good morning from South Staffs, and Happy Birthday to Big Dave’s blog, which is now a teenager:
One or two less common words slowed me up somewhat in finishing today’s crossword, but all of them could be worked out from the checkers.
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1a Pour tea drink over flyer (2,6)
BE MOTHER – An alcoholic drink wrapped round a flying insect, producing a colloquial phrase for being in charge of the teapot.
6a Assistant‘s job to keep record (6)
DEPUTY – A job or task wrapped round an abbreviation for a type of gramophone record.
9a One beginning gallop energetically, but not all (6)
OPENER – Hidden in the clue.
10a Clumsy and sluggish tackling ten exercise classes (8)
INEXPERT – Put together the Roman numeral for ten and school exercise classes, then insert the result into a word for ‘sluggish’.
11a Revolutionary urge with several revolting (8)
GRUESOME – Anagram (revolutionary) of URGE followed by another word for ‘several’.
12a Soft fruit dropping on common (6)
MELLOW – Remove the ON from a type of large fruit, then add a word for ‘common’ or ‘base’.
13a Peculiarity of noisy cry as I’d roused (12)
IDIOSYNCRASY – anagram (roused) of NOISY CRY AS I’D.
16a Turning sickly in cup, a yellowish-brown soup (12)
MULLIGATAWNY – Reverse (turning) a word for ‘sickly’ and put it inside a large cup. Then add A (from the clue) and a word for ‘yellowish-brown’.
19a Have beef joint after whiskey (6)
WHINGE – The letter represented by Whiskey in the NATO alphabet, followed by a type of joint which allows the joined pieces to move relative to each other.
21a Board cut here, paring edges (8)
TRENCHER – A cut in the ground followed by the inside letters (paring edges) of hERe, giving us an old word for a board or platter.
23a Unity in company hour before commotion returned (8)
COHESION – Put together an abbreviation for ‘company’, an abbreviation for ‘hour’, and the reverse (returned) of a word for ‘commotion’.
24a Annoying liars oddly ignored by monarch (6)
IRKING – The even-numbered letters (oddly ignored) of lIaRs, followed by a male monarch.
25a I follow after father leaves (6)
FRISEE – An abbreviation for ‘father’ used in writing the form of address to a priest, followed by a phrase (1,3) for ‘I follow’ or ‘I understand’, producing some salad leaves.
26a Plant western doctor inserted in nose (8)
SNOWDROP – Put together abbreviations for Western and ‘doctor’, then wrap a word for ‘nose’ or ‘pry’ around the result.
2d Show right way to trade (6)
EXPORT – A shortened form of the word for a trade show, followed by an abbreviation for ‘right’.
3d Scrap spring not opening (5)
OUNCE – Remove the first letter (not opening) from the sort of spring that a cat may make on a mouse.
4d Agonising hard over stick for shooting in golf (9)
HARROWING – Put together an abbreviation for Hard, the sort of stick which is shot out of a bow, IN (from the clue) and the letter represented by Golf in the NATO alphabet.
5d They attack people on horseback surrounding area (7)
RAIDERS – A generic term for people on horseback wrapped round an abbreviation for Area.
6d Graduate regularly neared elevated ambition (5)
DREAM – Put together the letters after the name of a senior Arts graduate and alternate letters (regularly) of nEaReD, then reverse (elevated) the result.
7d Usually turned up in criminal payroll (9)
POPULARLY – Anagram (criminal) of PAYROLL, wrapped round the reverse (turned) of UP (from the clue).
8d One’s unhurried love is put into cake (8)
TORTOISE – Put together the letter that looks like a love score at tennis and IS (from the clue), then wrap a German word for a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, buttercreams, mousses, jams, or fruit around the result.
13d Is first to like Scandinavian name for Brits, perhaps (9)
ISLANDERS – Put together IS (from the clue), the first letter of Like, and a Scandinavian first name, equivalent of ‘Andrew’ in English, to get a description of people living in Britain.
14d Dodging mice, oxen bearing wide somewhere in America (3,6)
NEW MEXICO – Anagram (dodging) of MICE OXEN, wrapped round the abbreviation for a wide in cricket, producing an American state.
15d When arteries may get clogged up? (4,4)
RUSH HOUR – Cryptic definition, where the arteries are main roads, not blood vessels.
17d Two Greek characters involved in case of this disease (7)
TETANUS – The outside letters (case) of ThiS are placed either side of the names of two Greek letters, producing a nasty disease also known as lockjaw.
18d Shelter repaired late on (4-2)
LEAN-TO – Anagram (repaired) of LATE ON.
20d Send away text files, both unprotected (5)
EXILE – Remove the outer letters (both unprotected) from tEXt fILEs.
22d Put in liquor barrel, son’s left to get plastered (5)
CAKED – Remove the abbreviation for Son from a word for ‘put in barrel’, and you get plastered, but in mud, not alcohol.
The Quick Crossword pun STAY + CAKE + LAME = STAKE A CLAIM