Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29901
Hints and Tips by Stephen L
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from South Devon, the self styled “English Riviera” to be precise, which is also the title of local band Metronomy’s rather good third album for the music aficionados amongst us.
As for the puzzle that was rather good too, in fact it was excellent, we have come to expect nothing less from our esteemed setter. A couple of parsings took me into 3* time.
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1a Dealt with cynical changes by mistake (12)
ACCIDENTALLY: A nice easy anagram (changes) of DEALT and CYNICAL to start with.
9a Isolated workers finally quit accommodation (9)
APARTMENT: A word meaning isolated or alone is followed by some of the usual workers plus the last letter (finally) of quit.
10a Stadium is new in neighbourhood (5)
ARENA: The abbreviation for New goes inside a synonym of neighborhood. Here’s the stadium of the best team in the country.
11a Speculation of people in authority hoarding gold (6)
THEORY: A pronoun which could refer to people in authority as in “**** say we don’t have to wear a mask anymore” goes around (hoarding) the heraldic symbol for gold
12a Come through for Tory’s first offensive (8)
PROTRUDE: Start with a preposition meaning for, add the initial letter (first) of Tory and a synonym of offensive.
13a Cultivated vacant rogue facing a socialist (6)
REARED: The outer letters (vacant) of RoguE are followed by A from the clue and one of the usual socialists.
15a Literal dash following motorway (8)
MISPRINT: A synonym of dash as in how an athlete may run the 100 metres follows two letters that look like one of our major motorways. Not the first synonym that came to mind.
18a Break bed’s head, preferably clutching sweetheart (8)
BREATHER: Start with the first letter (head) of the word Bed. Add a word meaning preferably into which this setter’s swEetheart is inserted.
19a Regrets doctors taking pot (6)
MOURNS: The abbreviation for some doctors or medical officers contains (taking) an appropriate type of pot or vase.
21a Ring of wires on a telephone (8)
RESONATE: (Well) hidden (of) in the clue.
23a Squabble during lunch (6)
TIFFIN: A minor argument, often associated with lovers is followed by a simple synonym of during.
26a Bobbin with coils around (5)
SPOOL: A reversal (around) of a synonym of coils
27a Huge opening cut earthquake’s start and middle? (9)
EPICENTRE: Start with a synonym of huge. Add a synonym of an opening without (cut) its final letter. Tack on the initial letter of Earthquake. I thought this could almost work as an &lit but Fez has convinced me otherwise.
28a Nicer pet name could give one licence (12)
INTEMPERANCE: Anagram (could give) of the preceding three words.
1d Plug more suitable for electrical accessory (7)
ADAPTER: A shortened form of a synonym of plug as in publicity is followed by an adjective not usually seen in the comparative form meaning more suitable.
2d Cold comfort possibly found in end (5)
CEASE: The abbreviation for Cold and a word that could mean comfort.
3d Put off man producing washing powder? (9)
DETERGENT: A shortened synonym of a (well mannered) man follows a synonym of put off or discourage.
4d In poverty, born and died (4)
NEED: A three letter word meaning formerly or “born as” is followed by the abbreviation for Died
5d Horrible toadies purchasing Queen ‘rock’ (8)
ASTEROID: Anagram (horrible) of TOADIES wrapped around (purchasing) the royal cypher.
6d Inclined to use spare time (5)
LEANT: A synonym of spare in the sense of slender and the abbreviation for Time
7d Bizarre exercise with perjurer protecting copper (8)
PECULIAR: Start with some physical exercise. Add a person who tells “porkies” and insert into the result (protecting) the chemical symbol of copper.
8d Cheers fast time showing skill (6)
TALENT: The fast time here is nothing to do with speed, but a period of abstinence. It follows an informal word meaning cheers or thanks.
14d Hatred is over and practically obliterated (8)
AVERSION: Anagram (obliterated) of the following three words minus (practically) the final letter of anD.
16d Lord accepts resistance over capable extortionist (9)
PROFITEER: A nobleman or aristocrat surrounds (accepts) the abbreviations for Resistance and Over along with a synonym of able or suitable.
17d One appreciates some reggae’s the technique (8)
AESTHETE: Hidden in the clue (some)
18d Most undressed are almost wearing top (6)
BAREST: Two of the three letters of ARe from the clue go inside (wearing) a synonym of top
20d Devout transgress about to embrace church (7)
SINCERE: A simple synonym of transgress or err plus a preposition meaning about or concerning go around (to embrace) the abbreviation for the Church of England
22d Material needs yarn left over? Not initially (5)
NYLON: A nicely hidden first letters clue as indicated by the word initially
24d Romp dressing nearly excessively for bed (5)
FUTON: A synonym of romp or pleasure is wrapped around (dressing) an adverb meaning excessively without (nearly) its final letter
25d Feeble politician supporting endless fabrication (4)
LIMP: A member of the lower chamber goes below (supporting) a fabrication or untruth without its last letter (endless)
Top stuff Mr T. I loved the innuendo laden 18a & 24 down along with 7&16 down (naturally)
Quickie Pun. Marked + Wane = Mark Twain