Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29902
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs where the morning is brightening up after overnight rain.
A steady solve this week, taking me just to the border of *** time.
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1a Winter vehicle, touring grounds, glistened (8)
SPARKLED – A vehicle used on snow in winter is wrapped round the grounds of a stately home.
5a Am I about to start on clean sort of power? (6)
ATOMIC – AM I (from the clue) wrapped round TO (from the clue), followed by the first letter (start) of Clean.
9a Most brilliant but least serious (8)
LIGHTEST – Double definition: there’s not really anything else to say.
10a Typically, you need it when broke but get it when doing well (6)
CREDIT – Cryptic definition of something you can’t get when you’re hard up, but which is a reward of success.
11a Don and Phil breaking up — one may entertain cruise passengers (7)
DOLPHIN – Anagram (breaking up) of DON and PHIL.
12a Deployed in fresco, a tin-glazed veneer (7)
COATING – Hidden in the clue.
13a Boy of 11 — he’s poor, going astray, one thinks (11)
PHILOSOPHER – Anagram (going astray) of the name of one of the boys in 11a and HE’S POOR.
16a Mock gross judge (4-7)
MAKE-BELIEVE – Another word for ‘gross’ (as in ‘he grossed £100k last year’), followed by another word for ‘judge’ or ‘consider’.
21a Perform like Eminem, casually fast (7)
RAPIDLY – Split the answer (3,4) and you have the sort of ‘music’ performed by Eminem (the sort with the silent C at the beginning!), followed by another word for ‘casually’.
22a Fair to refine tin from Congo? (7)
AFRICAN – Anagram (to refine) of FAIR, followed by another word for a tin.
23a Emergency rules I — Sir Chris — will hold over (6)
CRISIS – Hidden in reverse (hold over) in the clue.
24a Note written by one’s European shrink (8)
MINIMISE – A musical note twice as long as a crotchet, followed by the Roman numeral for ‘one’, the ‘S from the clue, and an abbreviation for European.
25a Heard team were breathing heavily (6)
SIGHED – The answer sounds like (heard) another word for ‘team’.
26a Gin rates poorly, and most bitter (8)
ANGRIEST – Anagram (poorly) of GIN RATES.
1d Young man’s brought in special service dishes (6)
SALADS – The initials of one of the UK’s special service regiments are wrapped round a word for ‘young man’ or ‘boy’.
2d More than one messenger approaches the Spanish to expel the French? (6)
ANGELS – These are divine messengers. Start with another word for approaches (to a question or topic), then replace the French definite article with the Spanish one.
3d Sauce boat enlarged (7)
KETCHUP – A type of sailing boat, followed by a two-letter word for ‘enlarged’ or ‘higher’.
4d Bridge rivals addressed by international partner, primarily (11)
ESSENTIALLY – Put together two geographical points who traditionally oppose each other at the bridge table, another word for ‘addressed (a letter)’, an abbreviation for International, and a political partner.
6d Ragged song and dance causes a storm (7)
TORNADO – Another word for ‘ragged’ or ‘ripped’, followed by another word for ‘song and dance’ or ‘fuss’.
7d Time when a clock gives four rings (8)
MIDNIGHT – Cryptic definition of the time when a digital clock might display four circular figures.
8d Order sort of grey coat (8)
CATEGORY – Anagram (sort) of GREY COAT.
12d What happens in theatre company’s first combined effort (2-9)
CO-OPERATION – An abbreviation for ‘company’, followed by what happens in a hospital theatre.
14d A crime solved while in New World (8)
AMERICAS – Anagram (solved) of A CRIME, followed by another word for ‘while’.
15d Leaving out with son asleep (8)
SKIPPING – An abbreviation for Son, followed by an informal word for ‘asleep’.
17d Raised issue with party girl: when does she sleep? (7)
BEDTIME – Put together a verb for ‘issue’ and one of the privileged young women who went to grand parties during the London ‘season’. Then reverse (raised) the result.
18d More like a nobleman, apparently, of a previous time (7)
EARLIER – The definition could also be a made-up word suggesting that someone was more like a particular rank of nobleman.
19d Spirited fourth phase of play requires energy (6)
ACTIVE – The fourth phase of a play could be rendered as ‘— –’ (3,2). Then add an abbreviation for Energy to the end.
20d Lay out, half dressed? (6)
INVEST – Split the answer (2,4) and you could have a description of someone half-dressed. As a whole it means to lay out funds on a project.
The Quick Crossword pun AXE + SEA + DENSE = ACCIDENTS