Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29908
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a bright but chilly morning.
A steady solve today, taking me just into *** time. Some nice anagrams to unpick.
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1a Jumping straight on funfair ride (5,5)
GHOST TRAIN – Anagram (jumping) of STRAIGHT ON.
6a Intimate function, close to capacity (4)
COSY – The short form of a trigonometric function, followed by the last letter (close) of capacitY.
9a Ne’er-do-well wanting second something to drink (5)
WATER – Remove the abbreviation for Second from a word for a ne’er-do-well, to get a universal drink.
10a Vivid report of selected Oxford college (9)
PICTORIAL – There are two homophones (report of) here: a word for ‘selected’ followed by the name of an Oxford college.
12a Passionate old travellers in retirement going to America (7)
AMOROUS – Put together an abbreviation for Old and the name of the traveller or gypsy people, reverse the result (in retirement), then add an abbreviation for America.
13a Dance from Strictly in second place? (5)
TANGO – The second letter of sTrictly, as named in the NATO alphabet.
15a Trap I’ve prepared for soldier … (7)
PRIVATE – Anagram (prepared) of TRAP I’VE.
17a … entering base, head of battalion almost cold and automaton-like (7)
ROBOTIC – Insert the first letter (head) of Battalion into a word for the base of something, then add the first two letters of a three-letter word for ‘cold’.
19a It’s inconceivable academic keeps large quantity of paper (5,2)
DREAM ON – The usual university academic, wrapped round a quantity of paper.
21a Nurse and husband needing shady garden seat (7)
HARBOUR – Husband followed by a shady garden feature.
22a Crow discovered food container for smaller avian species (5)
ROBIN – Remove the outside letters (dis-covered) from cROw, then add a container (for flour or bread, perhaps).
24a Those selling scrap gold, very small rings (7)
VENDORS – Put together a word for ‘scrap’ or ‘finish’ and a heraldic term for ‘gold’, then put abbreviations for Very and Small either side of the result.
27a Remove clue I’d composed that gets laughed at (9)
RIDICULED – Another word for ‘remove’, followed by an anagram (composed) of CLUE I’D.
28a Native American leaving hotel swiftly (5)
APACE – Remove the letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet from a member of a Native American tribe.
29a Raised money on the radio (4)
BRED – This word for ‘raised (cattle or children)’ sounds like (on the radio) a slang word for money.
30a Doctor hugs Daniel, having suffered hardship (10)
LANGUISHED – Anagram (doctor) of HUGS DANIEL.
1d Dress shortly pregnant wife will wear (4)
GOWN – Another word for ‘pregnant’ (as in ‘she’s six months —‘) minus its last letter (shortly), wrapped round an abbreviation for Wife.
2d Ban from clubs I would visit regularly on Saturdays? Yes (9)
OSTRACISE – Start with alternate letters of the last 3 words of the clue, then insert the abbreviation for Clubs in a pack of cards and I (from the clue).
3d Roughly positioned underneath end of elephant’s trunk (5)
TORSO – The last letter (end) of elephanT followed by a phrase (2,2) meaning ‘roughly’.
4d Lecture Trevor perhaps holds over (7)
REPROVE – Hidden in reverse (over) in the clue.
5d Elected Conservative, one with interminably painful tooth (7)
INCISOR – Put together a two-letter word for ‘elected’, an abbreviation for Conservative, the Roman numeral for ‘one’, and a word for ‘painful’ minus its last letter (interminably).
7d Stars performing around carnival location (5)
ORION – Where you are in relation to the stage when you’re performing, wrapped round the location of a famous South American carnival, giving us the name of a constellation.
8d Timid character that whistle-blower shows every so often (6,4)
YELLOW CARD – Another word for ‘timid’ or ‘cowardly’ followed by another word for a ‘character’, giving us something that a referee may show to an offending player.
11d Time singer’s back after voice trouble occasionally? (7)
OCTOBER – Alternate letters (occasionally) of vOiCe TrOuBlE followed by the final letter (back) of singeR.
14d Type of seafood with crispbread crackers (6,4)
SPIDER CRAB – Anagram (crackers) of CRISPBREAD.
16d Annual large staff bill is after tax essentially (7)
ALMANAC – Put together the middle letter (essentially) of tAx, an abbreviation for Large, a verb for ‘to staff’, and an abbreviation for a bill or account.
18d PM is to broadcast about introduction of allowances per person (9)
TAOISEACH – Anagram (broadcast) of IS TO wrapped round the first letter (introduction) of Allowances, followed by a word for ‘per person’. This PM is to be found in Dublin.
20d Set in Nevada, love a Fitzgerald short story (7)
NOVELLA – Wrap the abbreviation for Nevada around the letter that looks like a love score at tennis, then add the first name of Ms Fitzgerald, the famous singer.
Here’s Ms Fitzgerald:
21d Suspend scoundrel having a guilty look (7)
HANGDOG – Another word for ‘suspend’ followed by another word for ‘scoundrel’ or ‘cur’.
23d Sign of worry, mostly (5)
BADGE – Remove the final letter (mostly) from a verb for ‘worry’ or ‘harass’.
25d Middle Eastern national and extremists expelled from country (5)
OMANI – Remove the outer letters (extremists) from an Eastern European country.
26d Starring role, it could be made for boxer? (4)
LEAD – Double definition, the second being something which may be attached to a four-leged boxer.
The Quick Crossword pun MISSUS + HIPPY = MISSISSIPPI