Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29913
Hints and tips by Stephen L
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone from a sunny South Devon where it’s been a case of “storm, what storm” he says smugly. All could change tomorrow however.
Anyway our esteemed setter has given us a cracking puzzle today that I found not too taxing but a lot of fun.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Socialist accepting ordinary politician is played (6)
ROMPED: The usual colour associated with the left goes around (accepting) the abbreviation for Old and a Member of Parliament.
4a Crushed lime acts to produce plant (8)
CLEMATIS: Anagram (crushed) of the following three words
9a Dandy purchases ancient city office (6)
BUREAU: An old fashioned synonym of dandy as a noun goes around (purchases) an ancient Middle Eastern city.
10a Special mess fighting resistance in ruin (8)
WARDROOM: The mess here is a place for officers to eat aboard a warship. A 3-letter word relating to fighting is followed by a synonym of ruin (often followed by the words “and gloom”) into which is inserted the abbreviation for Resistance. My last one in.
11a Toadyism succeeding in empty fealty (8)
FLATTERY: A synonym of succeeding in the sense of coming after is placed inside the outer letters (empty) of FealtY
13a Grassy things found by small borders (6)
SEDGES: The abbreviation for Small and some borders
15a To err in public turning honest (13)
INCORRUPTIBLE: Anagram (turning) of the preceding four words
18a Imaginary spy with cig and alcohol drunk (13)
PSYCHOLOGICAL: Anagram (drunk) of SPY, CIG and ALCOHOL
22a Cleric frocked in correct ordination (6)
RECTOR: An excellent lurker (in)
24a Indifferent doctor about to take over (8)
MEDIOCRE: Start with an informal term for a doctor or medical practitioner. Add a preposition meaning about. We now need to insert (to take) the abbreviation for Over in the correct place.
26a Back in profit I repaid drink (8)
APERITIF: Another good lurker, this time reversed as indicated by the words “back in”
27a After work one ingested sedative (6)
OPIATE: Follow the usual 2-letter short form of work with the letter that looks like the number one and a straightforward synonym of ingested
28a Really pious embracing retreat (8)
HONESTLY: Here really is an exclamation. A word for pious goes around (embracing) a retreat in the sense of a place to rest
29a Rabble gutted, having wind for feast (6)
REGALE: The outer letters (gutted) of RabblE plus a rather topical word for a strong wind.
1d Queen upset over expert snub (6)
REBUFF: The regnal cipher of our wonderful queen is reversed (upset) and followed by an expert or a nerd perhaps.
2d Ethics taking time, being human (9)
MORTALITY: Insert the abbreviation for Time into some ethics or virtue.
3d Flexible sweetheart in charge, grabbing behind (7)
ELASTIC: This setter’s swEetheart and the abbreviation for In Charge go around (grabbing) a synonym of behind.
5d Legendary King left with listener (4)
LEAR: The abbreviation for Left and a listener which is attached to the side of your head.
6d Description for most bananas? (7)
MADDEST: Forget the fruit, here bananas means crazy. Need I say more.
7d It’s tiny, hardly obscuring naked girl initially (5)
THONG: A first letters clue that serves nicely as an extended definition.
8d American term for term? (8)
SEMESTER: Two different meanings of the word term here, the first in the sense of a word, the second a period of time.
12d Read occasionally and count, occasionally (6)
RARELY: The occasional letters of ReAd plus a synonym of count in the sense of depend upon.
14d Duff note held by instrument (6)
BUNGLE: The abbreviation for Note is placed inside (held by) a musical instrument associated with the military.
Here’s one of the best bands of the Eighties.
16d Old battle helmet? (9)
BALACLAVA: This battle which took place within the Crimean war is also the name of a head covering not seen very often these days.
17d Tackle a very quiet fish (8)
APPROACH: A from the clue, the musical instruction to play very quietly and a fish quite popular in crosswordland.
19d House passes on hugging old yobs (7)
HOODIES: Start with the abbreviation for HOuse. Add a word meaning passes on in the sense of departing this mortal coil. Insert between the two (hugging) the abbreviation for Old. Not sure the definition is strictly accurate but it certainly has associations.
20d Lame round of applause supporting Conservative (7)
CRIPPLE: A word that could describe some (gentle) applause goes under (supporting in a down clue) the abbreviation for Conservative.
21d Taxing English following cut (6)
SEVERE: The abbreviation for English follows a synonym of cut (off)
23d Source of cash bank laundered (5)
CLEAN: The initial letter (source of) Cash plus a synonym of bank as a verb.
25d Settled up for ring (4)
DIAL: A word meaning settled as in horizontal is reversed (up) to give ring as a verb.
Quickie Pun: Wee + Jab + Awed = Ouija Board
My top three are 28a plus 12d along with the Quickie Pun.