Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29914
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where after a bright and breezy start, Storm Eunice is starting to make its presence felt. Best wishes to those of you already in the firing line.
I found today’s puzzle, which seemed to have a higher than average number of anagrams, to be fairly straightforward for a Friday.
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1a Trip of passengers on ship that might get wrecked? (5,6)
BOOZE CRUISE – Cryptic definition of a sea voyage on which the passengers may over-indulge in alcohol. Overseas readers may need to know that this comes from the habit of taking short trips from England to France to take advantage ofdifferences in taxes on alcohol.
7a Lane, maybe, traversed by drunk person unaccompanied (7)
SOLOIST – The Lane here is Superman’s girlfriend, and has a word for a drunk wrapped round her.
8a Warning about ferret oddly seen on the house (3,4)
FOR FREE – The sort of warning given on the golf course is wrapped round the alternate letters (oddly) of FeRrEt.
10a You give title to vocal mate (5)
UNITE – This sounds like (vocal) a phrase (3,6) meaning ‘you confer a title (on someone)’.
11a Not certain brave tale should be broadcast (9)
AVERTABLE – Anagram (should be broadcast) of BRAVE TALE.
12a Midge‘s closing of wings with flap on trousers (7)
SANDFLY – Put together the last letter (closing) of wingS, another word for ‘with’, and the opening flap on a pair of trousers.
14a Workers veto unprotected manual device (7)
HANDSET – Some factory workers, followed by the inside letters (unprotected) of vETo.
15a American tramp bishop guided faltered (7)
BUMBLED – Put together an American tramp (not ‘hobo’), the chess notation for a bishop, and another word for ‘guided’.
18a Port was repaired after hostilities (4-3)
POST-WAR – Anagram (repaired) of PORT WAS.
20a Rum or the ale’s making you despair (4,5)
LOSE HEART – Anagram (rum) of OR THE ALE’S.
21a Vigilant outlaw a Kenyan conceals (5)
AWAKE – Hidden in the clue.
22a Slum it travelling across India for kicks (7)
STIMULI – Anagram (travelling) of SLUM IT, wrapped round the letter represented by India in the NATO alphabet.
23a Nominate father back at home to fill vessel for tea (7)
APPOINT – Reverse (back) a short word for ‘father’, then add a vessel used to brew tea wrapped round ‘at home’.
24a Those learning step in Highland dances (11)
FLEDGELINGS – Some Highland dances wrapped round a step or shelf.
1d One wearing bangle transported from Bruges, say (7)
BELGIAN – Anagram (transported) of BANGLE, with the Roman numeral for one inserted.
2d Yellowish-green duck not good to serve up (5)
OLIVE – The letter that looks like a cricket duck, followed by the reverse (serve up) of a word for ‘not good’.
3d Established a railway to cross middle of rough waterway (7)
ESTUARY – Put together an abbreviation for ‘established’, the middle letter of roUgh, A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for ‘railway’.
4d Fortify engineers with meat changing hands (7)
REFRESH – One of the usual sets of military engineers, followed by a generic term for meat, but with the Left becoming Right.
5d Those bugging artist in criminal circles start to record (9)
IRRITANTS – Anagram (criminal) of ARTIST IN, wrapped round the first letter (start) of Record.
6d Clothes seen strewn around sack (7)
ENROBES – Anagram (strewn) of SEEN, wrapped round a word for ‘sack’ or ‘pillage’.
7d Drink before parties? They’ll be bouncing off the walls (6,5)
SQUASH BALLS – A type of soft drink, followed by some formal dancing parties, giving us some pieces of games equipment.
9d Emergency device soldiers in jet see act strangely (7,4)
EJECTOR SEAT – Anagram (strangely) of JET SEE ACT, wrapped round the usual soldiers who are not officers.
13d Cast Sue of Hull for sell-out performance (4,5)
FULL HOUSE – Anagram (cast) of SUE OF HULL.
16d Dog rising in the morning moving with difficulty (7)
MASTIFF – Reverse (rising) the two-letter abbreviation for ‘in the morning’, then add a word for the way you feel if you’re having difficulty moving.
17d Enticing artwork (7)
DRAWING – Double definition, the second being a piece of art done with a pen, pencil or charcoal.
18d Danger following advice that’s upset everyone (7)
PITFALL – Put together an abbreviation for Following and a piece of advice, reverse (that’s upset) the result, then add a word for ‘everyone.
19d Don that is head of staff gets tired (7)
WEARIES – Put together a verb for ‘don (clothing)’, the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’, and the first letter (head) of Staff.
21d Tree borders removed from vast enclosure (5)
ASPEN – Remove the outside letters (borders) for vASt, then add an enclosure for keeping animals.
The Quick Crossword pun HIGH + BURN + EIGHT = HIBERNATE