Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29920
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs where a bright sunny morning is lightening the gloom caused by the news from the East. No pictures or music today, as we’re off to the NEC to the caravan show for the first time in two years.
The parsing of 7d held me up for a good while, not helped by difficulty in solving the crossing 12a, and those two pushed me well into *** time.
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1a Interrupted by a military policeman, get away clean with this? (7)
SHAMPOO – An instruction to, for example, a stray animal is wrapped round A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for a Military Policeman.
5a Hails from Portugal, getting lifts (7)
PRAISES – The IVR code for Portugal, followed by another word for ‘lifts’.
9a BBC informally dropping a release (5)
UNTIE – Remove the A (dropping a) from the informal name for the BBC.
10a Rogers ice dancing? Ginger’s among these items in store (9)
GROCERIES – Anagram (dancing) of ROGERS ICE.
11a Writer’s articles still read aloud (10)
STATIONERY – The generic word for the paper, pens, etc used by a writer sounds like (read aloud) a word for ‘still’ or ‘unmoving’.
12a Alpha Centauri’s heading about space (4)
ACRE – The first letters of Alpha Centauri, followed by the Latin word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’.
14a Comic hero’s endless treks around shops (12)
SUPERMARKETS – Remove the final letter (endless) from the superhero who’s allergic to kryptonite, then add an anagram (around) of TREKS.
18a Doctor telling niece to get dope (12)
INTELLIGENCE – Anagram (doctor) of TELLING NIECE.
21a Maintain castle (4)
KEEP – Double definition, the first a verb, the second a noun for the central part of a castle.
22a Talks round object that’s thrown by boy this person’s caught (10)
DISCUSSION – A flat round object thrown in athletic competition, followed by another word for ‘boy’ wrapped round the pronoun for ‘this person’.
25a Historic ship in a collection of books (9)
IMPORTANT – A verb for ‘ship in’, followed by the abbreviation for one of the collections of books in the Bible.
26a Ringing grandma, that is pointless (5)
INANE – The Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ is wrapped round an informal word for ‘grandma’.
27a Oh, put back present one’s held unwillingly (7)
HOSTAGE – Reverse (put back ) OH (from the clue), then add a verb for ‘present (a play, for example)’.
28a Premier needs upper-leg examination, repeatedly missing starting time (7)
HIGHEST – Put together another word for the upper part of the leg and another word for ‘examination’, then remove the initial T(ime) from each part.
1d Indoor sport crowd (6)
SQUASH – Double definition, the first being a racquet sport played in a confined area.
2d Wrong item for smokers hotel’s put out (6)
ASTRAY – Remove the letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet from a receptacle used (if you’re lucky) by a smoker to deposit the burned remains of a cigarette.
3d Vicar with debts, in work steadily until now (10)
PREVIOUSLY – Put together the short form of the title given to vicars and other clergy, and a short term for ‘debts’. Then wrap a word for ‘work steadily (at one’s trade, for example) around the result.
4d Publication or article about golf (5)
ORGAN – OR (from the clue) and an indefinite article, placed either side of the letter represented by Golf in the NATO alphabet. Private Eye was often referred to in the magazine as ‘Lord Gnome’s —–).
5d Show schedule (9)
PROGRAMME – Double definition, the first being a term for a show on the TV.
6d Hotshots, ones in suits (4)
ACES – The suits are in a deck of cards, and this is a term for the ‘ones’.
7d Substitutes in comic game where bottom’s shown first (8)
SWITCHES – Put together another word a comic or entertainer and a game played on a 64-square board. Then move the last letter (bottom) to the beginning.
8d Tension afflicts US ‘pens’ — edgy jails (8)
SUSPENSE – Hidden in the clue.
13d Preparation of stuffing that keeps duck cold (10)
PROCESSING – A word for ‘stuffing’ or ramming into a container is wrapped round a cricketing duck and the abbreviation for Cold.
15d Dispense with Chanel, I’m in a teenager’s clothes (9)
ELIMINATE – Hidden in the clue.
16d Funny itch — silk can make one sensitive (8)
TICKLISH – Anagram (funny) of ITCH SILK.
17d Office worker squeezed by in street, going over cracks (8)
ATTEMPTS – A synonym of ‘in’ and the reverse (going over) of the abbreviation for ‘street’ are placed either side of a word for a non-permanent office worker.
19d Counterfeit penny one’s given on toll (6)
PIRATE – Put together the abbreviation for Penny, the Roman numeral for one, and another word for a toll or level of charge.
20d Canvassed idea (6)
INTENT – Split the answer (2,4) and you have someone who is literally ‘canvassed’, as in ‘surrounded by canvas’
23d Animal taps trap (5)
CATCH – A domestic animal followed by the letters found on bathroom taps.
24d What maths class finds in square, side by side? (4)
AREA – Cryptic definition of what you find if you multiply the length of one side of a square by the length of another.
The Quick Crossword pun CORNY + SHIES + SCREAMS = CORNISH ICE CREAMS