Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29926
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where the grey and drizzly start to the day mirrors the constant grim news from Ukraine. It’s good to have a crossword to divert one’s attention.
Today’s puzzle was a steady solve for me, with no particular hold-ups, and just into *** time.
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1a Exclamation of mistake from doctor attending surgical procedures (6)
WHOOPS – The name attached to the TV sci-fi doctor, followed by an abbreviation for some surgical procedures.
4a Language buff (6)
POLISH – Double definition: a European language; or a verb for ‘to buff’.
8a Gathered parent essentially is stopping friend travelling (8)
INFERRED – Anagram (travelling) of FRIEND wrapped round the middle letters of parent.
10a One after another articulate apprentice (2,4)
IN TURN – This phrase for ‘one after another’ sounds like (articulate) a type of apprentice.
11a Finish off aircraft design (4)
PLAN – Remove the final letter (finish off) from another word for an aircraft.
12a Cut back on comedies broadcast (10)
ECONOMISED – Anagram (broadcast) of ON COMEDIES.
13a Flashy style, one’s suit to a T! (12)
OSTENTATIOUS – Anagram (style) of ONE’S SUIT TO A T.
16a Type of bread in grill with very bare metal (12)
PUMPERNICKEL – Put together another word for ‘grill’ or ‘question’, the inside letters (bare = uncovered) of vERy, and a metallic element.
20a Legendary little guy developing Herculean power is inspired (10)
LEPRECHAUN – Anagram (developing) of HERCULEAN, with an abbreviation for Power inserted.
21a Clarified butter Frenchman maybe picked up (4)
GHEE – This Indian word for clarified butter sounds like (picked up) the way a Frenchman called Guy might pronounce his name.
22a Ring Eric about touring Cornwall on vacation (6)
CIRCLE – Anagram (about) of ERIC wrapped round the outside letters (on vacation) of CornwalL.
23a Learned rubbish mostly over period of time (8)
LITERATE – A word for the rubbish dropped in the street, minus its final letter (mostly), is wrapped round a long period of time.
24a Dirty newspaper I left filling hotel yard (6)
FILTHY – Put I and Left (from the clue) inside the two-letter acronym for a pink newspaper, then add the letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet and an abbreviation for Yard.
25a Review of court decision to attract interest (6)
APPEAL – Double definition, the first being where a higher court is asked to review the decision of a lower one.
1d Overheard complaint initially about student that waiter brings? (4,4)
WINE LIST – A word which sounds like a complaint or moan, and three letters which look like an alphanumeric way of writing ‘initially’, placed either side of the usual letter indicating a student or learner.
2d Indian is one from Haryana ecologist upset (5)
OCEAN – Hidden in reverse (upset) in the clue.
3d Warning powerful rainstorm’s beginning to come in (7)
PORTENT – Another word for ‘powerful’, with the first letter (beginning) of Rainstorm inserted (to come in).
5d Foreign banker loves keeping Republican in touch regularly (7)
ORINOCO – One of those crossword bankers which have nothing to do with finance. Put together an abbreviation for Republican, IN (from the clue), and alternate letters (regularly) of tOuCh. Then add two examples of the letter which looks like a love score at tennis, one at each end.
6d Repeatedly discovered fine string so essential (9)
INTRINSIC – The inside letters (repeatedly dis-covered) of fINe sTRINg, followed by a Latin word for ‘so’ or ‘thus’.
7d Set tough English examination at last (6)
HARDEN – Put together another word for ‘tough’, an abbreviation for English, and the last letter of examinatioN.
9d Fail to catch someone in, perhaps? (4,3,4)
DROP THE BALL – Cryptic definition of what happens when you fail to catch someone who is in on the cricket field.
14d Based on observation, claim pier suffered damage (9)
EMPIRICAL – Anagram (suffered damage) of CLAIM PIER.
15d Stand is quiet at Leeds surprisingly (8)
PEDESTAL – The musical symbol for ‘quiet’, followed by an anagram (surprisingly) of AT LEEDS.
17d Rising actor receives award that’s primarily for play (7)
MACBETH – Put together one of the higher orders of the British Empire and the first letter (primarily) of That. Then reverse (rising) a word for a (bad) actor and wrap it round the result, to get the name of a play that theatrical folk avoid pronouncing.
18d Lebanon’s to prioritise housing constantly (3-4)
NON-STOP – Hidden in the clue.
19d Give false impression female will find confidence (6)
BELIEF – Another word for ‘give false impression’ or ‘contradict’, followed by Female.
21d Cheddar, for instance, attractive old American ignored (5)
GORGE – Remove the abbreviations for Old and American from the end of a word for ‘attractive’, to get this geographical feature, one of which is at Cheddar.
The Quick Crossword pun ANNE + TEETER = ANTEATER