Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29932
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny, almost springlike, Friday morning.
I got through today’s puzzle with no real hold-ups, but there are one or two less common words which may give pause for thought.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Zoom lens that’s employed covertly, by the way (5,6)
SPEED CAMERA – An all-in-one clue: a verb meaning ‘zoom’ and the device which contains a lens. These banes of a motorist’s life are hidden by the roadside to raise revenue.
7a Ran no more and was heading back (7)
OVERSAW – A word for ‘no more’ or ‘finished’, followed by the reverse (heading back) of WAS (from the clue).
8a Very in debt, cutting back endlessly in camp (7)
BIVOUAC – A Russian doll clue: BAC(k) (from the clue, endlessly) is wrapped round an informal acknowledgement of a debt, which in turn is wrapped round an abbreviation of ‘very’.
10a A practice happy families perhaps contest when visiting (4,4)
AWAY GAME – Put together A (from the clue, another word for ‘practice’ or ‘method’, and what Happy Families is an example of.
11a Minister bringing 150 to Morecambe? (6)
CLERIC – The Roman numerals for 150, followed by the first name of the late Mr Morecambe.
13a Flipped over small Yorkie or poodle — they’re all divine (4)
GODS Put together an abbreviation for Small and the creature that a Yorkie or poodle is, then reverse the result.
14a Concert instrument that’s flat (5,5)
GRAND PIANO – ‘flat’ here refers to the shape rather than the pitch of the instrument.
16a Anticipate spring — what might be shot to accompany article? (4,3,3)
JUMP THE GUN – Put together another word for ‘spring’ or ‘leap’, a definite article, and something which may be shot.
18a What may cover area with tender loving care? (4)
TALC – Another all-in-one clue: the acronym for ‘Tender loving care’ is wrapped round an abbreviation for Area, and the whole clue shows what you may do with the answer.
21a Filled one’s sack going round university (6)
IMBUED – Another way of expressing ‘one is’, followed by what is colloquially referred to as the sack, wrapped round an abbreviation for University.
22a He was paid to paint sign and adorn bust (8)
LEONARDO – A sign of the zodiac followed by an anagram (bust) of ADORN.
24a Taken out of context, remembrance may be intense (7)
EXTREME – Hidden in the clue.
25a Opening for hearing next to old currency reserve (7)
EARMARK – An opening in the head used for hearing, followed by an old European currency.
26a Spin drier in the bathroom? (6,5)
ROLLER TOWEL – Cryptic definition of a device found in public conveniences which is supposed to allow each user to have fresh piece of cloth to dry his or her hands.
1d Show a bit of taste, wardrobe attendant (7)
STEWARD – Hidden in the clue.
2d Standard directions given with clue (6)
ENSIGN – Two compass points followed by another word for ‘clue’ or ‘indication’, giving us a standard carried into battle.
3d Tabloid rat we’d confused with monk (10)
DOWNMARKET – Anagram (confused) of RAT WE’D and MONK.
4d Group, Three Degrees — one’s heading north, another fails to appear (4)
ABBA – Start with the letters after the name of three Arts graduates. Reverse (heading north, in a Down clue) the first, add on the second, and give the third the afternoon off, to get the name of a Swedish group formed in 1972.
5d One’s posted eleven redrafts to capture action in theatre (8)
ENVELOPE – Anagram (redrafted) of ELEVEN, wrapped round the short form of the word for a procedure in a hospital theatre.
6d A Queen song about upper-class homes for goldfish? (7)
AQUARIA – Put together A (from the clue), the chess notation for a queen, the letter indicating ‘upper-class’’, and an operatic song.
7d I encourage comic to entertain Juliet, sweet thing (6,5)
ORANGE JUICE – Anagram (comic) of I ENCOURAGE, with the letter represented by Juliet in the NATO alphabet inserted. Warning for Terence: may contain bits!
9d Crazy about going to Yale? One counts the hours, chirpily (6,5)
CUCKOO CLOCK – Another word for ‘crazy’, followed by the Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘approximately’ and the fastening of which Yale is a brand name.
12d Daughter enters wearing uniform — that comes with stick and carrot! (10)
INDUCEMENT – Put together a short word for ‘wearing’, an abbreviation for Daughter, the letter represented by Uniform in the NATO alphabet, and a word for ‘stick’ or ‘adhesive’.
15d Delicate and French, that man getting physical (8)
ETHEREAL – Put together the French word for ‘and’, the pronoun for ‘that man’, and another word for ‘physical’ (as opposed to ‘imaginary’).
17d Tough dragon maybe accommodating British, not northern (7)
MOBSTER – Start with a word for the sort of creature of which ‘dragon’ is an example. Then remove the abbreviation for Northern and relace it with an abbreviation for British.
19d Announced Prince Charles possibly to get overseas post (7)
AIRMAIL – This sounds like a heraldic term (4,4) describing Prince Charles’ relationship to the Queen.
20d Warden aggravated the cross nominee for Scotland (6)
ANDREW – Anagram (aggravated) of WARDEN, producing the name of the person referenced in the flag of Scotland.
23d Plates of meat ending up in garden party (4)
FETE – Start with what Cockney rhyming slang calls ‘plates of meat’, then moe the last letter up one place.
The Quick Crossword pun KNOW + THREW + RODE = NO THROUGH ROAD