Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29937
Hints and tips by Stephen L
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
Good morning from a bright and sunny South Devon where there’s definitely a Spring like feel in the air. Today our esteemed setter has given us a puzzle to hopefully put a spring in the steps of all. Nothing particularly new in his repertoire, just the usual concise clueing and witty surfaces with a touch of innuendo. I enjoyed it a lot though it’s very much at the straightforward end of his spectrum.
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7a Agreeable rustic type trapping Labour’s leader (8)
PLEASANT: An agricultural labourer surrounds (trapping) the initial letter of Labour.
9a Democrat with more eccentric ramble (6)
DODDER: The abbreviation for Democrat and a comparative adjective meaning more eccentric or stranger.
10a Student wanting overmuch training initially? (4)
SWOT: A typical Mr T first letters (initially) clue.
11a Spreading glue inside frameworks (10)
GUIDELINES: Anagram (spreading) of the following two words
12a Worst gambler? (6)
BETTER: Double definition, the first a verb the second a noun. Here’s Supertramp.
14a Entitled lie with bilge broadcast (8)
ELIGIBLE: Anagram (broadcast) of LIE and BILGE
15a Covering of short dress giving flash (6)
STROBE: Start with the outside letters (covering) of ShorT. Add a dress.
17a Church officer in charge describing cross? (6)
CELTIC: Three abbreviations needed here. One for the Church of England, one for an army officer and one for In Charge. The solution is a type of cross.
20a Bottle from ship’s crew to persevere (8)
SCREWTOP: Hidden in the clue as indicated by the word FROM.
22a Beer keeps radius more extensive (6)
LARGER: A refreshing beer goes around (keeps) the abbreviation for Radius.
23a Brains in cranium, as term indicates (10)
MASTERMIND: A (very good) lurker. The word IN indicates thus. Below is the famous chair.
24a Submissive male with surprised expression (4)
MEEK: The abbreviation for Male and an expression of surprise or mild shock
25a Awards Globe followed by shocks (6)
OSCARS: Append a synonym of shocks (in the sense of traumatizes) to the letter that looks like a globe
26a It delays going abroad regularly (8)
STEADILY: Anagram (going abroad) of the previous two words….interesting indicator.
1d Perfect female out of control (8)
FLAWLESS: The abbreviation for Female and a word meaning out of control, not confirming to rules.….think a certain Russian
2d Queen inclined to be fascinated (4)
RAPT: The Latin abbreviation for queen and a word meaning inclined or liable to.
3d Ultimately, dead nettle could create risk. (6)
DANGER: The final (ultimately) letter of deaD plus a synonym of nettle in the sense of irritate.
4d A dodgy club admitting the man’s tacky (8)
ADHESIVE: A from the clue, and an old fashioned word for an unpleasant club contain the pronoun for the man plus the S.
5d Doctor is trained purchasing minute supply (10)
ADMINISTER: Anagram (doctor) of the following two words plus (purchasing) the abbreviation for Minute
6d Cancel physical, taking exercise (6)
REPEAL: A synonym of physical in the sense of material surrounds (taking) the usual two-letter exercise
8d Piglet, finally greased, sweated (6)
TOILED: The last letter (finally) of pigleT and a synonym of greased or lubricated.
13d Driving rain let loose below storm’s centre (10)
TORRENTIAL: Start with the three letters that sit in the centre of the word sTORm. Add an anagram (loose) of RAIN and LET. Excellent clue.
16d Save lock of hair for support (8)
BUTTRESS: Save here is cleverly used as a conjunction. Add a lock of hair
18d Skilfully caught handle on empty lavatory (8)
CLEVERLY: A handle follows the abbreviation for Caught. Add the outer (empty) letters of LavatorY.
19d Spring up catching concealed insects (6)
APHIDS: Reverse (up) a spring and insert a simple synonym of concealed.
21d Obscene programme for the audience (6)
COARSE: Homophone (for the audience) of a synonym of a programme or a plan.
22d Book margin held in both hands (6)
LEDGER: A synonym of margin is inserted (held in) between the abbreviations for Left and Right (both hands)
24d Crazy sweetheart scored (4)
MADE: Just squeezing in on the final clue is this setter’s swEeetheart, it follows a synonym of crazy.
Very enjoyable as ever, my top spot goes to 13d.
Quickie Pun Author + docks = orthodox.