Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29938
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where after a foggy start to the day we have a beautiful sunny morning.
Today’s puzzle is a pangra missing the X, so presumably a ProXimal production. It took me just into *** time to solve, but that was at the end of a tiring day, so I may not have been fully up to speed.
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1a Concentrate again, female in course resolved (7)
REFOCUS – Anagram (resolved) of COURSE with Female inserted.
5a Considered act to protect club (7)
DEBATED – Another word for an act wrapped round the sort of club used in cricket or baseball.
9a Church beside mostly dim wood (5)
CEDAR – The abbreviation for the Church of England, followed by another word for ‘dim’ minus its last letter (mostly).
10a In worry, turned back before clash (9)
INTERFERE – Put together IN (from the clue), the reverse (turned back) of another word for ‘worry’, and a poetic word for ‘before’.
11a Amazing pub by path male individual recalled (10)
PHENOMENAL – Put together another word for a path or narrow road, Male, and another word for an individual. Reverse (recalled) the result, then put an abbreviation (as seen on Ordnance Survey maps) for pub at the front.
12a Bring forward last of huge barrels (4)
VATS – Start with another word for ‘huge’, then move its last letter one place forward.
14a You heard chatting about heartless fool that’s not complimentary (12)
UNFLATTERING – The letter that sounds like (heard) ‘you’, followed by another word for ‘chatting’ or ‘gossiping’ wrapped round the outside letters (heartless) of F(oo)L.
18a Writer of wills clear or intricate (5,7)
LEWIS CARROLL – Anagram (intricate) of WILLS CLEAR OR.
21a Hit shuffle, skipping first of songs (4)
CUFF – Another word for ‘shuffle (the feet)’ minus the first letter of Songs.
22a Plank from stump drilled audibly (10)
FLOORBOARD – Another word for ‘stump’ or ‘defeat in argument’, followed by what sounds like another word for ‘drilled (a hole)’.
25a Ecstasy playing piece to capture knight in contest (9)
ENCOUNTER – The common abbreviation for the drug Ecstasy, and a token used in game play, placed either side of the chess notation for a knight.
26a Character enthralled by unusual phantom (5)
ALPHA – This Greek character is hidden in the clue.
27a Calmed and rested entertaining journalist before another (7)
SEDATED – Another word for ‘rested’ (after standing, perhaps), wrapped round the usual crossword journalist, with another such journalist added to the end.
28a Hold and sup rum, gripped by broadcast (7)
SUSPEND – Another word for ‘broadcast’ is wrapped round an anagram (rum) of SUP.
1d Directions from playing field, that is including parking (6)
RECIPE – A short form of the word for a public playing field, followed by the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ wrapped round the abbreviation found on a sign advertising car parking.
2d Following identification, understand restless person (6)
FIDGET – Put together an abbreviation for Following, the acronym for some identity papers, and another word for ‘understand’ or ‘grasp’.
3d Crumbled tacos rot in drawer (10)
CARTOONIST – Anagram (crumbled) of TACOS ROT IN. This drawer is one who draws funny or satirical pictures.
4d Take measurement, encircling base (5)
SEIZE – A clothes measurement (as in ‘that’s just your —-‘) wrapped round a logarithmic base.
5d Critic‘s rubbish conveyed upset (9)
DETRACTOR – Put together another word for ‘rubbish’ and another word for ‘conveyed (in a vehicle)’, then reverse (upset) the result.
6d Empty drinking establishment close to collapse (4)
BARE – A drinking establishment followed by the last letter (close) of collapsE.
7d Topical item chat sorted out (8)
THEMATIC – Anagram (sorted out) of ITEM CHAT.
8d Arrange some time for equestrian event (8)
DRESSAGE – Another word for ‘arrange (a shop window or a theatre set, perhaps)’ followed by a long period of time.
13d Sweets start to descend in stomach in denim trousers (5,5)
JELLY BEANS – Start with another word for ‘stomach’, move its first letter to the end (start to descend), then wrap the usual word for denim trousers around the result.
15d Sent paperwork to give guidance about fleet at sea (9)
LEAFLETED – Anagram (at sea) of FLEET, inserted into a word for ‘give guidance’.
16d Gets dirty book and relaxes, missing out intro (8)
BLACKENS – An abbreviatio0n for Book followed by a word for ‘relaxes (tension)’ minus its first letter (missing out intro).
17d Deceitful act few do suspect (3-5)
TWO-FACED – Anagram (suspect) of ACT FEW DO.
19d Flier is publication oddly prized (6)
MAGPIE – A short form of a word for a monthly or weekly publication, followed by alternate letters (oddly) of PrIzEd.
20d Former king in European conflict invading Germany twice (6)
EDWARD – An abbreviation for European, followed by two examples of the IVR code for Germany, with an armed conflict inserted.
23d Revolutionary Japanese game about small monsters (5)
OGRES – Reverse (revolutionary) the name of a Japanese board game, then add the Latin word for ‘about’ or concerning’ and an abbreviation for Small.
24d Stop bedcover shifting left (4)
QUIT – A padded bedcover with the abbreviation for Left removed.
The Quick Crossword pun JAW + JELLY + HUT = GEORGE ELIOT