Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29950
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Good morning from South Staffs on a sunny but cold April Fool’s Day.
I didn’t spot any fooling in today’s puzzle, a pangram which didn’t give me any particular trouble
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7a Getting redness in the face from port (8)
FLUSHING – Double definition, the second being a Dutch port known as Vlissingen in its native language,
9a Leo and Don performing improvise musically (6)
NOODLE – Anagram (performing) of LEO and DON.
10a Irish fleeing crime at sea, moving fast (4)
PACY – Start with a crime of robbery at sea, then remove the abbreviation for ‘Irish’.
11a They feature in ninety per cent of Welsh hymns (10)
CONSONANTS – The expression ‘Welsh hymns’ has ten letters. One of them is a vowel, so …
12a Forward stroke by son producing untidy handwriting (6)
SCRAWL – An abbreviation for Son, followed by a swimming stroke performed facing forward.
14a Vacuous Etonian and dizzy blonde given peerages (8)
ENNOBLED – The outside letters (vacuous) of E(tonia)N, followed by an anagram (dizzy) of BLONDE.
15a Article, first one that believes in God’s existence (6)
THEIST – A grammatical definite article, followed by three letters which look like the alphanumeric way of writing ‘first’.
17a Ship that comes from Newfoundland perhaps, we hear (6)
BARQUE – The Newfoundland in the clue is a large dog, and the answer sounds like (we hear) something a dog might do.
20a Kids with beer staggering, reaching pavement edge (8)
KERBSIDE – Anagram (staggering) of KIDS and BEER.
22a Exam everyone gets hold of the day before! (1,5)
A LEVEL – Another word for ‘everyone’ is wrapped round a word for ‘the day before’, to get the name of an exam taken at the end of secondary school in England and Wales.
23a Ignorance evident in elderly care till in-laws retired (10)
ILLITERACY – Hidden in reverse (retired) in the clue.
24a Facing pet with no energy, the two of us cried (4)
WEPT – A pronoun for ‘the two of us’, followed by P(e)T (from the clue) minus the abbreviation for Energy.
25a Miss flight (6)
ESCAPE – Double definition, the first being a verb for failing to notice something.
26a Cutting wood, was Barney regularly finding time for a cuppa? (3,5)
TEA BREAK – Alternate letters (regularly) of wAs BaRnEy, inserted into a tropical hardwood.
1d Settle on style that’s specific (5-3)
CLEAR-CUT – A word for ‘settle (one’s debts)’, followed by another word for a hairstyle.
2d Notice mole below nude’s rear (4)
ESPY – The last letter (rear) of nudE, followed by another word for a (human) mole.
3d Monetary fine is large, around 100 grand essentially (6)
FISCAL – Put together an abbreviation for Fine, IS (from the clue),and an abbreviation for Large, then insert the Roman numeral for 100 and the middle letter (essentially) of grAnd.
4d It’s hard to go off mansion I refurbished (8)
INSOMNIA – Anagram (refurbished) of MANSION I.
5d Question Spain supporting second African nation, ultimately wanting another one? (10)
MOZAMBIQUE – Put together an informal word for a second or short period of time, an African country minus its last letter (ultimately wanting), a two-letter abbreviation for QUestion, and the IVR code for Spain, to get another African country.
6d Reluctant to wear extremely cute dress (6)
CLOTHE – The outside letters (extremely) of CutE are wrapped round an archaic or poetic word for ‘reluctant’.
8d Redhead shopping in German stores (6)
GINGER – Hidden in the clue.
13d Rare zebra, one Jack found in northern areas around country (10)
AZERBAIJAN – The first 5 letters of this former Soviet republic are an anagram (rare) of ZEBRA. To get the second 5, start by putting together abbreviations for Northern and Area (twice), reverse the result and insert the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for Jack found on a playing card.
16d Trembled, outwardly shocked about French winter strike’s conclusion (8)
SHIVERED – The outside letters (outwardly) of ShockeD, wrapped round the French for ‘winter’ and the last letter (conclusion) of strikE.
18d Model almost relaxed for a change hosting politician (8)
EXEMPLAR – Anagram (for a change) of RELAXE(d) minus its last letter (almost), wrapped round the usual politician.
19d Old man stops others getting meal (6)
REPAST – A two-letter word for ‘old man’ or ‘father’, inserted into another word for ‘(the) others’.
21d Discovered Kent student is tempted initially to join armed forces (6)
ENLIST – Put together the middle letters (dis-covered) of (K)EN(t), the usual letter indicating a student driver, IS (from the clue), and the first letter (initially) of Tempted.
22d On holiday touring US city, at all events (6)
ANYWAY – Another word for ‘on holiday’ wrapped round the initials of the American city so good they named it twice.
24d Fascination over Dick Grayson’s relationship to Bruce Wayne? (4)
WARD – Reverse (over) a word for ‘fascination’ or ‘attraction’, and you get the legal relationship between Dick Grayson (Robin) and Bruce Wayne (Batman).
The Quick Crossword pun DELHI + CASSIS = DELICACIES