Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29956
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a bright but cold morning. The wind of the last couple of days seem to have abated, so I can tie back the rose bush which blew off the wall.
Much of today’s crossword was straightforward for me, but the crossing answers at 1a and 2d gave me some difficulty, pushing me into *** time.
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1a Take advantage of carbon used with advanced body part (4,2)
CASH IN – Put together the chemical symbol for carbon, an abbreviation for Advanced, and part of the body found in the lower leg.
4a Writing back, a bit bored, I put something sillier (8)
STUPIDER – Hidden in reverse (back a bit) in the clue.
9a Reluctant taking part in a song (6)
AVERSE – A (from the clue) followed by a section of a song.
10a European, entering bar, secures comfy seats (8)
BEANBAGS – Another word for ‘bar’ or ‘prohibit’ wrapped round European, followed by another word for ‘secures’ or ‘lays claim to’.
12a They make snacks I stored in plastic beakers (8)
BAKERIES – Anagram (plastic) of BEAKERS wrapped round I (from the clue).
13a Win over million after son divides loot brought back (6)
DISARM – Another word for ‘loot’ or ‘break into’ wrapped round an abbreviation for Son, then the result is reversed and Million added at the end.
15a Ingredient Saga reader mixed with rum (8,5)
DEMERARA SUGAR – Anagram (mixed) of SAGA READER and RUM.
18a Old characters that could make a thousand and nine mix (5,8)
ROMAN NUMERALS – What do you use to make 1009 look like MIX?
20a Wine store in which salt is kept? (6)
CELLAR – This word for a wine store is also the container where the salt is kept on your table.
22a Woolly I pressed should be separate (8)
DISPERSE – Anagram (woolly) of I PRESSED.
24a Crossing mountainside, lies back — returning, went down fast (8)
ABSEILED – Hidden in reverse (crossing … returning) in the clue.
25a Grab drink after rest is consumed (4,2)
SNAP UP – Another word for ‘drink’ is wrapped round a brief sleep or rest.
26a More than one bird rolls to take in oxygen (8)
ROOSTERS – The chemical symbol for oxygen is inserted into some rolls or registers.
27a Producing, say, wheat beer to keep pub in turnover (6)
ARABLE – Reverse (in turnover) another word for a pub, then wrap another word for ‘beer’ around it.
1d Sitting oddly in car, maybe boy’s in a mood (6)
CRABBY – Alternate letters of CaR mAyBe BoY’s.
2d Country rock, some say, Sixties youth flipped over (9)
SHEIKHDOM – This is a generic word for a particular sort of Middle Eastern country, by reference to its ruler. Start with a homophone (some say) of a word for ‘rock’ or ‘shudder’, then add the reverse (flipped over) of a member of a Sixties tribe – the ones who wore sharp suits and rode motor scooters.
3d Performer using popular guitar action with talents I developed (15)
INSTRUMENTALIST – Put together a two-letter word for ‘popular’, a way of playing a guitar, and an anagram (developed) of TALENTS I.
5d Someone doing up shoelaces and belt? (4)
TIER – Double definition, the second being a level or rank (of seats in a stadium, perhaps).
6d One helps writer make a point (6-9)
PENCIL SHARPENER – Cryptic definition of a tool used to mend the business end of a type of writing implement.
7d Medic with a degree seen in theatre (5)
DRAMA – One of the abbreviations for a medic, followed by A (from the clue) and the letters after the name of a senior Arts graduate.
8d Woman that’s stood up might set about Romeo (8)
ROSEMARY – Another word for ‘stood up’, followed by a conditional verb like ‘might’ wrapped round the letter represented by Romeo in the NATO alphabet, giving us a woman’s name.
11d Titanic is docked after transport — it’s a tight squeeze (4,3)
BEAR HUG – Another word for ‘transport’ or ‘carry’, followed by a synonym of ‘titanic’ minus its last letter (docked).
14d As that’s expanded, it’s poisonous (7)
ARSENIC – A poisonous chemical element for which As is the symbol.
16d Ordered top grub to eat while here? (9)
GASTROPUB – Anagram (ordered) of TOP GRUB wrapped round (to eat) another word for ‘while’. The whole clue describes the definition.
17d Motorway goes in curve, shock! It’s somewhere to slow down (8)
ARMCHAIR – The symbol for a motorway is inserted into a geometric curve, then the shock found on your head is added.
19d Race relations (6)
PEOPLE – Double definition, the second being an upper-class way of describing one’s relatiions, as in ‘my —— have a place down in Gloucestershire’.
21d Cowboy chucks this girl with zero support (5)
LASSO – This word appears for the second day running (6d in yesterday’s Toughie). Another word for a girl, with the letter which looks like a zero added at the end.
23d One is cried but 5 may be heard (4)
TEAR – This product of weeping sounds like the answer to 5d.
The Quick Crossword pun PITCHER + WING + DOUGH = PICTURE WINDOW