Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29961
Hints and tips by Stephen L
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning everyone from the South Devon coast.
After last fortnight’s minor “tremor” when we had a different setter it appears normal service has been resumed with, I’m pretty sure, the return of Mr T who has given us a fun puzzle with one or two real smile inducing clues. I enjoyed it a lot.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Head of big bolt for cart (6)
BARROW: The first letter (head of) Big is followed by a bolt or dart, typically used with a crossbow
4a Drowsiness in Oscars broadcast (8)
NARCOSIS: Anagram (broadcast) of the preceding two words, giving a drug (not a slap!) induced drowsiness or stupor
9a Consequences of bill on one politician (6)
IMPACT: Start with the letter that looks like the number one. Add the usual abbreviation for a British politician and append a (parliamentary) bill.
10a Veto such as held by state (8)
NEGATION: An abbreviation for “such as” is inserted into (held by) a state or a country
12a Republican in a party, fit and winning (8)
ADORABLE: A from the clue and a synonym of a party or bash are followed by a word meaning fit or adept. Insert the abbreviation for Republican in the result
13a Thwarts moles covering top of trap (6)
SPITES: The moles here are not animals but agents. They go around (covering) the initial letter of Trap
15a Strangely guarded nature seen in student (13)
UNDERGRADUATE: Anagram (strangely) of the following two words
18a Winning group staying in key(13) PREPOSSESSING: A group or gang is inserted into (staying in) a synonym of key in the sense of vital or urgent. My last one in
22a Warn of tiny criminal (6)
NOTIFY: Anagram (criminal) of the preceding two words
24a Iron skirt, born ladylike (8)
FEMININE: Start with the chemical symbol of iron. Add a type of skirt much loved by men and finish with a two-letter word meaning born or originally called.
26a Fresh from pub with zero coin (8)
INNOCENT: Splitting the solution 3-1-4 shows how the wordplay works. A pub, the letter that looks like zero and an American coin. A real smiler
27a Tragedy is way too big (6)
PATHOS: A way or track is followed by a two-letter abbreviation for too big or oversized
28a Rejected in street, a renegade’s cause (8)
GENERATE: Hidden (in) and reversed (rejected) in the clue
29a Occasionally duel and ally gets implacable (6)
DEADLY: The alternate (occasionally) letters of the following three words.
1d Wedding tackle on a horse, say (6)
BRIDAL: This synonym of marriage is a homophone (say) of a some “tackle” on a horse. Naughty but fun!
2d Transcribe from expert put in dock (9)
REPRODUCE: Insert (put in) an informal word for an expert into a word meaning dock in the sense of shorten
3d Garden producing fruit, alternatively some veg (7)
ORCHARD: A conjunction meaning alternatively is followed by some leafy green veg
5d Hail Queen for State (4)
AVER: A three letter Latin word meaning”hail” and the abbreviation for Regina or queen
6d Hindered Conservative giving easier access? (7)
CRAMPED: The abbreviation for Conservative is followed by the past tense of a verb meaning to provide a slope, which could give easier access particularly for those in wheelchairs
7d Destitute family put in street (5)
SKINT: Place a three-letter synonym of family inside the abbreviation for StreeT. Very amusing!
8d Forbidding some assassin is terrifying (8)
SINISTER: Hidden (some) in the clue
11d Trader in stocks? (7)
FLORIST: The stocks here can be found in gardens. Need I say more?
14d Sort of cut chance in gamble (7)
BRISKET: Place a straightforward synonym of chance inside a straightforward synonym of gamble to give a cut of meat.
16d Tortured genius had broken down (9)
ANGUISHED: Anagram (broken down) of the preceding two words
17d Cleaning drains, finally humming (8)
SPONGING: Humming here has nothing to do with singing or being busy, but is an informal word for smelly. Add it to the final letter of drains.
19d Policeman perhaps present, keeping in charge (7)
OFFICER: A synonym of present or tender goes around (keeping) the abbreviation for In Charge.
20d Current partner admitting sex is fake (7)
IMITATE: Start with the symbol for electrical current, add a partner into which is inserted a dated synonym of sex.
21d Poor yours truly, crafty concealing answer! (6)
MEASLY: The personal pronoun the setter might use (your’s truly) and a synonym of crafty go around (concealing) the abbreviation for Answer
23d Number touching part of joint (5)
TENON: A number is followed by a preposition that could mean touching, giving a joint used in carpentry.
25d Insect bite is raised (4)
GNAT: Invert (raised in a down clue) a word meaning bite in the sense of kick or zest.
Quickie Pun ODOUR + CLONE = EU DE COLOGNE
Good stuff, my winners today are 26a plus 1,7&17d.