Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29968
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Good morning from South Staffs. A cloudy start to the day, with some sun forecast for later.
A reasonably straightforward puzzle today, with no particular hold-ups for me.
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1a Doubt one’s booked (11)
RESERVATION – Double definition, the second being what books you a seat on a train or a table in a restaurant.
7a Man that’s engaged to be shown round northern capital (7)
FINANCE – Insert the abbreviation for Northern into a male engaged person.
8a Player using this must be off pitch (5-2)
THROW-IN – Cryptic definition of a way of restarting play in football when a ball goes over the touchline. The player who puts the ball back into play must do so from off the pitch.
10a Alarm with Kew becoming wild — who makes the rules? (8)
LAWMAKER – Anagram (becoming wild) of ALARM and KEW.
11a Current form (6)
STREAM – Double definition: a current of water; or a form of students sorted by ability or choice of subject.
13a Roars through small housing area (4)
BAYS – Put together a two-letter word for ‘through’ and an abbreviation for Small, then insert an abbreviation for Area.
14a Cool way to join clubs with wine (6,4)
STREET CRED – Put together a way or road, the abbreviation for the club suit in a deck of cards, and a colour of wine.
16a Cricket side scoring boundaries only, apparently at a crawl (2,3,5)
ON ALL FOURS – The side of a cricket field also known as ‘leg’, followed by what the scoresheet would show if you only score by hitting the ball along the ground to the boundary.
18a European city industrial action with no opening or closing (4)
OSLO – Start with a phrase (2-4) for a type of industrial action short of an all-out strike, then remove the first and last letters.
21a Plan six hundred Scottish river bridges (6)
DEVICE – Put together the Roman numerals for six and one hundred, then wrap a Scottish (or Welsh) river round the result.
22a Want to lodge in tower? Up to a certain point (4-4)
KNEE-DEEP – Another word for the main tower in a castle, wrapped round a word for ‘want’ or ‘lack’.
24a Daughter with severe wavering gets merit (7)
DESERVE – An abbreviation for Daughter followed by an anagram (wavering) of SEVERE.
25a Comparatively prickly, more like a Macbeth character deprived of whiskey (7)
ITCHIER – There are three characters in the Scottish play who meet around a cauldron. Start with a word which could mean ‘more like such a character’, then remove the letter represented by Whiskey in the NATO alphabet.
26a What’s eaten at the seaside with bread that’s old-fashioned now? (4,3,4)
ROCK AND ROLL – Put together a tooth-breaking seaside sweet, another word for ‘with’, and a one-person piece of bread, to get a dance from a good few years ago.
1d Part of airport entered by a person taking flight (7)
RUNAWAY – A (from the clue) is inserted into the part of the airport used for taking-off and landing.
2d Dessert, when service should be given, we hear (6)
SUNDAE – A dessert which sounds like (we hear) the day of the week traditionally associated with church services,
3d Political comeback and encore lie in ruins — about time (2-8)
RE-ELECTION – Anagram (in ruins) of ENCORE LIE, wrapped round an abbreviation for Time.
4d Plays a part while holding court (4)
ACTS – Another word for ‘while’ wrapped round an abbreviation for ‘court’.
5d Jar of water with tons in, not gallons (8)
IRRITATE – Start with a verb for ‘water (a field or a crop)’, then replace the abbreviation for Gallons with an abbreviation for Tons.
6d Item in magazine: ‘Wye, a river offering special time’ (3,4)
NEW YEAR – Hidden in the clue.
7d Wholehearted, matador’s opponent came in a rush, employing twisted openings (4-7)
FULL-BLOODED – ‘Twisted openings’ indicates that our old friend Dr Spooner is involved here. Start with a word for the matador’s opponent (or victim) and a verb for ‘came in a rush (like water)’. Then change over the opening letters.
9d Label on syringe used by groupie? (4-7)
NAME-DROPPER – another word for ‘name’ or ‘description’, followed by a sort of syringe for dispensing small quantities of liquid. The answer is not what I recall groupies being notorious for!
12d Remember coming from Paddington? Cool view (4,2,4)
BEAR IN MIND – Start with the sort of creature that the fictional Paddington is, then add a word for ‘cool’ and another word for ‘view’ (as in ‘we’re all of one —-‘).
15d In Madrid the church set up scam, almost being charged (8)
ELECTRIC – Put together the Spanish for ‘the’, the reverse (set up) of the abbreviation for the Church of England, and another word for ‘scam’ minus its last letter (almost).
17d Counsel Victor to cut radio’s broadcast (7)
ADVISOR – Anagram (broadcast) of RADIO’S, with the letter represented by Victor in the NATO alphabet inserted.
19d Select starter of shore-caught plaice, battered (7)
SPECIAL – The first letter (starter) of Shore-caught, followed by an anagram (battered) of PLAICE.
20d Section of travel crossing that makes things fast (6)
VELCRO – Hidden in the clue.
23d Food, Greek and French, consumed by footballers (4)
FETA – The initials of the governing body for English football, wrapped round the French for ‘and’.
The Quick Crossword pun SCENT + TREE + BOKS = SENTRY BOX