Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29980
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs where we have a sunny start, but rain forecast later.
The parsing of a couple of today’s clues gave me some amount of headscratching, but I enjoyed the overall result.
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1a Boxer‘s big tummy? (12)
MIDDLEWEIGHT – The definition is a category of boxer. Split the answer (6,6) and you have a description of what might cause a big tummy.
9a Blooming drag to go west from the centre (7)
OUTWARD – Another word for ‘blooming’, as in ‘the roses are —‘, followed by the reverse (to go west, in an Across clue) of another word for ‘drag’.
10a Port in Spain — have to keep right following learner (2,5)
LE HAVRE – Put together the usual indication of a learner, the IVR code for Spain, and HAVE (from the clue) wrapped round Right, giving us a port in France.
11a Singing challenge in middle of ‘Mikado’ excited Korea (7)
KARAOKE – The middle letters of MiKAdo, followed by an anagram (excited) of KOREA.
12a Lobby to acquire vintage bag (7)
HOLDALL – Another word for a lobby in your house, wrapped round another word for ‘vintage’.
13a River business lacking endeavour (5)
INDUS – Another word for ‘business’, especially heavy manufacturing, minus a word for ‘endeavour’.
14a Steward, soldier and medic hosting party (5-4)
MAJOR-DOMO – An army officer and the common acronym for a military doctor, placed either side of one of the usual crossword parties.
16a Used in rolling Plasticine gel, ethylene’s effective on a screen (9)
TELEGENIC – Hidden in reverse (used in rolling) in the clue.
19a Mother stuffing turkey, maybe — this one’s tough (2-3)
HE-MAN -A short word for ‘mother, inserted into a female turkey or chicken.
21a Wound oozed after shove (7)
RAMBLED – The definition is a verb in the past tense. Start with a word for ‘shove (forcibly)’, then add ‘oozed’ (as a wound might).
23a Cooler loft with central extraction is radical (7)
FANATIC – A device which cools you by moving air around, followed by another word for a house loft, minus its middle letter.
24a Hymn and carol he orchestrated (7)
CHORALE – Anagram (orchestrated) of CAROL HE.
25a Remember watch, say (7)
OBSERVE – Triple definition, the first being to remember a special occasion – such as keeping the Sabbath.
26a Country with two capitals where our people may be represented (6,6)
UNITED STATES – The two capitals are the capital letters at the start of each word of the answer. Put together, those capital letters could be read as a word for ‘our people’.
1d Went for a drive in limo — tore downtown (7)
MOTORED – Hidden in the clue.
2d Ministry’s juniors and seniors with incorporated company (7)
DEACONS – This word for junior clerics is constructed by wrapping some senior clerics (leaders of cathedral chapters) around an abbreviation for ‘company’.
3d Romeo breaks down in embrace of the French staff (6,3)
LADIES’ MAN – Start with one of the forms of the French definite article, add an informal word for ‘breaks down’ (of a machine), and finish with a verb for ‘to staff’.
4d Some Brits oddly skipped this clue — two upset (5)
WELSH – Remove the odd-numbered letters (oddly skipped) from the fifth, sixth and seventh words of the clue, then reverse (upset) the result.
5d Popular, healthier gadget some patients use (7)
INHALER – Another word for ‘popular’, followed by another (somewhat archaic) word for ‘healthier’.
6d Try and eat earlier (4,1,2)
HAVE A GO – The first word is another word for ‘eat’, as in ‘—- your dinner’. Put the second and third words together and you have a word for ‘earlier’, as in ‘three days —‘.
7d Separate up by Tesco’s entrance — scrap heavy carrier (4-4,5)
FORK-LIFT TRUCK – The first word is another word for ‘separate’, as one road might separate into two. The second word is a synonym of ‘up’, where ‘up’ is used as a verb, as in ‘up the ante’. The third word is made up of the first letter (entrance) of Tesco, followed by another word for a scrap or brawl particularly familiar to rugby fans, where a highly regulated form is an integral part of the game.
8d Posh bore with CD that’s entertaining crashed net once (4-9)
WELL-CONNECTED – Start with the sort of bore that goes into the ground in search of water or oil. Then CD (form the clue) is wrapped round an anagram (crashed) of NET ONCE.
15d Knave, loud sort, agitated very cool character (4,5)
JACK FROST – Another word for the knave in a suit of cards, followed by the musical symbol for ‘loud’ and an anagram (agitated) of SORT.
17d Burlesque item lit up by old nurse with nothing on (7)
LAMPOON – Put together an item which may be lit when it is dark, the letter which looks like zero or nothing, and abbreviations for Old and Nurse.
18d Cavalier‘s horse jumping everything, over time (7)
GALLANT – Another word for a horse is wrapped round a word for ‘everything’. Reverse (over) the result, then add Time.
19d ‘Phone home!’ offering top part with small alien (7)
HANDSET – Put together the first letter (top part) of Home, another word for ‘with’, an abbreviation for Small, and the usual film alien.
20d University taken in by corrupt master for ages (7)
MATURES – Anagram (corrupt) of MASTER, with University inserted.
22d Alarm seeing daughter study (5)
DREAD – An abbreviation for Daughter, followed by ‘study’ (at university).
The Quick Crossword pun EYE + FAULT + OUR = EIFFEL TOWER