Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29952
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Hola from the Vega Baja where the chilly and wet weather is still continuing. We’ve just had the wettest March since weather records began and the rain is forecast to continue this week. I suppose we’ll eventually get back to normal service but it’s anyone’s guess when that will be.
I can’t put my finger on why but for some reason today’s puzzles didn’t seem to have the sparkle I’ve come to expect on a Monday. Perhaps I’m just being a bit grumpy this morning due to the bad weather!
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
7a Father describing scented dish (7)
POLENTA: The usual two letter father placed around (describing) a word meaning scented.
8a Inspiring words from Guardiola, say (3,4)
PEP TALK: These words sound as if they were spoken by the manager of Manchester City FC. You need to know his first name for this clue to make sense.
10a & 11 Across Call after what allows one to see County — call before game starts (4,4,4,2)
EYES DOWN LOOK IN: This is the call before a game of bingo starts. You need a phrase meaning to call on (4,2) placed after the organs that give you vision and a county in Northern Ireland.
11a See 10 Across
13a Start to enter man cave, wondrous place (4)
EDEN: E (start to Enter) followed by a man cave or lair gives the wondrous place in the bible.
14a Likely to happen, working with witty types to suppress article (2,3,5)
ON THE CARDS: A word meaning working, as in not switched off, and some witty types are placed around (to suppress) a definite article.
16a Golfer in row about golf clubs (5,5)
TIGER WOODS: A row, of theatre seats perhaps, is placed around (about) the letter represented by the word golf in the phonetic alphabet and followed by some clubs, not irons but the other type.
18a Clue, perfect when shortened (4)
IDEA: A word for perfect without its last letter (when shortened).
21a & 22 Across Sudden turning point, tense in docudrama as so moving (4,2,8)
ROAD TO DAMASCUS: T(ense) inserted into (in) an anagram (moving) of DOCUDRAMA AS SO.
22a See 21 Across
24a Fairy lights, when lit, can make a fir ____! (7)
SIGHTLY: Not sure how to explain this one but I’ll have a go! The answer is a word that describes what the fairy lights make your fir tree at Christmas time. An anagram (when lit) of FAIRY LIGHTS might come out as A FIR and the answer so to get the answer you need to remove the letters AFIR from FAIRY LIGHTS and anagram what’s left. Hope that makes some sort of sense.
25a English farm animals causing witty comment (7)
EPIGRAM: E(nglish) followed by two farm animals.
26a Old magazine alarms me now, curiously (6,5)
WOMANS REALM: Anagram (curiously) of ALARMS ME NOW. My mum used to get this magazine back in the 1960’s!
1d Trust worker about live broadcast (7)
BELIEVE: One of the usual workers, not an ant, placed around (about) an anagram (broadcast) of LIVE.
2d Cross Universal is screening an advertisement for a musical comedy (6)
XANADU: The letter that looks like a cross and a U(niversal) are placed around (is screening) the AN from the clue and an advertisement. It was also the title of a number by Olivia Newton-John.
4d Sales gimmick, praiseworthy, perhaps, to some extent (4)
HYPE: A lurker hiding in (to some extent) PRAISEWORTHY PERHAPS.
5d Rebuke for breaking into range (8)
REPROACH: A word meaning for or in favour of inserted into (breaking into) a word for range, of a gun perhaps.
6d Less tense, one shirking work (7)
SLACKER: Double definition.
7d Salute attending members (7,4)
PRESENT ARMS: A word meaning attending followed by some members.
9d Very large sum got from playing cards with children’s author, mostly (5,6)
KINGS RANSOM: Some high ranked playing cards followed by the author of Swallows and Amazons but without his last letter (mostly).
12d Female seated in close cries (5,1,4)
SHEDS A TEAR: Start with a word for a female and follow with a word for seated inserted into (in) a word meaning close as in a close friend.
15d Jazz pianist‘s skill starts to thrill audience that understands music (3,5)
ART TATUM: This guy’s first name is another word for skill and his second is made up of the first letters (starts to) the last five words of the clue.
17d Feeling of warmth around when opening in great Scottish city (7)
GLASGOW: Start with another word for when and a G (opening in Great) and around them put a word for a feeling of warmth.
19d Good manners shown by Italian novelist entering house (7)
DECORUM: The Italian novelist who sounds like he’s an environmentalist is inserted into a word that’s supposed to mean house but I can’t see the connection. Perhaps someone will enlighten me!
23d Religious song from that man on the radio (4)
HYMN: Sound like (on the radio) a word for that man.
My podium three today are 9a, 24a and 15d with the jazz pianist on the top step.
Quick crossword puns:
Top Line: FILLY + STEIN = PHILISTINE
Bottom line: FINER + LISZT = FINALIST