Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29986
Hints and tips by Deep Threat
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. I have other commitments today, so no pictures or music for you.
I thought this was a fairly typical Friday puzzle. It took me well into *** time, but that may have been because I was very tired when solving it last night.
In the hints below, the definitions are underlined. The answers are hidden under the ANSWER buttons, so don’t click if you don’t want to see them.
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1a Crotchety sleeper perhaps welcoming kip (6)
SNAPPY – A sleeper in this context is a secret agent. Wrap another word for a secret agent around a short sleep
4a Bang on about retired cleric (8)
ACCURATE – Reverse (retired) the Latin abbreviation for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, then add a holder of clerical office.
10a Plate on half of armour showing stain (9)
DISHONOUR Put together another word for a plate, ON (from the clue) and half of the word ‘armour’.
11a Daughter sent back inferior sink (5)
DROOP – An abbreviation for Daughter, followed by the reverse (sent back) of a word for ‘inferior’.
12a Setting competition with ten entered for Sweden (7)
CONTEXT – Start with a word for a competition, then replace the IVR code for Sweden with the Roman numeral for ten.
13a Bird collecting article from another planet (7)
MARTIAN – A bird in the swallow family, wrapped round an indefinite article.
14a Rook with slippery fish totters (5)
REELS – The chess notation for a Rook, followed by some famously slippery fish.
15a Presumably nothing left in safe (3,5)
ALL RIGHT – If there’s nothing on the left, everything must be …
18a Oscar received by actress cast as philosopher (8)
SOCRATES – Anagram (cast) of ACTRESS, with the letter represented by Oscar in the NATO alphabet inserted.
20a Budge seal restricting opening of noodles (5)
SHUNT – A word for ‘seal’ or ‘close’ wrapped round the first letter (opening) of Noodles.
23a One’s uncertain state after whiskey? I’m uncertain! (7)
WAVERER – Put together the letter represented by Whiskey in the NATO alphabet, another verb for ‘state’, and an expression of uncertainty in speech.
25a Fan making return visit had totally uncovered country (7)
TUNISIA – Reverse (making return) a fan or enthusiast, then add the inside letters (totally uncovered) of (v)ISI(t) (h)A(d).
26a Praise and kiss a soldier on base (5)
EXALT – Put together a logarithmic base, the letter used to indicate a kiss, A (from the clue) and an abbreviated military rank.
27a Camel roamed dry ground (9)
DROMEDARY – Anagram (ground) of ROAMED DRY
28a Reviewed religious subject is to include earnest faster (8)
SPEEDIER – Put together the abbreviation used for religious studies in school, and IS (from the clue) wrapped round another word for ‘earnest’ or ‘serious’. Then reverse (reviewed) the result.
29a Church official taking characters from Essex to Norfolk (6)
SEXTON – Hidden in the clue.
1d As cider’s drunk, making cocktails (8)
SIDECARS – Anagram (drunk) of AS CIDER’S.
2d Lack of muscles means crew regularly lost (7)
ABSENCE– A shortened form of the name of a set of muscles, followed by alternate letters (regularly lost) of mEaNs CrEw.
3d Academic expert following fuel company heading for renewables (9)
PROFESSOR – Put together a word for an expert or non-amateur, the abbreviation for Following, the UK name of an international oil company, and the first letter of Renewables.
5d Rate main social works for Browning (14)
CARAMELISATION – Anagram (works) of RATE MAIN SOCIAL.
6d Short of a French wine to serve up (5)
UNDER – The French for ‘a’ followed by the reverse (serve up) of a colour of wine.
7d Axe having a second-rate shine, needing head scrubbed (7)
ABOLISH – Put together A (from the clue), the letter which indicates ‘second-rate’, and a verb for ‘to shine’ minus its first letter (needing head scrubbed).
8d Elaborate finishes on the onyx container with diamonds (6)
EXPAND – Put together the final letters (finishes) of thE and onyX, a container or cooking utensil, and the abbreviation for Diamonds in a pack of cards.
9d Cross after draw in card game (8,6)
CONTRACT BRIDGE – Another word for ‘draw in’, followed by a verb for ‘cross (a river, perhaps)’.
16d False one, screen in plastic (9)
INSINCERE – The Roman numeral for one, followed by an anagram (plastic) of SCREEN IN.
17d Calm down relative consuming drink both ends of day (6,2)
STEADY ON – A male relative wrapped round a typical British drink and the outside letters (both ends) of DaY.
19d Prevent bad smell coming up through hollow tube (7)
OBVIATE – Reverse (coming up) the two-letter acronym for the sort of bad smell your best friend couldn’t mention, the Latin for ‘through’ or ‘by way of’, and the outside letters (hollow) of TubE.
21d Social climber put off hosting celebrity (7)
UPSTART – Anagram (off) of PUT, wrapped round a celebrity.
22d Third of zoos with permits for young birds (6)
OWLETS – Put together the third letter of zoOs, an abbreviation for ‘with’, and a verb for ‘permits’.
24d Measured temperature in beloved person rising (5)
RATED – Reverse (rising) the term which may be used in addressing a beloved person, then insert Temperature.
We’re off on holiday to France next week, for the first time in three years. I haven’t yet heard from BD whether he has a substitute available, or whether I shall be blogging from French campsites.
The Quick Crossword pun ABBA + WRIST + WITH = ABERYSTWYTH