Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29997
Hints and Tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning everyone from a cloudy but warm South Devon. A sea swim beckons.
I found today’s puzzle very much at the gentle end of our setter’s spectrum, with a generous dollop of anagrams giving plenty of checking letters plus the usual two lurkers and one acrostic clue
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a With facility, liar broadcast falsely (12)
ARTIFICIALLY: Anagram (broadcast) of the preceding two words.
8a One, for example, stops between? (7)
INTEGER: The short form of “for example” is inserted (stops) into a prefix meaning between, giving something of which one is an example.
9a Return from flat in French street (7)
REVENUE: Place a synonym of flat as an adjective into the French word for a street, giving a financial return.
11a Answering letter enclosing lock of hair (7)
RINGLET: Hidden in the clue as indicated by the word “enclosing”
12a Bond returning on waves showing excess (7)
SURFEIT: A 3-letter synonym of bond is reversed and appended to (returning on) some sea waves
13a Check material softly spread out (5)
PLAID: The letter that instructs a musician to play softly is followed by a synonym of spread out or placed
14a Appropriate prophet taking pilgrimage (9)
SEQUESTER: Appropriate here is a verb in the sense of seize. Place a prophet or wise man around a journey or pursuit
16a Islander was eaten, unfortunately eating one (9)
TAIWANESE: Anagram (unfortunately) of WAS EATEN incorporating (eating) the letter that represents one
19a Second tea? Perhaps a coffee? (5)
MOCHA: An abbreviation for a second or a short period of time is followed by an informal word for tea, giving a drink which is an object lesson in how to ruin good coffee
21a Billion pounds possibly for sponsors (7)
BACKERS: I presume this is the abbreviation for a billion plus an informal word for money which I haven’t heard for years
23a Evening Star’s first open when empty (7)
SUNDOWN: The initial letter of Star plus a verb meaning to open or free followed by the outside (empty) letters of WheN
24a Surrounded by water, it reaches land (7)
ERITREA: Hidden in the clue (surrounded by)
25a Bond without top produces excitement (7)
ELATION: Another appearance of “OO7”. Remove the first letter (without top) of a synonym of bond or connection
26a Principal and master hissed in assembly (12)
HEADMISTRESS: Anagram (in assembly) of the preceding two words
1d Insect queen maybe raised feeler (7)
ANTENNA: A (working) insect and the reversal (raised in a down clue) of a past queen.
2d Switched and dressed, taking large (7)
TOGGLED: An informal synonym of dressed or clothed goes around the abbreviation for Large
3d Woods welcoming cheers bearing anticipation (9)
FORETASTE: A wood or area of trees goes around (welcoming) and informal word for thanks or cheers. Add a bearing or compass point
4d Worries seeing sweetheart in saloons? (5)
CARES: The saloons here are the ones with wheels. Place them around this setter’s usual swEeetheart
5d Negative publicity jingle? (7)
ADVERSE: The usual abbreviation for publicity or advertisement and a part of a song or jingle. Here’s a rather good jingle, I love it.
6d Tolerant, granted, accepting noise occasionally (7)
LENIENT: A synonym of granted in the sense of gave or loaned goes around (accepting) the occasional letters of NoIsE
7d Dodgy builder’s tape is untrustworthy (12)
DISREPUTABLE: Anagram (dodgy) of the following two words
10d Changing gear, in tent, in fun (12)
ENTERTAINING: Anagram (changing) of the following four words
15d Most nauseated with simplest supporting Queen (9)
QUEASIEST: A straightforward synonym of simplest goes under (supporting in a down clue) the first two letters of QUeen
17d Queuing, say, outside cold bank (7)
INCLINE: A phrase (2-4) which could mean queuing goes around the abbreviation for Cold
18d Hail republic’s leader, socialist declared (7)
AVERRED: A charade of a formal verb meaning to hail or assert, the initial letter of Republic and a colour associated with a socialist
19d Order bloke on romantic meeting (7)
MANDATE: A bloke or adult male and a meeting with romance in mind, of which I’ve been on a few in my time.
20d Whines about playing sidekicks (7)
CRONIES: A synonym of whines or whimpers goes around (about) a 2-letter preposition that could meaning playing or operating.
22d Someone with almost mystical insight, initially (5)
SWAMI: The first letters (initially) of the preceding five words giving an Indian philosopher.
Quickie Pun Eyed + Sum + Arch = Ides of March
I think I’ll go with 14a as today’s winner as it’s a lovely word plus the pun. Many thanks to Ray T.