Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27710
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We felt privileged to have done the reviews on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and now we get to write one on this auspicious day.
Happy Birthday Blog.
Our weather has been like we think we remember our summers from childhood. Day after day of blue skies and sunshine with the temperatures in the high 20’s. Long may it last.
Good fun again from Jay and it should not present too many difficulties.
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1a Sticky stuff covering lettuce is sugar (7)
GLUCOSE : A three letter word for a type of lettuce is inserted in a word for something adhesive.
10a Wind and fog really throws regulars (7)
MISTRAL : Start with a synonym for fog and then alternate letters (throws regulars) of really.
12a Unlikely way of learning about return of the setter (6)
REMOTE : A two letter pronoun for the setter is reversed inside the way of learning by repetition.
13a Make no progress in the main (5,5)
TREAD WATER : The main in this case is the aquatic one and the answer is the way to swim and go nowhere.
16a Lease must be vacated after long-standing account (9)
CHRONICLE : Take a word meaning long-standing that is often applied to a medical condition and add the first and last letters (must be vacated) of lease.
21a One in four gets a bike of sorts (4)
QUAD : Double definition, or a third definition would be an open area in an educational institution.
22a Gear that makes son utter obscenities about Liverpool, say (10)
SPORTSWEAR : The abbreviation for S(on) then a word for what Liverpool is an example of, followed by a word to utter obscenities.
25a Not available to film new branch (8)
OFFSHOOT : Not available, as all the favourite dishes that you want to order at the local cafe seem to be, then the expression to make a film that we encountered in 9a.
27a Understand one story mostly showing numerical information (7)
DIGITAL : The hippy word for understand, the Roman numeral one and the first three letters of a four letter word for a story.
28a Pretentious air true of the stars? (8)
SIDEREAL : What somebody who has a pretentious air might be said to show, then a synonym for true.
29a Any line crossed in a daft way (7)
INANELY : An anagram (crossed) of ANY LINE.
2d Retire, worried by look from this layabout (8)
LOITERER : Start with a two letter word for look and then an anagram (worried) of RETIRE.
3d Christian who’s new to chalice (not European) (8)
CATHOLIC : An anagram (new) of TO CHALICE with E(uropean) removed from the fodder.
4d Corporate excesses? (5,5)
SPARE TYRES : A cryptic definition, the corporate part of it has nothing to do with the business world.
5d Atmosphere in university welcomed by a Royal Academician (4)
AURA : A from the clue, abbreviation for Royal Academician, then U(niversity) is inserted.
6d Everybody on board tug is fat (6)
TALLOW : A verb meaning to tug surrounds a three letter everybody.
8d Standing, look around trade union (7)
STATURE : T(rade) U(nion) is included inside an intense look.
11d Welcome must include note — the Spanish land outside city (5,4)
GREEN BELT : A word meaning to welcome has inside it the Latin abbreviation meaning note well, and the Spanish definite article.
14d Limit availability after design style award (10)
DECORATION : The design style is usually preceded by Art and then a word that means to limit availability.
17d E=mc2, say — quite a different case of omission (8)
EQUATION : An anagram (different) of QUITE A and then the first and last letters of omission.
19d European husband’s embrace (7)
ESPOUSE : E(uropean) then what a husband or perhaps wife may be.
20d Company gets fined for breaking trust (7)
CONFIDE : Abbreviation for company then anagram (for breaking) of FINED.
23d Straight out without a good top! (1-5)
T-SHIRT : An anagram (out) of STRAIGHT with A and G removed.
Not easy to pick a stand-out favourite today. We’ll go for 16a.
Quickie pun, and a real groaner today: dune + hears + cool = junior school