Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27956
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
We’ve had a busy day today as we were up before dawn to drive to Wellington to deliver a car to our daughter. Took longer than we hoped as we were right in the middle of all the commuter traffic. However we made it eventually and still got home in plenty of time to tackle this week’s Jay puzzle.
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1a Half a day with university intellectual is of great importance (10)
MONUMENTAL : Select the first half of one of the days of the week, add the abbreviation for university and a word meaning intellectual, or of the mind.
6a Dog in film that is missing girl (4)
LASS : Take the classic film dog and remove the abbreviation for the Latin ‘that is’.
9a It sends us off to protect area with no help (10)
UNASSISTED : An anagram (off) of IT SENDS US includes the one letter abbreviation for area.
10a Way of paying a final passage (4)
CODA : A way of paying when money is handed over on receipt of goods, then A from the clue.
12a Place of safety, mainly for a person of means (4)
HAVE : A word for a place of safety loses its last letter.
13a Profit-producing cure vital for redevelopment (9)
LUCRATIVE : An anagram (for redevelopment) of CURE VITAL.
15a Outrageous relative accommodated in apartment (8)
FLAGRANT : An elderly female relative is found inside a word for an apartment.
18a Electronic circuits needing energy to go by (6)
ELAPSE : The abbreviation for electronic, then a four letter word for circuits as on a race track and the abbreviation for energy.
20a Surprise surrounding law-breaking champion (8)
STALWART : A word for a surprise surrounds an anagram (breaking) of LAW.
23a Abandoning reputation to protect daughter at last (9)
STRANDING : A synonym for reputation includes the last letter of daughter.
24a Grass as part of fat-free diet (4)
REED : The answer is in the clue, hiding in the long grass.
26a Span of religion primarily found in a church (4)
ARCH :The first letter of religion appears inside A from the clue and the abbreviation for church.
28a Always strict, dismissing outsiders (4)
EVER : Find a word meaning strict and remove its first and last letters.
29a Authorities encourage rapid increase in electricity used (5,5)
POWER SURGE : When the answer is split 6,4 we find a word for authorities and one for encourage. New Zealand had a significant one of these at half-time during a recent rugby final.
1d Handle roughly 1000 gold lines initially (4)
MAUL : The Roman numeral for a thousand, the chemical symbol for gold then the first letter of lines.
3d Give a false account of various enterprises supporting millions (12)
MISREPRESENT : An anagram (various) of ENTERPRISES follows M(illions).
5d Grow old and cold in New York office (6)
AGENCY : A three letter word meaning grow old, then the abbreviation for cold inside NY.
7d Loving a party, make a call (7)
ADORING : A from the clue, a two letter party, and make a telephone call.
8d Replacements for spring on belt sent up (5,5)
SPARE PARTS : A spring or health resort, then a word meaning ‘on’ or ‘relating to’ and the reversal of a word for a belt.
11d Boastful Avon girl is worried, with proof of debts (12)
VAINGLORIOUS : An anagram (is worried) of AVON GIRL, then the common phrase for proof of debts.
14d Face alcohol before breakfast? (10)
AFTERSHAVE : The before breakfast part of the clue refers to when it is usually used. A tough clue when the only member of our team who might use it has been bearded most of his adult life!
17d Do nothing, say, to protect a good name (8)
STAGNATE : A synonym for ‘to say’ includes A from the clue and then G(ood) N(ame).
19d Gold relic designed for chamber (7)
AURICLE : The chemical symbol for gold (again) and an anagram (designed) of RELIC. The chamber is part of an organ of the body.
22d House accommodating a bad-tempered woman (6)
VIRAGO : A house of the zodiac includes A from the clue.
25d Place causing a bit of travel sickness on the way back? (4)
ISLE : This place is entirely surrounded by water and is hiding backwards in the clue.
We’ve picked 14d as our favourite today as it is the one that had us beak scratching the most, but we are rather keen on 4d too.
Quickie pun creek + heater = cricketer (with that pronunciation, almost certainly Australian.)