Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28429
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
While several of you have been having fun at the George in London, we have been remembering that it is exactly two years since we were at the same gathering and met so many people from the world of cryptics. Sometimes New Zealand does feel to be a long way from where the action is and we are grateful for the internet and for this blog that lets us all share our enjoyment of crossword solving.
This week’s Jay puzzle we found a little trickier than usual, especially in the NW corner.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
5a Manages to get redesigned hive accepted by experts (8)
ACHIEVES : A word for experts or number ones of cards, surrounds an anagram (redesigned) of HIVE.
10a One’s batting bottle is undone by this (6)
OPENER : The one’s batting is the first person in a cricket team to face a bowler.
11a Aviators with female in agony must get fuel (8)
PARAFFIN : The armed service which includes aviators and the abbreviation for female are inside a word for agony.
12a Party chief’s sphere of influence (6)
DOMAIN : A two letter word for a celebratory party and then chief or most important.
15a Yield from planned economy rejected (4)
CEDE : A reversed lurker (or rekrul if you prefer) hiding in the third and fourth words of the clue.
17a Part of small hotel, originally upmarket (4)
POSH : The first letters of four words in the clue.
19a Two ducks in New Forest getting tired (8)
FOOTSORE : Two of the letter representing no score in cricket are inside an anagram (new) of FOREST.
20a Problem seen in Standard column (6)
PILLAR : A standard that could be an average golf score surrounds a problem or disorder.
21a Grannie’s lost income from investments? (8)
EARNINGS : An anagram (lost) of GRANNIE’S.
22a Short temper? (6)
SPIRIT : Double definition. The short here is a measure delivered by a publican.
23a A woman of the cloth accepts no church state (8)
ANNOUNCE : Start with A from the clue, then a woman who could be found in a convent surrounds ‘no’ from the clue. Finish off with the abbreviation for the Anglican church.
24a Marine bank anticipating the Spanish nonsense (8)
DOGGEREL : A marine area in the North Sea anticipates or precedes the Spanish definite article.
25a The First Lady, 50, seen in New York regularly (6)
EVENLY : Adam’s partner, and then Roman numeral fifty is inside the abbreviation for New York.
2d Fine leaves boss of kitchen covering a problem (8)
HEADACHE : Start with with a 4,4 phrase for a boss of kitchen or chief cook. Remove the abbreviation for fine (the last letter) from this. Now insert ‘A’ from the clue to make one complete word.
3d Can he con criminal? Absolutely not! (2,6)
NO CHANCE : An anagram (criminal) of CAN HE CON.
4d Minister’s responsibility for output of artist (9)
PORTFOLIO : Double definition. The minister is not clergy but a minister of state.
6d Devil with evidence of debts showing lack of respect (7)
IMPIOUS : A small devilish creature and the four letters that imply monies owing.
7d French wine circle entertaining old boy up for hot food (8)
VINDALOO : The answer starts with the French word for wine and ends with the circle-shaped letter. Inside this we have a reversal (up) of the abbreviation for old, and a word for a boy or young man.
8d Brawn as speciality (8)
STRENGTH : Double definition. Speciality here is an area of expertise.
15d Framed Frenchman after company acted (8)
COMPOSED : The abbreviation for company, then the French equivalent of Mr and a word meaning acted or portrayed.
16d Residence or fine home within the outskirts of Dorking (8)
DWELLING : The first and last letters (outskirts) of Dorking surround a word for fine or in good health and the two letter word meaning at home.
18d American revolutionary with chewed cigar left such spirit (8)
SURGICAL : Reverse (revolutionary) the two letters representing American then an anagram (chewed) of CIGAR and the abbreviation for left.
The North West corner was our last to sort out and 2d gets our vote for favourite clue.
Quickie pun isle + beeb + load = I’ll be blowed