Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28513
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Over the last few weeks we have been putting together our next overseas adventure. As well as arranging flights and itineraries we have had to deal with a rather involved process to obtain visas and then get some inoculations. It is all under control now and we are off to India in October. We are mainly visiting family who are living there for a couple of years, but as our 50th wedding anniversary happens on 28th October we thought that to visit the Taj Mahal would be a nice way to celebrate it.
The level of difficulty that we have seen in the last few Jay puzzles is continued in today’s offering with several head scratching clues to keep us challenged and amused.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Can I go out to play, with son being 12? (10)
CONTAGIOUS: An anagram (to play) of CAN I GO OUT and then the abbreviation for son.
6a Make a deep impression in Bletchley (4)
ETCH : A lurker hiding in the last word of the clue.
10a Pull Italian – namely … (2,3)
TO WIT : A three letter synonym for pull and the abbreviation for Italian.
12a Managing to grasp difficulty at home with source of gas (8)
CATCHING : A word for a difficulty or fish hook, then the two letter ‘at home’ and the first letter of gas.
13a Sartorial feature of primate in two lines (5)
LAPEL : A primate, of which human beings are a naked kind, is inside the repeated abbreviation for line.
15a Ham is finished and cat is upset (7)
OVERACT : Ham here is a verb. Finished or completed and then an anagram (is upset) of CAT.
17a Crime resulting from end of lost cause (7)
TREASON : The last letter of lost and then a word for cause.
19a Group‘s place for sleeping beside lake (7)
COTERIE : The place for sleeping is a small bed and then one of the Great Lakes.
22a This might call you about empty space for reversing (5)
PAGER : The two letter word for about and an empty space all gets reversed.
27a Opt for changes, rejecting fuel investments (9)
PORTFOLIO : An anagram (changes) of OPT FOR and then the reversal of a liquid fuel.
30a Foothold established by game of cards with boss (10)
BRIDGEHEAD : A popular card game that has auction or contract variants is followed by a boss or leader.
1d Energy after reduction is precious (4)
CUTE : The abbreviation for energy follows a word for a reduction.
3d Trip regularly taken by African organisation is a lark (5)
ANTIC : The African organisation is the one we associate with Nelson Mandela and includes the first and third letters of trip.
4d Deliver short film during international (7)
INFLICT : An informal word for a film or movie loses its last letter and is inside a three letter abbreviation for international.
5d Respectable, and not lying! (7)
UPRIGHT : A double definition. The ‘not lying’ has nothing to do with untruths.
7d Nip out of bed to perform a mathematical task (3,2)
TOT UP : We need another word for a nip or small drink of spirits, and then a word meaning out of bed.
8d Uncompromising types may be unlucky crossing river (10
HARDLINERS : We need a 4,5 phrase meaning bad luck and put the one letter abbreviation for river into this.
9d How do you do without love, and with tendency to be determined? (4-4)
HELL-BENT : A word of greeting (how do you do) loses the tennis score love and then a word for a tendency.
14d Feel Telegraph, perhaps, should get a bit of a rocket (10)
TOUCHPAPER : Feel or make tactile contact and what the Telegraph is an example of. We need to be thinking fifth of November rather than NASA projects here.
16d RAF’s requirement in demeanour and skill? (8)
AIRCRAFT : Demeanour or mien and then skill or ability.
18d Scrupulous about supporting university criticism (9)
STRICTURE : Scrupulous or exacting, then the abbreviation for university and the word meaning about.
20d Online seller always covers back (1-6)
E-TAILER : A word for back or rearmost portion is inside a poetic synonym for always.
25d Stay in temporary accommodation, getting deposit (5)
LODGE : A double definition.
26d Looking embarrassed about a book? (4)
READ : The colour one becomes when embarrassed contains ‘A’ from the clue.
Today’s vote for favourite goes to 21d.
Quickie pun history + onyx = histrionics