Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29009
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
While we are having mainly fine weather at home, Westland and Fiordland where we were travelling recently, are having torrential rain. They are areas which have a reputation for high rainfall but this present event is exceptional. A bridge washed away, slips and landslides plus surface flooding over a wide area. It’s a huge disruption to all the locals and the hordes of tourists who visit the area. The long bridge that spanned the Waiho river, and was yesterday washed away, is a crucial link in the only road that passes down the coast.
Great puzzle again from Jay.
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1a Charles and his mother must get drink after drink (6)
CHASER : A shortened form of the name Charles and then the Queen’s regnal cypher.
5a The majority accepting bad liar is a principled person (8)
MORALIST : An anagram (bad) of LIAR is inside a word for the majority.
11a A little taken by case of hilarious customs (6)
HABITS : ‘A’ from the clue and little or small portion are inside the first and last letters (case) of hilarious.
14a Imagines attitudes after drink (8)
SUPPOSES : Drink here is a verb and precedes attitudes or stances.
16a Uniformed groups of newly-weds touring Georgia (8)
BRIGADES : The abbreviation for the US state of Georgia is enclosed by female newly-weds.
19a Study on section of turf that’s heavy with moisture (6)
SODDEN : Two three letter words. The first is a section of turf and the second is a study or reading room.
21a Refuge may be simple choice with no leaders (6)
ASYLUM : Find four letter synonyms for both ‘simple’ and ‘choice’ and remove the first letter from each of them.
25a 24 put off people crossing motorway (13)
DETERMINATION : A word meaning to put off, then the letter and number for the UK’s principal motorway and a people or country.
26a Remains American after Motor City loses source of oil (8)
DETRITUS : Remove the O (first letter of oil) from the place often called Motor City, then the two letters signifying America.
2d Associates of hard old boy suppressing toffs (7)
HOBNOBS : The abbreviations for hard and old boy are followed by toffs or aristos.
3d School tests must cover line for sailors (5)
SALTS : Scholastic aptitude tests include the abbreviation for line.
4d Tories battered communist and celebrated (9)
ROISTERED : An anagram (battered) of TORIES and then the colour denoting communist.
6d Admire a challenger showing scope (5)
REACH : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
7d Relations supporting sentence is an essential factor (9)
LIFEBLOOD : Relations, or those with consanguinity, follow a very long prison sentence.
13d Ofsted perhaps is normal, welcoming Tax Officer (9)
REGULATOR : Normal or standard contains the abbreviation for Tax Officer.
15d Send poor aunt to accommodate Liberal candidate (9)
POSTULANT : Send by mail and then an anagram (poor) of AUNT includes the abbreviation for Liberal.
17d Remains on team hosting United (7)
RESIDUE : The two letters denoting on or concerning and a synonym for team contains the abbreviation for united.
18d Tears up with Italian son’s shorts (7)
SPIRITS : Reverse a word meaning tears up or pulls apart then the two letter abbreviation for Italian and S(on).
22d Value rejected in retirement? (5)
MERIT : A reversed lurker, hiding in the clue.
24d Doctor — I have motivation (5)
DRIVE : The title for a doctor and then a short way of writing I have.
We liked the cleverness of the same definition in both 26a and 17d.
Quickie pun gnome + mist + airy = no mystery