Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29045
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Wednesdays do seem to come around quickly. All of a sudden it is time to sit down and have the pleasure of solving and blogging another Jay puzzle. We found this one quite tricky with some less familiar words to deal with. There was also a little problem with the enumeration for 11d in the on-line version, that has now been fixed. It took us well into 3 star for difficulty time to get it all sorted.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a High-handed European politician, Conservative, chasing a lot of perks? (10)
PEREMPTORY : In the order they appear in the answer, we start with the first three letters of (a lot of) perks, next, the abbreviations for European and a Member of Parliament and finally,
the familiar name for Conservative Party.
6a Request sees enjoyment cut by half (4)
PLEA : Start with an eight letter synonym for enjoyment and chop off the last four letters.
9a Reading music? (7)
RECITAL : An ‘out-loud’ reading or a musical performance.
12a Condensed tune that’s piped (10,3)
COMPRESSED AIR : Condensed or squashed together and then a tune or song.
14a Deplore charge applied to administrator (8)
EXECRATE : A four letter shortened title for a corporate administrator and then a charge or cost.
17a Disreputable line that hurts Spain (6)
LOUCHE : The abbreviation for line, then the exclamation that says “That hurts!” plus the IVR code for Spain.
21a Public announcements of iron-free meals at last? (5,8)
PRESS RELEASES : Iron is a verb meaning to de-crease, then free or unshackle plus the last letter of meals.
24a Confirms as attending internationals (7)
ATTESTS : A two letter word for attending and then international sporting fixtures.
25a Gulp, seeing small hippos do this (7)
SWALLOW : The abbreviation for small and then what Flanders and Swann tell us hippos do in glorious mud.
27a A bit of drama curtailed, 7 perhaps being the dominating power (10)
ASCENDANCE : ‘A’ from the clue, and part of a play that is smaller than an act without its last letter, and finally, what the answer to 7d is an example of.
1d Standard finish to Rolls-Royce trim (4)
PARE : The standard as in a golf score and the last letter of Rolls-Royce.
2d What Greens will do about revolution? (7)
RECYCLE : About or with reference to, and a revolution or turning.
3d Changes to some hampers needing adjustment (13)
METAMORPHOSES : An anagram (needing adjustment) to TO SOME HAMPERS.
4d Bear‘s new role in gallery (8)
TOLERATE : An anagram (new) of ROLE is inside one of London’s major galleries.
7d Youth grabbing a doctor with a number of Brazilian revellers (7)
LAMBADA : ‘A’ and a medical doctor’s qualification are inside a youth or young man and finally ‘A’ from the clue.
8d Lingering impression of a fat setter in bits (10)
AFTERTASTE : An anagram (in bits) of A FAT SETTER.
11d Note things must change with short time for romance
ONE-NIGHT STAND : An anagram (must change) of NOTE THINGS followed by a synonym for ‘with’.
16d Suckers seen working for landlord (8)
LICENSEE : Nasty little parasitic suckers plus an anagram (working) of SEEN.
18d Left after dinner, uniform tidy (7)
UNEATEN : The abbreviation for uniform and then tidy as a verb.
20d Abuse mostly coming with popular hormone (7)
INSULIN : A synonym for abuse or deride loses its last letter and then the two letter popular.
22d Relaxes when in view on the way up (5)
EASES : A two letter word for ‘when’ is inside the reversal of view or observe.
23d Short message, rather quaint (4)
TWEE : Remove the last letter from a short message on one of the popular social media forums.
Once we had the enumeration sorted out we settled on 11d as our favourite.
Quickie pun core + toff + flaw = court of law