Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29051
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Blustery changeable weather lately. Fine at the moment but quite a strong wind and sneaky showers that seem to creep up when we least expect them. Typical autumn weather.
Today’s setter had us working quite hard once again, but, as ever, we thoroughly enjoyed the process. Unusually for a Wednesday, the Quick Crossword is a pangram.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Rough sleeper should keep one for file (7)
DOSSIER : The Roman numeral one is inside a word for a rough sleeper.
10a Commercial activity as result of complaining bitterly about feet regularly (9)
RETAILING : The second and fourth letters of ‘feet’ (regularly) are inside another word for complaining bitterly.
12a Boast from most of the monarchy (4)
CROW : The headgear used as a symbol of the monarchy loses its last letter.
18a Try being fashionable and moving (5-7)
HEART-RENDING : A four letter word meaning try in a court, plus being fashionable or going with the ‘in’ crowd.
21a Utter stink in class (4)
RANK : A triple definition.
22a A doctor interrupts drunk holding line, confused (10)
BAMBOOZLED : Start with an informal word for drunk. Inside the early part of this insert ‘A’ and a doctor’s qualification, then further on in the word insert L(ine).
25a Head of state thus veering off (9)
SOVEREIGN : A two letter synonym for ‘thus’ and then an anagram (off) of VEERING.
26a Hotels keeping ducks — a great deal of fuss (3-2)
HOO-HA : Two copies of the letter represented phonetically by hotel surround two cricket score ducks, and finally ‘A’ from the clue.
27a Joins up broken lines thus vacantly (7)
ENLISTS : An anagram (broken) of LINES and then the first and last letters of ‘thus’.
28a Lewd display on outside broadcast (7)
OBSCENE : The two letters indicating an outside broadcast and then a display or depiction.
2d Signals and turns (6)
SPELLS : Signals or indicates, and turns or periods of time.
3d Being at home with a m-man of the church is not right (10)
INACCURATE : The two letter word for being at home, then ‘A’ from the clue and a somewhat junior man of the cloth has his first letter duplicated.
4d Country game broadly using regulars (5)
RURAL : New Zealand’s national game (in two letters) and then the second, fourth and sixth letters of ‘broadly’.
5d Disaffected editor drinking rum (9)
ESTRANGED : The abbreviation for editor surrounds rum or bizarre.
8d Roads needing bad manners? (8)
HIGHWAYS : Bad or rotting and then manners or means.
13d Scottish town and other changes in valleys (10)
GLENROTHES : A Scottish word for valleys contains an anagram (changes) of OTHER. (We didn’t know this town).
15d Outlines of drama in as score developed (9)
SCENARIO : An anagram (developed) of IN AS SCORE.
16d Hypocrite needing hotel in the capital of France before middle of week (8)
PHARISEE : The capital city of France contains H(otel) and then the central two letters of week.
17d Celebration of the flesh embracing naked diva (8)
CARNIVAL : An adjective meaning of the flesh encloses the middle letters of ‘diva’.
19d A sweetheart full of cold getting recess (6)
ALCOVE : The abbreviation for cold is inside ‘A’ from the clue and a darling.
20d Germany involved in conscious web advertising programs (6)
ADWARE : The IVR code for Germany is inside conscious or cognisant.
24d Supplies weapons to charity, reportedly (4)
ARMS : A homophone of an old word for charitable gifts.
Once again lots to choose from. 11a is our favourite this week.
Quickie pun beast + wrong = be strong