Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29063
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re ‘girding our loins’ for an invasion tomorrow. 15yr old granddaughter Alice is bringing six of her school friends to stay at our place for a couple of days. They won’t actually be staying in our house but in a holiday bach on the property and plan to be fully self-catering. Looking forward to having them here.
We finished this Jay puzzle within our 2 star time but there are some trickier bits here and we did consider putting 3 stars for difficulty.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Agreement from politician blocking company law (7)
COMPACT : Start with the abbreviation for company, then a member of parliament and finally, what a bill becomes when it is passed by parliament.
10a Code will be broken with strange behaviour (7)
DECORUM : An anagram (will be broken) of CODE plus strange or odd.
11a Not one of the favourites is rude to eccentric (8)
OUTSIDER : An anagram (eccentric) of IS RUDE TO.
12a Caution mostly needed with favourite blanket (6)
CARPET : A synonym for caution loses its last letter and then favourite or cherished.
13a Anomaly of hesitation by sailor with allowance (10)
ABERRATION : An able-bodied seaman (sailor) then a two letter hesitation sound and an allowance or allotted portion.
16a Incisive Tory, oddly with charm (9)
TRENCHANT : The first and third letters (oddly) of TORY and then charm or captivate.
21a Defeat, being exposed on east of border (4)
ROUT : The final letter (east) of border and then exposed or in the open.
24a Sort of person found in advertising legacies (6)
SINGLE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
25a Turns aside, seeing weaknesses across line (8)
DEFLECTS : The abbreviation for line is inside weaknesses or flaws.
27a A name adopted by players before a game (7)
CANASTA : Put ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for name inside a group of theatrical players and finally, the other ‘A’ from the clue.
28a Downgrade emissary on outskirts of Rome (8)
RELEGATE : The first and last letters (outskirts) of Rome plus an emissary or envoy.
29a Right about man being rejected for acceptance (7)
RECEIPT : The two letter abbreviation for right surrounds the reversal of a man found on a chessboard.
2d Person running a business exercise welcomed by speaker (8)
OPERATOR : A person delivering a speech encloses physical exercise.
3d The chances of a view (8)
PROSPECT : A double definition.
5d Place of army officer after evicting tenant (4)
LIEU : Remove the word ‘tenant’ from a junior army officer.
6d Sickness that’s a value in North America (6)
NAUSEA : Inside the abbreviation for North America place ‘A’ from the clue and value or purpose.
8d Relevance of demeanour? (7)
BEARING : A double definition.
11d Complete musical about love finding things to wear (9)
OVERCOATS : Complete or finished, and then the feline musical contains the tennis score love.
14d Property of beer in a setter upset (4,6)
REAL ESTATE : An anagram (upset) of A SETTER contains a synonym for beer.
17d Case to be heard before tea out will be cut short (8)
TRUNCATE : What sounds like a large travelling case and then an anagram (out) of TEA.
18d Point, satisfied with small blouse? (4,4)
FULL STOP : Satisfied or replete, then the abbreviation for small and what a blouse or even a tee shirt could be called.
20d Academic priest set up outline (7)
PROFILE : An academic head of department and the reversal of crosswordland’s favourite high priest.
23d Join in support of European issue (6)
EMERGE : Firstly, the abbreviation for European, then join or come together.
We couldn’t choose between 7d and 18d for favourite today and the surface reading of 9a had real appeal.
Quickie pun poor + keep + highs = porky pies (lies)