Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29093
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our spell of clear frosty weather has taken a break. Rain is forecast for later in the day but we still managed to complete our usual morning beach and estuary walk in the dry.
Jay has given us some more of his scrumptious anagrams today and all the usual Wednesday fun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Dependent group of people (10)
CONTINGENT : A double definition. The first is an adjective and the second could be a group of people on an expedition.
6a Rumoured assistance by head of security (4)
SAID : The first letter of security plus assistance or help. (We’re used to seeing rumoured as a homophone indicator and this caused us some delay.)
10a Part of leg of Italy going in a touch to the west (5)
TIBIA : To the west here indicates a reversal. Reading from the back, we have ‘A’ from the clue, then the IVR code for Italy and a touch or small amount.
11a Absurd American after developing crude oil without energy (9)
LUDICROUS : An anagram (developing) of CRUD(e) OIL minus the abbreviation for (e)nergy and, finally, the two letter American.
12a Oppressive old Roman emperor just lacking protection (7)
ONEROUS : O(ld), then the Roman emperor remembered for fiddling and the central two letters (lacking protection) of ‘just’.
13a Controversial European cause (7)
EMOTIVE : The abbreviation for European and then cause or reason for an action.
18a A reflection from worried father to thug (12)
AFTERTHOUGHT : An anagram (worried) of FATHER TO THUG.
21a Loud outcry resulting from outwardly casual affair (7)
CLAMOUR : The first and last letters (outwardly) from ‘casual’ plus a romantic affair.
24a Ill-advised Italian arrested by police shortly after one mile (9)
IMPOLITIC : Start with the Roman numeral one and the abbreviation for mile, then the word ‘police’ without its last letter surrounds the abbreviation for Italian.
25a Detest area with house in the outskirts of Bognor (5)
ABHOR : The abbreviation for area, and then the two letter abbreviation for house is contained by the first and last letters (outskirts) of Bognor.
27a Most of the study except tip of surface is shabby (10)
THREADBARE : The first two letters of ‘the’, then a word for study at university, a synonym for except or exclude and the last letter of surface.
2d Caught sailor involved in new plot (6)
NABBED : The same sailor we encountered in 23a is enclosed by N(ew) and a garden plot.
3d Doctor to hardliner now daydreaming (2,7,5)
IN ANOTHER WORLD : An anagram (doctor) of TO HARDLINER NOW.
5d Reminder from head of gallery in 26 (5)
NUDGE : The first letter of gallery is inside the answer to 26a.
8d Fail to welcome foreign press and go off in different directions (8)
DISPERSE : Fail or expire surrounds an anagram (foreign) of PRESS.
9d A vote on the directors generally (6-3-5)
ACROSS-THE-BOARD : ‘A’ from the clue and the mark put on a ballot paper, then the collective name for company directors.
16d Punishment needing official approval (8)
SANCTION : A double definition.
17d Cornered after son gets beaten (8)
STRAPPED : The abbreviation for son and then cornered or captured.
19d Condition of cooked ham after a covering of salt (6)
ASTHMA : An anagram (cooked) of HAM after ‘A’ from the clue plus the first and last letters of salt.
20d Informant‘s impertinence on air (6)
SOURCE : A homophone of impertinence or cheekiness.
22d Gag from miserable devil after losing wife (5)
RETCH : Remove the abbreviation for wife from the start of a miserable devil or pitiable person.
Today we rather liked the connection that we saw between 23a and 20d. The Quickie pun appealed to us too.
Quickie pun toupee + once + weigh = to pay one’s way