Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29099
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Another good fun Wednesday puzzle from Jay.
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1a Quietly distributing another book of the Bible that describes the Virgin Birth (15)
PARTHENOGENESIS : The letter for the music instruction for softly, an anagram (distributing) of ANOTHER, and then the first book of the Bible.
9a Governments succeeded after endless diet (7)
REGIMES : A word for a diet or discipline loses its last letter which is replaced by the genealogical abbreviation for succeeded.
10a Little noise from lamb heard where one might get drink (7)
MINIBAR : ‘Heard’ tells us this is a homophone. A word for little that we associate with a classic car or a sixties skirt, and then the sound a lamb makes.
12a Check second highest point (4)
STOP : The abbreviation for second plus upmost.
13a A head for drink? (6)
NOGGIN : A double definition. The first is an informal word for a person’s head.
15a Limits of arguments against accepting penalty (8)
CONFINES : A monetary penalty is contained by a word for ‘arguments against’ that is usually linked with pros.
19a Son must be attached to short pants (6)
BRIEFS : Short or concise plus S(on).
22a Whip, when grasped by left hand (4)
LASH : A synonym for when is inside the abbreviation for left hand.
23a Acceptable habit? (5,4)
DRESS CODE : A cryptic definition of sartorial standards.
26a Turning around after Conservative openness (7)
CANDOUR : The single letter abbreviation for conservative and then an anagram (turning) of AROUND.
27a Dream of one US soldier cutting hair (7)
IMAGINE : The Roman numeral one and then a US soldier is inside a shock of hair, possibly found on a horse or a lion.
1d Apply flexible rate at home after parking (7)
PERTAIN : The letter indicating that parking is permitted, an anagram (flexible) of RATE and then the two letter ‘at home’.
3d Frustrate man’s right to change (9)
HAMSTRING : An anagram (to change) of MANS RIGHT.
4d Number with cast had something to eat (6)
NOSHED : The two letter abbreviation for number and then cast or shucked off.
5d Stick with point developed — that’s common sense (8)
GUMPTION : Stick or adhere and then an anagram (developed) of POINT.
7d Advance policy for prosperity (9)
SUBSTANCE : An advance or interim payment and then a policy or attitude.
14d Signals sent out before party producing such a musical effect (9)
GLISSANDO : An anagram (sent out) of SIGNALS and then a two letter party.
16d Head off everybody to the south of Arden, perhaps (9)
FORESTALL : What Arden in Warwickshire is an example of (what is left of it) , and then a synonym for everybody.
17d Civil servant chap needing bravery for the most part (8)
MANDARIN : Another word for a chap and then bravery or foolhardiness loses its last letter.
18d Makes ends meet and marries (7)
SPLICES : A double definition. The ends here are on a piece of rope.
20d Landscape flats (7)
SCENERY : Another double definition. The flats here are found on stage in a theatre.
21d Understanding and looking for missing king (6)
SEEING : Remove the chess abbreviation for king from a word meaning looking for.
25d Low temperature is subject to debate (4)
MOOT : The noise a cow makes, and then T(emperature).
We liked the animal noises in 10a and 25d so they are joint favourites this week.
Quickie pun reverse + ticks = River Styx