Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29111
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
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A quality puzzle from Jay once again.
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10a Bridge crossing international state (5)
SPAIN : Bridge or arch over contains I(nternational).
11a A record, in a sense, must be equivalent (9)
ANALOGOUS : ‘A’ plus a written record is inside ‘A’ plus common sense.
12a No resistance in weirdly credible measure taken against racket (7)
DECIBEL : Remove the physics symbol for resistance from an anagram (weirdly) of C(r)EDIBLE.
14a Alienation of odd people adopted by sect regularly (12)
ESTRANGEMENT : The second and fourth letters from sect surround synonyms for odd and people.
18a Unexpectedly as doleful and needing to change (3,2,1,6)
ALL OF A SUDDEN : An anagram (needing to change) of AS DOLEFUL AND.
23a Copy European drug smuggler importing a source of this (7)
EMULATE : The abbreviation for European and then a drug smuggler or courier contains ‘A’ from the clue and the first letter of ‘this’.
24a Instruction for player with worker in love (9)
ANDANTINO : String together a synonym for with, a worker insect, ‘in’ from the clue and the tennis score love.
25a Flash Gordon’s first material for dressing (5)
GLINT : The initial letter of Gordon’s and then the absorbent material used in a surgical dressing.
26a Peer docked in good time (4)
EARL : Remove the last letter from a word meaning in good time or prompt.
1d Live on edge (6)
RESIDE : On or concerning and then edge or border.
2d Subtle meaning is absent from pest (6)
NUANCE : Find a word for a pest and remove ‘is’ from inside this.
5d Old Bill is spot on (5)
EXACT : A two letter prefix for old or former and then a parliamentary bill that has become law.
7d Dines out after a turn, having worried greatly (8)
AGONISED : “A” from the clue and a turn or opportunity followed by an anagram (out) of DINES.
8d Brainwaves generated by popular tourist attractions (8)
INSIGHTS : A two letter word for popular and then tourist attractions that need to be viewed.
9d Positive associate of Freud has left European city (8,6)
CONCRETE JUNGLE : Positive or solid, another psychoanalyst associated with Freud, and then finally, abbreviations for left and European.
15d New editor away drinking rum, went to sleep (6,3)
NODDED OFF : Rum or strange is contained by N(ew), the short form of editor, and then away or not operating.
16d In Scotland, extended university years for Russian, perhaps (8)
LANGUAGE : The Scottish spelling of a word meaning extended, the abbreviation for university and then years or a long time.
19d Raised standard that is right for such a weapon (6)
RAPIER : The reversal of a standard that could be a golf score, the two letters for the Latin phrase ‘that is’ and then R(ight).
20d Divulged information about origin of physics particle (6)
LEPTON : A (3,2) phrase meaning divulged information contains the first letter of physics.
22d In Madeira it always includes this side order (5)
RAITA : And to finish we have today’s only lurker.
Our favourite today is 21a.
Quickie pun calf + oars + ale = car for sale