Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29115
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’ve had a little blogger shuffle this week so here we are working with a Monday puzzle while Miffypops will be doing our usual Jay puzzle on Wednesday.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Wet, head of wretched mischievous child (4)
WIMP : The first letter of wretched plus a mischievous child.
3a Chimney workers win lottery (10)
SWEEPSTAKE : People like Bert in the original ‘Mary Poppins’ and then win or gain possession of.
9a Call engineer about rear of contraption (4)
RING : The last letter of contraption is inside engineer or perhaps manipulate.
11a Acknowledged salesperson was economical with the truth? (7)
REPLIED : A commercial traveller (salesperson) and then a word for ‘was economical with the truth’.
14a Final: win after grabbing unexpected lead (11)
VALEDICTORY : Final here is an adjective. Another word for a win contains an anagram (unexpectedly) of LEAD.
21a Dismiss member producing a gun? (7)
FIREARM : Dismiss or sack and then a member or limb.
22a Quietly tell high-ranking ecclesiast (7)
PRELATE : The musical letter for quietly and then tell or narrate a story.
24a No more than minutes before (4)
MERE : The abbreviation for minutes and then a poetic word for before.
25a Got smaller car inside one outhouse by end of yard
DIMINISHED : Start with the last letter of yard, and then a small 1960’s car is inside the Roman numeral one and a garden outhouse.
26a Small Scottish river? Check (4)
STAY : S(mall) and then the longest river in Scotland.
1d With artist going over important burial place (3,5)
WAR GRAVE : The abbreviation for with, the reversal (going over) of Royal Academician and then important or serious.
2d Beginning to moan about old former college game (8)
MONOPOLY : The first letter of moan, then a two letter word for about or concerning, the abbreviation for old and an informal former name for a technical training institute.
4d Cut down drastically to accommodate university (5)
WOUND : The abbreviation for university is inside an anagram (drastically) of DOWN.
5d For example, US soldier coming in changing Euros is shocking (9)
EGREGIOUS : The two letters from Latin indicating ‘for example’ and then an anagram (changing) of EUROS contains the usual US soldier.
6d Clever housing gallery in Chatsworth, perhaps (7,4)
STATELY HOME : A three letter word for clever or arch contains a London (and other places) gallery, and then ‘in’ or at one’s place or residence.
7d Plate turned up depicting beast (6)
ANIMAL : The reversal of a type of plate that might be found in geological strata.
8d Eastern power heard showing respect (6)
ESTEEM : The abbreviation for Eastern and a homophone for power produced by heating water.
12d With it, excavation on land brings anger (11)
INDIGNATION : A short word for ‘with it’, an excavation that could be archaeological and then land or country.
15d Unattractive, like some bracelets? (9)
CHARMLESS : Some bracelets contain little figures and ornaments. These ones do not.
16d A page guardian readily understood (8)
APPARENT : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for page and then a guardian such as a mother or father.
19d Scared, female caught in a foray (6)
AFRAID : F(emale) is inside ‘A’ from the clue and a foray or incursion.
22d Report of armistice in newspaper article (5)
PIECE : A homophone for armistice or end of hostilities.
17d was our last one in today so that is our favourite.
Quickie puns tore + kit + ova = talk it over
and the bottom row ate + sum + real = eightsome reel