Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29123
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
On a recent blog we mentioned that Spring looked to be just around the corner. We have had to eat our words. Winter has returned here with a vengeance. Cold southerly winds and snow to low levels has been the norm over most of the country with road closures and other disruptions. The only people happy about it are the operators of the ski fields who now have an extended season.
All the usual Wednesday fun from Jay.
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9a Line crossed by a policeman with work and drink (7)
ALCOPOP : In the order that the pieces appear in the answer we have ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for line, a familiar word for a policeman and an artistic work.
10a Emergency transport from trial if in order (7)
AIRLIFT : An anagram (in order) of TRIAL IF.
11a Parents occasionally sent back meal (3)
TEA : The reversal of alternate letters in the word parents.
12a Improvement of allowance covering European etiquette (11)
REFORMATION : An allowance or allotted portion surrounds E(uropean) and etiquette or right behaviour.
14a Unlikely book being rejected is welcomed by engineers (6)
REMOTE : A large book is reversed inside the two letters for army engineers.
17a Entertaining — before a Liberal becomes dismal (8)
FUNEREAL : A three letter word for entertaining, then a poetic word for before and ‘A’ from the clue plus L(iberal).
19a Vexatious hearing (6)
TRYING : A double definition. The hearing happens in a law court.
22a Lack of feeling in these as a criminal follows American (11)
ANAESTHESIA : The one letter abbreviation for American and an anagram (criminal) of IN THESE AS A.
23a Transport required by most of freshwater fish? (3)
CAR : Remove the last letter from a freshwater fish such as a goldfish.
24a Dream of golf in island state of the USA (7)
IMAGINE : Start with the one letter abbreviation for island and then an eastern seaboard state of the USA contains the Nato phonetic alphabet golf.
26a Prompt to accept one’s at home cooking (7)
CUISINE : A prompt or reminder contains ‘one’s’ expressed as the Roman numeral with its ‘S, plus the two letter word for ‘at home’.
2d A person’s demand for alimony, say (7)
EXCLAIM : Split the answer 2,5 to get an ex-partner’s request for support.
3d Retail outlets use report designed in case of salaries (11)
SUPERSTORES : The first and last letters (case) of ‘salaries’ contain an anagram (designed) of USE REPORT.
4d Overcharge, seeing rent high (3,3)
RIP OFF : A rent or tear and then high or in a state of putrefaction.
5d Map ignoring river and heathland set up for online facility (4,4)
CHAT ROOM : A map (possibly a nautical one) loses the abbreviation for river, and then the reversal of another word for a heathland.
7d Independent on Sunday at first protected by new title favouring the few (7)
ELITIST : An anagram (new) of TITLE contains I(ndependent) and the first letter of Sunday.
8d Directions to bank employees to be upright (8,6)
STANDING ORDERS : Another all-in-one clue. These are instructions made to one’s bank to make regular payments. (We were more familiar with this phrase in parliamentary procedures).
13d Positive — if a farm vet moves around one (11)
AFFIRMATIVE : An anagram (moves around) of IF A FARM VET contains the Roman numeral one.
20d Republican underpinning urge that is causing more irritation (7)
ITCHIER : An urge or desire, then the two letters for the Latin expression ‘that is’ plus R(epublican).
25d Diaries intermittently revealing anger (3)
IRE : The second, fourth and sixth letters of diaries.
The three that appealed to us most today were the all-in-one clues.
Quickie pun seize + hide = seaside