Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29135
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
When summer gets extended somewhat longer than the norm we have the expression “Indian Summer” to describe it. If there is a similar expression to describe a winter that goes on past its recommended use-by date, it is one that we don’t know. At the bottom of the post we have put a photo we took two days ago looking across some wetlands of our estuary towards the Tararua ranges with a fresh mantle of snow.
Another Wednesday treat from Jay for us all to solve.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Assume importing gold will be strange (7)
FOREIGN : Assume or simulate contains the two letter heraldic term for gold.
9a Reveal a new grammatical term for an object in front of church (8)
ANNOUNCE : String together ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for new, a grammatical ‘naming word’ and the Anglican Church.
10a Girl from musical pocketing doctor’s instrument (7)
MARIMBA : The musical girl is either from West Side Story or The Sound of Music. She surrounds one of the two letter possibilities denoting a doctor.
11a Gives prominence to characteristics (8)
FEATURES : A double definition.
12a The French article and the German article? (6)
LEADER : A French definite article, an English indefinite article and a German definite article. All this produces a newspaper article
15a Simple canal boat with no end of painting (4)
BARE : A canal boat, but not the ones we associate with Venice, loses the final letter from painting.
16a Manage stewed prunes for some on the podium (7-2)
RUNNERS-UP : Manage or control and then an anagram (stewed) of PRUNES.
21a Want to have one for a defeat (4)
LICK : Start with a synonym for a want or shortage, and replace the letter ‘A’ with the Roman numeral one.
22a I’m sort of upset about one’s instruction for player (10)
FORTISSIMO : The Roman numeral one with its ‘S is included in an anagram (upset) of I’M SORT OF.
24a Slogan adopted by human traffickers? (6)
MANTRA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
25a Career of mostly courteous Independent and Conservative ministers at the end (8)
POLITICS : Remove the last letter from a synonym for courteous and then I(ndependent) C(onservative) plus the last letter of ministers.
27a Controversial speech from European male in charge (7)
POLEMIC : A person from an Eastern European country and the abbreviations for ‘male’ and ‘in charge’.
28a Last on, is hoping to contain surprise (8)
ASTONISH : Another lurker, hiding in the clue.
29a Refuse to accept it’s rejected fate (7)
DESTINY : Refuse, or even refute contains the reversal of the word ‘it’s’.
2d Relax, unusually, in the morning after old test (4,4)
ORAL EXAM : String together O(ld), an anagram (unusually) of RELAX, and finally the two letters signifying before noon.
4d A bishop must wear new designer coats (10)
GABERDINES : ‘A’ from the clue and a chess bishop are inside an anagram (new) of DESIGNER.
7d Church song popular trio played on time (7)
INTROIT : The two letter popular, an anagram (played) of TRIO plus T(ime).
8d One word for dragon, in two words! (7)
PERSIST : Split the word dragon into two words 4,2. Now find a synonym for this phrase.
11d Developed register of timeless fakes (9)
FORGERIES : An anagram (developed) of REGIStER OF once the abbreviation for time has been removed (timeless).
14d Upset married model after dance (10)
DISCOMPOSED : Start with a dance style that we associate with the 1970’s, then the abbreviation for married, and model or sit for an artist.
17d Mournful chap supporting scheme (8)
PLANGENT : Another word for a scheme and then a dignified chap.
19d Cheaper time to go on holiday with dog, some say (3-4)
OFF-PEAK : On holiday or not at work and then a homophone for the short name for a breed of dog originating in China.
23d Keen on Geordie chant? (6)
INTONE : A four letter informal word for keen, then the geographical area we associate with Geordies.
26d Ready when cutting into central heating (4)
CASH : A synonym for ‘when’ is contained by the abbreviation for central heating.
Again hard to pick a favourite but the cleverness of 12a particularly appealed to us.
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