Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29141
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’ve given weather reports quite often lately so will change the pattern this week and report on our finds on our beach walk this morning. Quite sad really. Firstly the remains of an albatross. It was in an advanced state of decay but from what we could see of the wings it would have had a span of at least two metres, a magnificent bird. Next was the dead body of a young seal pup. It was only about 60cm long and as there are no breeding colonies close by it must have been a long way from home. We arrived home feeling quite down. A good thing we had a Jay puzzle to cheer us up again.
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1a The most loyal members may see a record broken by hotel (4-4)
HARD-CORE : Start with the letter represented by hotel in the phonetic alphabet and then an anagram (broken) of A RECORD.
5a Sharpness of workers after a short reduction (6)
ACUMEN : Workers or male employees follow ‘A’ from the clue and a synonym for reduction minus its last letter.
11a Academician before reversing fixed charges (5)
RATES : An arts academician precedes the reversal of fixed or placed.
12a Experienced discrimination with the end of apartheid (6)
TASTED : Discrimination or refinement and then the final letter of apartheid.
13a Contribution from people on fiddle (8)
DONATION : A short word for fiddle or hoodwink and then people making up a country.
18a Identified as outstanding (13)
DISTINGUISHED : A double definition.
23a Piece oddly missing written on class of ants (6)
FORMIC : A school class is followed by the second and fourth letters of ‘piece’.
26a Regularly try out poor part of engine mechanism (5)
ROTOR : String together alternate letters found in three words of the clue.
27a Is curate upset about the beginning of Holy Sacrament? (9)
EUCHARIST : An anagram (upset) of IN CURATE contains the first letter of Holy.
29a At home, reportedly felt angry (8)
INCENSED : The two letter ‘at home’ and then a homophone of felt or experienced.
1d Get on well with international posh type supporting strike (3,2,3)
HIT IT OFF : Start with strike or bash, then the abbreviation for international precedes an informal word for a posh type.
2d Protests suffer in the case of Royals (5)
RAILS : The first and last letters (case) of Royals enclose a synonym for suffer.
4d Paper run needing energy in the morning (4)
REAM : R(un) then e(nergy) and the two letters for before noon.
6d Two dogs will be limit (7)
CURTAIL : The first dog could be a mongrel and the second is a verb meaning to follow.
7d Hearing mostly held in third month for head of family (9)
MATRIARCH : A hearing in a court of law loses its last letter and this is enclosed by the third month of the year.
8d Sniffing and moving slowly out (6)
NOSING : A double definition. The second meaning could be used for a car cautiously entering a stream of traffic.
14d Very ordinary sort of crime done namelessly (8)
MEDIOCRE : An anagram (sort of) of CRIME DOnE once the abbreviation for name has been removed.
20d Set apart from one’s love, in arrears (7)
ISOLATE : The Roman numeral one plus ‘S, the tennis score love, and then in arrears or overdue.
21d Rubbish left by abandoned brides (6)
DEBRIS : An anagram (abandoned) of BRIDES.
24d Shopping centres must have one for first of learner posts (5)
MAILS : Substitute the Roman numeral one for the first time the abbreviation for learner appears in a name for shopping centres.
25d Have a look in work’s canteen (4)
SCAN : And finally today’s only lurker, hiding in the clue.
The two dogs in 6d made this our favourite today.
Quickie pun writers + reign = right as rain