Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29153
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
This morning we woke to find a white frost. We thought we had had our last one of these for the season but nature had other ideas. At least a calm fine day has followed.
We found this Jay puzzle at the trickier end of his spectrum and have given it three stars for difficulty and even wondered whether it should have more than that. Lots of fun as usual with some rather scrumptious anagrams.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Carry drink left on board (7)
SUPPORT : A verb meaning to drink and then the nautical word for the left side.
9a Language rejected by cryptographer (5)
ARGOT : A reversed lurker hiding in the clue.
10a International relations destabilising Olympic day endlessly (9)
DIPLOMACY : An anagram (destabilising) of OLYMPIC DAy once the last letter has been dropped.
12a Run off a quantity of cloth (4)
BOLT : A double definition.
14a Establishment play for time beset by independent people (12)
INSTALLATION : The abbreviation for independent and a people or country surround a word meaning play for time or deliberately delay.
18a Hears about policeman arresting Republican tenant farmer (12)
SHARECROPPER : An anagram (about) of HEARS and then an informal word for a policeman contains (arresting) R(epublican.
21a Go out and send back couple carrying cross (4)
EXIT : The reversal of a word meaning couple or join together with string contains the letter shaped like a cross.
22a Instigator of heavy metal in bell (10)
RINGLEADER : A heavy metal, atomic number 82, is inside a bell described by it’s function.
25a Working dog getting hold of bird without delay (2,3,4)
ON THE NAIL : A two letter word meaning working and then ‘dog’ as a verb surrounds a female bird.
26a Area in shade will be soil (5)
TAINT : Shade as in a slight colour contains the abbreviation for area.
27a Ridicules date disheartened with fairground attractions
DERIDES : The first and last letters of date and then fairground attractions that could be merry-go-rounds or Ferris wheels.
1d Poles initially expecting to be thin on the ground (6)
SPARSE : Poles that might be found on sailing vessels plus the first letter (initially) of expecting.
2d Ornamental building needing a party space set up (6)
PAGODA : The wordplay works from the bottom (set up). String together ‘A’ from the clue, a two letter party and then the space to mind when getting on or off a train.
3d Got the better of untalked-of criminal (10)
OUTFLANKED : An anagram (criminal) of UNTALKED-OF.
4d ID subsumed by rising group trends (5)
TIDES : ID from the clue is inside the reversal of a group or band.
6d Decline work under medical professional (4)
DROP : A title for a medical professional and then an artistic work.
7d Speaker has one old piece set to music (8)
ORATORIO : A speaker giving an address is followed by the Roman numeral one and then O(ld).
13d A person who’s followed could be quiet and expert compiler of crosswords (10)
PACESETTER : String together the musical instruction for quiet, then expert or number one, and finally, Jay himself perhaps.
16d Help around new store, like a star (8)
ASTEROID : An anagram (new) of STORE is inside help or assistance.
19d Recommendation of a daughter on immorality? (6)
ADVICE : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for daughter and then immorality or sin.
20d Rather narrow-minded about head of religion (6)
PRETTY : The first letter of religion is inside narrow-minded or nit-picking.
23d Talk about Liberal repeatedly causes annoyance (5)
GALLS : An informal word for talk or chatter contains the abbreviation for Liberal, twice.
24d Pay attention to river rising below hospital (4)
HEED : H(ospital) and then the reversal of the ubiquitous ‘fourth letter’ river.
Our favourite today is 5a.
Quickie pun wart + surname = what’s-her-name