Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29177
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We seem to have been all over the place lately. Health issues for a very good, long-standing friend has meant lots of to, from, and around Wellington trips for us. However we are both home again now so able to tackle this week’s Jay puzzle as usual.
The weather is at last starting to warm up a bit. One of us is actually wearing shorts today.
We found this puzzle at the trickier end of Jay’s spectrum and even considered the possibility of giving it 4 difficulty stars.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
7a Son needs guts, ignoring a cause of great suffering (7)
SCOURGE : The abbreviation for son and a synonym for guts or valour has the letter ‘A’ removed from within it.
8a Irritation caused by hollow cough and a smile (7)
CHAGRIN : The first and last letters (hollow) of cough, ‘A’ from the clue and then a broad smile.
11a Noise from family group beginning to grate (5)
CLANG : A family group, possibly with Scottish origins and then the first letter of grate.
12a Common resources may see sailing vessel return (5)
POOLS : The reversal of a one-masted, cutter-rigged, sailing vessel.
18a Commander-in-Chief must arrest poor inmate filming? (9)
CINEMATIC : The three letters signifying a Commander-in-Chief surround an anagram (poor) of INMATE.
20a Notes consequences (5)
MUSIC : A double definition. The consequences are what must be faced following a misdeed.
21a Article written by Channel island statesman? (5)
IOWAN : The three letters signifying an island that is in the English Channel (but not one of the Channel Islands), and then the two letter indefinite article.
24a Pay for former head to tour Italy (7)
EXPIATE : The two letter ‘former’ and an old or humorous word for the crown of the head contains the IVR code for Italy.
25a Sort of pigment required by working lineman (7)
MELANIN : An anagram (working) of LINEMAN.
2d Complaints mature in case of grievances (6)
GRIPES : The first and last letters (case) of grievances surround mature or ready for eating.
3d Argued with leader going for speakers ultimately with experience (8)
SEASONED : Start with a synonym for argued and replace its first letter (an R) with the final letter of speakers.
4d Such clues may be an affliction (6)
ACROSS : A single word synonym for ‘An’ and an affliction that has to be borne.
5d Wide bridges needing time and funds (3,5)
WAR CHEST : The cricket abbreviation for wide, then bridges or curved spans and finally T(ime).
6d Care assistants will accept penalties given here (4)
AREA : A football clue. It’s a lurker.
7d Pointed performance included in cost is cheating (5,8)
SHARP PRACTICE : A word meaning ‘having a point’ and then a performance or deed is enclosed by the cost of an item for purchase.
17d Welcomes allegations — under a cloud at first (8)
ACCLAIMS : Start with ‘A’ from the clue and the first letter of cloud, and then allegations or assertions.
19d Form of street canopy (6)
TESTER : An anagram (form of) of STREET.
22d Shed tears seeing moderate Tory embracing party’s leader (4)
WEPT : The word used by Margaret Thatcher to describe a moderate Tory contains the first letter of party.
Too many excellent clues for us to pick a favourite.
Quickie pun chore + collate = chocolate