Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29195
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back to the usual two-person household after a busy long weekend with family staying. Wonderful to have them all here, and our daughter’s birthday was celebrated in style.
Jay is the setter today of course, so we have a competently put-together fun puzzle once again.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Thrashing bridge supremo (8)
SPANKING : To reach across with a bridge and then a supreme leader.
9a Modification applied to former telecommunications facility (8)
EXCHANGE : The two letter prefix implying former and then a synonym for modification.
12a A sound quality — people with time for reparation (9)
ATONEMENT : String together ‘A’ from the clue, a word for sound quality, male people and T(ime).
14a Material that may be left out (4)
FELT : An anagram (out) of LEFT.
16a Profits from rail tickets (7)
RETURNS : A double definition. These rail tickets will get you home again.
19a Environment partially contained within Panama? (7)
HABITAT : A 1,3 phrase meaning partially is inside what a Panama could be an example of.
21a Rows generated by unprotected husky (4)
OARS : Start with a synonym for husky or having a croaky throat, and remove the first and last letters of this word.
24a Part of engine restricted by zero torque (5)
ROTOR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
27a Personal item providing a tax credit up front (6)
CRAVAT : Start with the two letter abbreviation for credit, then ‘A’ from the clue and the tax added at retail level.
28a Following instructions, debit one at random (8)
OBEDIENT : An anagram (at random) of DEBIT ONE.
29a Stressful hearing (6)
TRYING : A double definition. The hearing is in a court of law.
30a One thus delayed daughter getting cut off (8)
ISOLATED : The Roman numeral one, a two letter synonym for ‘thus’, then a word meaning delayed plus D(aughter).
2d A task mostly employing northern TV presenter (6)
ANCHOR : ‘A’ from the clue, and a menial task without its last letter surround N(orthern).
4d Forget name and choose to drink gallons (7)
NEGLECT : The abbreviation for name and then G(allons) is inside choose as UK people will do on the twelfth of December.
6d Stone and basalt are different (9)
ALABASTER : An anagram (different) of BASALT ARE.
7d Vagrants will accept European Commission gets better (8)
RECOVERS : The two letter acronym for European Commission is inside vagrants or wanderers.
11d Wake up cooler? (4)
STIR : A double definition. Dartmoor is an example of this type of cooler.
15d Area in internet designed to amuse (9)
ENTERTAIN : An anagram (designed) of INTERNET contains A(rea).
17d Yell about critic oddly finding a quicker route (5,3)
SHORT CUT : A synonym for yell contains alternate letters (oddly) of ‘critic’.
18d Late news notice? (8)
OBITUARY : A cryptic definition. Late here indicates deceased.
20d There’s not one in unstated consideration (4)
TACT : Find a five letter synonym for ‘unstated’ and remove the Roman numeral one from inside it.
22d Missing son taken in by a criminal (6)
ABSENT : ‘A’ from the clue and criminal as an adjective contain S(on).
23d Angry boss must accept vacant type (6)
HEATED : Boss or most senior surrounds the first and last letters (vacant) of type.
Quickie pun forced + haul = forestall