Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29201
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The sand-dunes we walk through regularly are a riot of wild flowers at present. Most of them are non-native garden escapees of all types and colours with lupins by far the most dominant and with an all pervasive scent. The sandy beach is littered with a different kind of bloom, with millions of blue-bottle jellyfish washed up in drifts.
All the usual Jay fun in today’s crossword, that we found quite tricky in places and even considered giving it 4 stars for difficulty. A real cringe-worthy Quickie pun too.
9a Shadow dance from Cuba runs into fourth place (5)
UMBRA : Start with a Cuban dance and relocate the cricket abbreviation for runs from the beginning to the fourth position in the word.
10a Clergyman absorbed by home-improvement reference book (9)
DIRECTORY : A type of clergyman is inside the three letter activity of a home handyman.
11a Pause before introduction to bible study, and eat (5,5)
BREAK BREAD : A pause or respite, then the first letter of bible and study as you might a university subject.
12a University boss may find answer in study (4)
DEAN : This study is a room and includes A(nswer).
18a Result of macaroni, if it cooks (12)
RAMIFICATION : An anagram (cooks) of MACARONI IF IT.
21a Most of goo is thin (4)
SLIM : Another word for goo or gunk loses its last letter.
22a Warning on vegetables that sends pulse racing (10)
PEASHOOTER : Small green vegetables and a warning, perhaps coming from a klaxon. (The pulse here is a legume).
25a Silly mistake crossing broken ridge, what! (4,5)
GOOD GRIEF : An informal word for a silly mistake contains an anagram (broken) of RIDGE.
26a Fateful day in which learner does nothing (5)
IDLES : A fateful day, especially for Julius Caesar, contains L(earner).
27a Lad from Bangladesh confused affair (7)
SHEBANG : Remove the word lad from Bangladesh and make an anagram (confused) from what is left.
28a Have doubts about cult grabbing American power (7)
SUSPECT : A cult or religious group contains the two letter American plus P(ower).
2d Clumsy oaf left book in taxi (6)
LUBBER : The abbreviation for left and then B(ook) is within the taxi service that tech-savvy people access with their smart phones.
3d Rows with female in chat about feature of transmission (10)
CRANKSHAFT : Start with the word chat from the clue. Between the first and second letters insert rows or lines, and then before the last letter insert F(emale).
4d In Aberdeen, a dirty bottom? (5)
NADIR : A lurker hiding in the clue.
5d Company with time to employ a workforce is heaven (9)
FIRMAMENT : A four letter word for a company, then ‘A’ from the clue, a male workforce, and finally T(ime).
6d Knowing parade must start late (4)
ARCH : A parade or demonstration loses its first letter.
7d Vocally shows disapproval of increases in binges (5-3)
BOOZE-UPS : A homophone of the shouts made by a disapproving crowd, and then a short word for increases.
8d Needy son upset leading ladies (8)
DOYENNES : An anagram (upset) of NEEDY SON.
13d Political theories needing frightfully good lies about case of image (10)
IDEOLOGIES : An anagram (frightfully) of GOOD LIES contains the first and last letters of image.
15d Choosing to accept debt regularly is the action of a striker (9)
PICKETING : The second and fourth letters of debt are inside choosing or making a selection.
16d Warns of newspapers penning article on the borders of Greece (8)
PRESAGES : A general word for newspapers contains (pens) the indefinite article and the first and last letters of Greece.
17d Being able to take everything in? (8)
OMNIVORE : A cryptic definition of a creature capable of eating a broad-ranging diet.
20d Arguments in favour of Italian down the hatch (6)
PROSIT : The arguments in favour that are the opposite of ‘cons’ and then the abbreviation for Italian.
23d Strains to get one foot on board (5)
SIFTS : The Roman numeral one and the abbreviation for foot are inside the designation for a steamship.
Our favourite this week is 3d.
Quickie pun filler + suffer = philosopher
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