Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29225
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Really mixed weather here at present. At times beautifully fine and warm and then a few days of blustery stormy conditions, changing hour by hour, before it clears again. We’ve missed the worst of it once again but other parts of the country haven’t fared so well.
Best wishes to CrypticSue for the competition this weekend and to all those going to the peripheral events.
All the usual qualities that we expect from a Wednesday puzzle from Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Shed tears seeing power grabbed by 4 (4)
WEPT : A synonym for the answer to 4d includes P(ower).
3a A bit of blue as sunset mist dispersed (10)
SMUTTINESS : An anagram (dispersed) of SUNSET MIST.
9a Condition to be rejected in kitchen cabinet? (4)
ACNE : A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
10a Impressions will include second team rebels (10)
DISSIDENTS : Impressions made on a surface by blows surround S(econd) and another word for team. (Problems parsing? You might be looking at the incorrect ‘impressions’)
11a Sick calf found in bothy maybe suffering from too much drink (4-3)
HALF-CUT : A bothy or simple outhouse contains an anagram (sick) of CALF.
13a Innocent girl at home needing information before backing European Union (7)
INGENUE : String together the two letter at home, a three letter informal word for information, and the reversal of the two letter abbreviation for European Union.
22a Be inclined to follow Tory challenge (7)
CONTEND : The three letter contraction of a Tory’s political party is followed by be inclined or figuratively lean towards.
23a Origin of neuralgia found in moving dry fuel in cold (10)
UNFRIENDLY : An anagram (moving) of DRY FUEL IN also includes the first letter of neuralgia.
24a Cousin must ignore American strike (4)
COIN : Remove the two letters indicating American from the first word of the clue.
25a Two regulars covering street level (4-6)
EVEN-STEVEN : A word for regular is placed both before and after the abbreviation for street.
1d Survives war, and these must be repaired (8)
WEATHERS : An anagram (must be repaired) of WAR and THESE.
2d Write on science and the study of ‘Crime and Punishment’ (8)
PENOLOGY : Write, expressed by the instrument used, and then a facetious word for science generally.
4d The majority must accept one gets damp (5)
MOIST : The Roman numeral one is inside a word for the majority.
5d Witness may be more irritable about Formula 1 (9)
TESTIFIER : The short way of writing Formula 1 is inside another word for more irritable.
6d Stomach upset? Dieting is no different (11)
INDIGESTION : An anagram (different) of DIETING IS NO.
7d Newly developed online meteorological feature (2,4)
EL NINO : An anagram (newly developed) of ON LINE.
15d Far from slender odds? Definitely not! (3,6)
FAT CHANCE : A word meaning far from slender and then odds or gamble.
16d Really upset about travel metaphor, perhaps (8)
ALLEGORY : A two letter word for travel is inside an anagram (upset) of REALLY.
17d Study source of ceremonies in native American belief (8)
CREDENCE : A native American tribe surrounds another name for a study room and the first letter of ceremonies.
20d Picture framed by police if less turned up? (6)
SELFIE : A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
11a is our favourite for today.
Quickie pun plaice + enter = play centre