Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29231
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It has been quite a week here in New Zealand. The weather pattern that we mentioned in last week’s blog caused significant infrastructure damage in the South Island with many slips and areas of flooding. Huge disruption for many people, especially tourists, with the only road down the West Coast not expected to re-open before Christmas. Fortunately, although a lot of inconvenience, no one was harmed.
And then we had the horrendous event on White Island. White Island is a small remote uninhabited island that is actually the peak and crater of an undersea volcano. It is a favourite tourist destination as it is a chance to get up close and personal with such an awe-inspiring force of nature. The explosion itself was not big in terms of what volcanoes can do but catastrophic for those people who just happened to be in close proximity to the crater at the time. Those who did manage to escape alive are all suffering to some extent from burns, some critical.
It has had a profound impact on us all. Our hearts go out to the families and friends all around the world of those who were killed, injured or affected by this tragedy.
Meanwhile the everyday world goes on and we have another Jay puzzle to explore.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Worry about badger killing (7)
CARNAGE : A three letter word for badger or hassle is enclosed by a synonym of worry.
9a Add to company millions (sterling) (8)
COMPOUND : The abbreviation for company, then M(illions) and the monetary unit referred to as sterling.
11a Huge deficit in fossil fuel (8)
COLOSSAL : A solid fossil fuel encloses another word for a deficit.
12a Sleazy type finishing early was suitable (6)
SORDID : Remove the last letter from a type or kind (finishing early), then ‘was suitable’ or filled the bill.
15a Performing plays regularly exclusively (4)
ONLY : A two letter word for performing plus the second and fourth letters of ‘plays’.
16a Insignificant items spread around shopping precinct (5-4)
SMALL-TIME : A generally covered shopping precinct is inside an anagram (spread) of ITEMS.
21a Son will keep one set (4)
LAID : The Roman numeral one is inside a young male.
22a Destiny sees detective back in the south of France (10)
PROVIDENCE : A detective inspector is reversed in a region of southern France.
24a Backlash from soldiers with wind (6)
RECOIL : Engineering soldiers and then wind or twist.
25a Supported a general holding traitor back (8)
RENEGADE : A reversed lurker hiding in the clue.
28a Quantity of handouts distributed (8)
THOUSAND : An anagram (distributed) of HANDOUTS.
29a A bit of bureaucracy — an ideal cause of death? (7)
CYANIDE : A lurker hiding in the clue.
3d No pile of dosh, say dished out in the current times (8)
NOWADAYS : ‘No’ from the clue, then a stack of banknotes and an anagram (dished out) of SAY.
5d Jack goes in low — it’s magic (4)
MOJO : The noise a cow makes contains J(ack).
6d Fight against work model (6)
OPPOSE : An artistic work and then model or posture.
8d Admire island lives protected by state benefit (7)
IDOLISE : The single letter abbreviation for island and then a two letter word meaning lives or exists is inside the state benefit paid to the unemployed.
11d Take exception to question (9)
CHALLENGE : A double definition.
18d Share of profit split with north Germany (8)
DIVIDEND : A word meaning split or cleave, then N(orth) and the IVR code for Germany.
19d Emotions generated by shorts? (7)
SPIRITS : These shorts can be drinks dispensed by a barman.
20d Rambling and leaving sons unprotected (5,2)
GOING ON : Leaving or departing plus the inside letters (unprotected) of sons.
23d Swallow, as a joke is heard (6)
INGEST : The answer sounds like a 2,4 phrase meaning as a joke.
26d Put on goose at last — must be cooked! (4)
DONE : Put on or wear and then the last letter of goose.
17d gets our biggest tick today.
Quickie pun sane + home + awe = say no more