Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29254
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have been having a lot of windy days lately. The same winds that have been adding to the ferocity of the huge fires in Australia, blowing some of the smoke right across the Tasman, has also stripped the last of the blossoms off the Christmas flowering Pohutukawa trees. It has been much calmer in the last couple of days though and people are able to make the most of the summer holiday conditions.
The usual top quality puzzle from Jay.
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6a Complaint of charge rejected by British (4)
BEEF : The reversal of a charge or cost and B(ritish).
9a Embarrassment of King George during succession (7)
CHAGRIN : The regnal cipher for King George is inside a succession or series of linked events.
10a Auntie maybe going topless — what joy! (7)
ELATION : Remove the first letter from what an auntie, or even cousin, niece etc are all examples of.
12a Ignoring Right, poor Thatcher’s cue to skip the preliminaries (3,2,3,5)
CUT TO THE CHASE : An anagram (poor) of THATCHE(r)’S CUE once the abbreviation for right has been removed.
14a Examines source of protein found in bugs (8)
INSPECTS : The first letter of protein is inside a very large group of creatures sometimes called bugs.
15a Brilliant material rejected in advance (6)
SUPERB : A three letter financial advance surrounds the reversal of a crossword favourite material or fabric.
24a Book rock band (7)
GENESIS : A double definition.
25a Discharges from the army? (7)
GUNFIRE : A cryptic definition relating to the use of heavy weapons.
26a Old sailor‘s cure? (4)
SALT : A double definition. Cure is a way to preserve fish or bacon.
1d Condition of prison (4)
NICK : A double definition. Two informal uses of this word.
2d Looks good with jousting weapons (7)
GLANCES : G(ood) and then weapons used by knights on horseback.
3d Troubled hunter battles to get the upper hand (4,3,6)
TURN THE TABLES : An anagram (troubled) of HUNTER BATTLES.
4d Haunts German chap having problem with foot inside (8)
HANGOUTS : A common German first name (not Otto this time) surrounds a foot problem often associated with high living.
5d Meat that’s right for line is extra (5)
FRESH : Start with a synonym for meat and substitute R(ight) for L(ine).
7d Go and live overseas with no golf in Abu Dhabi perhaps (7)
EMIRATE : Remove the letter represented by golf in the phonetic alphabet from going to live overseas as our ancestors did.
11d Equipment developing no rust, etc, came (13)
ACCOUTREMENTS : An anagram (developing) of NO RUST ETC CAME.
16d Sort of reaction from the French in cooking garlic? (8)
ALLERGIC : An anagram (cooking) of GARLIC contains a French definite article.
18d For example, first racket during exam (7)
ORDINAL : An exam that does not need pen and paper contains a loud noise.
22d Fibre claimed by cereals is a laugh! (5)
SISAL : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
23d Profound river pilot’s leader (4)
DEEP : Any of the various rivers named for the fourth letter of the alphabet, plus the first letter of pilot.
4d is our favourite this week.
Quickie pun chew + terse = tutors