Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29266
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Summer has really arrived now. Today we have some low cloud but most of the days in the last week have clear and sunny with temperatures in the mid twenties. Just how we like it.
We must all have been well behaved this week so, as a special treat, Jay has taken us on a visit to the zoo.
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9a Impoverished country lacking a good part of hospital (8)
INDIGENT : Remove ‘A’ from a major Asian country. Then G(ood) and the crossword setter’s favourite hospital department.
10a Notice father in study, without expression (7)
DEADPAN : Another word for a study surrounds a two letter publicity notice and an informal word for father.
11a Entertainer of television etc taken in by hoax (8)
COMEDIAN : A hoax or swindle surrounds a collective word for broadcasting organisations.
12a Toy gun found on top of this (6)
TRIFLE : The first letter (top) of this and then a type of gun.
13a The majority of jungle beasts confronting small rabbit-like creature (5,5)
LIONS SHARE : King of the jungle beasts plus S(mall) and a rabbit-like creature that a fable has racing against a tortoise.
15a Queen once forbidden to go naked (4)
ANNE : Remove the first and last letters from a synonym of forbidden.
16a Helpful types needing Her Majesty in party merchandise (2-7)
DO-GOODERS : The two letter word for a party and then merchandise that is often associated with services, contains Her Majesty’s regnal cipher.
21a Rows of pigs with no head (4)
OARS : Remove the first letter from male pigs.
22a Husband found lacking in his greatest failed schemes (10)
STRATEGIES : An anagram (failed) of (h)IS GREATEST once the abbreviation for husband has been removed.
24a Provisional section of contract in Germany (6)
ACTING : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
25a Resort seeing case of reasonable progress (8)
RECOURSE : The first and last letters (case of) of reasonable and then progress or procedure.
28a Set that may ring or call in poorly (8)
CARILLON : An anagram (poorly) of OR CALL IN.
29a State real changes coming after last month (7)
DECLARE : The last month of the year and then an anagram (changes) of REAL.
2d Saying from the Bible on making a mistake (8)
AVERRING : The letters denoting the Authorised Version of the Bible, plus making a mistake.
3d Changed doctor and stopped accepting life without protection (8)
MODIFIED : A military doctor, and then stopped or expired contains the two central letters (without protection) from the word ‘life’.
4d Moving account of Tuareg love in a whirl (10)
TRAVELOGUE : An anagram (in a whirl) of TUAREG LOVE.
5d Very keen on some twin towns (4)
INTO : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
8d Second fiddle? That’s a difficult question (7)
STINKER : The abbreviation for second and then fiddle or make minor adjustments.
14d A team supporting measures makes way (5,5)
STEPS ASIDE : Measures or actions taken, then ‘A’ from the clue and another word for a team.
17d Bowled everyone after easy game (8)
SOFTBALL : Easy or not hard, then the cricket abbreviation for bowled and a word meaning everyone.
18d Oddly safe in coach without one change (8)
TRANSFER : Start with a coach of a sports team. Remove the letter represented by ‘one’. Now add in (but in a different place) the first and third letters of ‘safe’.
20d Go round people to find ornamental work (7)
TRACERY : A go or attempt surrounds people or nation.
23d Ruffle EU — lots must be upset (6)
TOUSLE : An anagram (must be upset) of EU LOTS.
26d Time to replace learner in sluggish pack (4)
STOW : Start with a word meaning sluggish, then replace its L(earner) with T(ime).
Quickie pun pores + fourth + aught = pause for thought