Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29284
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
With the dreadful weather most of you have been having lately we would feel a bit guilty about mentioning the beautiful warm summer days that we are enjoying here. So we won’t. We’ll get straight on with today’s Jay puzzle instead. We found him quite tricky again this week.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a On a trip with press, it transformed cult leaders (4,7)
HIGH PRIESTS : A word applied to somebody on a chemically induced trip and then an anagram (transformed) of PRESS IT.
10a Type of sultanate on the east of Qatar (5)
ROMAN : A middle-eastern nation (sultanate) follows the last letter of Qatar. (A penny drop moment when we understood the ‘type’ we were looking for).
11a Vote in case of reasonable performance (6)
RETURN : The first and last letters (case) of reasonable and then a performance or act.
12a Watering hole of a bloodsucker seen outside Delhi regularly (8)
ALEHOUSE : ‘A’ from the clue and a wingless parasitic insect surrounds the second and fourth letters of Delhi.
19a Eliminates English jokes in speech (6)
EGESTS : The single letter abbreviation for English and a homophone of a word for jokes or quips.
21a Uranium in reactor upset union official (8)
EUROCRAT : An anagram (upset) of REACTOR contains the chemical symbol for uranium.
23a Work in regressive places for bung (4,2)
STOP UP : The two letter artistic work is inside the reversal of places or sets down.
26a Upset, a steward will admit discrimination (5)
TASTE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
27a Unexpected contender may be mysterious, and worrying her so (4,5)
DARK HORSE : Mysterious or arcane and then an anagram (worrying) of HER SO.
28a Firearm found after lesson is an antique (6,5)
PERIOD PIECE : A lesson or time spent in class and another word for a firearm.
1d Boring hospital doctor beset by signs of indecision (7)
HUMDRUM : Start with the abbreviation for hospital then a two letter sign of indecision, follow this with the usual title for a doctor and a repeat of the sign of indecision.
2d Noise made by little one after end of feeding (5)
GRUNT : The last letter of feeding and the smallest one of a litter.
3d In a pretty poor sort of suit for father? (9)
PATERNITY : An anagram (poor) of IN A PRETTY.
4d Measure edge (4)
INCH : A double definition. Edge here means move slowly.
5d Squeal about fine increasing (8)
SWELLING : A word for fine or in good health is inside squeal or betray a confidence.
6d This girl owns up about artist (5)
SARAH : The reversal (up) of owns or possesses contains a Royal Academician.
8d Urges simple reforms covering university — and succeeded (8)
IMPULSES : An anagram (reforms) of SIMPLE contains both U(niversity) and S(ucceeded).
14d Aid workers, looking embarrassed and annoyed (3,5)
RED CROSS : The colour associated with embarrassment and then annoyed or irate.
18d Latent heat remaining should conceal drama (7)
THEATRE : Another lurker hiding in the clue.
20d Best resume novel, picking up quietly (7)
SUPREME : An anagram (novel) of RESUME includes the music symbol for quietly.
22d The chap wearing flat hat is vulgar (5)
CHEAP : A flat cap contains a singular male personal pronoun.
24d Sample initially put into sterile bag (5)
PURSE : Sterile or uncontaminated contains the first letter of sample.
25d Spirit of writer transformed internally (4)
BRIO : Transpose the two central letters from a brand of commonly used writing implement.
We couldn’t decide for favourite between 8a for its interesting wordplay or 10a for its devious definition.
Quickie pun thumb + oust + rap = The Mousetrap