Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29290
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It has been a busy couple of days for us. We impulse bought a new computer and then went to Wellington to enlist family assistance to set it all up for us. Why are these things so stressful for people of our age? Think (or rather hope) that we are all ‘good to go’ now.
Sometimes Jay gives us animals but today it is food that he has served up in abundance.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Strike legislation rejected — left work (6)
WALLOP : Reversal of what is created by parliamentary legislation is followed by L(eft) and an artistic work.
10a Dated and wrong to be going round alone (8)
OBSOLETE : A synonym for alone is enclosed by an anagram (wrong) of TO BE.
12a Case of dill imported by fruit vendor (6)
PEDLAR : A type of pip fruit contains the first and last letters (case) of dill.
14a Imagine vines developing with time (8)
ENVISAGE : An anagram (developing) of VINES and then a long period of time.
19a Doll oddly found in fairground attraction is an enigma (6)
RIDDLE : A fairground attraction that takes passengers surrounds the first and third letters of doll.
21a Works out and breaks down (6)
CRACKS : A double definition. ‘Works out’ here equals solves.
23a Share a line, being sensible (8)
RATIONAL : A share or allocation, then ‘A’ from the clue and L(ine).
26a Fancy times with last of people in Cheddar perhaps! (2,6)
BY GEORGE : A two letter word for times in a mathematical sense and then the last letter of people is inside what Cheddar (but not the dairy product) is an example of.
27a Border ran directly across mission (6)
ERRAND : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
2d A moral tale about female being friendly (7)
AFFABLE : ‘A’ from the clue, then F(emale) and a moral tale typified by Aesop.
3d Language progress comes after cutting connection short (5)
LINGO : Remove the last letter from a connection that could be part of a chain, and then progress or move.
4d Debts regularly seen to support scheme with regard to energy growth (5,4)
PLANE TREE : Start with a synonym for scheme, then the second and fourth letters of debts, the two letter ‘with regard to’ plus E(energy).
5d Realise that is five in pain (7)
ACHIEVE : A nagging pain surrounds the two letters for a Latin phrase ‘that is’ and the Roman numeral five.
6d Chaplain‘s flat rate, having no heart (5)
PADRE : An informal word for a flat or apartment and then the first and last letters (heartless) of rate.
7d Former soldiers caught on wrong side driven out! (9)
EXORCISED : The two letter former, then lowest ranking soldiers, the cricket abbreviation for caught and an anagram (wrong) of SIDE.
8d Suggestion of popular ruler protecting pound (7)
INKLING : A short word for popular and a monarch includes a pound that is money.
15d Finished without love, albeit strangely true (9)
VERITABLE : Remove the tennis score love from the start of a synonym for finished and then an anagram (strangely) of ALBEIT.
17d Student trapped by crude chance (7)
EARTHLY : Crude or coarse contains the letter displayed by a student driver.
20d Affair giving rise to trouble with one lad (7)
LIAISON : The reversal of trouble as a verb, then the Roman numeral one and a male offspring.
22d Rumour of cut being steep (5)
SHEER : A homophone (rumour) of to cut, possibly the fleece of a sheep.
24d Depressing experiences uncovered for title-holder (5)
OWNER : Remove the first and last letters from another word for depressing experiences.
Our favourite today is 26a.
Quickie pun wart + tapa + larva = what a palaver