Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29302
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Sunrise for us is now getting noticeably later and there is a slight nip in the air in the mornings. The godwits on the estuary are now starting to show rust coloured plumage, an indication that they will soon be leaving us for their long migration to their breeding grounds in Alaska. Autumn is just around the corner.
A fun puzzle from Jay as usual.
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6a Takes off, dismissing odd characters from, say, press (4)
APES : Use the even letters occurring in two words in the clue.
10a Faint moody expression about a case of shingles (4,3)
PASS OUT : ‘A’ from the clue and the first and last letters of shingles are inside a moody facial expression.
12a Dismay of company people having to accept authoritarian (13)
CONSTERNATION : The abbreviation for company and a people or country surround a five letter word for authoritarian or severe.
15a Clever answer right for the French (6)
ADROIT : A(nswer) plus the French word for ‘right’.
19a Shenanigans — performing after international gets into medals (6-2)
GOINGS-ON : A slang word for medals contains I(nternational) and then ‘performing’.
24a Name a second coin that’s emerging (7)
NASCENT : Abbreviations for name and second are separated by ‘A’ from the clue, and then a coin that is worth one hundredth of a dollar.
25a Set of laws protecting a German painkiller (7)
CODEINE : The German indefinite article is inside a set of laws.
26a Costs incurred and claimed by people once married? (4)
EXES : A double definition.
1d Prepare to fire mate (4)
COCK : A double definition. There is a firearm involved in the first meaning.
2d Overhear a chemist admitting pain (7)
EARACHE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
3d Old? No age limit set presently (3,2,4,4)
ALL IN GOOD TIME : An anagram (set) of OLD NO AGE LIMIT.
4d Placed statue on empty lorry in a perceptive way (8)
ASTUTELY : An anagram (placed) of STATUE plus the first and last letters of lorry.
5d Exercises in pitch tail off (5)
TAPER : Black sticky pitch contains physical exercises.
7d Condition favouring six to such an extent (7)
PROVISO : A three letter word for favouring, the Roman numeral six and a short word meaning to such an extent.
8d Excalibur perhaps was, and is not going to change (3,2,5)
SET IN STONE : The whereabouts of Excalibur in the Arthurian legends.
11d Substitute goalie’s first class arrangement with bank (8,5)
STANDING ORDER : A 5,2 phrase for a substitute, the first letter of goalie, and then a biological class.
16d Takes in top paper (8)
FOOLSCAP : Takes in or dupes, and then top or surpass.
20d Confess — keeping family, and going down (7)
SINKING : An informal word for confess or spill the beans contains a three letter family.
22d One may be dropped in race for staff (5)
BATON : A double definition. The race involved would be a relay.
23d Understanding about European lament (4)
KEEN : The abbreviation for European is inside understanding or knowledge.
Three clues for the podium this week, 1a, 11d and 13d.
Quickie pun ghost + heady = go steady