Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29305
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This puzzle was published on 7th March 2020
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! – A fairly straightforward Saturday puzzle with some very nice surface readings..
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1a Milk producer gives us energy another way (8)
GUERNSEY – The breed of cow is an anagram (another way) of US ENERGY.
5a Heated battles approaching sea (6)
WARMED – A WAR/battle next to or approaching the MED(iterranean) sea.
9a Mr Toad an eccentric lacking definite plan (2,6)
AT RANDOM – An eccentric anagram of MR TOAD AN. A fairly apt description.
10a Economise seconds before squeeze (6)
SCRIMP – S(econds) followed by CRIMP for squeeze.
12a Fruit, from tree, in can that needs a shake (9)
NECTARINE – An anagrm (that neds a shake) of TREE IN CAN.
13a Young head-turner? (5)
OWLET – A cryptic definition of the young bird that can turn its head a good way around.
14a Kitchen heater tested with pair getting evicted (4)
OVEN – Remove the PR for pair from (pr)OVEN or tested.
16a Annual account about chap in Los Angeles (7)
ALMANAC – Place a MAN/chap in LA for Los Angeles and then place that inside AC for account.
19a In which clip round the ear might be necessary? (7)
HAIRCUT – A nice cryptic definition of the use of hair-clippers.
21a Stole material from gym in Knightsbridge (4)
MINK – A hidden clue (from) gy M IN K ightsbridge.
24a In Netherlands notice American tennis star (5)
NADAL – Place AD/notice and A(merican) inside NL for the Netherlands.
25a Ivy for one always jealous (9)
EVERGREEN – Simply EVER (always) and GREEN with envy/jealous.
27a Freeholder in the old sultanate (6)
YEOMAN – Take YE, the old spelling of the, and add the sultanate of OMAN.
28a Dries out, drinking tea, more sober (8)
STEADIER – Make an anagram of DRIES (out) and insert TEA from the clue.
29a Service charges for castle in the air? (6)
UPKEEP – A castle in the air might cryptically be described as an UP KEEP.
30a Male, no dove, carrying a weapon (8)
TOMAHAWK – TOM for Male and a HAWK (the opposite of a dove in US politics) carryoing A from the clue.
1d Not fine — initially grey then wet (6)
GRAINY – The initial letter of G(rey) an then RAINY for wet.
2d Improve in hour after noon in Clapton? (6)
ENRICH Place an H(our) after ERIC (Clapton) with N(oon) inserted.
3d Assassin from town in Japan (5)
NINJA – A hidden word (from) tow N IN JA pan.
4d Schoolboy son Baltic citizen expels (7)
ETONIAN – Remove S(on) from an E(s)TONIAN or Baltic citizen.
6d Host on a march moving north (9)
ANCHORMAN – An anagram (moving) of ON A MARCH followed by N(orth) and a nicely deceiving definition/surface reading.
7d Route zero comes up through American state (4,4)
MAINLINE – Reverse (it comes up) NIL for zero and then place in the US state of MAINE.
8d Fool takes plunge short time later (8)
DIPSTICK – DIPS for takes plunge and then a TICK or short time afterwards/later.
11d Star not totally conscientious foodie? (4)
VEGA – All but the last letter (not totally) of a VEGA(n)/conscientious foodie.
15d Wobble being unwell during leave (9)
VACILLATE – Place ILL/unwell inside VACATE/leave.
17d Sabotaged hunt okay to provide gift (5,3)
THANK YOU – A sabotaged anagram of HUNT OKAY.
18d Turn, then punch, producing shower of blows? (8)
WINDSOCK – A charade of WIND/turn and SOCK for punch/hit. Lovely misdirection on shower as one that shows and not a plethora.
20d Sentimental sports supporter keeping wicket (4)
TWEE – A golf TEE (that supports the ball in the sport of golf) containing/keeping W for wicket.
21d Genius? Most are nuts (7)
MAESTRO – An anagram (nuts/crazy) of MOST RE and another good surface reading.
22d Artist captures alien in part one needs to see (6)
RETINA – An R.A. (member of the Royal Academy of Arts) capturing ET/extraterrestrial/alien and IN from the clue.
23d Habit of socially inept person (6)
ANORAK – a CD of the coat/habit traditionally worn by trainspotters and a synonym of people thought to be socially inept like IT support and trainspotters. Stereotypes abound!.
26d Chinese people coming into Georgia’s country (5)
GHANA – The HAN nation/dynasty of China inside GA – the abb. for the US state of Georgia.
Thanks to the setter.