Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29314
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Even here in NZ we live in strange times. We have effectively closed the borders, which is relatively easy to do in a nation surrounded by huge natural moats, and any travellers who do arrive are obliged to self-isolate for 14 days. For the rest of us it is a matter of ‘keep calm and carry on’ although most events where people gather in numbers have been cancelled. We are encouraged to practice ‘social distancing’ (no hugs or handshakes) and wash hands frequently while singing Happy Birthday to Me.
It is a time to really appreciate things like on-line access to regular treats such as Wednesday cryptics set by Jay.
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1a Contradiction for example accepted by people (8)
NEGATION : A people or race contains the two letters for the Latin phrase meaning ‘for example’.
5a Expressions of disapproval must be a mistake (6)
BOOBOO : The word shouted by a disapproving crowd gets repeated.
9a Tour abandoned by occupants reluctant to cross (8)
TRAVERSE : The first and last letters of tour (abandoned by occupants) and then a synonym for reluctant.
12a Be not as important as many? (9)
COUNTLESS : Split the answer 5,4 to get a phrase meaning be not as important.
13a Stand, seeing everybody by empty seat (5)
STALL : The outside letters (empty) of seat and then another word for everybody.
14a A viewer’s problem may be left out of fashion (4)
STYE : Remove L(eft) from fashion or elegance.
16a Tries to change, keeping lines as framework for growth (7)
TRELLIS : The abbreviation for line is repeated inside an anagram (to change) of TRIES.
21a Exclamation made by clumsy sailor about work? (4)
OOPS : An artistic work is enclosed by an ordinary seaman.
25a Committed and old-fashioned about playing dice (9)
DEDICATED : Old fashioned or from a previous time contains an anagram (playing) of DICE.
27a Popular number two’s first aim (6)
INTENT : The two letter popular, a cardinal number, and then the first letter of ‘two’.
28a Inactive type of investor confronting new worker (8)
STAGNANT : A type of investor who buys in order to make a quick profit is followed by N(ew) and a worker insect.
29a Boy hugging the girl must be whipped (6)
LASHED : Another word for a boy contains a female personal pronoun.
1d Bill for work before leaving? (6)
NOTICE : What somebody leaving a job will give to their employer.
2d Prepare for increased production in Prague, possibly (4,2)
GEAR UP : An anagram (possibly) of PRAGUE.
3d Stealing newspaper? (5)
THEFT : Definite article and then the pink paper.
4d Jobs without protection reportedly viewed as dirty (7)
OBSCENE : The two central letters (without protection) of jobs and a homophone of a word meaning viewed.
6d One may do this after an alarming breakdown (9)
OVERSLEEP : A cryptic definition. The breakdown is of a chronological instrument.
8d Not in form? Do better (8)
OUTCLASS : The opposite (not) of ‘in’ and then a form or group.
11d Ship’s steward has a way of attracting attention (4)
PSST : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
15d Play patience (9)
TOLERANCE : A double definition. The play could be what a mechanic might find in a bearing.
17d Put at risk adopting a measure such as this (8)
IMPERIAL : Put at risk or endanger contains ‘A’ from the clue.
18d Succeeded, supporting independent soldiers (8)
PRIVATES : Independent or covert is followed by S(ucceeded).
20d Team profile (4)
SIDE : A double definition.
26d Locked up and cold — what 21 Down may be (5)
CAGED : C(old) plus the characteristic of the answer to 21 down.
The short answers 21a and 11d are our top choices today.
Quickie pun injure + dishes = injudicious