Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29320
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Despite the whole country being in lockdown we are still permitted to do our regular walking as long as it is only with people from ones own household. A two metre separation must be kept from everyone else. It is so reassuring in the midst of so much disruption to notice that the tides continue to ebb and flow as they always have done and the flocks of birds carry on just being birds. Be strong and keep well everyone.
Just like the tides and the birds, Jay continues to give pleasure.
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6a A university will accept decline for so long (5)
ADIEU : ‘A’ from the clue and U(niversity) surround decline or expire.
9a Exclusive small pen (5)
SCOOP : S(mall) and a pen usually used for poultry. The exclusive is a newspaper story.
10a Charles Edward must accept one’s punished (9)
CHASTISED : The four letter short form of Charles and then the three letter short form of Edward contains one as a Roman numeral, with its ‘S.
14a Finished drink, finding common ground (7)
OVERLAP : A word meaning finished or ended plus drink in the manner of a cat, perhaps.
16a Worker on set mostly looking happy (7)
RADIANT : Remove the final letter from a set also called a wireless, and follow this with a worker insect.
17a Friends regularly showing sign of embarrassment (3)
RED : The second, fourth, and sixth letters from the first word of the clue.
18a I’m off toast! (7)
CHEERIO : An informal word used either on departure or when proposing a toast.
20a Pay out to cover American delay (7)
SUSPEND : The two letters for American are inside a word meaning pay out.
22a Cash obtained by son — a full term at work (5,7)
SMALL FORTUNE : An anagram (at work) of SON A FULL TERM.
27a Identify delicate material found by back of shop (5)
PLACE : The final letter of shop and then a delicate material possibly coming from Belgium.
28a Tailor having a bit of modesty left (5)
STYLE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
29a Made notes about worms (9)
NEMATODES : An anagram (about) of MADE NOTES.
1d Make a deep cut in good tree (4)
GASH : G(ood) and then a tree of the olive family.
3d Labour embraces works producing fertile ground (7)
TOPSOIL : Artistic works are enclosed by labour or hard effort.
6d Turned out exhausted after a time (7)
ATTIRED : ‘A’ from the clue plus T(ime) and then a synonym for exhausted.
7d Sets off researches forgetting victory in Europe (10)
INSTIGATES : Start with a word meaning researches or looks into, and remove from this the letters signifying victory in Europe.
8d This actor may be unconscious and read (10)
UNDERSTUDY : Unconscious or influenced by an anaesthetic and then read at a university.
12d Agrees to allow use of chavs in action (10)
VOUCHSAFES : An anagram (in action) of USE OF CHAVS.
13d Delight oppressing a Conservative spilling secrets? (10)
REVELATORY : Delight or rejoice, then ‘A’ from the clue and an informal name for Conservative.
15d Advancement in marketing? (9)
PROMOTION : A double definition.
19d Soldiers left part of church seeing deterioration (7)
RELAPSE : Engineering soldiers, and then L(eft) and a usually semi-circular recess in a church.
24d Democrat supporting battle for part of constituency (4)
WARD : A battle involving armies and the abbreviation for Democrat.
25d Bits of garden furniture? (4)
BEDS : A double definition. The furniture is found in sleeping quarters.
Hard to pick a favourite as ever, but we will go with 11a.
Quickie pun thumb + hind + sigh = the mind’s eye
Now we will get back to making the quince jelly we started before solving the puzzle. The quinces are huge. All cooked up nicely.