Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29326
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our walk this morning was entirely through thick fog. It felt like even the weather had decided to go into lockdown mode. It didn’t last too long though and once it disappeared out to sea we were left with a beautiful calm autumn day.
We thought Jay was a bit tricky in places today so have opted for 3 stars for difficulty.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Number act in haste, upset about drug (11)
ANAESTHETIC : An anagram (upset) of ACT IN HASTE includes the abbreviation for the drug ecstasy.
10a Cancel credit accepted by reserve (5)
SCRUB : Cr(edit) is included in a word for somebody ‘on the bench’ in a team sport.
11a Give confidence when certain (6)
ASSURE : A synonym for when and then one for ‘certain’.
12a Blow ration after late meal with no starter (8)
UPPERCUT : Remove the first letter from a late meal and follow this with a ration or portion.
13a Feature of group given task (6)
DETAIL : A double definition. The latter is often used in a military sense.
15a Candidate pairs off with worker (8)
ASPIRANT : An anagram (off) of PAIRS plus a worker insect.
18a Spoilt absurd pipe dream with no source of income (8)
PAMPERED : An anagram (absurd) of P(i)PE DREAM once the first letter of income has been removed.
21a Story of euphoria after the end of winter (8)
RELATION : The final letter of winter and then euphoria or high delight.
26a Article covering origins of import tariff and tax (5)
TITHE : The first letters of import and tariff are inside the definite article.
1d Praise a very quiet lad welcoming university (7)
APPLAUD : ‘A’ from the clue, the music letters signifying very quiet, and then U(niversity) is enclosed by ‘lad’ from the clue.
2d Family members making trips topless? (5)
AUNTS : Remove the first letter from trips or pleasant journeys.
3d Dark, rough sea, about to go to bed (9)
SATURNINE : An anagram (rough) of SEA surrounds a 4,2 phrase meaning go to bed.
4d Greet with shock, finally changing sides (4)
HAIL : Start with shock that might grow on one’s scalp and change the last letter from one ‘side’ to the other.
5d Very French advance must be a sin (8)
TRESPASS : The French word for very and then an amorous advance.
6d Social status of Conservative having lost seat (5)
CASTE : The single letter abbreviation for Conservative and then an anagram (lost) of SEAT.
7d Environment somewhat protected by Panama? (7)
HABITAT : A 1,3 phrase meaning somewhat is inside what a panama is an example of.
14d Tense wild tale about European politician and model (8)
TEMPLATE : The abbreviation for tense and an anagram (wild) of TALE enclose E(uropean) and a Member of Parliament.
16d Transcribe aria to man and his sweetheart (9)
INAMORATA : An anagram (transcribe) of ARIA TO MAN.
22d A bit of weather must heat unit (5)
THERM : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
24d Small source of water is fine for an American (5)
SWELL : S(mall) and then a source of water that may have a windlass and bucket.
25d Measure part of mountain chain (4)
INCH : And our second lurker of the day to finish.
Our favourite of the day is 9a for its sheer simplicity.
Quickie pun parse + hymn + any = parsimony