Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29332
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
In New Zealand we have now been in full lockdown for two weeks. The good news coming out is that the number of new cases each day is starting to decline even though many more tests are now being taken. If we can all manage to keep up the isolation for the next couple of weeks, and especially over Easter, then there is a real chance that things can ease off a bit in at least some parts of the country by the end of April. We, being retired and relatively self-sufficient, are managing fine but are very aware that it is a real challenge for many.
A good thing we have such things as this quality puzzle from Jay to keep us occupied and amused.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a … abandoned and depressed (8)
DESOLATE : A double definition.
10a Very strange county — mostly a lake (7)
SURREAL : Remove the last letter from one of the home counties and follow this with ‘A’ from the clue and L(ake).
12a Set off, finding answer during meal (6)
LAUNCH : The one letter abbreviation for answer is inside a meal taken in the middle of the day.
13a Promise of union action (10)
ENGAGEMENT : A double definition. The first an intention to marry. The second a military action.
15a List of workers needing uniform (4)
MENU : Male workers plus U(niform).
16a Religious offices may see mostly prudish discourses (9)
PRIORATES : Remove the last letter from a four letter word meaning prudish and then discourses as a verb.
21a The Irish will welcome a person who succeeds (4)
HEIR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
22a 13’s man perhaps may find good space on second-class travel (10)
BRIDEGROOM : Start with the letter signifying second class, then travel perhaps on a horse, next G(ood), and finally another word for space.
24a Nothing genuine about Democrat’s trial (6)
ORDEAL : The letter denoting nothing, and then genuine or true contains D(emocrat).
25a Drug provided by popular mainly healthy worker (8)
INHALANT : The two letter word for popular, and a word for healthy often associated in a phrase with ‘hearty’ loses its last letter, and then a worker insect.
27a Bank‘s retainer? (7)
DEPOSIT : Double definition. The first is a verb. The second is something paid to secure a purchase.
28a Rebellion at university on the increase (8)
UPRISING : The two letter word meaning at university, and then one meaning ‘on the increase’.
29a Inoffensive source of delay in anyone on the move (7)
ANODYNE : An anagram (on the move) of ANYONE contains the first letter of delay.
3d Suddenly appear in court after season (6,2)
SPRING UP : The season that is just starting in the Northern Hemisphere and then a two letter word meaning in court or before the judge.
4d Women dressed in the gear for surviving (10)
WEATHERING : W(omen) and an anagram (dressed) of IN THE GEAR.
6d Soft on guest’s entertaining language (6)
TONGUE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
7d The legal profession love clear title (7)
BARONET : A short word for the legal profession generally, then the tennis score love and ‘clear’ in referring to financial returns.
8d Feels bitter about lease payments covering empty stable (7)
RESENTS : The first and last letters of stable are inside lease payments made for the right to occupy.
11d Begin to understand amount exposed (6,3)
FIGURE OUT : An amount or number and then exposed or in the open.
14d Shift AGM — one vote for a change (3,1,4,2)
GET A MOVE ON : An anagram (for a change) of AGM ONE VOTE.
17d The girl would look and notice a large amount (8)
SHEDLOAD : A female personal pronoun with ‘D for ‘would’, then a two letter word for look and a notice or poster.
19d Old boy with debts accepting five will be clear (7)
OBVIOUS : The two letter old boy, then the Roman numeral five and the four letters signifying debts.
20d Dries up, accompanied by the Queen on last of duties (7)
WITHERS : A word meaning accompanied by, then Her Majesty’s regnal cypher and the last letter of duties.
23d Join up forming lines on time (6)
ENLIST : An anagram (forming) of LINES plus T(ime).
Quickie pun ways + toff + pays = waste of space