Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29338
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’ve had a couple of very windy cold days lately. We were even persuaded that it was time to light the wood-burner last evening – the first for the season but suspect that it will become the norm from now on. Today the wind has died away and we had a beautiful blue sky to lift our spirits on our regular morning beach walk.
Another top quality Wednesday puzzle from Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Queries cap to be fixed for novel form (10)
PICARESQUE : An anagram (to be fixed) of QUERIES CAP.
11a Criticise players eating out with no end of fun (9)
CASTIGATE : Players found in a theatre and an anagram (out) of EATI(n)G with the last letter of fun removed.
12a Loose grasp of property tenure? (8)
FREEHOLD : Loose or unrestrained and then another word for grasp.
13a Married man originally a lady! (5)
MADAM : The abbreviation for married and the Bible’s original man.
15a Rattle never developed by one in France (7)
UNNERVE : The French word for one and an anagram (developed) of NEVER.
19a Discovered novel scheme must be exploitation (7)
OVERUSE : Discovered novel tells us to remove the covering letters, and a then a usually cunning scheme.
22a A little tear? (5)
SHRED : A double definition. The first is often used in relation to evidence.
24a Religious establishment accommodating Italian will get precedence (8)
PRIORITY : A religious establishment containing monks includes the abbreviation for Italian.
27a Turn, as let off as a consequence (9)
RESULTANT : An anagram (off) of TURN AS LET.
28a Harden against some from Manchester United making a comeback (5)
INURE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
29a Bear has no time to be smooth (4)
SAND : Remove the T(ime) from bear or tolerate.
30a Dreary pessimist knew battle is lost (3,7)
WET BLANKET : An anagram (is lost) of KNEW BATTLE.
1d Advance when yours truly leaves job (4)
POST : Remove a first person personal pronoun from advance or put forward in debate.
2d Unambiguous article on church will get authorization (9)
CLEARANCE : Unambiguous or obvious, then the two letter indefinite article and the Anglican Church.
3d Sack head of finance in anger (5)
RIFLE : Anger or infuriate contains the first letter of finance.
4d Scouse is different across river — that’s sweet! (7)
SUCROSE : An anagram (is different) of SCOUSE includes R(iver).
5d Positive aspects of winning teams (7)
UPSIDES : Winning or in a superior position and then a synonym for teams.
8d Dull affair that shows intelligence (4,6)
GREY MATTER : The colour associated with dull and then affair or concern.
9d With no source of sugar, amrita is a poor drink (3,5)
TIA MARIA : An anagram (poor) of AMRITA I(s) A without the first letter of sugar.
14d Peevish types no longer available! (3,2,5)
OUT OF SORTS : A 3,2 phrase meaning no longer available and then types or varieties.
18d Stunned when lorry gets both of us on board (9)
AWESTRUCK : A two letter synonym for ‘when’ contains the pronoun signifying both of us, and then a lorry.
20d Pay for person living abroad to accommodate one European (7)
EXPIATE : A person living abroad, like regular commenter Chris, contains Roman numeral one, and finally E(uropean).
23d Sticky stuff keeping son in check? (5)
RESIN : Put the abbreviation for son inside the restraint that can be used on a horse.
26d Made an advance fast (4)
LENT : A double definition. The fast starts on Ash Wednesday.
We always find it hard to pick a favourite on Wednesdays. We’ll go for 14d this week.
Quickie pun billows + tears = below stairs