Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29350
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BD Rating – Difficulty ****– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
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We feel so fortunate to have access to quality puzzles like this one to amuse and divert us.
This one put up more resistance for us than usual on a Wednesday so we have upped the difficulty rating to 4 stars.
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1a Trace soldiers with a wife abroad (7)
SIGNORA : A trace or suggestion, then the two letters for lowest ranking soldiers plus ‘A’ from the clue.
9a Point after heading off penalty is useless (5)
INEPT : Remove the first letter from a financial penalty and follow this with a two letter abbreviation for point.
10a How a drink ruined production (9)
HANDIWORK : An anagram (ruined) of HOW A DRINK.
11a Protecting poor NHS in regions so lacking (10)
ENSHRINING : An anagram (poor) of NHS IN REGI(o)N(s) once the letters of ‘so’ have been removed.
14a Tense work from Her Majesty after second long freeze (5-7)
SPINE-CHILLER : In the order they appear in the answer string together S(econd), long or ache, freeze and finally Her Majesty’s regnal cypher.
18a Civil servant floored chief after reorganisation (6-6)
OFFICE-HOLDER : An anagram (after reorganisation) of FLOORED CHIEF.
21a Question one — capital of Zambia could be part of this (4)
QUIZ : An all in one clue. The two letter abbreviation for question, the Roman numeral one and the first letter of Zambia.
25a Area of the Med — one in Asia being developed (6,3)
IONIAN SEA : An anagram (being developed) of ONE IN ASIA.
27a Heavy old Roman emperor bust uncovered (7)
ONEROUS : The abbreviation for old, the Roman emperor known for ‘fiddling’ and then the two central letters of ‘bust’.
28a Regularly seen wearing Lycra — possibly an offence! (7)
LARCENY : The second and fourth letters of seen are inside an anagram (possibly) of LYCRA.
1d She drops the man with pride broken, finding rest (6)
SPIDER : The letter that is left after a male personal pronoun is removed from ‘she’ and then an anagram (broken) of PRIDE.
2d Pole at work may be so smeared! (6)
GREASY : A cryptic description of how a functioning pole may be lubricated.
3d Performing troupes needing expert for place lacking atmosphere (5,5)
OUTER SPACE : An anagram (performing) of TROUPES and then an expert or virtuoso.
4d Article about female drained of colour (5)
ASHEN : One of the forms of the indefinite article contains a feminine personal pronoun.
5d Regular design of coin in Panama perhaps (9)
CANONICAL : What Panama (not a hat on this occasion) is an example of surrounds an anagram (design of) of COIN.
7d No barriers on air for smart alecs (4-4)
KNOW-ALLS : The answer can be a homophone of a 2,5 phrase meaning without barriers.
8d Share mainly preserved area in bitter surroundings (4,4)
TAKE PART : A word meaning preserved or retained loses its last letter and is followed by A(rea). All of this is inside bitter or acidic.
15d Part of UK greeting schedules for extreme sceptics (9)
NIHILISTS : The part of the UK sometimes referred to as Ulster, then a two letter greeting and schedules or rosters.
17d Plight of a boyfriend after fine? (8)
AFFIANCE : Begin with ‘A’ from the clue, then F(ine) and boyfriend or betrothed.
19d Example lacking in approach (6)
STANCE : Start with a synonym for an example and remove its prefix ‘in’.
20d This is why broadcast is blasphemy (6)
HERESY : A 4’1 phrase meaning this is and then the letter that sounds like the word ‘why’.
23d Parliamentarian turned up holding communication (5)
EMAIL : A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
24d Staple food like this needs a good filling (4)
SAGO : A two letter word meaning like this contains ‘A’ from the clue and G(ood).
The two that had most appeal for us and coincidentally both contained homophones were 7d and 20d.
Quickie pun Venice + whaler = Venezuela