Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29374
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Monday had some exciting moments for us. About 8.30 am we got shaken up by a 5.8 strength earthquake that had it’s epicentre just off the coast from where we live. Since then we have had dozens of after-shocks, the biggest (5.3) being at lunch time Tuesday. Lots of shaking about and a few things falling from shelves but no damage that we have noticed. On the wildlife front, a NZ fur seal seems to have taken up residence on a grass area beside the river just along the road from us. We’ve put a picture of it at the bottom of the post.
Unusually for a Wednesday cryptic we discovered a ghost theme (one that you don’t need to have found to solve the puzzle). Even more intriguing is the Quick Crossword which is one significant letter short of a pangram. That started us wondered whether the pun might be telling us something. Any thoughts?
All this added to the fun we expect from our Wednesday solving.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Vacant blonde on the way will be attractive (8)
BECOMING: The first and last letters (vacant) of blonde and then ‘on the way’ or approaching.
5a People who work in prison may be cheats (6)
SCREWS : A double definition. Cheats here is a verb.
9a Person with whom to arrange meals out? (4,4)
SOUL MATE : The whole clue is the definition. An anagram (to arrange) of MEALS OUT.
10a Willing to finish early and scrap tactical play (6)
GAMBIT : Remove the last letter from a word meaning willing or ‘up for it’, and then a scrap or small piece.
12a Worker sees nothing for each musical rejected (9)
OPERATIVE : Nothing, or the letter that looks like zero, then a three letter word meaning ‘for each’ and the reversal of a musical that is set in South America.
16a Father had put on a serious face (7)
FROWNED : The abbreviation for a religious father and then had or possessed.
19a Understanding boundaries of Italian tourist attraction (7)
INSIGHT : The two outside letters of Italian and a tourist attraction that is worth seeing.
25a Medicinal preparation covering most of Italy’s capital gets publicity (9)
PROMOTION : Remove the last letter from Italy’s capital city and put what is left inside a medicinal preparation.
27a Maintain insurance is essentially pointless (6)
INSIST : The three letter abbreviation for insurance, then ‘is’ from the clue and the central letter in pointless.
28a Straining to accept husband moving (8)
SHIFTING : Put H(usband) inside straining or sieving.
29a Long angry speech from one in business (6)
TIRADE : Business or commerce contains the Roman numeral one.
30a Poor wit needs cheerful period of decline (8)
TWILIGHT : An anagram (poor) of WIT and then cheerful or not serious.
1d Confer and trounce old women (6)
BESTOW : Trounce or thoroughly defeat, and then the abbreviations for old and women.
2d Reasons may see politician abandoning universities (6)
CAUSES : Remove the two letters denoting a Member of Parliament from within universities described by referring to their grounds.
4d Criticise choice under fool (7)
NITPICK : A three letter informal word for a fool and then a choice or selection.
6d Suppressive measure from buffoon imprisoning a politician (Democrat) (9)
CLAMPDOWN : A buffoon who might be part of a circus contains ‘A’ from the clue, a Member of Parliament and D(emocrat).
7d Pushing criminal, begin low (8)
ELBOWING : An anagram (criminal) of BEGIN LOW.
8d Reserve place for pier around the fourth of September (3,5)
SET ASIDE : The geographical location where a pier might be found contains the fourth letter of September.
11d Complaint from Belgium on raised charge (4)
BEEF : The IVR code for Belgium and the reversal of a charge or subscription.
15d Put up some guides in a group as arranged (9)
ORGANISED : A reversed lurker, hiding in the clue.
17d Detectives finding drug during leave worry (8)
DISQUIET : The three letter abbreviation for detective inspectors, and then leave or resign contains the drug E(cstasy).
18d One who examines classes so rigidly boxed (8)
ASSESSOR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
20d Beats view from the south (4)
TOPS : The reversal of view or catch sight of.
21d Expertise lacking for the audience in what way? (7)
KNOWHOW : A word that sounds like a negative (lacking) and a word that asks the question ‘in what way?’.
22d I confess, supporting Republican revolution (6)
RISING : The abbreviation for Republican, then ‘I’ from the clue and confess in a betraying manner.
26d Refuse, as not working on a line (5)
OFFAL : Not working or on holiday, then ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for line.
We enjoyed discovering the ghost theme, so these collectively become today’s favourite.
Quickie pun soda + feud + outs = sowed a few doubts