Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29380
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It’s well over a week now since NZ has recorded any new Covid cases so many people are agitating for the last remaining restrictions to be removed. It probably will happen in a week or so according to official sources. Borders will still remain closed and closely monitored for much longer than that though.
A bit late writing this today as have been doing chauffeur duties for brother-in-law Brian having a cataract operation. He is now back here with us, looking like a pirate.
Plenty to eat and drink in today’s fun puzzle.
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5a Province of person elected in Ireland (6)
EMPIRE : The alternative name for Ireland contains the two letters for a Member of Parliament. (Province and the answer are both used in a figurative sense here.)
9a Nameless doctor noticing ring (9)
INCOGNITO : An anagram (doctor) of NOTICING and then the ring shaped letter.
12a In truth, bank will be occupied by a student (6)
REALLY : Bank or depend upon includes ‘A’ from the clue and the student driver letter.
13a Philosophical character lying in grass (8)
RESIGNED : The grass is a tall one often found in swamps, and the character is one such as an ampersand.
15a Dad‘s film as a pirate in trouble (13)
PATERFAMILIAS : An anagram (in trouble) of FILM AS A PIRATE.
18a Thug with cash will be crude but effective (5-3-5)
ROUGH AND READY : A slang word for a thug and then one for cash are separated by a conjunction.
22a Singular sort of English disease (8)
SHINGLES : The abbreviation for singular and then an anagram (sort of) of ENGLISH.
23a Rubbish found in South American station (6)
STATUS : A three letter word for rubbish is preceded by the abbreviation for South and followed by the two letter abbreviation for American.
26a Speak, and put a value on love (5)
ORATE : The tennis score love and then value or judge.
27a Initially expecting a more serious person from Boston, say (9)
EASTERNER : The first letter of expecting, then ‘A’ from the clue and a word meaning more serious.
28a Number left in case of therapy … (6)
TWENTY : The first and last letters of therapy enclose left or departed.
29a … uneasy — others not so much (8)
RESTLESS : A synonym for others and then a word meaning not so much.
3d Such a customer may be right, and argue about protecting Left (7)
REGULAR : R(ight) and then an anagram (about) of ARGUE contains L(eft).
7d State one’s trapped in the subcontinent (9)
INDONESIA : The country often referred to as ‘the subcontinent’ contains ‘ONES’ lifted directly from the clue.
8d Improves objectives to support half of them (6)
EMENDS : The final two letters of ‘them’ and then objectives or aims.
10d Compliant, seeing nothing crooked about finish (8)
OBEDIENT : The letter signifying zero, and then crooked or dishonest contains finish or expire.
16d Close call at home — hates to lose cover (9)
TERMINATE : A verb meaning to call or name, then the two letter ‘at home’ and the three central letters of hates.
17d Monstrosities seeing English rose upset after word of agreement (8)
EYESORES : Start with E(nglish), then a three letter word of agreement and finally an anagram (upset) of ROSE.
19d A European chap importing universal balm (7)
UNGUENT : The French (European) indefinite article, then another word for a chap contains U(niversal).
20d Withdraw from race, disheartened with deal (7)
RETREAT : The two outside letters of race and then another word for deal.
24d Trace container for example, on the way up (5)
TINGE : A metal container and then the reversal of the abbreviation for the Latin phrase meaning ‘for example’.
25d One’s levy halved for land offshore (4)
ISLE : ‘One’s’ written as the Roman numeral with the ‘S, and then the first half of levy.
Quickie pun eggs + arm + pull = example