Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29386
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A solo solve and blog this week.
We are now officially in alert level 1. This means that New Zealand is free of the Covid 19 virus and all normal activities can proceed without any restrictions at all. However, the borders remain closed and are likely to remain so and strictly monitored, for quite some time. In other words the ‘bubble’ that for lockdown was each separate household has morphed into the whole ‘team of five million’.
A fine Wednesday puzzle once again to enjoy.
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1a A bit like this leading Tory … (7)
SOUPCON: A two letter word for ‘like this’, another two letter word for leading or winning and the abbreviation for conservative.
5a … demanding information during leave (7)
EXIGENT: An informal word for information is inside leave or depart, possibly ‘through the Gift Shop’.
9a Extremist cults pray, having lost all protection (5)
ULTRA: Remove the outside letters from two consecutive words in the clue.
10a One minute — case of doctor being in a hurry (9)
IMPATIENT: The Roman numeral one, (m)inute and the word for someone being treated by a doctor.
14a Free advice lands a source of riches (8,4)
ALADDINS CAVE: An anagram (free) of ADVICE LANDS A.
18a Party approaches must protect important fringes of society for ages (7,5)
DONKEYS YEARS: Start with a two letter word for a party or celebration. Next we need a word meaning approaches or gets close to and inside this we have important or pivotal and the first and last letters of society.
21a A military force retreating at a distance (4)
AFAR: ‘A’ from the clue and the reversal of an airborne military force.
25a Customers may see legal right in court with team cut by half (9)
CLIENTELE: The abbreviation for court surrounds a legal right and this is followed by the first half of a word that denotes the number of players in a cricket or football team.
26a Actor surplus to requirements (5)
EXTRA: A double definition. The actor is certainly not in a starring role.
27a Means of attack editor backed (7)
DENOTES: A 3,2 phrase meaning attack and the abbreviation for editor. All of this is reversed (backed).
28a Represents performances that are cancelled? (4,3)
ACTS OUT: Synonyms for performances and cancelled.
2d At university, accept one may be quick on this (6)
UPTAKE: The two letter word for ‘at university’ and another word for accept.
4d Part of church accepting one is innocent (5)
NAIVE: The main part of a church contains the Roman numeral one.
5d Thoughtful after former partner is costing too much (9)
EXPENSIVE: The two letter former partner and thoughtful or meditative.
6d Keen on dope, with time for France (4)
INTO: An informal word for inside knowledge has the IVR code for France changed to (t)ime.
7d The average person from Spain — exceedingly male! (8)
EVERYMAN: The IVR code for Spain, a word meaning exceedingly and an adult male person.
8d Section of quartet here dutifully tied to the spot (8)
TETHERED: A lurker hiding in the clue.
13d A series on hospital department will be caustic (10)
ASTRINGENT: ‘A’ from the clue, a series of connected things or events and setters’ favourite hospital department.
15d Stress aid designed for accidents (9)
DISASTERS: An anagram (designed) of STRESS AID.
16d Made progress with cash up front on date (8)
ADVANCED: Cash up front or a down-payment followed by d(ate).
17d A forced entry may be in vain, so planned (8)
INVASION: An anagram (so planned) of IN VAIN SO.
19d Restaurant in pub is trouble (6)
BISTRO: A lurker hiding in the clue.
20d Shocked seeing husband in range shot heartlessly (6)
AGHAST: A range used for heating and cooking contains h(usband) and then the two outside letters of shot.
Today’s picks are 1a because it held me up getting started and 18a for the fun of sorting out all the various bits and pieces.
Quickie pun hell + ocean = hair lotion