Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29392
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back to our usual two person blogging team this week.
Having a spell of grey wintry weather at present. Perfect for hunkering down in front of the fire and working on crosswords.
We thought Jay was being quite gentle on us this week.
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1a Complicated matters should include a good plan (9)
STRATAGEM : An anagram (complicated) of MATTERS that includes ‘A’ from the clue and G(ood).
10a Violent players may be plastered (9)
ROUGHCAST : Violent or unruly and then players in a theatre.
11a Accuse them if prepared to accept consequences (4,3,5)
FACE THE MUSIC : An anagram (prepared) of ACCUSE THEM IF.
16a Show son must be trapped in a racket (7)
ALADDIN : A son or young male is inside ‘A’ from the clue and a loud noise.
17a Idiot seeing service losing millions (3)
ASS : Remove M(illions) from a church service.
18a Imprisoned right person with secret information (7)
INSIDER : An informal word meaning in a gaol plus R(ight).
20a Amount that can be carried by hospital is noxious (7)
HARMFUL : Put the abbreviation for hospital in front of an amount that can be carried using the upper limbs.
22a Miserable place for dancing — last one awful (12)
DISCONSOLATE : A five letter place for dancing popular in the 1970’s and then an anagram (awful) of LAST ONE.
26a Clot‘s actual ego damaged (9)
COAGULATE : An anagram (damaged) of ACTUAL EGO.
27a Mostly dead — and popular — language (5)
LATIN : Remove the last letter from dead or no longer living and then the two letter popular.
2d Fancy going topless for paper (4)
REAM : Remove the first letter from a synonym for fancy or illusion.
3d History article approved for broadcast (3,4)
THE PAST : Definite article and then a homophone of a word meaning approved.
4d Stuff found in Grieg or Gershwin? (5)
GORGE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
6d Region once seeing prejudice mostly about old border (7)
BOHEMIA : Another word for prejudice, minus its last letter, surrounds O(ld) and the border on a piece fabric.
7d Annoyed part of orchestra served up very loud song (7,3)
BRASSED OFF : The part of an orchestra containing trumpet, trombone etc, and then the reversal of the musical notation for very loud and a poetic song.
8d Gin client mixed before end of day, trying to seduce (10)
ENTICINGLY : An anagram (mixed) of GIN CLIENT plus the last letter of day.
12d Occasional sort of table? (10)
PERIODICAL : The sort of table referred to is the one containing the elements.
13d Beginning to doubt? (5,5)
FALSE START : A cryptic definition of a beginning that is probably not ‘true’.
15d Cheat and pack instrument (4-5)
CARD-SHARP : The items found in a pack used for many games and then the instrument associated with Guiness.
21d Sold in need of a spruced up bathroom? (7)
RETILED : Remove ‘A’ from the clue from a word meaning sold, possibly in a High Street shop.
23d City shelter on drugs, outwardly (5)
LEEDS : Shelter or in a wind-protected place and then the outside letters of ‘drugs’.
24d Crack in captain’s table (4)
STAB : A lurker, hiding in the clue. Crack here is a guess or estimate.
Quickie pun bray + key + toff = break it off