Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29404
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The new month has brought in winter with a vengeance. There is some sunshine but a biting Southerly wind and fresh snow on the ranges to our East combine to keep us well and truly chilled.
Fortunately, we've got the wood-burner and the regular crosswords to keep us warm and diverted.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Authority on courses in for training (11)
CONNOISSEUR : Anagram (for training) of ON COURSES IN.
9a Customs may see performance cutting costs (9)
PRACTICES : A performance or deed is inside costs of things one buys.
10a Drama seen in Europe rarely (5)
OPERA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
12a Women must have a way with liquid fuel being uneconomical (8)
WASTEFUL : String together W(omen), 'A' from the clue, the abbreviation for street (way) and an anagram (liquid) of FUEL.
15a Little indication of sadness? (8)
TEARDROP : A cryptic definition of something shed in sadness.
21a Mock, eating one's hot and cold food (4,4)
FISH CAKE : Mock, possibly in the sense of made-up news, surrounds one's written as a Roman numeral and 'S, and the letters found on hot and cold taps.
23a Tastes discovered by sailors at the back (6)
ASTERN : Remove the first and last letters (discover) of 'tastes' and then sailors in one of the armed services.
26a A look that inwardly may be a greeting (5)
ALOHA : 'A' from the clue, a two letter word for look and then the two internal letters of 'that'.
1d Ample evidence of debt impounded by police (7)
COPIOUS : The three letters indicating a debt are inside an informal word for police.
2d Comes close to being under arrest, regularly (5)
NEARS : Alternate letters found in two words in the clue.
3d Those people after working with purpose must be improving (2,3,4)
ON THE MEND : Start with a two letter word for working, next a pronoun meaning those people, and finally a purpose or aim.
4d Rifle fire (4)
SACK : A double definition. Fire is dismiss from employment.
5d Bound to find European in unexpected need (8)
ENSLAVED : An anagram (unexpected) of NEED surrounds someone from a major European ethnic/language group.
8d Salt produced by burn covering food (8)
SEAFARER : Burn or scorch surrounds a word for food generally.
16d Doctor gets air circulating between runs (9)
REGISTRAR : The cricket abbreviation for runs occurs both before and after an anagram (circulating) of GETS AIR.
17d Skip following lectures and discuss business (4,4)
TALK SHOP : Lectures or orations and then skip or jump on one foot.
18d On holiday, writing becomes casual (7)
OFFHAND : On holiday or away and writing executed manually.
20d Gather religious establishment mostly suppresses ecstasy (7)
CONVENE : A religious establishment populated by nuns loses its last letter which is replaced by E(cstasy).
22d Vice seen in cold light (5)
CLAMP : The abbreviation for cold and then a device for producing light.
24d Correspondence making half of them sicken (5)
EMAIL : The second half of the word 'them' and sicken or be unwell.
25d Goes out seeing poor babe's missing area (4)
EBBS : An anagram (poor) of B(a)BES without the abbreviation for area.
Quickie pun will + dub + east = wildebeest