Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29410
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re staying in Wellington for a couple of days so this is coming from a different environment. Weather pretty awful at present although we did have a few better days since we put together our last blog.
Thought this was quite tricky for a Wednesday and there are several rather scrumptious long anagrams to appreciate.
We struggled with the Quickie pun as it was unfamiliar to us but eventually our daughter, with help from Mr Google, sorted it.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Tether put on sheep in poor condition and likely to collapse (10)
RAMSHACKLE : A male sheep and then a tether or restraint.
6a Label attached to head of Socialist party? (4)
STAG : The first letter of Socialist and a label or identifying ticket.
9a Give prior knowledge of mineral found in agricultural land (7)
FOREARM : A mineral from which metal is extracted is inside an agricultural production establishment.
14a Auditor set out on board ship (8)
LISTENER : A luxury passenger ship contains an anagram (out) of SET.
15a Mum may see son fast after Italy (6)
SILENT : S(on) and the IVR code for Italy come before the fast that precedes Easter.
17a Land on fire (6)
ALIGHT : A double definition. Land is a verb here.
19a Shame detective’s good with people (8)
DISGRACE : The abbreviation for Detective Inspector with the (‘S) from the clue, then G(ood) and a people or nation.
24a Line dismissed by travelling salesmen as a group (2,5)
EN MASSE : An anagram (travelling) of SA(l)ESMAN after the abbreviation for line has been removed.
25a Good wine substitute? (7)
RESERVE : A double definition. The substitute could belong to a football team.
26a Long pastry must be filled with one in the middle (4)
PINE : The central letter of the word ‘one’ is inside a pastry dish.
27a Left as upset about headliner beginning to question (5,5)
FALSE START : A headliner or someone with top billing is inside an anagram (upset) of LEFT AS. The ‘beginning to question’ could also be described as ‘a beginning that is questionable’.
1d A great deal of time needed to support flyers (4)
RAFT : The servicemen flyers and then T(ime).
3d Deserve halo? He needs to change completely (4,4,5)
HEAD OVER HEELS : An anagram (needs to change) of DESERVE HALO HE.
4d Agreed, and suggested company should replace leader (8)
COMPLIED : Start with a word meaning suggested and replace its first letter with the two letter abbreviation for company.
5d Sense record must be on since dropping odds (5)
LOGIC : A record or diary and the second and fourth letters of ‘since’.
7d Two items on the afternoon menu for one? (7)
TEACAKE : An ‘all in one’ clue. The answer when split 3,4 gives two items that could also be on the same afternoon menu.
8d Ill-defined affair that indicates intelligence (4,6)
GREY MATTER : Ill-defined expressed as a colour and then affair or business.
13d Success coming as result of complete change? (5,5)
CLEAN SWEEP : The outcome of brushing aside all that came before.
16d Picks out records covering English sailors (8)
DISCERNS : Records, either vinyl or CD’s, enclose E(nglish) and water-borne servicemen.
18d Fair on managing boxing event that’s gruelling (4,3)
IRON MAN : A lurker (indicated by boxing), to be found hiding in the clue.
20d Country song keeping us tense (7)
AUSTRIA : A song, probably from an opera, surrounds ‘us’ from the clue and t(ense).
23d Hide from rain (4)
PELT : A double definition. The hide is an animal skin.
It took us a long time to sort out 27a so we’ll nominate that for favourite.
Quickie pun guess + tales = Guest Ales