Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29434
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Slightly bigger birds for our wildlife report this week. A very sleek egret patiently waiting by a stream that runs through the wetland at the edge of the estuary. A bit further along, one of the regulars, a white-faced heron doing the same. Yesterday when we were sitting in the kitchen over our morning coffee we watched another one of these herons enjoying the sunshine on the roof ridge of a neighbour’s house.
Jay up to his usual standard with today’s puzzle. Just a little trickier than some of his recent ones we thought.
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9a Vetoed attempt in favouring study (9)
FORBIDDEN : Start with a three letter word meaning favouring, then an attempt or an offer at an auction, and finally ‘study’ as a room.
10a Flipping theatre night showing no sign of life! (5)
INERT : A reversed lurker, hiding in the clue.
11a A good husband and a good person must be shocked (6)
AGHAST : ‘A’ from the clue, then G(ood) H(usband), then ‘A’ from the clue again and a canonized person.
12a Firm supporter beginning to cover new law (8)
STALWART : A synonym for beginning includes an anagram (new) of LAW.
15a Restricts new penalties applied to firm (8)
CONFINES : The abbreviation for company or firm, then N(ew) and financial penalties.
18a Tormented and looking embarrassed by tag (8)
BADGERED : A tag or award for achievement made to a Girl Guide and then the colour associated with looking embarrassed.
19a Wishes to dispose of one house advertised as such (3,3)
DES RES : Remove the Roman numeral one from the centre of another word for wishes.
23a Sweat terribly wrapping hospital bandage (6)
SWATHE : An anagram (terribly) of SWEAT contains H(ospital).
26a Signs nothing and workers succeeded … (5)
OMENS : The letter that looks like zero, then male workers plus S(ucceeded).
27a … immediately after that putting her note up for revision (9)
THEREUPON : An anagram (for revision) of HER NOTE UP.
28a Innovator of dog jacket (11)
TRAILBLAZER : Dog as a verb meaning to follow, and then a jacket, (these often have school or club insignia on them).
2d Congratulate art historian ringing such a connection (5)
EARTH : A lurker hiding in the clue.
3d Trim and dispatch form (9)
SHIPSHAPE : Dispatch literally on a vessel and then form or model.
4d Tramps may find places to live (4)
PADS : A double definition. The places to live are usually urban flats.
5d Fire engine must need this (8)
IGNITION : What is needed to start an engine.
6d Hearing test (5)
TRIAL : A double definition. The hearing is in a court of law.
7d She ultimately maintains such vehicles (7)
ESTATES : The last letter of ‘she’ and then avers or maintains.
8d Servant providing legal consideration (8)
RETAINER : A double definition. The legal consideration is in the form of an interim payment.
14d Beamed and considered accepting assistance raised (8)
RADIATED : A three letter synonym for assistance is reversed (raised) inside considered or assessed.
17d Check about objective before reserves feud (8)
VENDETTA : A word meaning to check contains objective or aim and then reserve soldiers.
20d Resent changes on right being more authoritarian (7)
STERNER : An anagram (changes) of RESENT plus R(ight).
22d Working and ready for attack (5)
ONSET : A two letter word for working and then ready or prepared.
25d Live without 21, comfortably (4)
WELL : Live or reside loses the card players’ abbreviation for the answer to 21a.
Lots of ticks again today with 13a and 16d sharing top honours.
Quickie pun pose + toffees = Post Office