Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29446
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’ve been having a brilliant spell of weather lately. A series of the heaviest frosts we have had this year followed by crisp, calm days under cloudless blue skies. Think it is about to change into a few days with some rain but we’re not complaining.
A quality Wednesday puzzle as ever from Jay.
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1a Such muscles may be small in singers (7)
TENSORS : Singers such as Pavarotti include S(mall).
5a Architect discovered here undressed (7)
FOUNDER : Discovered or located plus the two central letters (undressed) of ‘here’.
9a A good area — and popular once more (5)
AGAIN : String together ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviations for ‘good’ and ‘area’ and the two letter word for popular.
11a Bill firm millions, and the Law loses love for partner in crime (10)
ACCOMPLICE : The two letter abbreviations for bill or account and firm or company, then m(illions) and finally remove the tennis score love from the force known as ‘the Law’.
12a Cry from women in party rejected (4)
BAWL : The three letter abbreviation for one of the major political parties in the UK (and NZ) is reversed around W(omen).
14a Ancient — and value in it is dubious (12)
ANTEDILUVIAN : An anagram (is dubious) of AND VALUE IN IT.
18a Observations about role creating divisions (12)
COMPARTMENTS : Observations, like those that will appear under this blog, contain a role played by an actor.
21a Bound to be clocked, losing minutes (4)
TIED : Remove M(inutes) from the centre of a synonym for clocked.
22a Speech about racket of admission to ministerial office (10)
ORDINATION : A racket or loud noise is contained by speech or address.
25a Traveller needing fresh air in tent (9)
ITINERANT : An anagram (fresh) of AIR IN TENT.
26a Breakfast drink? (5)
TOAST : A cryptic definition of a celebratory drink that is part of a post-wedding function.
28a Unusual sort may find angle on love with theologian (3,4)
ODD FISH : Start with the tennis score love, then the qualification a theologian may have, and ‘angle’ as a verb for a sporting pastime.
2d Suggestion from sister outside a church (6)
NUANCE : A religious sister contains ‘A’ from the clue and then the two letters for the Anglican Church.
3d Decorative — possibly late Norman (10)
ORNAMENTAL : An anagram (possibly) of LATE NORMAN.
5d Country welcoming the man’s business concession (9)
FRANCHISE : A country just across the Channel contains a personal pronoun for ‘the man’s’.
6d Exercises adopted by licentious escorts (4)
USES : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
7d Striking play needing endless credit (8)
DRAMATIC : Play, such as Shakespeare wrote, and then a slang word for deferred payment loses its last letter.
13d Took away bad cutters for adjustment (10)
SUBTRACTED : An anagram (for adjustment) of BAD CUTTERS.
15d Consider charm (9)
ENTERTAIN : A double definition. The second could be amuse.
17d Risk adopting American size of paper (8)
IMPERIAL : A synonym for risk as a verb contains A(merican).
20d Vacant sign seen on long grass (6)
SNITCH : The first and last letters (vacant) of SIGN, plus long or desire.
23d Enthusiastic about inviting queen for opening bars (5)
INTRO : The single letter abbreviation for the Latin title for queen is contained by a word meaning ‘enthusiastic about’.
10a is our favourite today.
Quickie pun stray + toff = straight off