Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29458
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
As soon as the calendar told us that Spring had officially started the weather gods must have decided that Winter was not over yet and have sent in an icy blast from the south. Lots of fresh snow in parts of the South Island and we’ve had cold, wet conditions here. At least the days are getting longer and it is daylight by breakfast time.
Another enjoyable Wednesday puzzle.
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6a See 1 Across
10a Regularly repeated content of free stream (9)
RECURRENT : The central two letters of free (content) and then a stream or something that flows.
11a Sedate Latin rule is designed to cover question (12)
TRANQUILLISE : The single letter abbreviation for question is inside an anagram (designed) of LATIN RULE IS.
14a Scraps small investment in mushrooms (7)
MORSELS : Include S(mall) inside mushrooms of the genus Morchella.
16a News of detective involved in criminal sting (7)
TIDINGS : A Detective Inspector is inside an anagram (criminal) of STING.
17a Signal that’s universal in church (3)
CUE : The Anglican Church includes U(niversal).
18a Condition of island circumnavigated by drunken seaman (7)
AMNESIA : An anagram (drunken) of SEAMAN includes I(sland).
20a Endless bother must be found in actual rejection (7)
REFUSAL : Remove the last letter from a synonym for bother and put this inside actual or true.
22a Setter’s shock after too much 24? (4,2,3,3)
HAIR OF THE DOG : The type of animal of which setter is an example and the shock that grows on one’s head gives a putative remedy for overindulgence in something like 24d.
26a Communication from bank, say, intended to be broadcast (9)
STATEMENT : Say or aver and then a homophone (to be broadcast) of a word meaning intended.
27a Captain Hook, say, losing head and spitting feathers (5)
IRATE : Remove the first letter from the occupation of Captain Hook in Peter Pan.
28a & 29 Across What may report collapse of pithead gallery? (5,9)
DAILY TELEGRAPH : An anagram (collapse) of PITHEAD GALLERY. The whole clue can be the definition.
29a See 28 Across
2d Fashion etiquette (4)
FORM : A double definition . Fashion here is a verb.
3d Agreed to be flexible about new warning (2,5)
EN GARDE : An anagram (to be flexible) of AGREED contains N(ew).
5d Meeting in Parisian bar (9)
ENCOUNTER : One of the French words for ‘in’ and then a bar or benchtop.
6d Clothing was in the van, all mixed up (7)
GARBLED : A collective word for clothing generally and then ‘was in the van’ or in front.
7d Person at the scene perhaps sees win yet is upset (10)
EYEWITNESS : An anagram (is upset) of SEES WIN YET.
8d Milliners without hope initially invested in unlikely material (10)
TATTERSALL : Remove the first letter of ‘hope’ from a word for milliners that describes what they make and put this inside ‘unlikely’ as applied to an unbelievable story.
12d Felt for shipmate roughly grabbed by journalist (10)
EMPATHISED : The two letters for a senior journalist surround an anagram (roughly) of SHIPMATE.
13d Fine Indian princess holding an animal up to get perfume (10)
FRANGIPANI : Start with F(ine), and then second and last three letters of the answer gives us an Indian princess who surrounds ‘an’ from the clue and the reversal of a farmyard animal.
15d Briefest check, and another, to include international (9)
SCANTIEST : We have two synonyms for check. The second one includes I(nternational).
21d Basis for paying (7)
FOOTING : A double definition. The basis could be a foundation.
23d Honour old flame on rising fortune (5)
EXTOL : The two letter old flame and then the reversal of fortune or luck.
25 Get engaged during game show (4)
MESH : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
We enjoyed unpicking the wordplay for 13d so that gets our vote for favourite today.
Quickie pun miss + treat + ores = mystery tours