Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29482
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
New Zealand has had horrendous weather this last week. Very strong winds with squally showers of rain, hail and thunderstorms over most of the country and heavy snow to low levels over much of the South Island. The worst of it looks to have moved away now so we can look forward to more Spring-like conditions returning. We hope so anyway.
A slightly trickier Wednesday puzzle we thought with some rather good anagrams amongst the clues and a few chuckles too.
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9a Consider varying diet adopted by friend (8)
MEDITATE : A friend or partner encloses an anagram (varying) of DIET.
11a Such eyes may find keys regularly in cupboard (5-3)
CLOSE-SET : A cupboard usually used for clothing contains the second and fourth letters of keys.
12a Platform providing power and widespread dislike (6)
PODIUM : The abbreviation for power plus another word for widespread dislike.
13a They may offer you protection inside boat after storm (10)
ANTIBODIES : An anagram (after storm) of INSIDE BOAT.
16a Pilots suffering with gastroenteritis? (5,4)
TRIAL RUNS :
Pilots is the definition but the whole clue gives the wordplay. Suffering or hardship and what gastroenteritis is commonly called.
21a Leave be, with no end of mess (4)
EXIT : Be or have a presence, once the last letter of mess has been removed.
22a Image witch improved for spells? (5,5)
WHITE MAGIC : An anagram (improved) of IMAGE WITCH.
24a Compassionate, putting crew in shade (6)
HUMANE : A shade or colour includes crew as a verb meaning staff.
25a Definite about changing nice and easy position needing little effort (8)
SINECURE : Definite or certain surrounds an anagram (changing) of NICE.
27a Try a daily worker in case of treatment (7)
ATTEMPT : ‘A’ from the clue, then the first and last letters of treatment surround a casual or relieving worker.
28a Large church must entertain current senior politician (8)
MINISTER : A large church or cathedral contains the physics symbol for current.
2d Vessels answer with speed, oars flying (8)
AMPHORAS : The single letter abbreviation for answer, then the way that speed is measured in countries that have not yet changed to metric and an anagram (flying) of OARS.
4d Condition of one wearing new summer hat? (10)
RHEUMATISM : An anagram (new) of SUMMER HAT plus the Roman numeral one.
5d Trade that’s expensive having changed sides (4)
DEAL : Start with a synonym for expensive and change the letter referring to one side or hand to the other.
6d Debacle if backing a second business (6)
FIASCO : Reverse the word ‘if’ then ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for second, and a business or company.
7d Detailed reason nervous reaction is bitter in tone (7)
CAUSTIC : Remove the last letter from a reason and then a nervous twitch.
8d Professional impression is ultimately important (7)
DENTIST : An impression that might be found on your mudguard after an incident with the gatepost, then ‘is’ from the clue and the last letter of important.
11d Tiger perhaps has a record broadcast — and another record! (9)
CATALOGUE : What a tiger is an example of, then ‘A’ from the clue and a homophone (broadcast) of a record or diary.
17d Black perhaps, medium and not as smooth (8)
SEAMLESS : What Black, or even Red or Tasman, is an example of, then M(edium) and a word meaning ‘not as’.
18d City‘s dash, for example after victory (8)
WINNIPEG : Start with a three letter word for a victory, then a dash perhaps of whisky, and the two letters signifying for example
19d Couple may see pig turning up in book (7)
TWOSOME : A female pig is reversed inside a large book.
20d Handy form of communication? (7)
SIGNING : A cryptic definition of a form of communication for the hearing impaired.
23d Cut in duty (6)
EXCISE : A double definition. The duty here can be imposed at the border.
26d Salt-free diets must include grass (4)
REED : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
Today’s picks are the three linked clues of 1a, 15a, and 29a but the 13a anagram was not far behind.
Quickie pun blew + breeze = blueberries