Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29494
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It was a quiet day at the polling place so I sneaked away from work there so we could put this blog together at our usual time.
Enjoyable Jay puzzle once again.
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1a Twin full of spirit rejected such mysteries (7)
ENIGMAS : A word meaning twin or identical contains a spirit, often flavoured with juniper berries. All this is reversed (rejected).
5a Communication of formal agreement to get rid of Republican (7)
CONTACT : Remove R(epublican) from a formal, usually written, agreement.
11a Irascible type‘s gone out after seeing dog dirt (10)
CURMUDGEON : String together a mongrel dog, sloppy dirt and an anagram (out) of GONE.
12a Leaves with no parking skills (4)
ARTS : Remove the letter used to signify parking from the start of leaves or goes away.
14a Amazement of criminal upset splinter group (12)
STUPEFACTION : An anagram (criminal) of UPSET and then a splinter or special interest group.
18a Metamorphosis contains a tense exchange of words (12)
CONVERSATION : Another word for metamorphosis or change contains ‘A’ from the clue and T(ense).
21a Scheme corporation has to employ student (4)
PLOT : A large belly corporation contains the student driver letter.
25a Egomaniac should be upset and sorry (4,5)
COME AGAIN : An anagram (should be upset) of EGOMANIAC.
26a Do very well in old prison when cut off (5)
EXCEL : The prefix meaning old or former and a prison room with the last letter missing.
27a The French must be in because there’s quiet (7)
SILENCE : A synonym for ‘because’ contains the French definite article.
28a Son will be taken in by respectable lineage (7)
DESCENT : Respectable or seemly surrounds S(on).
1d Result of endless personal belongings (6)
EFFECT : Remove the last letter from a word used for personal belongings.
2d Dismiss a large part of design, or exclude (6)
IGNORE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
4d Dross incorporating new vernacular (5)
SLANG : Dross or mining waste contains N(ew).
5d Succeed with Italian — you must be joking! (4,3,2)
COME OFF IT : A 4,3 phrase meaning achieve success, and then the abbreviation for Italian.
7d Reacting rashly perhaps to unusual ill-grace (8)
ALLERGIC : An anagram (unusual) of ILL GRACE.
8d Number moving south with a need, disheartened (8)
THOUSAND : An anagram (moving) of SOUTH, then ‘A’ from the clue and the two outermost letters of need.
13d Trained surgeons will accept credit for parasites (10)
SCROUNGERS : An anagram (trained) of SURGEONS includes CR(edit).
15d Suggest job with university behind schedule (9)
POSTULATE : A job or work situation, then U(niversity) and a word meaning behind schedule.
17d Relaxed at home because mother left (8)
INFORMAL : The two letter ‘at home’, another word for ‘because’, an informal word for mother and finally L(eft).
19d Good point that hurt, filling time unoccupied (6)
TOUCHE : The first and last letters of ‘time’ surround an exclamation meaning ‘that hurt!’.
20d Fanatic‘s beginning to expect much after the last letter (6)
ZEALOT : In the order they appear in the answer we have the last letter of the alphabet, the first letter of ‘expect’, and a 1,3 phrase meaning much.
24d Curry favour, seeing supporter welcome wife (4)
FAWN : A supporter or enthusiast contains W(ife).
25a was our favourite this week.
Quickie pun write + sarong = rights a wrong