Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29506
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just when we were getting used to warmer weather along comes another cold Southerly snap to keep us on our toes. We even lit the fire again last night. Don’t expect this will last long and we’ll be back into shorts and lighter clothing again.
All the usual Wednesday solving fun.
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5a Mother’s back employed and happily occupied (6)
AMUSED : The reversal of a slang word for mother and a synonym for employed.
11a Burdens boys crossing over (5)
LOADS : The cricketers’ abbreviation for over is inside another word for boys.
12a Afraid to ignore initial reprimand (6)
EARFUL : Remove the first letter from afraid or scared.
13a Stiffens, seeing celebrity case finishing early (8)
STARCHES : A celebrity or leading character is followed by a case or box without its last letter.
15a Hi-tec nation frequently needing courage (5,2,3,3)
STATE OF THE ART : String together a nation or country, then a three letter word for frequently and finally, courage or fortitude.
18a Story’s beginning when at university and punctual about answer (4,4,1,4)
ONCE UPON A TIME : A 4,2 phrase that could mean when at university, then a 2,4 phrase meaning punctual contains A(nswer.)
22a Cheers coming from country twice failing to finish (4-4)
CHIN-CHIN : The world’s most populous country loses its last letter and is repeated.
26a Article worn by the girl should be pale (5)
ASHEN : A female personal pronoun is surrounded by the two letter indefinite article.
27a Finds ones way using satnav, e.g travelling across Italy (9)
NAVIGATES : An anagram (travelling) of SAT NAV EG includes the IVR code for Italy.
28a Discontented single escort. Calm and dignified (6)
SEDATE : The first and last letters (discontented) of single plus escort or partner.
1d Tension created by feeling about American pressure (8)
SUSPENSE : A feeling or sensation contains United States and P(ressure).
2d Filthy lucre could be continuing source of evil (5)
ULCER : An anagram (filthy) of LUCRE.
3d Introduction from priggish type including the Spanish (7)
PRELUDE : The word for ‘the’ in Spanish is within a word for a priggish person.
4d Cry coming from contact lacking time (4)
OUCH : Remove T(ime) from a tactile contact.
8d Besides, is the boxing to stop? (6)
DESIST : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
14d Outpouring from Hanoi, suffering after uprising (8)
EFFUSION : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
16d Got rid of a nasty boil and cast off (9)
ABOLISHED : ‘A’ from the clue, an anagram (nasty) of BOIL and cast off or remove.
17d Poetry mostly seen in true defeat (8)
REVERSAL : A word for poetry generally without its last letter is inside a synonym for true.
20d A bad French publication set up merger (7)
AMALGAM : ‘A’ from the clue, the French word for bad, and the reversal of the short name for a glossy publication.
21d Son studies hard and disappears (6)
SCRAMS : S(on) and studies hard, usually at the last minute.
24d External network device with no lead (5)
OUTER : Remove the first letter from the network device with lots of flashing lights that most of us have somewhere about the house.
25d Eye partly caught by menu — veal! (4)
UVEA : And we finish with another lurker hiding in the clue.
Quickie pun fore + Evans + ache = for heaven’s sake