Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29512
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
On our walk this morning we noticed the riot of colour from all the wild flowers in bloom amongst the sand dunes, the families of ducklings feeding in the ponds, the hopeful anglers beside their rods at the river mouth and the flocks of wading birds feeding on the estuary. All welcome distractions from the stress-inducing things happening in so many parts of the world at present. It is so reassuring that most of the natural world just carries on doing what it does.
And Jay can be relied upon to entertain and amuse us too.
We finished this one near the top end of our 2* time but there are a couple of tricky spots in here too.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Disinclined to talk of note found in new centre (8)
RETICENT : An anagram (new) of CENTRE contains one of the notes of the sol-fa scale.
5a Planned coup may see place needed before school (6)
PUTSCH : Place or position as a verb and the three letter abbreviation for school.
12a Term applied to book on love fixation (9)
OBSESSION : A term or period of engagement follows the tennis score love and B(ook).
14a Shame — mine must come before the start of yours (4)
PITY : Mine is not the pronoun, but a possible source of coal. Then the first letter of ‘yours’.
16a Stretch point to include folk lacking cover (7)
PROLONG : The sharp point of a fork or antler includes the two central letters of ‘folk’.
19a Looking more drained about a very unnecessary fuss (7)
PALAVER : ‘A’ from the clue and V(ery) are inside more drained or more wan.
21a Son may be entertained by popular presenter (4)
HOST : Popular, or the very latest fashion contains S(on).
24a Mark‘s wrong about cheers (5)
STAIN : A wrong or misdemeanour surrounds a two letter ‘cheers’.
27a Concentrate as it’s in cover on the way back (6)
DISTIL : ‘It’s’ from the clue is inside a cover or cap. All of this is reversed.
28a Mass resistance must include development of weapon to create force required (8)
MANPOWER : The physics symbols for mass and resistance surround an anagram (development of) of WEAPON.
29a Calling for speed (6)
CAREER : A double definition. The calling is a vocation or occupation.
30a Lovely day over in land such as this (8)
ADORABLE : Land used for growing crops contains D(ay) and O(ver).
1d Managed rumoured amount that’s needed for release (6)
RANSOM : Managed or organized and a homophone for an amount.
2d Lost shirt? Time and drink will fix that (6)
THIRST : An anagram (lost) of SHIRT plus T(ime).
4d Revoke in full for a change? Yes (7)
NULLIFY : An anagram (for a change) of IN FULL and then Y(es).
6d All agreed seeing a Parisian hate eating duck (9)
UNANIMOUS : The French indefinite article and a word from Latin meaning hate contains the cricket score duck.
8d Legacy of retreat losing millions (8)
HERITAGE : Remove the abbreviation for millions from a retreat like the one in St Petersburg which is now a museum.
11d Legs must be raised in nick (4)
SNIP : The reversal of legs or supports.
15d Imaginative and popular outlet given without limits (9)
INVENTIVE : String together the two letter popular, an outlet or aperture, and the central three letters of ‘given’.
17d Occasional lengthy story about one’s party turned up (8)
EPISODIC : A lengthy, often heroic, story contains ‘one’s’ written as the Roman numeral with the ‘S, and the reversal of a two letter party.
18d Conservative relies on Her Majesty for something that purifies (8)
CLEANSER : The single letter abbreviation for Conservative, then relies on or uses as a support and Her Majesty’s regnal cypher.
21d A couple of grand in tough environment must be drawn (7)
HAGGARD : A synonym for tough surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and the repeated abbreviation for grand.
26d Copy in case of poor composition (5)
PAPER : The first and last letters of ‘poor’ enclose copy or emulate.
We had the usual Wednesday problem of trying to pick our favourite and eventually opted for 12a.
Quickie pun knows + toot + hale = nose to tail