Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29520
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Good morning from a sunny South Staffs now the overnight rain has cleared.
We have a pangram today with three Xs. I thought at first that I was going to struggle, then solved 3d and the rest fell into place with no real difficulty.
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8a Current difficulty that involves very old tree (7)
AVOCADO – A two-letter abbreviation for a type of electric current and another word for difficulty or trouble are put together, and Very and Old are inserted.
10a Former partner given more than enough warning? (7)
EXAMPLE – The usual former partner followed by ‘more than enough’.
11a Delighted about little woman meeting Yankee journalist (9)
OVERJOYED – Put together another word for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’, one of the characters from Little Women, the letter represented by Yankee in the NATO alphabet, and the usual crossword journalist.
12a Article stolen from dirty relative (5)
UNCLE – Remove one of the forms of the indefinite article from another word for ‘dirty’ to get this male relative.
13a Recall number virtually abandoned convicted offender (5)
FELON – Put together a two-letter abbreviation for ‘number’ and another word for ‘abandoned’ minus its last letter (virtually). Then reverse (recall) the result.
14a Painting technique chimp astonishingly possesses (7)
IMPASTO – Hidden in the clue.
17a Old monarch, her hat edged with swirls (6,3,6)
EDWARD THE EIGHTH – Anagram (swirls) of HER HAT EDGED WITH.
19a Returning extremely defective rug, Greek character is wild (7)
UNTAMED – Put together the outside letters (extremely) of D(efectiv)E, another word for a rug, and a Greek letter, then reverse (returning) the result.
21a Check car temperature (5)
AUDIT – A German car followed by Temperature.
24a On air, force to get reward (5)
PRIZE – This word for a reward sounds like (on air) a word meaning ‘force open’.
26a Oscar and Dorothy struggling to embrace unknown doctrine (9)
ORTHODOXY – The letter represented by Oscar in the NATO alphabet, followed by an anagram (struggling) of DOROTHY wrapped round an algebraic unknown.
27a Some disquiet an American’s shown about issue (7)
EMANATE – Hidden in reverse (about) in the clue.
28a Cloth from Grandma having a fine edge (7)
NANKEEN – A familiar word for Grandma followed by a word applied to the fine edge of a knife or sword.
1d Lady occasionally entering shed for break from work (3,3)
DAY OFF – Start with a verb meaning ‘shed’ – usually used in reference to one’s hat – then insert alternate letters (occasionally) of lAdY.
2d Pass Europeans on vacation coming to order salad (8)
COLESLAW – Put together a mountain pass, the outside letters (on vacation) of E(uropean)S, and something which ensures order in society.
3d Criticise judge initially, and strange potentate (10)
PANJANDRUM – Put together a three-letter word for ‘criticise’, the first letter (initially) of Judge, AND (from the clue), and another word for ‘strange’ or ‘odd’.
4d Act topping bill I learned trashed hotel previously (9)
HEADLINER – The letter represented by Hotel in the NATO alphabet, followed by an anagram (trashed) of I LEARNED.
5d Reported dilemma for voters in capital city (4)
BAKU – The capital city of Azerbaijan sounds vaguely like a phrase (4,3) which could be asking ‘who should I vote for?’
6d Spots King wearing glasses (6)
SPECKS – A short word for glasses, with the chess notation for a king inserted.
7d Live male insect, enormous thing (8)
BEHEMOTH – Put together another word for ‘live’ or ‘exist’, a male pronoun, and a nocturnal flying insect.
9d Steer around really discontented antelope (4)
ORYX – Another word for a castrated male bovine, wrapped round the outside letters (dis-contented) of R(eall)Y.
15d Pardon main criminal, temperamental type (5,5)
PRIMA DONNA – Anagram (criminal) of PARDON MAIN.
16d Sport duke plays is game with many variations (4,5)
STUD POKER – Anagram (plays) of SPORT DUKE.
17d Provided with everything necessary, European told jokes (8)
EQUIPPED – An abbreviation for European, followed by ‘told jokes’.
18d Element that’s essential in alchemy? (8)
HYDROGEN – The middle letter (essential) of alcHemy is the chemical symbol for this element.
20d One old man becoming enthralled by brown snake (6)
TAIPAN – ‘To brown’ (in the sun) is wrapped round the Roman numeral for onei and a familiar way of addressing ‘the old man’.
22d Distressing time — telephone about closure of factory (6)
TRYING – Time followed by another verb for ‘telephone’ wrapped round the final letter (closure) of factorY.
23d Shock as bottom falls out of hamper (4)
STUN – Remove the final letter from a word meaning ‘hamper’ or ‘restrict (growth)’.
25d Periods in history are brought up by son (4)
ERAS – Reverse (brought up) ARE (from the clue), then add Son.
The Quick Crossword pun ODOUR + CLONE = EAU DE COLOGNE