Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29530
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back home again just in time to tackle this week’s Jay puzzle. Not sure whether it was just us but we certainly took quite a lot longer than usual to get this one sorted. Well into our three stars for difficulty time and even considered a possible fourth one.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Disastrous time — smoker may have this rejected (6)
TRAGIC : The abbreviation for time and the reversal of something a smoker may have, possibly from Cuba.
5a Uninspired by prisoner becoming full of remorse (8)
CONTRITE : A three letter slang term for a prisoner, then uninspiring or commonplace.
9a Business people must hold back alarm (13)
CONSTERNATION : The two letter abbreviation for a business or company, and then people or race contains the back of a ship.
11a Female just after a fling (6)
AFFAIR : ‘A’ from the clue, F(emale) plus just or equable.
14a Curses seeing bottle’s no answer on board ship (8)
SCOURGES : Remove A(nswer) from a word meaning bottle or bravery and put this inside the two letters signifying a steamship.
16a Lies from women needing jumpers (8)
WHOPPERS : W(omen), then another word for jumpers such as frogs or kangaroos.
19a Period that is needed to cover church silver (3,3)
ICE AGE : The two letters that are an abbreviation for the Latin phrase meaning ‘that is’ contain the Anglican Church and the chemical symbol for silver.
23a Cleaner with a dress, oddly, will be game (8)
CHARADES : A cleaner or ‘lady wot does’, ‘A’ from the clue and the first, third and fifth letters of ‘dress’.
25a Series of events caused by a car on thin ice crashing (5,8)
CHAIN REACTION : An anagram (crashing) of A CAR ON THIN ICE.
26a Bitterness seen since shame engulfs Her Majesty (8)
ASPERITY : A two letter synonym for since, then another word for shame, (as in ‘what a shame’) contains Her Majesty’s regnal cypher.
27a Submits returns (6)
YIELDS : A double definition. The returns might be financial.
2d Ruse dismissing American demand for salvage (7)
RECLAIM : Remove the abbreviation meaning American from the word ‘ruse’ and then demand as an entitlement.
3d Playing on errors may reveal a hopeless case (5)
GONER : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
4d Picture of small headland found south of Newcastle, say (9)
CITYSCAPE : What Newcastle is an example of, then S(mall) and a headland or promontory.
7d Stress check on behalf of discontented comrade (9)
REINFORCE : A check that might be used to control a horse, then a word meaning ‘on behalf of’ and the two outside letters (discontented) of comrade.
8d Move into net savings scheme (7)
TONTINE : An anagram (move) of INTO NET.
13d Program needing time to include objective for attachment (9)
APPENDAGE : A three letter computer program, then an objective or goal and finally a period of time.
15d Rule exercised by limited company? (9)
OLIGARCHY : A cryptic definition of a regime controlled by a select few.
18d Stealth needed by some losing heart before battle in France (7)
SECRECY : The first and last letters of ‘some’ (losing heart) and then a famous battle that took place in 1346.
22d Weariness regularly seen in audit (5)
ENNUI : Every second letter found in the last three word of the clue.
24d A newly-wed has no right to stand (5)
ABIDE : ‘A’ from the clue and a newly-wed once R(ight) has been removed.
So many ticks we won’t even try and pick a favourite today.
Quickie pun hitch + effete = itchy feet