Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29542
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our two eldest grandsons and eight of their friends have taken over our bach for a few days. So, when they do eventually all get out of bed, it is all go here. The weather, wouldn’t you know it, has responded by being wet, wet, wet. Never mind, it is great to have them all here and an extra bonus is that they are able to take care of the ‘tweaks’ that computers always seem to need.
A few tricky clues in here we thought, along with some rather scrumptious anagrams.
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1a Dwelling on it set me off about article (10)
MAISONETTE : An anagram (off) of ON IT SET ME contains the indefinite article.
6a Confusion briefly before husband finds network (4)
MESH : A word for confusion or untidiness has its last letter replaced with H(usband).
10a Artist covered by revolutionary academician’s discussion group (7)
SEMINAR : Two artists involved here. The surname of one whose first name is Tracey is enclosed by the reversal of a Royal Academician with the ‘S.
12a Popular and specific holy book needing no introduction that’s defying description (13)
INEXPRESSIBLE : The two letter word for popular, then a synonym for specific and Christianity’s holy book without its first letter.
14a Miserable women Romeo made a deep impression on (8)
WRETCHED : W(oment) R(omeo) and then made a deep impression, probably in a work of art or craft.
17a Responsibilities of son after putting clock back (6)
REMITS : The reversal of a word for a clock defined by what it does, and then the abbreviation for son.
19a Settle comfortably seeing prisoner in scene developing (8)
ENSCONCE : The three letter word for a prisoner is ‘locked up’ in an anagram (developing) of SCENE.
21a Relative evidence of humour going topless after day in the legal profession (8-2-3)
DAUGHTER-IN-LAW : Remove the first letter from audible evidence of humour and surround this with D(ay), ‘IN’ from the clue, and a word for the legal profession generally.
24a Genuine certainty (7)
NATURAL : A double definition. Genuine as opposed to artificial.
25a Prospect of appearance that’s unfashionable? (7)
OUTLOOK : Start with a three letter word for unfashionable and then a synonym for appearance.
27a Those present will see America needn’t act violently (10)
ATTENDANCE : The single letter abbreviation for America plus an anagram (violently) of NEEDN’T ACT.
1d Offend if caught between both sexes (4)
MIFF : The letters used to identify each sex surround ‘IF’ from the clue.
2d Queuing across centre of icy slope (7)
INCLINE : A 2,4 phrase meaning queuing contains the central letter of ‘icy’.
4d Times must support European with more than enough small instances (8)
EXAMPLES : Start with E(uropean), then the letter signifying times in multiplication, next a word meaning more than enough, and finally S(mall).
5d Experience discrimination (5)
TASTE : A double definition. Discrimination or discernment.
7d East German city put up with the French honour (7)
ENNOBLE : E(ast), then the reversal of the city that was capital of West Germany and the French definite article.
11d Rampant lust — academic pinching student made a mistake (13)
MISCALCULATED : An anagram (rampant) of LUST ACADEMIC contains the letter displayed by a student driver.
16d Medicine that might counteract a love potion? (8)
ANTIDOTE : Another all in one clue. The wordplay suggests that it works against something inducing adoration.
20d Mathematician coming across wife in Harlow perhaps (3,4)
NEW TOWN : A famous 17th – 18th century mathematician contains W(ife).
23d Broadcaster on eastern part of Scotland (4)
SKYE : A television broadcaster and E(astern).
We liked the anagrams in today’s puzzle and think that 13d is the pick of the bunch.
Quickie pun mirror + culls = miracles