Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29554
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Christmas in New Zealand means days at the beach with family, and pohutukawa trees covered in crimson blossom. This picture is how one of ours looks right now. The remains of the flax flower spikes that we mentioned in an earlier blog are in the background too. We appreciate that this Christmas will be a ‘different’ one for most of you but it can still be a joyous one. Best wishes to you all.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on with today’s puzzle from Jay. We enjoyed it.
1a Hanger-on rejected by society locally (7)
ACOLYTE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
9a So far from success, others mostly adjusted (8)
HITHERTO : A success often used to describe a popular entertainment and then an anagram (adjusted) of the first five letters of OTHER(s).
10a Get ready to slim down after purge, oddly (7)
PREPARE : The first third and fifth letters of ‘purge’ and a synonym for slim down.
11a Sort of figure dog does this to keep everybody quiet (8)
BALLPARK : The noise a dog makes surrounds another word for everybody and the musical instruction for quiet.
12a The setter’s back story prior to university environment (6)
MILIEU : The reversal of the short way Jay would refer to himself, an untrue story and then U(niversity).
13a Lose job in area away from cheap ghetto in trouble (3,3,4)
GET THE CHOP : An anagram (in trouble) of CHE(a)P GHETTO without A(rea).
15a Having nothing on — save time, ultimately (4)
BARE : A word for save meaning except and then the last letter of ‘time’.
21a Ruler seeing eastern border moving westwards (4)
EMIR : The abbreviation for eastern, and the reversal (moving westwards) of border or edge.
24a New exam must include end of term average (6)
NORMAL : N(ew) and then the type of exam that is not written contains the final letter of ‘term’.
25a Independent politician played a part and had an effect (8)
IMPACTED : I(ndependent) and a Member of Parliament followed by played a part on stage or TV.
28a Stopped and relaxed after a run (8)
ARRESTED : ‘A’ from the clue and R(un), then relaxed or took a breather.
29a Presenting a party of men full of spirit (7)
STAGING : The spirit usually flavoured with juniper berries is inside a ‘men only’ party.
2d A right racket in California for a papal adviser (8)
CARDINAL : The three letter abbreviation for California contains ‘A’ from the clue, R(ight) and racket or loud noise.
3d Unbalanced team after cut beginning to despair (8)
LOPSIDED : Start with a synonym for cut, then another word for team and finally the first letter of despair.
4d Republican must be in however unfashionable everywhere (10)
THROUGHOUT : Another word for however or nevertheless contains R(epublican) and then unfashionable or not trendy.
5d Document obtained by way of covering letters at last (4)
VISA : A short Latin word used to mean ‘by way of’ contains the last letter of ‘letters’.
6d The girl Olivier regularly used will be put off (6)
SHELVE : A female personal pronoun and then the second, fourth and sixth letters of Olivier.
7d Hear bet is off and get some air (7)
BREATHE : An anagram (is off) of HEAR BET.
8d Models make fun of highs (4-3)
MOCK-UPS : Make fun of or ridicule and then high moods.
11d Death of British Trident designed to protect Spain (6,3)
BITTER END : B(ritish) then an anagram (designed) of TRIDENT includes the IVR code for Spain.
14d Fortuitous, then, as even after a fashion? (6-4)
HEAVEN-SENT : An anagram (after a fashion) of THEN AS EVER.
17d Hunger may be variable before making money (8)
YEARNING : One of the letters used as a mathematical variable and then making money or having an income.
19d Rice, e.g. squeezed by stone, must be best (7)
OPTIMAL : A stone possibly mined in Coober Pedy surrounds the first name of a well-known lyricist.
23d Copper’s taken in by expert put on trial (6)
ACCUSE : An expert or adept contains the chemical symbol for copper with its ‘S.
The well-hidden lurker in 1a held us up at the start so gets our vote for favourite today.
Quickie pun foreign + stuns = for instance