Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29595
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our spell of beautiful fine weather has been briefly interrupted by a very welcome short period of rain. Forecast tells us we will be back to fine again tomorrow.
A busy day for us as it started off at the hospital for a laser operation to treat glaucoma in one of Colin’s eyes. It’s barely open again now and looks pretty gruesome. With any luck, this should slow down the deterioration of sight in the affected eye.
Still able to solve, blog and enjoy this puzzle from Jay which, he informed us last week, would be his true #1000 Telegraph Cryptic. He has appropriately acknowledged this in the puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Natural to accept cook, oddly, must be rambling (10)
INCOHERENT : The first and third letters of cook (oddly) are inside natural or innate.
6a Check pockets on the way back (4)
STOP : The reversal of pockets, as one does on a snooker table.
10a Nothing subtle in reserve (2,3)
ON ICE : The letter signifying nothing, and a synonym for subtle, when used in expressions such as ‘a subtle distinction’.
11a Sorry for what visitors might hear? (4,5)
COME AGAIN : What a host might say to departing guests. (Sorry is said with a rising terminal when used in this context.)
12a Irritating supporters — one in street (8)
ABRASIVE : Underwear supporters are enclosed by the abbreviation for a traditionally tree-lined street which includes the roman numeral one.
15a Become aware of make (7)
REALISE : A double definition. ‘Make’ here usually refers to financial returns.
17a A way of removing wet doctor in troublesome environment (4-3)
SPIN-DRY : Troublesome, perhaps like a hedgehog, contains one of the abbreviations for a doctor.
19a Criminal raised origin of murder weapon (7)
SIDEARM : An anagram (criminal) of RAISED plus the first letter of murder.
22a Area of corporation hearing of extravagance (5)
WAIST : A homophone of a word meaning extravagance or profligacy.
24a Cardinal shut a don out (8)
THOUSAND : An anagram (out) of SHUT A DON.
27a Got better, looking embarrassed about European insurance (9)
RECOVERED : The colour associated with embarrassment surrounds E(uropean) and protection given by insurance.
28a In front of the judge, group will be distressed (5)
UPSET : A two letter word meaning in front of the judge and then a synonym for group.
30a Promoted new diets and raved (10)
ADVERTISED : An anagram (new) of DIETS and RAVED.
1d Inflexible one has no right to be promoted (4)
IRON : The Roman numeral one, then the reversal of ‘no’ from the clue and R(ight).
5d Book of songs? (7)
NUMBERS : A double definition. The book is in the Old Testament of the Bible.
7d Intonation of women in Dynasty? (5)
TWANG : A traditional Chinese dynasty contains W(omen).
9d Tweeting adornments worn after battle (8)
WARBLING : Splitting the answer 3,5 gives a protracted battle and then flashy adornments.
14d Puzzles son with promise to split burden (10)
CROSSWORDS : S(on) and promise or pledge is inside a figurative burden associated with the Easter story.
16d Resting during performance, wives will be undressed (8)
INACTIVE : A two letter word for during and a three letter performance precede the three central letters (undressed) of ‘wives’.
18d Doctor agonised about second opinions (9)
DIAGNOSES : An anagram (doctor) of AGONISED contains an extra S(econd).
20d Grew up and dreamt about accepting university (7)
MATURED : The abbreviation for university is within an anagram (about) of DREAMT.
21d Foot of deep snow mostly dispersed (7)
SPONDEE : An anagram (dispersed) of DEEP SNO(w) with the last letter of snow removed.
23d Popular dog to bring on (5)
INCUR : The two letter popular and a deprecating word for a dog.
25d Crouch may be short and stocky (5)
SQUAT : A double definition.
Of course our favourite has to be the 24, 14 combination.
Quickie pun marine + aides = marinades