Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29613
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our warm, dry, late-summer days continue. Autumn cannot be too far away for us but no sign of it yet apart from the godwits adopting their rust-coloured mating plumage in preparation for their migratory flight to Alaska.
Another Wednesday, another Jay puzzle to enjoy.
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9a Disposal must cover one barrel for water (8)
SALIVATE : The Roman numeral one and a barrel or large container are inside disposal by offering for purchase.
10a Cuts back on seconds and extras (6)
SPARES : The abbreviation for seconds and cuts back or makes economies.
12a Uncooked tuna — a rule that’s broken (2,7)
AU NATUREL : An anagram (that’s broken) of TUNA A RULE.
13a Widow nervously entertaining holder of title (5)
OWNER : A lurker hiding in the clue.
14a Follow when husband leaves, for instance (4)
CASE : Remove H(usband) from follow or pursue.
16a Support European partner (7)
ESPOUSE : E(uropean) and a marital partner.
21a Not quite satisfied, having eaten nothing disgusting (4)
FOUL : Remove the last letter (not quite) from satisfied or replete and into this add the letter signifying nothing.
25a Ballet position of sailor in lively square beginning to evolve (9)
ARABESQUE : An anagram (lively) of SQUARE contains the two letters for an able-bodied seaman and finally, the first letter of evolve.
27a Crude description of our world? (6)
EARTHY : An adjective that could mean relating to our planet.
28a Manage development of voiceprint without IP (8)
CONTRIVE : An anagram (development of) VO(i)CE(p)RINT once the I and P have been removed.
29a Saying nothing as is head of psychology, for example (6)
SILENT : How one would describe the first letter of psychology when explaining its pronunciation.
30a Most amusing list set out by Germany (8)
DROLLEST : The IVR code for Germany, then a list that could be of students in a classroom and an anagram (out) of SET.
1d Careless sixty per cent of victims (6)
CASUAL : Start with a ten letter word for those affected by a disaster and remove the last four letters.
2d Weaken fast, held down by soldiers (6)
RELENT : Engineering soldiers and then the fast that precedes Easter.
3d Turn to bigwig after being set up (5)
PIVOT : ‘To’ from the clue and a very important person are all reversed (being set up).
4d Group pressure finally comes after erotic dancing (7)
COTERIE : An anagram (dancing) of EROTIC, and then the final letter of pressure.
6d I am quick, posh and unrehearsed (9)
IMPROMPTU : I am written as 1’1, then quick or on time and the single letter signifying posh.
8d Justifies low exam grades and answers (8)
DESERVES : Two consecutive letters that are low exam grades and then answers as a verb.
11d This is the answer! (4)
CLUE : What eleven down, in this puzzle, is an example of. (We found it hard to write a hint for this one).
17d Mistakes of line taken by post-war generation (8)
BLOOMERS : A word, often preceded by ‘baby’, that describes the post-war generation contains L(ine).
18d Seeing some burglar get nicked on the way up is essential (8)
INTEGRAL : A reversed lurker, hiding in the clue.
20d Humiliation? Mostly pretence (4)
SHAM : Remove the last letter (mostly) from a synonym for humiliation.
21d Prefer to accommodate Liberal character (7)
FLAVOUR : Prefer or opt for contains L(iberal).
23d Fed up with European Commission? Time to change allegiance (6)
DEFECT : The reversal of the word fed, then E(uropean C(ommission) plus T(ime).
26d Speak highly of former tax cut (5)
EXTOL : The prefix meaning former, and a tax that you might pay to use a road, without its last letter.
The excruciating Quickie pun takes our top podium spot today. It just sneaks ahead of 19a.
Quickie pun half + writers = arthritis