Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29643
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The biannual clock adjustments have now been made so we are now on ‘Winter Blogging Time’.
This means that we get the puzzles and start working on them at 11.00am whereas it does not happen for us until 1.00pm during the summer. Either way, we still have plenty of time to put the blog together while most of you are fast asleep.
After the discussion on here last week we can be pretty certain that it is Jay back in the setter’s chair with his usual top quality puzzle to entertain us.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Save son caught parking on edge (6)
SCRIMP : S(on) then the cricket abbreviation for caught, an edge or lip, and the street sign indicating parking.
5a Dashing family mostly involved in outbreak (6)
RAKISH : Remove the last letter from a three letter word for family and put this inside an outbreak that could possibly be measles.
10a Pulls in listeners across north (5)
EARNS : The facial features referred to as listeners contain N(orth).
11a Europeans ruined Paris and east of Calais (9)
SPANIARDS : An anagram (ruined) of PARIS AND, plus the final letter (east) of Calais.
13a Volunteers with only daughter having claws (7)
TALONED : Volunteer soldiers, a synonym for only and then D(aughter).
14a Accept a rise and go away (4,1,4)
TAKE A HIKE : A double definition. This ‘go away’ is a slightly more polite version of ‘P*** off!’
17a Heard result of injury, makes tea (5)
BREWS : A homophone of a word for the outcome of a contusive injury.
18a Set my clues lacking any regular form (5)
STYLE : Alternate letters (lacking any regular) of the first three words.
19a Gather English literature must be rejected as barren (9)
INFERTILE : Gather or understand something implied is followed by the reversal of E(nglish) and lit(erature).
26a Discover area covered by the French navy … (5)
LEARN : The French masculine definite article, then A(rea) and the Royal Navy.
27a … and approve when posted (6)
ASSENT : A synonym for when and then posted or put in the mail.
28a A measure of distress is terribly relative (6)
SISTER : A lurker (a measure of) hiding in the clue.
2d Language of answer found in copy (5)
CARIB : Copy or plagiarize contains A(nswer).
3d Unable to get enough working at sea in it (9)
INSATIATE : An anagram (working) of AT SEA IN IT.
4d Problem of Beethoven perhaps, sacking the first three (5)
POSER : Remove the first three letters from what Beethoven is a typical example of.
8d Plenty must support vacant zombie fanatic (6)
ZEALOT : The first and last letters (vacant) of zombie and a 1,3 phrase for plenty.
9d A team’s unrelated remarks (6)
ASIDES : ‘A’ from the clue and sports team with the ‘S.
15d Island group getting central points in arguments (9)
KEYSTONES : A small tropical island, then a familiar name for a sixties band.
16d I can rave, supporting European traveller (9)
ITINERANT : ‘I’ from the clue, then ‘can’ as a metal container, E(uropean) and a synonym for rave.
18d Son has no trousers (6)
SLACKS : S(on) plus ‘has no’ or ‘is short of’.
20d Stretch script with no beginning and finish (6)
EXTEND : Remove the first letter from a script or even cell phone message, and then another word for finish.
23d Reward from bishop — our treat (5)
BONUS : The chess abbreviation for bishop and a 2,2 phrase meaning ‘we are paying’.
24d Box car past its best (5)
CRATE : A double definition.
15d and 18a were our last two to get sorted and stretched our solving time considerably.
Quickie pun forest + heart = for a start