Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29655
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The big news here this week has been the opening of the trans-Tasman travel bubble. This means that people can once again travel in either direction between Australia and New Zealand without any requirement for 2 weeks quarantine. A big step back towards normality and has made the tourist sector in NZ, which has been severely affected by restrictions, breathe a sigh of relief. Fingers crossed that it is going to be sustainable.
We found this one quite tricky and are a bit suspicious that it is not by our regular Wednesday setter Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Putting on record one caught in affair (6)
FILING : An affair or illicit liaison contains an extra Roman numeral one.
10a Detective must abandon vague feeling (8)
INSTINCT : Remove the two letters for a detective inspector from within a word meaning vague.
12a Checks energy releases (4,2)
LETS GO : An archaic meaning of checks that is still used by tennis umpires, plus energy or vigour.
14a Work practice that’s relatively favourable (8)
NEPOTISM : A cryptic definition of a practice that originated historically with preferential papal appointments.
19a Cruel destiny imprisoning the first-born (6)
ELDEST : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
21a Prison guards work party on board (6)
SCREWS : A word for a work party is inside (on board) the two letter abbreviation for a steamship.
23a Local team in split (8)
RESIDENT : A split or tear contains a synonym for team.
25a Illusion loads of praise must shatter (5,8)
FOOLS PARADISE : An anagram (must shatter) of LOADS OF PRAISE.
26a Embellish, rather, if being adopted (8)
PRETTIFY : A word meaning rather or somewhat contains ‘IF’ from the clue.
27a Bloke reportedly producing natural water feature (6)
GEYSER : Bloke reportedly gives a synonym for a slang word for a man. ( This gave us all sorts of problems as we pronounce the answer with the first syllable, not whole word, being a different homophone for ‘bloke’.)
2d Influence of heartless figure pierced by nail (7)
IMPINGE : A small nail is inside another word for a figure or representation without its central letter.
3d Plonker‘s wild riposte oddly ignored (5)
IDIOT : Alternate letters found in two words of the clue.
4d Callow youth or environmentalist with hooter (9)
GREENHORN : The colour associated with an environmentalist and a car’s warning device.
6d Shouts as male discharged from offences (5)
CRIES : Remove M(ale) from within illegal acts.
7d Pulled back from area of ground covered in grass (9)
RETRACTED : A stalky grass surrounds a patch of land.
8d Consortiums offering vehicles fitted with phone (7)
CARTELS : A three letter abbreviation referring to a phone is inside automobiles.
13d Dealt with roots due for treatment, needing time (6,3)
SORTED OUT : An anagram (for treatment) of ROOTS DUE which includes T(ime).
15d Media pack finding old service provider (5,4)
PRESS GANG : A general word for journalists and a pack or mob. The service that was being supplied with ‘volunteers’ was the navy.
17d The devil’s bunch regularly occupying prisoner (7)
LUCIFER : The second and fourth letters of bunch are within a term for a long-stay prisoner.
18d Inclined to cry about R number based on three … (7)
TERNARY : ‘R’ from the clue and N(umber) are inside a word meaning inclined to cry. (Something new we learnt today)
20d … because R before end of June is genuine (7)
SINCERE : A synonym for because or as a result of, then ‘R’ from the clue again, and the last letter of June.
24d Parched, welcoming first-class supplier of milk (5)
DAIRY : Parched or arid contains the two letter first class.
Quickie pun hole + jaw + roan = hold your own