Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29685
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A frosty morning here today. Each evening now we no longer have the ‘will we/won’t we’ discussion about the wood burner. We just light it.
On our walk this morning we watched a team of three fishing in one of the tidal streams we go past. Three different species of birds of about the same size obviously working together. A little black shag was doing the underwater stuff while a white egret and a white-faced heron (commonly called a blue heron) patiently
waited for the little fish that were being disturbed. A delightful scene.
We found several of today’s clues took a bit of effort to unpick and good fun all the way through.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Angered? Explosively? (7)
ENRAGED : A different sort of anagram. Explosively is the indicator and ANGERED is both the fodder and the definition.
10a Mild Russian leader embracing Eastern Time (7)
LENIENT : A famous Russian revolutionary leader contains E(astern) and finally, T(ime).
13a King had this made afresh to accommodate Republican (5)
DREAM : An anagram (afresh) of MADE contains R(epublican).
15a Desperate to survive drop (4-5)
LAST-DITCH : To survive or endure, then drop or abandon.
22a One keen to eat arrested in Erith stores (5)
DINER : A lurker, hiding in the clue, indicated by ‘stores’.
23a Meat and fibre in hamper (9)
HAMSTRING : A cured pig-meat, and then fibre or thread.
25a Chapel area in gold colour with blue? (7)
ORATORY : String together the heraldic gold colour, then A(rea) and the blue political party.
26a Assign a parking place (7)
APPOINT : ‘A’ from the clue, then the letter signifying parking and a place or destination.
27a Article uncovered hate facing mostly left-wing arts arena (7)
THEATRE : Start with the definite article, then the central two letters (uncovered) of hate plus the first two letters of the colour associated with left wing.
28a Island in unsettled US area, or continental one? (7)
EURASIA : An anagram (unsettled) of US AREA includes I(sland).
1d Defenceless old flame, model, died (7)
EXPOSED : The two letter old flame prefix, then model for a portrait perhaps and D(ied).
2d Publish charter again? (7)
RELEASE : Charter again or once more hire.
3d Individual in Greece: person with no future (5)
GONER : The IVR code for Greece surrounds the three letter individual.
4d Black inside, rotten old wheat in lethal buffet (9)
DEATHBLOW : An anagram (rotten) of OLD WHEAT contains B(lack).
6d Fellow worker the French treat roughly (9)
MANHANDLE : A fellow or chap, then a worker or assistant plus a French definite article.
7d Butcher to carve ham (7)
OVERACT : An anagram (butcher) of TO CARVE.
14d Bottom oar disintegrated in seagoing craft (9)
MOTORBOAT : An anagram (disintegrated) of BOTTOM OAR.
16d Small offence importing glossy handbags? (9)
SCRIMMAGE : S(mall) and offence or wrongdoing surround a glossy publication.
17d Will one lying find such support close by? (7)
BEDPOST : A cryptic definition. The one lying here is prone rather than telling untruths.
18d Genial Dicky initially enjoyed descent (7)
LINEAGE : An anagram (dicky) of GENIAL followed by the first letter of enjoyed.
20d Olympians in southeast one chained up (7)
DEITIES : Reading from the bottom (up) we have the letters for southeast, the Roman numeral one and then chained or trussed.
21d Romeo for example, on the wagon, seen in AA meeting (7)
REGATTA : Romeo from the phonetic alphabet, then the two letters indicating for example and then the two A’s given in the clue surround the letters indicating teetotal.
23d Astronomer Fred needs year inside crater (5)
HOYLE : A crater or pit contains Y(ear).
Too many really good clues to pick just one this week so we’ll leave it to you.
Quickie pun consent + rates = concentrates