Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29703
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Another enjoyable Wednesday solve with a couple of clues 16d and 22d that struck a particularly personal note for us.
A decidedly groan-worthy Quickie pun too.
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6a Problem seen on source of deer lick (4)
DRUB : The first letter of deer and another word for a problem that we associate with the most famous soliloquy from Hamlet.
9a Poles interceding in characteristic passage (7)
TRANSIT : A characteristic or peculiarity contains the two geographic poles.
12a That girl drinking beer with courage will be game (4,3,6)
SPIN THE BOTTLE : A measure of beer is enclosed by a female personal pronoun and then a slang word for courage.
14a Maoist youth argued about drive back (3,5)
RED GUARD : An anagram (about) of ARGUED and the reversal of the abbreviation for drive on a street sign.
17a Help for driver reversing vehicle after test (6)
SATNAV : The acronym for a common UK school test and then the reversal of a type of vehicle.
19a Driving force may be arrogance in front of team (8)
AIRSCREW : Arrogance or haughtiness plus a team, possibly of rowers.
24a Whip may see little weight attached to Tory regularly absent (7)
TROUNCE : The first and third letters of Tory precede a small imperial weight.
25a Student doing badly with golf and getting stuck (7)
LODGING : The letter for a student driver, then an anagram (badly) of DOING plus G(olf).
26a Entertainer that’s attractive to a parasite? (4)
HOST : The name used for an organism that a parasite associates with.
27a Couriers in confusion with Greens in disarray (10)
MESSENGERS : A word for confusion or disarray and an anagram (in disarray) of GREENS.
1d Pretty cunning (4)
CUTE : A double definition. Cunning or archly sly.
2d Gathered there’s a transmitter for the audience (7)
AMASSED : A homophone for an erection that might broadcast radio signals. (This doesn’t work so well as a ‘sounds like’ for New Zealand speakers).
3d Unfortunately I’m old — I sustain pretence (13)
DISSIMULATION : An anagram (unfortunately ) of I’M OLD I SUSTAIN.
4d Ant panicked a politician with the habit of swimming (8)
NATATORY : An anagram (panicked) of ANT, then ‘A’ from the clue plus a right-wing politician.
5d More than enough beer to keep person who’s been elected (5)
AMPLE : A three letter type of beer contains somebody in the House of Commons.
8d Analysed having stopped working (6,4)
BROKEN DOWN : A double definition.
13d Go over plot for one who’s habitually bad-tempered (10)
CROSSPATCH : Go over or traverse and then plot or area of ground.
18d Speaker systems cause anger in travellers after vacation (7)
TANNOYS : The first and last letters (after vacation) of travellers surround a word meaning cause anger.
20d Relief especially seen during ceremony (7)
RESPITE : The three letter abbreviation for ‘especially’ is enclosed by ceremony or customary act.
23d Hagglers occasionally finding time (4)
AGES : Alternate letters, to be found in the first word of the clue.
16d has to be our favourite as it not only has one of the blogging team but also our eldest son (by seven minutes). However, running it a close second was 22d as the New Zealand variety of this (pictured above) was a companion of ours during lockdown a year ago.
Quickie pun astray + leer = Australia