Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29763
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A beautifully fine almost Spring day here. A very welcome change from the stormy conditions of a week or so ago.
We found a few tricky bits in this one so have given it 3 stars for difficulty.
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10a A chap employed by a newspaper firm (7)
ADAMANT : ‘A’ from the clue and the newspaper that publishes this crossword contain the other ‘A’ from the clue and a chap.
11a Suggested facility with no protection (8)
IMPLICIT : Start with a word meaning facility or ‘easiness’ and remove the first and last letters (no protection).
13a Fuming, mostly with northern man getting married for family space (6,4)
LIVING ROOM : Remove the last letter (mostly) from fuming or very angry then N(orthern) and finally a man getting married.
15a Legal document comedian must keep right (4)
WRIT : A comedian or humorist contains R(ight).
16a Musical performances from people who speak publicly about Nixon regularly (9)
ORATORIOS : A word for public speakers surrounds the second and fourth letters of Nixon.
21a Positive response on European sight (4)
EYES : E(uropean) and then a word of assent.
24a Go round centre of city (4,2)
BEAT IT : A round that a policeman might make plus the two central letters of city.
25a Slash price of delicate material? (8)
LACERATE : A delicate material that we associate with Brussels and then price or charge.
27a Hopping mad, seeing evidence of debts attached to coat (7)
FURIOUS : The four letters that give evidence of debt follow the sort of coat that covers many mammals.
29a Strangely rude about the girl being guided (7)
USHERED : An anagram (strangely) of RUDE surrounds a female personal pronoun.
2d A drug designed to support retired conservative members of group (3,5)
OLD GUARD : An anagram (designed) of A DRUG comes after retired or no longer young.
3d Post Office holding new item in tropical fruit (8)
PIMIENTO : The two letter abbreviation for Post Office contains an anagram (new) of ITEM IN.
4d Doctor and diplomat overseas go brown, with time (10)
CONSULTANT : A word for a diplomat in an overseas post and then a three letter word meaning ‘go brown’ and finally T(ime).
5d Women supply weapons and cordial (4)
WARM : W(omen) and then a word meaning supply weapons.
6d Physical consequence of being let out in fast car? (3,3)
JET LAG : An all-in-one clue. The wordplay is an anagram (out) of LET contained by the shortened name of a brand of fast car.
8d A couple of lines on issue raised may be so far unsurpassed (3-4)
ALL-TIME : ‘A’ from the clue and the repeated use of the abbreviation for line is followed by the reversal of a word meaning issue or send out.
11d Popular string instrument at sea oddly dropped — undamaged (9)
INVIOLATE : The two letter popular, then a stringed instrument that is smaller than a cello and the second and fourth letters of the phrase ‘at sea’.
17d … take out of production and harden fresh ideas (3,5)
SET ASIDE : Harden, as a jelly might do and then an anagram (fresh) of IDEAS.
18d Virgin adopts endless regulation for treatment on foot (8)
PEDICURE : Remove the last letter from a synonym for a regulation and surround this with virgin or unsullied.
19d Sour look on a day for transfer (7)
OFFLOAD : Sour, as milk kept too long might be, then a two letter word for look followed by ‘A’ from the clue and D(ay).
20d Tacky books dismissed by some peers (7)
VISCOUS : Remove the two letters used for some of the books of the bible from peers that have a ranking just below earls.
26d Hit 100 thousand! (4)
TONK : A slang word for a hundred either as a speed or a cricket score and then a letter used to signify thousand.
7d is on the podium today as it is one of our favourite words and with a delightful derivation.
Quickie pun beaker + fool = be careful