Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29769
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A single brave daffodil is peeping out from its pot near our backdoor and we’re expecting the kowhai trees to match it with their own brilliant yellow display very shortly. Another clear crisp day here but it’s been cool and windy for most of the week so far.
Another quite tricky and enjoyable Wednesday puzzle.
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1a Impotence of father visiting Cuzco perhaps (10)
INCAPACITY : A description of Cuzco that refers to its founding culture contains a familiar word for father.
11a Medic performing easy work off the record (9)
MOONLIGHT : A medical officer, then a two letter word meaning performing and a synonym for easy.
13a No through road that’s shut (5)
CLOSE : A double definition.
15a Stumbles across church army feature! (7)
TRICEPS : Stumbles or catches one’s foot contains the Anglican Church. (A tricky definition here. This ‘army’ is not military.)
17a Be quiet because occupied by the French (7)
SILENCE : Because or ‘for this reason’ contains a French definite article.
21a Busy, and furious dismissing Republican for good (7)
ENGAGED : Start with furious or very angry and replace its R(epublican) with G(ood).
22a Bill has no time for problem (5)
POSER : Remove the T(ime) from a bill used for advertising.
27a Think, love, before American gets heavy (9)
PONDEROUS : Think or mull over, the tennis score love and then the United States.
28a Recover strength for meeting in common cause (5)
RALLY : A double definition.
29a Irritated, with tons stolen from shop (4)
SORE : Remove T(ons) from another word for a shop.
30a One’s belt is loose, that’s apparent (10)
OSTENSIBLE : An anagram (loose) of ONE’S BELT IS.
1d Scrap answer after seeing nothing in it (4)
IOTA : Inside ‘It’ from the clue put the letter signifying nothing and finally A(nswer).
2d Artist is too cruel, represented with no end of hope (9)
COLOURIST : An anagram (represented) of IS TOO CRU(e)L with the last letter of ‘hope’ removed.
3d Cash from article failing to appear in atonement? (5)
PENCE : Start with another word for atonement and remove the two letter indefinite article from within it.
4d Fights fixed cost to cover business degree (7)
COMBATS : An anagram (fixed) of COST contains a university business qualification.
7d Bother found in a good half of ground (5)
AGGRO : ‘A’ from the cue, then G(ood) plus the first three letters of ground.
8d Action during championships must get evidence of ownership (5,5)
TITLE DEEDS : Championships or the honours awarded to winners contain action, or something done.
9d Non-striker may be bowling initially — need support (8)
BLACKLEG : The first letter of bowling, then a need or shortage and a support that you might stand on.
16d Retired hotel employee, one with business abroad (8)
EXPORTER : A two letter prefix for retired and then a hotel employee who fetches and carries.
18d Venue suffering glitch in centre (9)
NIGHTCLUB : An anagram (suffering) of GLITCH is enclosed by a three letter word for a centre.
21d Line dismissed by travelling salesmen as a group (2,5)
EN MASSE : An anagram (travelling) of SA(l)ESMEN loses its L(ine).
23d Instrument carried by fliers on a raid (5)
SONAR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
26d Promo they upset intermittently (4)
HYPE : Alternate letters from two words in the clue.
Our favourite today is 15a.’
Quickie pun burly + nurse = Berliners