Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29775
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re having a busy day. Started off with an early hearing clinic appointment and then lots of messages and interruptions as it is settlement day for a rental property which we sold recently. Still managed to find time to fit in the solving and blogging duties though.
We were sailing along quite nicely until we encountered stormy conditions in the SE which slowed us down considerably.
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5a Policeman keeping hot butcher’s requirement (7)
CHOPPER : A slang word for a policeman contains H(ot).
9a Drew, being caught by reversal of offside rule (5)
LURED : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
10a Regularly pull in cheers for egg production (9)
OVULATION : Cheers or applause contains the second and fourth letters of pull.
11a Superiority of former monk’s accommodation in French church (10)
EXCELLENCE : The prefix for former, then the small room occupied by a monk, the French word for ‘in’ and the Anglican Church.
12a Footbridge? (4)
ARCH : The possible shape of a footbridge which is also a part of the foot.
18a Internet facility that could produce Chinese anger (6,6)
SEARCH ENGINE : An anagram (could produce) of CHINESE ANGER.
21a To mum it’s nonsense (4)
TOSH : ‘To’ from the clue and then mum or an instruction to be silent.
22a Straining, prepared to cover student allowance (10)
FILTRATION : A three letter word meaning prepared or capable contains the student driver letter. This is followed by an allowance or allocation.
25a Working out final account (9)
RECKONING : A double definition.
26a Mum’s mum wearing that is ridiculous (5)
INANE : A familiar name that people use for one’s mum’s mum is surrounded by (wearing) the abbreviation for the Latin phrase meaning ‘that is’.
28a Narrow strips of cloth used to cover athletes? (7)
RUNNERS : These narrow strips of cloth might be found on a table. The carpet ones might be on stairways.
1d Invoice occasionally sent for accommodation (6)
BILLET : Another name for an invoice is followed by the second and fourth letters of sent.
3d Pardon clue ending in chaos (10)
INDULGENCE : An anagram (in chaos) of CLUE ENDING.
5d Eggs on reserve in handy container (6,3)
CLUTCH BAG : A collective noun for a number of eggs, and then reserve or make claim to.
6d Country gent depressed by love (4)
OMAN : The tennis score love and another word for a gent.
7d Religious office putting pressure on port tariff (8)
PRIORATE : Start with P(ressure) then a South American port and a tariff or charge.
8d Managed with spirit, and didn’t have enough! (3,5)
RAN SHORT : A three letter word meaning managed and then a barroom expression for a drink of spirits.
13d Organize people with time for new estate (10)
PLANTATION : Organize or design and then a word for people or race has its initial N(ew) changed to T(ime).
15d Drinks supplied by ace flying Spitfire (9)
APERITIFS : The letter used to signify ace and then an anagram (flying) of SPITFIRE.
16d Inscrutable European Community should welcome reformed Tories (8)
ESOTERIC : The two letters for European Community surround an anagram (reformed) of TORIES.
17d Service engineers must cover bill for butcher (8)
MASSACRE : A church service and army engineers surround a two letter abbreviation for a bill or invoice.
20d King understood revolutionary crossing line shows respect (6)
KNEELS : Start with the chess abbreviation for king, then a reversal of a word meaning understood or perceived contains L(ine).
Our favourite today is 22a which caused so much head-scratching.
Quickie pun wooden + Juneau = wouldn’t you know