Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29787
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last week Jay had put his alternate hat on and featured as Logman in the Toughie slot and we had a puzzle by NY Doorknob (alias Donnybrook) to entertain us. Think we can safely assume that things are back to normal again now and this one is by Jay. It certainly felt like one of his to us.
We solved it in our 2 star time but did consider whether it could have one more difficulty star.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Mood created by a most unusual soft present (10)
ATMOSPHERE : An anagram (unusual) of A MOST is followed by the musical letter for soft and a word meaning present or at this place.
9a Humorous type‘s official warning? (7)
CAUTION : A double definition. ‘Humorous type’ is a rather old-fashioned use of this word.
10a Corrected, replacing leader with son having vision (7)
SIGHTED : A word meaning corrected has its first letter replaced with S(on).
12a Admit police mostly represented talk about official case (10,3)
DIPLOMATIC BAG : An anagram (represented or re-presented) of ADMIT POLIC(e) with the last letter removed, and the reversal (about) of talk or chatter.
14a Backs finish before Cockney nags (8)
ENDORSES : Finish or conclude and then a noun for nags without the letter that a Cockney often removes.
15a Goes along with a retrospective view about King George (6)
AGREES : ‘A’ from the clue, then the regnal cypher for King George and the reversal of view or observe.
17a Growth must be seen without popular line (6)
CREASE : Start with a word meaning growth or enlargement and remove its prefix, which is a common word for popular.
21a Transient may be old enough to accept advance after prison sentence (4,2,7)
BIRD OF PASSAGE : Start with a slang word for a prison sentence, then a 2,3 phrase meaning old enough surrounds an advance or flirtatious approach.
24a Place for artwork that’s right in kitchen (7)
GALLERY : A kitchen, possibly on board ship contains R(ight).
27a Scale of new rant about good by church (10)
CENTIGRADE : Start with the Anglican Church, then N(ew) is followed by a six letter rant containing G(ood).
1d Curves shown by Caprice so regularly (4)
ARCS : The second, fourth, sixth and eighth letters from two words in the clue.
2d What potter did seeing sign of decay outwardly exposed (7)
MOULDED : The growth that indicates decay and then the first and last letters of exposed.
4d After-effect of transfer that’s good for daughter? (8)
HANGOVER : Start with a synonym for transfer or pass to another and within this replace D(aughter) with G(ood).
5d Belief essential to opera stars? (5)
RASTA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
7d Food must be so from area covered by European list (7)
EATABLE : E(uropean), then A(rea) and then a list or schedule.
8d Island very keen on a hydrogen vehicle? (10)
MADAGASCAR : String together a three letter word meaning very keen on, ‘A’ from the clue, then the type of substance that hydrogen is and a type of vehicle.
11d Attacking cooking on gas that’s cheap (5,3,1,4)
GOING FOR A SONG : A 5,3 phrase meaning attacking and an anagram (cooking) of ON GAS.
16d Bulletin sees all points supported by players (8)
NEWSCAST : The four cardinal compass points and then the collective term for theatre players.
18d What might block promotion after fears exposed (7)
EARPLUG : The three central letters (exposed) of fears and then a promotion or advert.
22d Portugal and Spain must welcome positive vote for beneficiary of order (5)
PAYEE : The IVR codes for Portugal and Spain bracket a positive vote.
23d Fine for male in additional warning (4)
FORE : Additional or extra with F(ine) replacing M(ale).
Quickie pun paws + whole = poor soul