Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29799
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Spring is still a bit slow arriving for us. Lots of new animals about on the farms, the first clutches of ducklings, the godwits are back on the estuary, but we are still having quite a few grey dampish days.
Another enjoyable Wednesday puzzle to blog though so things aren’t too bad.
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6a Pain that remains after losing heart? (4)
ACHE : Start with a word meaning sorrow or anguish and remove the word heart from this.
10a Burning anger after a fine (5)
AFIRE : ‘A’ from the clue, then F(ine) and a synonym for anger.
12a Hide in corner of Greek island (7)
SECRETE : The bottom right corner (described with compass directions), of a large Greek island.
18a With her two crying out it’s embarrassing (12)
CRINGEWORTHY : An anagram (out) of HER TWO CRYING.
21a Attributes of new semi, including deposit (7)
IMPUTES : A verb meaning deposit or place is inside an anagram (new) of SEMI.
23a Where nurses may be offering direction (7)
INWARDS : Split the answer 2,5 to find where the nurses may be.
24a Area at back of ice store designed for alien objects (9)
ESOTERICA : An anagram (designed) of ICE STORE is followed by A(rea.
25a Odd degree to which folk may dance? (5)
RUMBA : Odd or strange and a university degree.
26a Gets fed up without right links (4)
TIES : A word meaning gets fed up, or even gets exhausted, with the R(ight) removed.
1d Desperately hopes broadcast to get commendation (6)
PRAISE : A homophone (broadcast) of desperately hopes or beseeches the Almighty.
2d Songbird circling large quail (6)
FLINCH : A type of songbird contains L(arge).
3d How a jigsaw must be worked out? (6,8)
PIECED TOGETHER : An all in one clue with the definition being ‘worked out’.
4d Understood about source of confidence in belief that cannot be criticised (6,3)
SACRED COW : A Russian doll clue. A three letter word for understood or noticed contains a theological belief that in turn contains the first letter of confidence.
5d Step up seeing jockey having a change of heart (5)
RISER : Change the middle letter in another word for a jockey to create part of a staircase.
8d Provide incentive for singer sadly involved in drugs (8)
ENERGISE : An anagram (sadly) of SINGER contains two instances of the drug ecstasy.
16d Chance event that’s grave, perhaps concealing identity (8)
ACCIDENT : What a grave or even a circumflex might be contains ID(entity).
17d Forced to go round online service provider and expose as false (8)
DISPROVE : Forced or moved forward contains the three letters for an online service provider.
19d Disputed territory of church covering border needing answer (6)
CRIMEA : The Anglican Church surrounds a border or edge and finally A(nswer).
20d Effects coming from middle of arena, say (6)
ESTATE : The central letter of arena and then say or utter.
22d Posh Scandinavian lacking education (5)
SWISH : Remove the two letter abbreviation for education from within one of the Scandinavian nationalities.
Quickie pun furze + tanned = first-hand