Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29823
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
1pm is our puzzle solving and blogging time now that both NZ and UK have adjusted clocks. Not that it makes a lot of difference to our routine.
A slow start again for us in the NW corner but we picked up speed as we went along.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Members of family regularly seen in pieces (7)
PARENTS : Pieces or portions contains the second and fourth letters of ‘seen’.
10a Gathers Queen is beset by obligations (7)
MUSTERS : Her Majesty’s regnal cypher is inside things that definitely need to be done.
11a Food found by sailor after panic? (8)
FLAPJACK : A panic that might cause arm-waving, then one of the many names for a sailor.
12a Welcomes politicians with time for North (6)
GREETS : Eco-politicians have their N(orth) changed to T(ime).
13a Oily product in nut tree scattered across Portugal (10)
TURPENTINE : An anagram (scattered) of IN NUT TREE contains the IVR code for Portugal.
15a Look for regular meeting-place, missing area (4)
HUNT : A regular meeting place where you might possibly find a ghost loses its A(rea).
16a Separates chips (9)
SPLINTERS : A double definition. These chips might get under your skin.
21a Bond is back, welcoming ‘Vote leave‘ (4)
EXIT : The reversal of a bond or link contains the letter used when casting a vote.
22a Give unrestricted access to study group during worship (10)
DECLASSIFY : Worship, or treat as a god, contains a school study group.
27a Go for one accountant with line of sight (7)
OPTICAL : Go for or choose, the Roman numeral one, the abbreviation for a chartered accountant, and then L(ine).
28a Taking the lead from Republican in looking (8)
STARRING : Looking intently contains an extra R(epublican).
29a Easily destroyed dossier penetrated by tabloid (7)
FRAGILE : A slang word for a tabloid newspaper is inside a dossier or record.
3d Requests variable rent and food (8)
ENTREATS : An anagram (variable) of RENT and an informal word for food generally.
5d Breeze along full of enthusiasm (4)
ZEAL : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
7d ‘A’, for instance may be six-time African despot (7)
VITAMIN : Roman numeral six, then T(ime) and an infamous Ugandan despot.
11d Female censors upset about international art of public debate (9)
FORENSICS : Start with F(emale), then an anagram (upset) of CENSORS contains I(nternational). (This definition of the answer was new to us and needed a BRB check.)
14d Abrasive remedy developed with no end of blood daily (5,5)
EMERY PAPER : An anagram (developed) of REME(d)Y with the last letter of blood removed, and then a daily like the Telegraph.
17d Such a ship may be ageing so badly (3-5)
SEA-GOING : An anagram (badly) of AGEING SO.
18d Tweet may get time in prison and summons (8)
BIRDCALL : A slang word for time in prison and then summons or cry out.
19d Unfavourable notice on output of poet (7)
ADVERSE : A notice or poster and then a general word for poetry.
23d Value diamonds found in a swamp (6)
ADMIRE : The bridge players’ abbreviation for diamonds is enclosed by ‘A’ and a swamp.
26d Evil king’s ruin (4)
SINK : An evil or misdeed and the chess notation for king.
We thought we had a pangram today but discovered that we were one letter missing. Wonder if this has any significance.
Quickie pun ardour + snails = hard as nails