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DT 29820

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29820

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This puzzle was published on 30th October 2021

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

An enjoyable Saturday Prize Puzzle, made even better by it actually appearing in its rightful place on the back page of the newspaper.

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8a    Eradicate native Australian solicitor (4,3)
ROOT OUT – ROO (native Australian) TOUT (solicitor)

10a    The real jerks hit hard (7)
LEATHER – An anagram (jerks) of THE REAL

11a    A county going after prize turned over huge sum of money (9)
MEGABUCKS – A (from the clue) and the county of BUCKS go after a reversal (turned over) of GEM (prize)

12a    Item, fine and good (5)
THING – THIN (fine) G (good)

13a    Consequently, cover reliable (5)
SOLID – SO (consequently) LID (cover)

14a    For example, 22 kettle has one (7)
ELEMENT – The solution to 22d is an example of this solution. A kettle has an element to heat the water

17a    Retreat harder on sons failing to clinch victory (4,2,4,5)
DRAW IN ONES HORNS – An anagram (failing) of HARDER ON SONS into which is inserted (to clinch) WIN (victory)

19a    Go around cutting fruit in French city (7)
LIMOGES – A reversal (around) of GO ‘cutting’ LIMES (fruit)

21a    Colour I observed in ring, twirling it around (5)
LILAC – I (from the clue) seen in a reversal (twirling it around) of CALL (ring)

24a    Wife in love, remarkably I say (5)
VOWEL – I is an example (say) of the solution – insert the abbreviation for Wife into an anagram (remarkably) of LOVE

26a    Butterfly operating when windy? (6-3)
ORANGE-TIP – An anagram (when windy) of OPERATING

27a    Morsel on red dish (7)
RAREBIT – BIT (morsel) goes on or after RARE (red)

28a    On supermarket shelf just around the corner (2,5)
IN STORE – Imminent. The ‘on supermarket shelf’ bit did make me smile as I’d just returned from the weekly shop where there were more empty shelves than ever!


1d    Evidence cake’s been swiped? Good Lord! (6)
CRUMBS – Evidence that a piece of cake had been ‘swiped’

2d    Igloo man built in sparsely populated country (8)
MONGOLIA – An anagram (built) of IGLOO MAN

3d    Threatening, in order to achieve command (10)
FORBIDDING – FOR (in order to achieve) BIDDING (command)

4d    Hammeredas one’s walls may be? (9)
PLASTERED – A slang term for being drunk (as is plastered) or how one’s walls might be covered

5d    Biting pie (4)
TART – Double definition

6d    The short grains seen, again and again (6)
THRICE – TH (the ‘short’ or truncated) RICE (grains)

7d    Three goddesses maintaining equipment in ships (8)
FRIGATES Both the Greeks and the Romans believed there were three FATES, here RIG (equipment) should be inserted (maintaining)

9d    Food trapped, starter refused (4)
TUCK – Refuse or remove the ‘starter’ from sTUCK (trapped)

15d    Student of behaviour got hostile when misbehaving! (10)
ETHOLOGIST – An anagram (when misbehaving) of GOT HOSTILE

16d    Petty official patient man throws out (9)
JOBSWORTH – The Biblical personification of patience and an anagram (out)of THROWS

17d    Food retailer really for shipment (8)
DELIVERY – DELI (food retailer) VERY (really)

18d    Link Republican with joy (8)
RELATION – R (Republican) ELATION (joy)

20d    Assurance given by yours truly, well! (2,4)
MY WORD – An assurance or a mild interjection of surprise (well!)

22d    Boy in blue or reddish-brown (6)
COPPER – An informal term for a policeman (boy in blue) or a reddish-brown colour

23d    Country in Burma likeable, and in Panama liberated (4)
MALI – Found in burMA Likeable and in panaMA LIberated

25d    Oil perhaps observed from below in defective bulldozer (4)
LUBE – A chiefly North American or Australian word meaning to lubricate found in reverse (from below in a Down solution) in defectivE BULldozer


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