Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29835
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Suspect that we have Jay back as setter today.
A couple of tricky words in the mix, well put together as usual and good fun of course.
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1a Resident worker following popular custom (10)
INHABITANT : The two letter ‘popular’ is followed by a custom or regular activity and finally, a worker insect.
10a Moderate losing head on more than one occasion! (5)
OFTEN : Remove the first letter from a word meaning moderate or make less severe.
12a Slowly get shut of heaps, apparently? (5,3)
PHASE OUT : A reverse anagram. The second word indicates what to do with HEAPS.
13a Hen party’s ending in reverse of true (5)
LAYER : The last letter of party is inside the reversal of true or actual.
15a Sickness has student going back for food (7)
ALIMENT : Start with a synonym for sickness and move the student driver letter one space to the left.
17a Nationalist group will be in touch (7)
PATRIOT : Touch gently encloses a group of three.
19a City people originally rely on (7)
PRESTON : The first letter of people and then another 4,2 phrase meaning rely on.
21a Caller putting Italian in shade (7)
VISITOR : A shade that might protect your eyes from the sun contains IT(alian).
24a Husked rice in fertiliser may provide such treatment (8)
MANICURE : The two central letters (husked) of ‘rice’ are inside fertiliser, often animal dung.
27a Second English lesson is potentially distinct (9)
SEPARABLE : S(econd) then E(nglish) and a lesson such as that of the Prodigal Son.
28a List in which one may be left troubled? (5)
LURCH : If one is left with troubles unsolved one can be said to be left in this.
29a Expert holding right for so much land (4)
ACRE : An expert or adept contains R(ight).
30a Dwelling on a time set for renewal (10)
MAISONETTE : An anagram (for renewal) of ON A TIME SET.
3d Flower borders? (5)
BANKS : A cryptic definition. The trick is picking which ‘flower’ is used here.
5d Unremitting rise of marijuana suppressed by French denials (3-4)
NON-STOP : The plural of a French negation then the reversal of a slang name for marijuana.
7d Clergymen expect to keep up opposition (5)
ENEMY : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
8d Sadly true — Lear pinches technology writer’s output (10)
LITERATURE : The two letters used for computer technology are inside an anagram (sadly) of TRUE LEAR.
9d A loud, boring guest occasionally gives inspiration (8)
AFFLATUS : ‘A’ from the clue, then the music letter for loud, boring or uninteresting, and the second and fourth letters of ‘guest’.
16d Goes in capturing heart of rich individuals offering incentives (8)
ENTICERS : The two central letters of rich are enclosed by a word meaning ‘goes in’.
18d Understand printer corrected text regularly (9)
INTERPRET : An anagram (corrected) of PRINTER plus the second and fourth letters of ‘text’.
20d Country chap set up on Spanish island with no end of pizazz (7)
NAMIBIA : Reverse another word for a chap and then a Balearic island with the last letter of pizazz removed.
21d Changes direction to incorporate most of new appearances (7)
VENEERS : Changes direction or deviates off course contains the first two letters of ‘new’.
23d Exercises found in standard composition (5)
PAPER : Physical exercises are in ‘standard’ such as an expected golf score.
25d Officer with popular name (5)
COLIN : The short form of an officer just below a brigadier and then the two letter ‘popular’.
One of our team would not consider any other candidate for favourite, so 25d it is.
Quickie pun fore + malign = form a line