Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29853
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
So much for the approaching summer that we have been talking about. The last several days have been very wet with temperatures several degrees lower than we expect at this time of the year. Just hope that it doesn’t stick around to upset people’s Christmas holiday plans.
As Logman is the setter for today’s Toughie we can be pretty sure that this one is not by Jay so feel free to play ‘Guess the setter’.
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6a Noted literati possibly all set to go? (6-7)
TOILET-TRAINED : An anagram (possibly) of NOTED LITERATI.
8a Sign Schäfer uses confused mutual (6)
UMLAUT : An anagram (confused) of MUTUAL.
9a Blooming apple drink said to be no favourite (8)
OUTSIDER : A three letter word meaning blooming or open, then a homophone of a fermented apple drink.
10a Prepare to shoot for goal (3)
AIM : A double definition.
11a On stage in temporary role? (6)
ACTING : Another double definition.
20a Judge initially joining outside court’s meeting place (8)
JUNCTION : the first letter of judge, then a word meaning joining contains the two letter abbreviation for court.
23a Cloud over boat moored in shelter (6)
DARKEN : A boat we associate with Noah is inside a shelter where an animal might be found.
25a Remote is broken — it’s annoying (8)
TIRESOME : An anagram (broken) of REMOTE IS.
26a Right to replace 50 among soldiers in sector (6)
REGION : Start with a group of Roman soldiers and replace the Roman numeral 50 with R(ight).
27a Endlessly daring language rattled protective figure (8,5)
GUARDIAN ANGEL : An anagram (rattled) of DARIN(g) LANGUAGE with the last letter of daring removed.
1d Boxer Muhammad’s breaking excellent clinch (8)
FINALISE : The other name of boxer Muhammad with his ‘S, is inside excellent or very acceptable.
4d Lay into cricketer (6)
BATTER : A double definition. Lay into or assault violently.
5d Silent when moving? Join commandos, perhaps (6)
ENLIST : An anagram (when moving) of SILENT.
6d Taking forever, having seconds at dinner? (4-9)
TIME-CONSUMING : What seconds (or even minutes) are a measure of and the activity one is performing when at dinner.
13d Tot in poor area beginning to lose out (3)
SUM : Start with a poor urban area and remove the first letter of lose from within it.
15d Egg container overturned (3)
NIT : The reversal of a container that might hold baked beans.
18d Tense silence during increased security (8)
MORTGAGE : A four letter word meaning increased contains T(ense) and silence by blocking the mouth.
19d Bone in neck ape fractured (7)
KNEECAP : An anagram (fractured) of NECK APE.
21d Greek sailors dropping with effect of sun’s rays (6)
CRETAN : Remove W(ith) from a group of sailors and then the effect the sun’s rays have on the skin.
Quickie pun banned + lieder = band leader