Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29859
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re heading towards a record breaking rainy December We have blue skies with strong winds at the moment but the forecasters tell us that there are more systems with plenty of moisture heading our way. Bother!
A good thing we have enjoyable crosswords to distract and amuse us all.
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1a Investigates tense gangster finding religious office (10)
PRIESTHOOD : Investigates or probes, then T(ense) and a slang word for a gangster.
10a Recall almost always covering fine (5)
EVOKE : Place the two letters signifying fine or satisfactory inside another word for always with its last letter removed.
11a Strange about European Community penchant for lying (9)
RECUMBENT : The abbreviation for European Community is enclosed by strange or odd and then a penchant or tendency.
12a Walk to find answer during journeys east (7)
TRAIPSE : A synonym for journeys contains A(nswer) and all this is followed by E(ast).
13a Bizarre and stupid quarrels with no origin (7)
SURREAL : An anagram (stupid) of (q)UARRELS once the first letter has been removed.
18a Fiercely sound horn, confronting worker with arrest (5,3,4)
TOOTH AND NAIL : The noise a horn makes, then a manual worker and a slang word for arrest or nobble.
21a Artists young reporters will entertain first (7)
CUBISTS : Young reporters, or even bears or wolves surround ‘first’ written as a Roman numeral and two letters.
23a Obsessions of German chap holding dog back? (4-3)
HANG-UPS : A common German name (not Otto this time) contains the reversal of a dog with a pushed-in nose.
26a Shops starting to employ attention-seeker (4)
PSST : A lurker hiding in the clue, indicated by ‘to employ’.
1d Rather small-minded about the centre of Perth (6)
PRETTY : The central letter of Perth is inside a word meaning small-minded.
2d Descriptive line from Boris, upset about article? (6)
ISOBAR : An anagram (upset) of BORIS contains the indefinite article.
3d Expensive case of lemonade drinks for jumpers (14)
STEEPLECHASERS. : Expensive or exorbitantly priced, the first and last letters of lemonade (case) and then drinks that are spirits that accompany beer.
4d Capital rugby player, a buffoon! (9)
HARLEQUIN : A double definition. The rugby player comes from a London club.
8d Criminal hustlers showing no pity (8)
RUTHLESS : An anagram (criminal) of HUSTLERS.
9d Brass-rubbers may be so described as artists (14)
IMPRESSIONISTS : A double definition. The artists could be Manet and Monet.
15d Fake copy finally found in battered tin chest (9)
SYNTHETIC : An anagram (battered) of TIN CHEST contains the last letter of copy.
16d Robs drink, depressed by criticism (6,2)
STICKS UP : An informal word for criticism and a verb meaning drink.
17d Line crossed by Aussie mates is absolute nonsense (8)
COBBLERS : What Aussies commonly call their mates contains L(ine).
20d Book one’s first-class — that’s a surprise (6)
ISAIAH : Roman numeral one with its ‘S, then the two letters signifying first class are followed by an expression of surprise.
22d So far yet not moving (5)
STILL : A double definition.
1a delayed our start so we’ll go with that as favourite.
Quickie pun wager + nurse = wage earners