Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29865
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just a few sleeps now until Christmas. We have 13yr old grandson Sam and his good friend Ben staying with us for a few days. We will be taking them back to Wellington tomorrow and will stay there for a family gathering on Christmas Day.
Seasons greetings everyone.
Another enjoyable Wednesday puzzle that again had us head-scratching in several places.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Urban landscape features line a politician puts up (9)
LAMPPOSTS : L(ine), ‘A’ from the clue, a Member of Parliament and then puts up or publishes, on Facebook perhaps.
10a See 11 Across (5)
13a Plasterer’s requirement rejected in Isleworth (6)
TROWEL : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
15a Person missing beat seen to be confused (8)
ABSENTEE : An anagram (to be confused) of BEAT SEEN.
18a Turkey for one in unique dish, like Marley perhaps (8)
SPECTRAL : Start with a unique dish featured by a restaurant and replace its Roman numeral one with the IVR code for Turkey.
19a The majority of officer classes? (6)
GENERA : Remove the last letter from a senior army officer.
21a Harangue Thai bride, furiously rejecting hotel (8)
DIATRIBE : An anagram (furiously) of T(h)AI BRIDE with the H(otel) removed.
23a A sailor concerned with rejected list of mistakes (6)
ERRATA : From East to West we have ‘A’ from the clue, a three letter sailor and then the two letter ‘concerned with’.
26a The very best computer, without hesitation, is sent back (5)
CREAM : Again from East to West we have a computer from Apple containing a two letter hesitation.
28a Order gift containing new one that’s always there (11)
OMNIPRESENT : An Order of Merit and a gift that might be from Santa contain N(ew) and Roman numeral one.
3d Suitable exercises cut out in old books (9)
EXPEDIENT : Two letter physical exercises and cut out or expire are surrounded by a prefix meaning old and biblical books.
5d Chase cool writer (8)
INSCRIBE : Cool or trendy and then a writer who might be a medieval clerk.
6d Speed of Virgin must be topped (5)
HASTE : Remove the first letter from a word that could describe a virgin.
7d Sign of maturity suppressed by most of journalists (7)
PRESAGE : Remove the last letter from a word for journalists generally and follow this with maturity or oldness.
8d It may be seen in discreet aid for viewers (8)
SUBTITLE : Discreet or circumspect contains ‘It’ from the clue.
14d Note found in Aida’s works? (8)
OPERATES : One of the notes of the sol fah scale is surrounded by what Aida is an example of with its ‘S.
16d River crustacean the French must find dreadful (9)
EXECRABLE : A river that flows through South West England, then a marine crustacean and the French definite article.
20d One may examine vacuous lady visiting Santa in trouble (7)
ANALYST : An anagram (in trouble) of SANTA contains the first and last letters of lady.
22d R could be a womaniser! (5)
ROMEO : the word used in radio communication for the letter ‘R’.
24d Concede most of hunger is south of area (5)
AGREE : Hunger or gluttony without its last letter follows A(rea).
25d Theatrical party in dispute (4)
CAMP : A double definition. The party in dispute is from a metaphorical comparison with military forces.
We enjoyed meeting the subtle seasonal garnishes in this puzzle with 18a taking the top spot.
Quickie pun beast + wrong = be strong