Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29876
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
2022 has brought with it the summer weather that we have all been looking for. Temperatures have been in the high 20s and even pushing into the 30s in many parts of the country. We’re feeling sorry for our two eldest granddaughters who are about to start university and have just begun a holiday job picking cherries in Central Otago. This is one of the hottest places at this time of the year. As we live right by the coast just north of Wellington we get cooling sea breezes which have moderating effect on our temperatures.
We note that the Toughie today is by Logman so we can be pretty certain that this good fun Wednesday puzzle is not one of Jay’s.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Fat person sobbing? (7)
BLUBBER : A double definition. The fat is something we associate with cetaceans.
5a Superhuman setter perhaps returned favour (7)
GODLIKE : The reversal of what a setter can be an example of and then favour or prefer.
10a Grind having hollowed out green tree (5)
GNASH : The first and last letters of green and a tree of the olive family.
13a Snack‘s good chance for tucking into pickled eels (9)
ELEVENSES : An anagram (pickled) of EELS contains a good (50/50 anyway) chance.
16a Huntress from US state leaving home (5)
DIANA : A US state has the two letter ‘at home’ removed from it.
17a American brought to second class property (5)
ASSET : The one letter abbreviation for American, then S(econd) and a class or group.
21a Story about backing to have importance (7)
ACCOUNT : The reversal of the two letter abbreviation for about or approximately and then a word meaning to have importance.
25a Doctor with an old woman in emotional episode (5)
DRAMA : The title for a doctor, then a 1,2 way or saying a mother.
26a Among trees plan a delightful walk (9)
ESPLANADE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
27a North Surrey dancing establishment for infants (7)
NURSERY : N(orth) is followed by an anagram (dancing) of SURREY.
28a Touching line from Brown, respected chap (7)
TANGENT : A shade of light brown and a man of distinction.
1d Live, having received new heart! Use lungs! (7)
BREATHE : An anagram (new) of HEART is inside live or exist.
2d Guide Penny away from drug dealer (5)
USHER : A colloquial word for a drug dealer loses P(enny).
3d Bankrupt agent? Not entirely (5)
BROKE : Remove the last letter from an agent who could deal in things like shares, insurance etc.
4d Dire game across the Atlantic without ball? (7)
RUINOUS : Start with the two letters of New Zealand’s national game, then a 2,2 phrase which says where something could be if it is across the Atlantic, and inside this (without) we have the ball-shaped letter.
5d Start seeing reforms close to Brussels (7)
GENESIS : An anagram (reforms) of SEEING and the last letter of Brussels.
7d Lover a Catholic picked up in Italian area (9)
INAMORATA : ‘A’ from the clue and Catholic identified by city of origin are reversed inside the abbreviation for Italian and A(rea).
14d Simple job for professor to find seat (4,5)
EASY CHAIR : Simple or a piece of cake, and how a job for a professor is described.
15d Crazy ten years we have in company? (9)
ENTOURAGE : An anagram (crazy) of TEN is followed by a 3,3 phrase which could mean ‘years we have’.
18d Physical attack that may require charge (7)
BATTERY : This could be something in your mobile phone or car.
19d Uproarious scene? Put up with it, keeping quiet (4,3)
BEAR PIT : Put up with or tolerate and then ‘it’ from the clue follows the musical letter for quiet.
20d Call taken by eastern court in local language (7)
DIALECT : Call in the way we used to on telephones, then E(astern) and the abbreviation for court.
23d Smile, entertaining adult suggestion (5)
GRAIN : Smile or have a cheesy expression contains A(dult).
24d British people forming couple (5)
BRACE : B(ritish) and then people or nation.
We enjoyed the complex word play in several of these answers, particularly 4d.
Quickie pun par + tea + peace = party piece