Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29912
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last week we spoke about a moist tropical weather system that drenched much of New Zealand. This proved to be just a pipe-opener as it was followed a few days after our last blog by an even bigger and windier tropical system that was the remnants of Cyclone Dovi. There was flooding and wind damage in several parts of the country but we were lucky again and got off lightly. We’re back to more normal summer conditions now.
We found this quite a tricky puzzle and spent a lot of time on a couple of clues in the NW sector.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Reject public transport resistance in current sort of climate (11)
SUBTROPICAL : The reversal of a public transport vehicle. Next, a word meaning current or relating to present circumstances contains R(esistance).
9a Figure pain mostly comes after coded broadcast (9)
DODECAGON : An anagram (broadcast) of CODED is followed by a synonym for pain without its last letter. The ‘pain’ word is classically linked with ‘ecstasy’.
10a Work hard replacing female with new allowance (5)
GRANT : Start with a word meaning work hard and replace its F(emale) with N(ew).
11a Fold of cold fat — not good (6)
CREASE : C(old) and then fat that could possibly be used for lubrication loses its G(ood).
12a & 26 Across Teach those upset by reduction and focus on action (3,2,3,5)
CUT TO THE CHASE : A three letter word for a reduction is followed by an anagram (upset) of TEACH THOSE.
13a Withdraw material, then make public (6)
REPAIR : A corded or ribbed material and then make public or broadcast.
18a Offsets evil business taking precedence (6,2)
TRADES IN : Business or commerce comes before (taking precedence) evil or wrong-doing.
19a Eschewing New York, Tennyson composed such lines (6)
SONNET : An anagram (composed) of TEN(ny)SON once NY has been removed.
21a Vision of cardinal welcoming positive response (8)
EYESIGHT : A cardinal number contains a positive or affirmative response.
23a Butcher’s fine cuts hit us badly (6)
SHUFTI : An anagram (badly) of HIT US contains F(ine).
26a See 12 Across
27a Copy of dossier about dodgy claims missing line (9)
FACSIMILE : A dossier or record of details contains an anagram (dodgy) of C(l)AIMS with L(ine) removed.
1d Transport used by teacher importing endless coffee? (7)
SIDECAR : The term of address that used to be used for a male teacher contains coffee with all the good stuff removed and without its last letter.
2d Move resulting from golf in Cornish resort (5)
BUDGE : A resort on the North East coast of Cornwall contains G(olf).
3d Take a break — the setter’s going back (9)
RECESSIVE : Take a break as a parliament or court might do, then a short way that the compiler might say ‘I own’.
4d & 17 Down Bacon may sell well? That’s unlikely (4,5,3)
PIGS MIGHT FLY : The animals from which bacon is produced and a 5,3 phrase that could mean ‘may sell well’.
6d Lawful impediment protecting US soldier (5)
LEGIT : An impediment in law or of a tennis serve surrounds the initials for a US soldier.
7d Idiot priest’s unfinished notice (7)
FATHEAD : The usual address for a parish priest without its last letter and then a publicity notice.
8d Inmate found outside a prison — that’s incontestable (4-4)
CAST-IRON : An informal word for an inmate encloses ‘A’ from the clue and a slang word for prison.
14d Scheme to accommodate a church minister’s first appointee (8)
PLACEMAN : A synonym for scheme contains ‘A’ from the clue, the Anglican Church and the first letter of minister.
16d Excessively stupid, grabbing power tool for clearing gaps (9)
TOOTHPICK : A 3,5 phrase meaning excessively stupid contains P(ower).
17d See 4 Down
20d This oddly covers a loan for the final part (4,3)
TAIL END : The first and third letters of ‘this’ surround ‘A’ from the clue and then another word for loan as a verb.
22d Thoughts from assistants finding answer further down (5)
IDEAS : Start with a word for assistants and move the initial A(nswer) down three places.
25d Repeat part of speech (off-the-record) (4)
ECHO : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
Quickie pun boat + eyes = bow ties