Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29918
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A busy day here for us. Colin is having a cataract operation early tomorrow morning so all sorts of things such as mowing the lawns have to be fitted into our Wednesday schedule as well as the blog. Slowly getting ticks in the required boxes so guess we will get there.
All the usual Wednesday crossword fun too.
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10a Occupy husband going in shortly (7)
INHABIT : A 2,1,3 phrase meaning shortly contains H(usband).
11a Information I possess about Italian case (8)
GENITIVE : An informal word for information, then the abbreviation for Italian language and the short way of writing ‘I possess’.
12a Sign from car parked next to empty garage (6)
GEMINI : The classic small car of the 1960’s comes after the first and last letters of garage.
15a Pure water (4)
MERE : A double definition. The water here can be a lake.
16a Girl coming out from Underground back in the arms of Italian poet (9)
DEBUTANTE : The pet name for the London Underground is reversed and contained by a famous 13/14th century Italian poet.
22a Conditional outlook should this be open? (7,3)
WEATHER EYE : A cryptic definition for being alert to meteorological conditions.
25a Fast mover carrying west-bound bulk material (8)
GOSSAMER : Another word for bulk is reversed (west-bound) inside a fast enthusiastic person.
27a Garments worn by kids occasionally after endless cycling? (7)
BIKINIS : Remove the last letter from a word for travelling on a bicycle and then the second and fourth letters from ‘kids’.
28a Planned with no pressure by a student and doled out (8)
ALLOTTED : ‘A’ from the clue and the student driver letter precede planned or schemed with the initial P(ressure) removed.
29a Hack working inside Libya intermittently must be hurting (2,5)
IN AGONY : A hack or broken-down horse and the two letter working are enclosed by the second and fourth letters of Libya.
2d Felt need to see rampant greed suppressed by Attila, say (8)
HUNGERED : The tribal description of Attila and an anagram (rampant) of GREED.
3d Tested, cut up and extracted (8)
EXAMINED : The reversal (up) of cut with a hatchet and then extracted by digging underground.
4d One-off dress should be raised with one on board (10)
INIMITABLE : The reversal (raised) of a dress style from the 60’s then Roman numeral one and a board as a piece of furniture.
5d Yield from planned economy given a lift (4)
CEDE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
6d Being overdrawn on course is slightly unusual (6)
ODDISH : The two letters indicating an overdraft on a bank statement and a food course.
8d Influences results with change of leader (7)
AFFECTS : Start with a word meaning results and change the first letter. (Bet we weren’t the only ones who felt the need to check this).
14d Do nothing initially about strangely poetic thought (10)
CONCEPTION : A three letter word for do or trick and the first letter of nothing enclose an anagram (strangely) of POETIC.
17d Revealing lover once putting on airs (8)
EXPOSING : The prefix that could also mean a previous lover, then ostentatiously displaying.
18d Go to Scotland, with cat a bundle of nerves (8)
GANGLION : The Scottish word meaning go and a large African cat.
23d Tries taking in top of tropical suit (6)
HEARTS : Tries in a law court contains the first letter of tropical.
26d Regular revenues with no regrets (4)
EVEN : What is left of the word revenues once a synonym for regrets has been removed.
We enjoyed the clues with the mini theme of celestial bodies.
Quickie pun pour + keep + eyes = porky pies