Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29942
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We particularly liked the geography in today’s puzzle. The clever wordplay in 8d, the mention of Kirkbati in 17d where we had a very memorable stay many years ago and then 15a. All made for a most enjoyable solve for us.
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1a At least no-one pole dancing lacks energy, getting more than enough work (1,3,2,4,5)
A LOT ON ONE’S PLATE : An anagram (dancing) of AT LEAST NO ONE POL(e) once E(nergy) has been removed.
9a Bragged about Democrat getting mobbed (7)
CROWDED : Bragged or behaved like a rooster contains D(emocrat).
10a Trial may be exhausting, needing hotel for women (7)
HEARING : Start with a word meaning exhausting or tiring and substitute the initial W(omen) with H(otel).
12a Water sports or dubious activities at the outset (4)
SODA : Initial letters (at the outset) of four words in the clue.
19a Remain working after check (4,2)
STAY ON : The two letter word for working or in operation follows a check or hindrance.
22a Right hand clenches when disregarding danger (4)
RASH : A two letter synonym for when is enclosed by R(ight) H(and).
23a Floods causing universal charges by day (9)
SATURATES : Start with the last day of the calendar week, then U(niversal) and charges or costs.
26a Widen pass through Scottish mountain (7)
BROADEN : The three letter Scottish word for a mountain contains pass or thoroughfare.
27a Fool offering cheap wine and beer regularly (7)
PLONKER : A slang word for cheap wine and then the second and fourth letters of beer.
1d Everyone goes round company house for booze (7)
ALCOHOL : Co(mpany) and HO(use) are contained by a word for everyone.
2d Old party’s essentially sure reputation (5)
ODOUR : O(LD), a party or function and the two central letters of ‘sure’.
4d Decree there’s nothing precipitate about Germany (6)
ORDAIN : The letter representing nothing and then pluvial precipitation contains the IVR code for Germany.
5d Record time crossing border for objects of little worth (8)
EPHEMERA : A 45 rpm record, then a border or edge followed by a period of time.
6d Room for one of Pinter’s works? (4)
PLAY : A double definition. The room can be space for movement.
7d I’m 19 and I forced hatred (9)
ANIMOSITY : An anagram (forced) made up from I’M and I from the clue plus the answer to 19 across.
8d Country that’s busy with computer network over time (7)
ENGLAND : Start with a word that means busy as a telephone in use might be. Replace a period of time within this word with a three letter computer network term.
16d No rise — and debts must be scandalous (9)
NOTORIOUS : ‘NO’ from the clue, then a rise or small hill and the four letters signifying debts.
18d Couple without one fit moral tale (7)
PARABLE : Remove the Roman numeral one from a word meaning couple and then fit or proficient.
20d Universal remedy not striking a chord? (7)
NOSTRUM : Split the answer 2,5 and imagine not playing a guitar.
24d City overly protective of Kentucky (5)
TOKYO : The two letter abbreviation for Kentucky is enclosed by (protective of) a word meaning overly.
25d Make revisions to upwards trend (4)
EDIT : The reversal of a trend or flow.
Obviously our favourite today has to be 15a.
Quickie pun forty + chewed = fortitude