Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29954
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
This certainly felt like a Jay Wednesday puzzle to us. We enjoyed the RayT-like innuendo in 9d and there is an excruciatingly groan-worthy pun in the Quick Crossword to enjoy too.
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6a Cut yield (4)
CROP : A double definition. The yield could come from an arable farmer.
10a Occasionally leaving Lennon out in boredom (5)
ENNUI : Alternate letters from three words in the clue starting with the Beatle.
11a Pure Elvis gyrating? Disgusting! (9)
REPULSIVE : An anagram (gyrating) of PURE ELVIS.
12a Expressions produced by serious experts (8)
GRIMACES : A synonym for serious or dour and then experts or adepts.
13a Order egghead to drop one (5)
GENUS : Remove Roman numeral one from an egghead or extremely clever person.
17a Afraid one forgets to a certain extent, being doomed (4,3)
DONE FOR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
19a Unfashionable players in Coventry (7)
OUTCAST : Unfashionable or not ‘with it’, and then thespian players.
27a The setter’s voice is calm (9)
IMPASSIVE : How Jay might say ‘the setter is’ using a pronoun, and then a grammatical voice.
28a Collection at church by bishop (5)
BATCH : ‘At’ from the clue and CH(urch) follow the chess symbol for bishop.
29a Crazy sisters with time for nobody, initially (4)
NUTS : Start with religious sisters and replace the first letter of nobody with T(ime).
30a A welcome must include employees with second contracts (10)
AGREEMENTS : Male workers are enclosed by ‘A’ from the clue and a verb meaning welcome. Finish off with S(econd).
2d In term son moved closest to the centre (9)
INNERMOST : An anagram (moved) of IN TERM SON.
3d Hate speaker’s stand, lacking power (5)
ODIUM : Remove P(ower) from the start of a speaker’s stand.
4d People seen outside hotel after each complaint (7)
EARACHE : The two letter abbreviation for each and then people or nation contains H(otel).
5d Fought against work attitude with Germany (7)
OPPOSED : An artistic work, then attitude or stance and the IVR code for Germany.
7d Check covering golf rule (5)
REIGN : A check that might be part of equestrian tack contains G(olf).
8d Journalists rebel, supporting united force (10)
PRESSURISE : A collective term for journalists is followed by U(nited) and then rebel or revolt.
9d European lap dancer’s naked beauty (8)
ELEGANCE : E(uropean), then lap or section of a race and dancer with the first and last letters removed.
14d Sailor’s choice crossing river will be preoccupation (10)
ABSORPTION : Able-bodied seaman with the ‘S, and then a choice or possible selection contains R(iver).
18d Omitted most of team? (9)
FORGOTTEN : A semi all-in-one. The definition can just be the first word of the clue, or splitting the answer 6,3 you get the wordplay for the whole clue being definition.
20d Dressing, seeing better contact from track and trace (7)
TOPPING : Better or surpass and then the computer sound indicating a successful track and trace.
21d Honest and as free at heart (7)
SINCERE : A synonym for ‘as’ and the two central letters of ‘free’.
23d Upset pundit missing Democrat’s contribution (5)
INPUT : An anagram (upset) of PUN(d)IT once D(emocrat) is removed.
26d Errant husband hides like this (4)
THUS : And to finish, another lurker.
Quickie pun Juno + wart + Amin = Do you know what I mean?