Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29960
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We haven’t lit our wood-burner yet but have been sorely tempted to do so a couple of times this last week. Guess that once Easter is over, the next cooler evening might be the occasion. The estuary is taking on its winter look now too with the migratory birds now well gone.
It took us a while to sort out the parsing for 8d which took us into 3 star time for difficulty.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Quiet expression of sympathy for old ruler (4)
SHAH : A request to be quiet and an expression of sympathy or satisfaction.
10a Horrify a mate, eating prawn’s head (5)
APPAL : ‘A’ from the clue and then a mate or friend contains the first letter of prawn.
11a Dispute book kept by Gray twice revised (4-5)
ARGY-BARGY : An anagram (revised) of GRAY is repeated and placed either side B(ook)
12a Blair, the writer, has Independent line for right source of energy (3,4)
OIL WELL : Start with the pen name of Eric Blair and replace his R(ight) with I(ndependent) and L(ine).
13a The Seine perhaps covers one area that’s part of the South of France (7)
RIVIERA : What the Seine is an example of contains Roman numeral one, and finally A(rea).
14a A lot led astray holding anarchic views must be a myth (3,5,4)
OLD WIVES TALE : An anagram (astray) of A LOT LED surrounds another anagram (anarchic) of VIEWS.
21a On air, encourage understanding (7)
INSIGHT : A homophone (on air) of a synonym for encourage or stir up.
23a Current model chasing a French dress (7)
UNIFORM : The French indefinite article, the physics symbol for current, and model or style.
24a Writer is free at last, okay (9)
AUTHORISE : Another general word for a writer, then IS from the clue and the last letter of free.
25a A quip oddly used by Irish national (5)
IRAQI : ‘A’ from the clue and the first and third letters of quip follow IR(ish).
26a Four of these may be found in eight (4)
TWOS : A cryptic definition. We suspect an intention to mislead people into thinking about rowers.
27a Jumbled sound waves? (5,5)
WHITE NOISE : A cryptic definition.
1d Maybe gutted, having trouble with field (6)
MEADOW : The first and last letters (gutted) of maybe, then a three letter word for trouble or fuss and W(ith).
3d That may be so loaded long wall collapsed (3,4,3,4)
ALL WELL AND GOOD : An anagram (collapsed) of LOADED LONG WALL.
4d Gulped, seeing son and wife given permission (9)
SWALLOWED : Abbreviations for son and wife and then given permission.
9d No abusive cop is possibly considered blameless (5,9)
ABOVE SUSPICION : An anagram (possibly) of NO ABUSIVE COP IS.
16d Candidate or worker after seeing hope curtailed (8)
ASPIRANT : Hope or have ambition without its last letter, and a worker insect.
17d Voice that sings of wrong exaggerated uprising (8)
FALSETTO : Wrong or not true and then the reversal of three letters used to mean exaggerated.
19d Language of love in southern African country (6)
SOMALI : S(outhern), then tennis score love and an African country.
20d Province of politician in Ireland (6)
EMPIRE : The alternative name for Ireland surrounds a Member of Parliament.
22d Part of body with temperature above normal? (5)
THIGH : The abbreviation for temperature and a word meaning above normal.
pause + whole = poor soul