Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29966
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back home again and back into our usual crossword routine after being away visiting family over Easter. The imminent wood-fire that we mentioned last week hasn’t yet happened as we are having a great spell of warm autumn weather at present.
Enjoyable Wednesday puzzle once again.
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1a Nice line ultimately added to summary (7)
PRECISE : A word borrowed from French for a summary and the final letter of line.
10a About a right sort of light meal served here (7)
CARVERY : The single letter for about or roughly, then ‘A’ from the clue, R(ight) and a type of signalling light.
11a Do something about international during performance, saying nothing (8)
TACITURN : A real Russian doll clue here. A three letter performance surrounds I(nternational) which is inside a word meaning to do something in a rotary manner.
15a Monster source of goodness in mineral (4)
OGRE : A mineral from which metal may be extracted contains the first letter of goodness.
21a Model — and not married (4)
NORM : A word meaning ‘and not’ plus M(arried).
24a Slow, but so tricky even at the outset (6)
OBTUSE : An anagram (tricky) of BUT SO and then the first letter of even.
25a Like a monk from church, albeit drunk? (8)
CELIBATE : The Anglican Church and an anagram (drunk) of ALBEIT.
27a A doubter must lack pressure, being 25! (7)
ASCETIC : ‘A’ from the clue and a doubter loses P(ressure) from within.
29a Facility offered by investor in space? (7)
STORAGE : A cryptic definition. The space referred to here is more prosaic than an astronaut would expect.
2d Such drivers dash or go mad (4,4)
ROAD HOGS : An anagram (mad) of DASH OR GO.
3d Casual drink in Spain that is welcomed by both sides (8)
CAVALIER : A Spanish wine and the letters used for each hand surround the abbreviation from Latin for ‘that is’.
4d Priest, perhaps one in the armed forces (10)
SERVICEMAN : This could describe a priest, referring to where he officiates.
5d Information obtained from climbing a bit (4)
DATA : In reverse order (climbing) we have ‘A’ from the clue and then a small quantity.
6d Back-up story accepted by judge (6)
RELIEF : A judge in a sports match contains story or falsehood.
7d Ask in French and question anger (7)
ENQUIRE : The French word for ‘in’, then the two letter abbreviation for question and anger or rage.
8d Cunning reserve has left for hotel (7)
SLYNESS : Start with reserve or timidity and exchange its H(otel) for L(eft).
11d Understand coaches must ignore one overdue (9)
TRANSLATE : Remove Roman numeral one from coaches or instructs, then a synonym for overdue.
14d Goes too far past — really? (8,2)
OVERDOES IT : A word meaning past or finished and a 4,2 phrase that could ask the question – ‘really?’
18d Pulling violently, like out of work actors may be, we hear (8)
WRESTING : A homophone of the euphemism that unemployed actors choose to use.
19d Laugh and discard love heartlessly (7)
CHUCKLE : Discard or throw away and then the outside letters of love.
20d Phone home with golf a vocation (7)
CALLING : Make a phone connection, the usual two letter home, and then G(olf).
23d I am taking line out of good book to absorb (6)
IMBIBE : The two letter way of saying ‘I am’ and then the Christian holy book without L(ine).
Quickie pun fizzy + shuns = physicians