Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29972
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BD Rating – Difficulty ****– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our pleasant autumn weather continues. Long may it last.
We note that Jay as Logman has set today’s Toughie so we can be pretty certain that this is by a different setter. We found it quite a lot harder than we are used to on a Wednesday with quite a lot of GK required in places. Our ratings reflect this.
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9a Mail perhaps won’t feature first Republican affair (5)
AMOUR : What mail could be an example of as protective apparel has the first usage of R(epublican) removed.
10a Saved having experienced the Second Coming? (4-5)
BORN-AGAIN : The Second Coming has natal connotations.
11a Keen to gather complete cereal crop? (3,4)
ALL EARS : Complete or in totality, then parts of cereal plants that bear the grains.
12a Storm in Timor Sea that generates spray (8)
ATOMISER : An anagram (storm in) of TIMOR SEA.
17a Very good designer is provocative (7)
PIQUANT : A two letter ‘very good’ and a fashion designer, first name Mary.
20a Girl with name to conjure with in Zola’s book (8)
GERMINAL : An anagram (to conjure with) of GIRL and NAME.
21a Suave and refined socialite currently broadcasting? (8)
DEBONAIR : A socialite ‘presented’ at a ball and then a 2,3 phrase meaning currently broadcasting.
23a See 6 Down
26a Woman in cold sea turned back (5)
CLARA : C(old) and the reversal of a Central Asian inland sea.
3d Token note the French sent north (7)
MINIMAL : A note equivalent to two crotchets and the reversal of the French feminine definite article.
4d Ask again for change in Japanese city (8)
NAGASAKI : An anagram (for change) of ASK AGAIN.
6d & 23 Across Scandalous amount taken in old window tax? (8,7)
DAYLIGHT ROBBERY : An all-in-one clue. The definition is ‘Scandalous amount taken’.
7d Dictator having a role in something contentious? (9)
BONAPARTE : ‘A’ from the clue and a role in a performance are surrounded by a metaphorical article of contention.
12d Bread requested for starters? (6,5)
ASKING PRICE : A cryptic definition. Bread here is slang for money.
13d Charged again in hearing — that’s put back up (7)
REBUILD : A homophone of an expression that could mean a second invoice has been issued.
16d Pulse right to coat in warm batter (9)
HEARTBEAT : Warm as a verb contains (coats) R(ight) and then batter or thrash.
17d Ancient vampire rowing on lake
PRIMEVAL : An anagram (rowing) of VAMPIRE plus L(ake).
18d Recruits down below almost lost (3,5)
NEW BLOOD : An anagram (lost) of DOWN BELO(w) with the last letter removed.
19d Stolen meat comes to philosopher (7)
BENTHAM : A synonym for stolen (yes, it is recognised by Mrs B) and then cured pig meat.
22d Arab or Irish-American on QI (5)
IRAQI : The two letter Irish, single letter American and then QI from the clue.
Quickie pun Chopin + Liszt = shopping list