Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29984
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BD Rating – Difficulty ****– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The weather gods are still smiling on us and the wonderful autumn conditions continue. A bit of southerly air has sneaked in though in the last few days dropping the temperature enough to have us lighting the fire in the evenings.
We found this quite a challenging puzzle to get sorted and it took us into 4* time but some of that was trying to understand 12a as it appeared when we printed our copy. A late PS: We note that the word IN has been changed to ON on the puzzles site.
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1a Grasped the principle of putting curtains up? (3,3,4,2,2)
GOT THE HANG OF IT : An all in one clue with the primary definition being ‘grasped the principle’.
9a Settler‘s living with her at last (7)
INCOMER : The remuneration described as ‘a living’ and the final letter of her.
10a Tool providing musical touch (4,3)
CAT’S PAW : A famous Lloyd Webber musical and a touch from the eponymous animal. (This tool is a person used to serve the, often nefarious, purposes of another).
12a Rumoured defect attached to new drug in entry level (6,5)
GROUND FLOOR : A homophone (rumoured) of a synonym for a defect follows an anagram (new) of DRUG ON. (We believe there is a mistake in the clue as written when we solved).
14a Abandoned objective hurt feelings (6)
OFFEND : Abandoned or not here and then objective or goal.
15a The girl’s in second service, dazzling people (8)
SMASHERS : The possessive pronoun for ‘the girl’s’ is enclosed by S(econd) and a church service.
17a Browbeaten after changing the decor? (8)
HECTORED : An anagram (after changing) of THE DECOR.
22a Hate seeing criminal doesn’t eat it (11)
DETESTATION : An anagram (criminal) of DOESN’T EAT IT.
23a Anger as sacked without protection (3)
IRE : Remove the first and last letters from sacked or dismissed.
26a Country shoot arranged by the French (7)
LESOTHO : French definite article and an anagram (arranged) of SHOOT.
27a Alfred was known to be this good at singular times, and novel (3,5,6)
THE GREAT GATSBY : The title often given to King Alfred, then G(ood); ‘At’ from the clue; S(ingular) and mathematical ‘times’.
1d Becoming degenerate and attending races (5,2,3,4)
GOING TO THE DOGS : A double definition. These races have canine participants.
2d Censure check (4,3)
TICK OFF : A double definition. To check here means to give a positive sign to items on a list.
3d No use? Go home upset, being of a similar type (11)
HOMOGENEOUS : An anagram (upset) of NO USE GO HOME.
5d Handle short cut holding chap up (8)
NICKNAME : Cut or notched with the last letter removed (short) surrounds the reversal (up) of an adult male.
6d Dismissed heavy defeat with leader gone (3)
OUT : Remove the first letter from a heavy defeat.
7d Independent test after end of term must be better (7)
IMPROVE : The abbreviation for independent, then the last letter of term is followed by test in an empirical way.
13d Trendy dresser seeing first article under way (11)
FASHIONISTA : A way or mode and then ‘first’ written as Roman numeral one and ‘st’, and finally the indefinite article.
16d Different standard adopted by parliamentary constituency on energy (8)
SEPARATE : The standard that could be the expected score in golf is enclosed by a word for a parliamentary constituency and finally E(nergy).
18d Lively chat about a bishop’s complaint (7)
CATARRH : An anagram (lively) of CHAT contains ‘A’ from the clue and the two letter abbreviation for the formal address for a bishop.
20d Peaceful American gets release from duties (7)
QUIETUS : A synonym for peaceful and then the two letters for American.
25d Raised objective ignoring a record (3)
LOG : The reversal of an objective or target loses ‘A’ from the clue.
Quickie pun reverse + heaven = River Severn