Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30014
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have had horrendous weather this last week. A series of frontal systems have followed each other bringing strong winds, thunder storms, lots of rain and heavy snow in some areas (though not for us). It has just gone on and on and everyone is heartily sick of it.
At least we have these good fun puzzles to keep us distracted.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Such a school may be happy to have a change of heart (7)
CONVENT : Start with a word meaning happy or satisfied and change the central letter.
9a The girl’s in a depression, being a follower (8)
ADHERENT : ‘A’ from the clue and a depression or sunken area contain a feminine possessive pronoun.
10a Intense as Marine band may be? (7)
SEARING : A body of water described as marine and then a band or circle.
13a Show bearing (10)
APPEARANCE : A double definition.
15a Became aware of misery engulfing king (4)
WOKE : The chess abbreviation for king is contained by misery or grief.
16a Propose a new adult programme (4,5)
SOAP OPERA : An anagram (new) of PROPOSE A is followed by another A(dult).
21a Idiot daughter’s shock going topless (4)
DOLT : D(aughter) and a shock or bump loses its first letter.
24a Clever — ordering Radio Times originally (6)
ADROIT : An anagram (ordering) of RADIO and the first letter of Times.
28a Deteriorates after hospital department charges (8)
ENTRUSTS : Deteriorates, as something made of iron does over time, follows crossword’s favourite hospital department.
29a Bothered by son getting caught (7)
SNAGGED : Bothered or went on and on and on follows S(on).
2d Ignore appearance after a bit of cricket (8)
OVERLOOK : A set of deliveries by a bowler in cricket and then appearance or demeanour.
4d Casual discussion about local area network underpins denial from France (10)
NONCHALANT : Start with the French word used for denial, then informal discussion contains the computer abbreviation for a local area network.
5d Some did less not working (4)
IDLE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
6d Never wrong about European facade (6)
VENEER : An anagram (wrong) of NEVER contains E(uropean).
8d A telephone that is right for a studio (7)
ATELIER : ‘A’ from the clue, then the three letter abbreviation for a telephone number, the two letters for the Latin phrase meaning ‘that is’ and R(ight).
11d What may be played in church or a pigpen, possibly? (4,5)
PIPE ORGAN : An anagram (possibly) of OR A PIGPEN.
14d Republican limit under president is an anomaly (10)
ABERRATION : The nickname for the 16th US president, then R(epublican) and a limit or restricted allowance.
17d Loving covering new decking (8)
ADORNING : Insert another N(ew) into a word meaning loving or idolising.
18d Pact resulting from Germany abandoning affair (8)
ALLIANCE : Add the IVR code for Germany to the front of the answer to find the affair.
19d Phrase that describes article found in Yorkshire’s last mine (7)
EPITHET : Start with the final letter of Yorkshire and then a mine or colliery surrounds the definite article.
20d Planet needing to change yen in abundance (7)
APLENTY : An anagram (needing to change) of PLANET plus Y(en).
26d Keen on popular test opener at first! (4)
INTO : A two letter word for popular and the first letters of test and opener.
We are spoilt for choice once again for a favourite but will go with 11a because of its surface reading.
Quickie pun collar + knees = colonies