Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30020
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just one Kiwi in the blogging chair this week.
Our procession of violent, wet cold fronts has now moved away and we are back to a much more acceptable type of winter weather. Crisp, frosty mornings preceding calm days with clear, blue skies. We could do with plenty of these.
Logman on Toughie duty today so this puzzle is almost certainly not by Jay.
I suspect that the setter has given us a cryptic signature in 23a.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
8a Tactic initially used by city group (4)
TRIO: The first letter of tactic and a South American city.
9a See 10 Across
11a Boss one prone to social blundering? (6)
GAFFER: A word that could describe someone making a social indiscretion.
13a Corrupt Chilean keeps position, shaking trade syndicate (9,6)
HANSEATIC LEAGUE: An anagram (corrupt) of CHILEAN contains position or ‘place to sit’. All this is followed by shaking as a possible symptom of fever.
15a Staff meeting generates order (7)
MANDATE: Staff or supply workers and an often amorous meeting.
17a Nice chap conceals weapon in clothing (7)
GARMENT: A general word for a weapon is inside a word for a polite male. (The Nice had me vainly searching for a Frenchman.)
20a Construction to suddenly crumble for example? (5,10)
SPLIT INFINITIVE: A frowned upon grammatical construction is exemplified in the clue.
26a Arduous experience in gold trade (6)
ORDEAL: Heraldic gold and trade or barter.
27a Blockhead starts to aggravate serious situation (3)
ASS: First letters from three words in the clue.
1d Perhaps Spanish force maiden into a drama school (6)
ARMADA: A from the clue and a London based drama school contain M(aiden).
2d Fun with codes cracked, or bewildered? (8)
CONFUSED: An anagram (cracked) of FUN and CODES.
3d Threesome without end relating in complex way? (7,8)
ETERNAL TRIANGLE: A word meaning ‘without end’ and an anagram (in a complex way) of RELATING.
4d Complaint the writer intends to raise in sober society (7)
ANAEMIA: A (1,4) way that the writer could say he intends is reversed inside the society that assists people seeking to be sober.
5d Was it this attracting Beauty to the Beast? (6,9)
ANIMAL MAGNETISM: Another way of describing ‘bestial allure’.
6d Two articles about male with woman’s name (6)
AMANDA: Two instances of the indefinite article bracket M(ale) plus the most often used conjunction.
14d Rubbish initially carried in one French vessel (3)
URN: The French word for one contains the first letter of rubbish.
16d Insect losing head sees deadly snake (3)
ASP: Remove the first letter from a stinging, flying insect.
19d Bad rhythm that’s unusual (7)
OFFBEAT: Bad or past its use-by date and rhythm or tempo.
21d One’s Shakespearean king sent up country (6)
ISRAEL: Roman numeral one with its ‘S and the reversal of the king with daughter problems.
22d Religious sort to differ about holy books (6)
VOTARY: To differ or make changes contains a collection of biblical texts.
24d Revolutionary shot sappers, the monster (4)
OGRE: Reverse a shot or turn and then the military regiment that contains sappers.
Lots of ticks but biggest chuckle came from 20a.
Quickie pun sigh + defect = side effect