Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30052
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on another dry day, the sun peering through some high cloud.
A slightly odd feel to today’s puzzle for me, but comfortably solved on the border of *** time.
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1a Red kite maybe flew away first (4-6)
LEFT-WINGER – The definition is one of political affiliation. Another word for ‘flew away’ or ‘departed’ is followed by a word which could be a generic description of a kite or any other bird.
6a Partners attached to street food (4)
STEW – An abbreviation for ‘street’ followed by one of the partnerships at the bridge table.
9a Caught Pinter’s first words? They’re usually spiky (5)
CACTI – The cricket abbreviation for ‘caught’ followed by a phrase (3,1) that Pinter (or any other playwright) might put at the top of the first page of a script.
10a Investment of time by one facing deterioration (4,5)
UNIT TRUST – Here we have another word for ‘one’, an abbreviation for Time, and the sort of deterioration which affects unpainted metal.
12a Some fish supper with dear Parisian mistress? (13)
SCHOOLTEACHER – Put together a collective noun for fish, an alternative name for ‘supper’ ( a regional variation, I suspect), and the French for ‘dear’.
14a Cleared first two letters then answered 24/7? (8)
ABSOLVED – The first two letters of the alphabet, followed by what you will have done if you have completed 24a 7d (or indeed this puzzle).
15a Essentially, ‘with-it’ echoes ‘state-of-the-art’ (2-4)
HI-TECH – Hidden in the clue.
17a Aimless commercial break (6)
ADRIFT – A short word for a commercial followed by a break or separation.
19a Outgoing telegram about the writer, very upfront (8)
SOCIABLE – Start with a two-letter word which can be used as an intensifier, like ‘very’, then add another word for a telegram wrapped round the pronoun that the writer might use to refer to himself or herself.
21a I spin on a cycle, balanced and moving (13)
INSPIRATIONAL – Put together I (from the clue), SPIN with its last letter moved to the front (on a cycle), and another word for ‘balanced’ or ‘sensible’.
24a Send a wire to my employer! (9)
TELEGRAPH – Double definition, the second being the employer of the setter of this puzzle.
25a One’s eaten by fat Scot housed in an estate? (5)
LAIRD – Some cooking fat wrapped round the Roman numeral for one, giving us a Scottish landowner.
26a Money tree planted by Conservative (4)
CASH – An abbreviation for Conservative, followed by a forest tree.
27a Doctor sends daily list of bad habits (6,4)
DEADLY SINS – Anagram (doctor) of SENDS DAILY.
1d Tie in sprint with initial change of direction (4)
LACE – Start with what a sprint is, then change the direction indicated by the first letter, to get a word for ‘tie’.
2d Resort confuses, having no new homes in (7)
FOCUSES – Anagram (resort) of CO(n)FUSES, minus the abbreviation for New.
3d Women’s rowing team stealing contest (13)
WEIGHTLIFTING – Put together an abbreviation for Women, the number of people in one variety of rowing team, and another word for ‘stealing’.
4d Ten euros espresso will suppress one’s hang-ups (8)
NEUROSES – Hidden in the clue.
5d Are flight bags small? (5)
EXIST – Another word for ‘flight’ or ‘departure’ wrapped round an abbreviation for Small.
7d Something awkward to work out to — that’s horrid, that is! (7)
TOUGHIE – Put together TO (from the clue), an exclamation like ‘that’s horrid!’, and the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’.
8d Driver that goes with the flow (5,5)
WATER WHEEL – Cryptic definition of a machine driven by running water.
11d Usually, having no IT, I hurry up to get helper’s support (13)
TRADITIONALLY – Put together NO IT I (from the clue) and another word for ‘hurry’, Reverse the result (up, in a Down clue), then add a helper or supporter.
13d Resigned in disbelief at a list I circulated (10)
FATALISTIC – Hidden in the clue.
16d Suave Central European journalist (8)
POLISHED – An adjective for a variety of central European, followed by the usual crossword journalist.
18d Rustles about getting fruit (7)
RESULTS – Anagram (about) of RUSTLES, giving us the fruit of our labours, perhaps.
20d Libel in broadcast: one gets drunk in cocktail bars (7)
BELLINI – Anagram (broadcast) of LIBEL IN.
22d Amazement about a Republican being enlightened … (5)
AWARE – A three-letter word for ‘amazement’ wrapped round A (from the clue) and Republican.
23d … chances thus rising to crush Democrat twice (4)
ODDS – Reverse (rising) a word for ‘thus’ and wrap it round two instances of the abbreviation for Democrat.
The Quick Crossword pun COURT + ANNE + BOLD = CAUGHT AND BOWLED