Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30092
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Life is at last getting back to normal. No medical appointments of any kind today so all clear to return to our regular blogging duties. Thanks so much Pommers for filling in for us on the last two Wednesdays.
We thought we were heading for a pangram or even a double one but that did not eventuate.
A few tricky bits and good fun all the way for us.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
5a Direction of leading attraction from the east? (6)
UPWARD : A two letter word meaning leading and then the reversal (from the east) of attraction or pull.
9a Subversive type to use bar, drunk (8)
SABOTEUR : An anagram (drunk) of TO USE BAR.
10a Extract energy within the law (6)
ELICIT : The physics symbol for energy and within the law or legal.
12a Permission to proceed — there’s headroom enough (9)
CLEARANCE : A double definition.
13a Greek credit mainly applied to arts, oddly (5)
ATTIC : The first and third letters of ‘arts’ and a slang word for credit without its last letter.
16a One’s heart a prisoner in this? (7)
RIBCAGE : A cryptic definition for the part of the body where the heart is located.
19a Anxious father confronting a violent thug (7)
FRAUGHT : The religious abbreviation for father, then ‘A’ from the clue and an anagram (violent) of THUG.
21a Foreign Office axes cunning (4)
FOXY : F(oreign) O(ffice) and then the letters usually used in maths to denote the vertical and horizontal components (axes) of a graph.
24a Vote in the French, welcomed by European court (5)
ELECT : E(uropean) and the abbreviation for court contain the French definite article.
25a Cheap wicket taken by Bradman after criticism? (5-4)
KNOCK-DOWN : Another word for a criticism or slating, then cricketer Bradman’s first name contains the cricket abbreviation for wicket.
28a Wild parties gatecrashed by a freeloader (8)
PARASITE : An anagram (wild) of PARTIES contains ‘A’ from the clue.
30a Wake-up call about mask and life on the outside (8)
REVEILLE : The two letter ‘about’ then a mask or screen followed by the first and last letters of ‘life’.
1d Salsa celebrated across this region of France (6)
ALSACE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
2d Propose this without the man’s medicine (6)
TABLET : Remove the personal possessive pronoun meaning ‘the man’s’ from the word ‘this’ and place what’s left after propose or lay down for consideration.
3d Question a sailor’s country (5)
QATAR : The single letter abbreviation for question, then ‘A’ from the clue plus a sailor.
4d Time of year seeing one of five bison, perhaps suppressed by Spain (7)
EQUINOX : Start with the IVR code for Spain, then a word for one of five born together, and finally what a bison can be a type of.
7d A student fad mainly about a time in prison once (8)
ALCATRAZ : ‘A’ from the clue and the student driver letter, then a fad or obsession without its last letter (mainly) contains another ‘A’ from the clue and T(ime).
8d Edward, moving up, longed for such a house (8)
DETACHED : The three letter short form of Edward is reversed and then longed for or pined.
11d Boo joker, losing way (4)
JEER : Remove the abbreviation for street from a joker who might have been at a medieval court.
15d Pretty girl holding a gun must be game (9)
BAGATELLE : A word from French for a pretty girl contains ‘A’ from the clue and a slang word for a handgun.
17d Pretentious editor subject to influence (8)
AFFECTED : Influence or cause change and then ED(itor).
18d Party with common sense exhibiting hunger (8)
RAVENOUS : A wild party and a synonym for commonsense.
20d Cheeky young lad involved in raising cheeky theory (4)
TYKE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
21d Pay for mature clip from film (7)
FOOTAGE : A word meaning pay for usually involving a treat, then mature or grow older.
22d Cheerful Jamaican’s first international in cricket ground (6)
JOVIAL : The first letter of Jamaican, then a famous London cricket ground contains I(nternational).
26d Villain travelling north in luggage van knew (5)
KNAVE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
4d is our favourite this week.
Quickie pun salve + adore + Ali = Salvador Dali