Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30098
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The godwits have arrived back from Alaska and are once more happily feeding in our estuary. The ponds we walk past daily are busy with the cheeping and bustling of families of newly-hatched ducklings. Spring has definitely arrived in our little corner of the world.
We note that Logman is on Toughie duty today so a case of ‘guess the setter’ for this good fun puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Requirement for sporting types in GPs’ workplace (8)
PRACTICE : A double definition.
5a Sing country mostly having covered R&B (6)
WARBLE : The country that has a dragon as its emblem contains the letters R and B from the clue.
9a Excellent witticism in front of guests (8)
CRACKING : A witticism or quip, ‘IN’ from the clue and then the first letter of ‘guests’.
12a Retainer or nurse kept by a French aunt without English (9)
ATTENDANT : Nurse or take care of is inside ‘A’ from the clue and the French word for aunt with its E(nglish) removed.
13a Element showing no end of remorseless hatred (5)
ODIUM : The last letter of remorselessness is removed from the front of an alkali metal element.
14a Extremely arthritic horse in pain (4)
ACHE : The first and last letters (extremely) from two words in the clue.
19a Loathsome husband developed fault importing drug (7)
HATEFUL : H(usband), then an anagram (developed) of FAULT contains the abbreviation for ecstasy (drug).
21a Attractive courtier seen every now and then (4)
CUTE : Alternate letters from the word courtier.
24a Slate rubbish about central part of case (5)
ROAST : A synonym for rubbish contains the two central letters of case.
25a Evict a mob in a riot, being antagonistic? (9)
COMBATIVE : An anagram (in a riot) of EVICT A MOB.
27a Move end of project to get financial allowance (6)
BUDGET : Move (perhaps something that is stubborn) and then the final letter of project.
28a Sense politician is enthralled by free outing (8)
GUMPTION : An anagram (free) of OUTING contains a Member of Parliament.
29a Curve hard to miss in part of a legislature (6)
CAMBER : A room or hall that is part of a legislature has its H(ard) removed.
1d Find fault with old Scot touring Kenya’s borders (4,2)
PICK AT : A member of an ancient Scottish tribe surrounds the first and last letters of Kenya.
2d A daughter with suitable skills at the outset is flexible (6)
ADAPTS : ‘A’ from the clue, then D(aughter), then a synonym for suitable and the first letter of ‘skills’ (at the outset).
3d Fantasy writer leaving large island split making gift (5)
TOKEN : A famous fantasy writer from Oxford loses L(arge) and I(sland) which are not contiguous (ie. they are split) in the name.
6d A job to defend most of reasoning for one making excuses? (9)
APOLOGIST : ‘A’ from the clue and job or position surrounds a word for reasoning with its last letter removed.
7d Come across vagrant in top in a ragged state (4,4)
BUMP INTO : A word from across the ditch for a vagrant and an anagram (in a ragged state) of IN TOP.
8d Outfit with matching elements in musical group (8)
ENSEMBLE : A double definition.
11d Go for clubs from the south (4)
STAB : A reversal (from the South) of clubs that a cricketer might use.
18d Haphazardly managed activity in site supplying bread? (2,6)
AT RANDOM : The site supplying bread is the three letter ‘hole in the wall’. This surrounds managed or organised, and two letter activity.
20d Secure player in a pack (4)
LOCK : The player in a pack could be playing New Zealand’s national sport.
21d Burn millions in company lacking solvency (7)
COMBUST : The abbreviation for company, then M(illions) and lacking solvency or bankrupt.
22d Fewest points admitted by imam in imamate (6)
MINIMA : It’s a lurker, hiding in the clue.
18d is our favourite this week.
Quickie pun castor + weigh = castaway