Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30164
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Another Wednesday and another well put together puzzle that we have no reason to suspect is by anyone other than the regular Wednesday setter, Jay.
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1a Approach adopted if batting, for example? (8)
INSTANCE : A two letter word from cricket fr the side that is batting and an approach or position.
9a Forceful macho types must be held in check (8)
VEHEMENT : A 2-3 term for macho types is inside check or examine.
10a There’s no value initially in rough fit (4)
AGUE : Remove the first letter of value from a word meaning rough or imprecise.
11a Fighting talk (6,2,4)
BATTLE OF WITS : Fighting talk or an intellectual sparring match.
13a Firm present books, making sense (8)
COHERENT : A firm or company, then present or at this place, and biblical books.
15a Altogether enthusiastic about turnover (2,4)
IN TOTO : Enthusiastic, or a fan for, surrounds (about) the abbreviation for turnover possibly used in relation to a business.
16a Harsh criticism admitted by snowflakes (4)
FLAK : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
17a Regional accent and taste absorbing women (5)
TWANG : A piquant taste contains W(omen).
26a Title held by the Mirror? (4)
EMIR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
27a Doctor understood 23 (8)
SAWBONES : Understood or twigged and another expression for the basics.
28a Trying a few on merit possibly with no end of tedium (8)
TIRESOME : an anagram (possibly) of (m)ERIT once the last letter of tedium has been removed and then a word meaning a few.
3d Special article on workers and king spotted going north (3,4,5)
THE BEES KNEES : Definite article, then flying insect workers followed by chess letter for king and the reversal of spotted or observed.
4d Snuggle up enveloped in finest leather (6)
NESTLE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
5d Be up for wrongdoing (4)
EVIL : The reversal (up) of be or exist.
6d Such a star must be making a film (8)
SHOOTING : A double definition.
7d House losers admire at heart? (4)
SEMI : The central two letters (at heart) of two words in the clue.
14d One may bear crown jewels (5)
TIARA : A cryptic definition for an item of elegant headgear.
16d Boring quality sought by an apartment buyer? (8)
FLATNESS : The answer could describe the characteristic ambience of an apartment.
17d Commuter may be doing this as education (8)
TRAINING : How a commuter might be travelling.
19d Partiality shown by relocating postmen across island (8)
NEPOTISM : An anagram (shown by relocating) of POSTMEN with I(sland).
24d Pulls hardworking student up … (4)
TOWS : The reversal of an often derogatory term for a hardworking student.
25d … however full of beans, ultimately, it’s a police raid (4)
BUST : A synonym for however contains the last letter of beans.
2d is our favourite today.
Quickie pun Seoul + doubt = sold out