Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30206
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have been away for a few days staying at a small town called Ohakune, very near to Mt Ruapehu in the centre of the North Island. An enjoyable family time being all together and doing bush walks and generally rambling about on the mountain. The younger fitter members of the family did some serious running too.
Back home and into our regular routine again now.
Another top quality Wednesday puzzle with a few trickier bits of wordplay in the mix.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Turn talk around? One’s certainly capable of that! (7)
WINDBAG : The whole clue gives the definition with the wordplay being the first three words. Turn or rotate and then the reversal of a slang word for talk.
5a Behave as prisoner with previous? (7)
CONFORM : A three letter term for a prisoner and a word for a criminal record.
9a Went out with note penned by father (5)
DATED : A note of the sol-fah scale is inside (penned by) a familiar term for father.
11a Thought right choice has to include head of finance (10)
REFLECTION : R(ight), then a choice that might be to choose a government contains the first letter of finance.
12a Prior to run, draw level (4)
TIER : Draw or be equal with comes before (prior to) the cricket abbreviation for run.
18a Set-up of popular stop with everyone inside (12)
INSTALLATION : The two letter popular is followed by a stop, on a railway perhaps, which contains a synonym for everyone.
21a Leave be, with no end of mess (4)
EXIT : Be or live with the last letter of mess removed.
22a Lots of one sought by bargain hunter (1,5,4)
A GREAT DEAL : A double definition.
22a Goes through rubbish, mostly saving poetry (9)
TRAVERSES : Remove the last letter from a word for rubbish that is most commonly heard on the other side of the pond. Inside this put a word that can describe poetry.
26a Express could produce topless spread (5)
UTTER : Remove the first letter from a dairy spread.
27a Power engineers are inclined to put on an act (7)
PRETEND : P(ower), then army engineers followed by a word meaning ‘are inclined to’.
28a The strange island state with moral values (7)
ETHICAL : An anagram (strange) of THE, then the single letter abbreviation for island and a west coast US state.
2d Brief — unless before end of play (6)
NOTIFY : A 3,2 phrase meaning unless, and then the final letter of play.
4d Hard work and good service — on time (5)
GRAFT : G(ood), then the airborne military service and T(ime).
5d Doctor can misread official agreement (9)
CONCORDAT : An anagram (misread) of DOCTOR CAN.
6d Lad raised on hospital grub (4)
NOSH : The reversal of a word for lad plus H(ospital).
13d Isolated and lacking feeling? (3,2,5)
OUT OF TOUCH : Not having one of the primary senses.
15d United subject to European record with new side being praised (9)
EULOGISED : In the order they appear in the answer we have E(uropean, then U(nited), a record or diary and an anagram (new) of SIDE.
16d Avoid parties with favourite from the south (8)
SIDESTEP : Parties or opposing factions and the reversal of a word for favourite.
17d Rough quotation of energy nonsensical at times (8)
ESTIMATE : E(nergy) and then an anagram (nonsensical) of AT TIMES.
19d Exercises twice before unwrapping rich digestive (6)
PEPTIC : Two versions of the abbreviations used for exercises and then the central letters of rich.
23d Result in French is absent from publication (5)
ENSUE : A French word for ‘in’ then a publication such as a magazine has ‘is’ removed from its beginning.
We can’t decide which of 1a or 14a to choose for today’s favourite.
Quickie pun frieze + peach = free speech