Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30422
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A busy time for us here as I (Colin) am working for a couple of weeks issuing voting papers at a polling place for our up-coming General Election. Still time to get the solving and hint writing done before the deadline for publication.
Weather continues to be strange with extremes of everything. Even had a white frost this morning when we thought we were well past those for the year.
Another top quality Wednesday puzzle.
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5a Survive within elite mostly getting source of credit (7)
PLASTIC : A synonym for elite without its last letter surrounds survive or endure.
10a Costly comprehensive with pressure to replace head of technology (9)
EXPENSIVE : A word meaning comprehensive has its T(echnology) replaced with P(ressure).
12a Head of church needing part in soap opera (4)
POPE : A lurker hiding in the clue.
18a Fail to arrive before a policeman arrests king (4,1,7)
COME A CROPPER : A word meaning to arrive, ‘A’ from the clue, then a slang word for a policeman contains the Latin designation for a king.
21a Look! A female showing common sense … (4)
LOAF : A two letter old word for look, then ‘A’ from the clue and F(emale).
22a … upsetting odd Italian extra
ADDITIONAL : An anagram (upsetting) of ODD ITALIAN.
25a Close call at home with mates losing protection (9)
TERMINATE : Call or name, the two letter ‘at home’ plus the central three letters of mates.
27a Free trade – empty promise producing complex paperwork (3,4)
RED TAPE : An anagram (free) of TRADE plus the first and last letters of promise.
28a Direction of broadcaster’s battle with Democrat? (7)
SKYWARD : A TV broadcaster, a serious battle and then D(emocrat).
1d Problem with Yankee tunes like this (6)
CATCHY : A problem or snag and Y(ankee).
3d Official raising difficulty with area cut after reshuffle (10)
BUREAUCRAT : The difficulty that Hamlet referred to in his most famous soliloquy is reversed, then an anagram (after reshuffling) of AREA CUT.
4d Workers employed by editor to improve text (5)
EMEND : The abbreviation for editor surrounds male workers.
5d Item in office – Guardian perhaps – on Conservative effrontery (5,4)
PAPER CLIP : What Guardian is an example of, then C(onservative) and effrontery or cheek.
6d Relative tease, going topless (4)
AUNT : Tease or ridicule with the first letter removed.
7d Weirdly, retail do made-to-measure (8)
TAILORED : An anagram (weirdly) of RETAIL DO.
8d Cunningly switching every call with no answer (8)
CLEVERLY : An anagram (switching) of EVERY C(a)LL with the abbreviation for answer removed.
13d Friend supporting set pieces above all (10)
ESPECIALLY : An anagram (set) of PIECES and then a friend or associate.
15d Preserve food if angry about bungled raid (9)
IRRADIATE : Another word for angry contains an anagram (bungled) of RAID.
17d Spoilt little devil given publicity (8)
IMPAIRED : A three letter little devil and then given publicity or broadcast.
19d Article on strong drink – a painful condition (6)
ANGINA : The two letter indefinite article, then a spirit drink and finally ‘A’ from the clue.
20d Leaves possibly like this student in poor education (6)
BLADED : Poor or inferior contains the student driver letter and then the two letter abbreviation for education.
23d Thoughts from one French impressionist with no heart (5)
IDEAS : Roman numeral one, then a French impressionist loses his central letter.
Quickie pun forest + heart = for a start