Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30434
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Life is back to normal for us. Saturday was the last day of voting and involved a 14 hour working day which was somewhat tiring. New Zealand now has a new government and we can all get back to normal living without the constant barrage of political campaigning.
Today’s puzzle is another in the long line of enjoyable Wednesday solves.
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1a Hostile takeover of banks in Peru triggers crash (6)
PUTSCH : The first and last letters (banks) of three words in the clue.
4a What doctors and train drivers are currently doing is eye-catching (8)
STRIKING : We assume this refers to some current industrial action in the UK.
10a Character that shouldn’t appear in race on big road (8)
MISPRINT : UK’s principal thoroughfare and then race or run swiftly.
13a Confuse and lead astray inspiring Democrat (5)
ADDLE : An anagram (astray) of LEAD contains D(emocrat).
14a Residence in area in Rochester due for refurbishment (8,5)
TERRACED HOUSE : An anagram (for refurbishment) of ROCHESTER DUE contains A(rea).
21a Model answer about fabulous Greek writer (5)
AESOP : The reversal (about) of model or sit and then A(nswer).
23a Deplores business managers ingesting speed (9)
EXECRATES : Business managers or ‘suits’ surround speed or velocity.
24a Mingle in Milanese club, given cocktail (8)
INTERMIX : A famous football club and then what a cocktail is.
26a Some constant rum swigging creates angry outbursts (8)
TANTRUMS : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
27a Songs considered less catchy also lacking energy (1-5)
B-SIDES : Remove the first E(nergy) from a synonym for also.
2d This sounds like forty minutes past ten in the evening? (6-3)
TWENTY TWO : The answer is how ten in the evening is expressed on a twenty-four hour clock, but sounds like another way of expressing forty minutes past.
5d Serious grilling is perhaps what a doctoral student wants (5,6)
THIRD DEGREE : One assumes that a doctoral student has already achieved Bachelor and Master status.
6d Accuse a head that’s supporting troublemaker (7)
IMPEACH : A troublemaker or mischievous child plus ‘a head’ or ‘per piece’.
8d Understood what debtors are in, after raising a grand (8)
GATHERED : In the order they appear in the answer we have G(rand), ‘A’ from the clue, and a 3,3 phrase for what debtors are in.
12d Belief of right-winger, playing this match without hesitation (11)
THATCHERISM : An anagram (playing) of THIS MATCH containing (without) the usual two letter hesitation.
15d Continued fooling around without being seen (9)
UNNOTICED : An anagram (fooling around) of CONTINUED.
16d Daydreamer in dunce’s cap is thoughtless (8)
ESCAPIST : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
18d More stylised clothing for every ruler (7)
EMPEROR : An anagram (stylised) of MORE contains ‘for every’ or each.
19d Stuffy husband leaves clean-shaven (7)
AIRLESS : How a clean-shaven person will appear without H(usband).
22d Day wearing glossy fabric (5)
SATIN : One of the weekend days and a two letter word that can mean wearing.
Quickie pun speck + queue + later = speculator