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DT 29046

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29046

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer has arrived for a few days at least.  Nearly 30°C yesterday and going to be hotter today apparently.  For mid-May that’ a big “phew”.
Anyway, to the puzzle.  This one has to be a RayT as all the signs are there, including some stretched synonyms that are just about this side of breaking point.  Overall I thought it was a tricky little rascal and nearly went for **** difficulty but there are a few gimmes and two long anagrams to give plenty of checkers so it worked out OK in the end.  I quite enjoyed the tussle though and I’ll be interested to see what you all reckon to it.
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