Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29900
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our spell of great summer weather continues but all the students in the community are having to forget about holiday activities and get settled back into academic routines. Four of our six grandchildren are moving on to new stages. The youngest starts Intermediate school, the next one moves on to Secondary school while the two older granddaughters (the cherry pickers) start University shortly. Big changes for all of them.
Once again we note that Logman has set today’s Toughie so this one is almost certainly not from Jay. We have made a guess at who the setter might be but have put it in a sealed envelope until tomorrow morning.
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6a Soldier by airplane ordered to carry hot gear (13)
PARAPHERNALIA : An airborne soldier, and an anagram (ordered) of AIRPLANE which includes H(ot).
8a Screen in restaurant close to home (6)
GRILLE : A restaurant which cooks food in a particular way and then the final letter of home.
10a Afternoon meal Athena regularly provides (3)
TEA : The second, fourth and sixth letters of Athena.
12a Broken tie with adult brings freedom (8)
LATITUDE : An anagram (broken) of TIE and ADULT.
16a Pleasantly mild Liberal embraced by setter? (7)
CLEMENT : The setter used when making concrete contains L(iberal).
20a Food, large amount, seen in Biden’s birthplace (8)
SCRANTON : An informal word for food generally and a large amount or heavy weight.
23a Mobile phone ringing love: have this in despair? (2,4)
NO HOPE : An anagram (mobile) of PHONE contains tennis score love.
24a Rob shilling from complacent chump (3)
MUG : Start with a word meaning complacent and remove S(hilling).
25a Flood defence breached by god with hammer (8)
PLETHORA : The Norse god with hammer is inside a defence in a court of law.
26a Xmas booze g-g-gone astray! (6)
EGGNOG : An anagram (astray) of G-G-GONE.
27a Clever stuff investing energy and time in geology? (6,7)
ROCKET SCIENCE : A 4,7 phrase that could describe geology contains E(nergy) and T(ime).
2d Old man climbing with little desire (8)
APPETITE : The reversal (climbing) of a familiar word for a father and a word borrowed from French for little.
4d Baby in cooler temperature (6)
INFANT : ‘IN’ from the clue, then a cooler that works by circulating air and T(emperature).
7d Drunken pair connected more than usually liable to mishap (8-5)
ACCIDENT-PRONE : An anagram (drunken) of PAIR CONNECTED.
13d Diamonds and cool stuff (3)
ICE : A double definition.
15d To spill beans not good, evil (3)
SIN : Remove G(ood) from a slang word meaning confess.
17d Underwear has one inside leering, unfortunately (8)
LINGERIE : An anagram (unfortunately) of LEERING contains Roman numeral one.
19d Wholesale brawling man sees (2,5)
EN MASSE : An anagram (brawling) of MAN SEES.
21d Knock at sharp nail (6)
ATTACK : ‘AT’ from the clue and a small sharp nail.
22d Absorbent cloth covering right garden tool (6)
TROWEL : An absorbent cloth used after showering contains R(ight).
Quickie pun torque + Turkey = talk turkey