Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29996
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just one Kiwi in the blogging chair this week. Carol is away gallivanting with a group of very long term friends.
I notice that the Toughie is by Logman so this delightful, tricky in places, puzzles is almost certainly not by Jay.
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1a Ghost in Hampton wandering about (7)
PHANTOM: An anagram (wandering about) of HAMPTON.
5a Company in rush to cause suffering (7)
SCOURGE: A rush or sudden out-pouring contains the abbreviation for company.
9a Here in France many trees have disappeared, they say (7)
ARGONNE: A homophone (they say) of a phrase that could equate with ‘have disappeared’.
10a Vagabond unconscious by shed (7)
OUTCAST: A three letter word for unconscious and shed or dispose of.
11a One wears this, also shabby, repulsive pants? (9)
HALITOSIS: The Roman numeral one is inside (wears) an anagram (shabby) of THIS ALSO.
12a Playwright quietly leaving Bury (5)
INTER: Remove the first letter from the name of a prominent 20th century playwright.
13a On vacation, Ronnie Barker to make comeback? (5)
RECUR: The first and last letters (on vacation) of Ronnie and a disreputable dog (barker).
22a See! That catches animal! (5)
LASSO: An all in one clue with the answer being something that catches. An equine beast of burden is inside another word for see often associated with ‘behold’.
23a Casually announced guide for driver? (9)
CHAUFFEUR: A somewhat dodgy homophone (casually announced) for ‘guide’ or demonstrate and ‘for’.
25a In two ways, wonder about attendant (7)
STEWARD: Two different abbreviations for thoroughfares contain the reversal of wonder or amazement.
26a One horrible fella keeps maiden in disrepute (3,4)
ILL FAME: Roman numeral one then an anagram (horrible) of FELLA contains M(aiden).
27a Farm workers start to trade in dye (7)
PIGMENT: Farm workers who might tend sties and the first letter of trade.
28a Foul where old team breaks common sense (7)
NOXIOUS: A word from French for common sense contains O(ld) and a cricket or football team.
2d Virtuous coming in to arrange licence (7)
ANGELIC: A lurker hiding in the clue.
3d European in marquee establishes principle (5)
TENET: What a marquee is a type of contains E(uropean).
5d Notices container aboard steamship (5)
SPOTS: A container that may be used for cooking is inside a steamship.
7d Nuclear power source unstable at core on river (7)
REACTOR: An anagram (unstable) of AT CORE plus R(iver).
8d Muse of ill repute last to leave (7)
EUTERPE: An anagram (ill) of REPUTE and the last letter of leave.
14d Underlying reasons to limit beer supply? (9)
RATIONALE: Split the answer 6,3 to get the limit to beer supply.
16d Can it go on spreading? (9)
CONTAGION: The whole clue is the definition. The wordplay is an anagram (spreading) of CAN IT GO ON.
17d Wimp gets the most out of work (7)
MILKSOP: Gets the most out of or exploits ruthlessly and a two letter artistic work.
20d Wearing nothing old, Lear’s daughter leaves for season? (7)
OREGANO: The letter that looks like zero and O(ld) surround one of King Lear’s daughters.
21d Exploit quality of rocks but not diamonds? (7)
HARNESS: Remove D(iamonds) from inside a quality associated with rocks.
23d Younger son, rotter, extremely efficient (5)
CADET: A rotter or bounder and the first and last letters of efficient.
Quickie pun Suffolk + eight = suffocate