Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30062
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have visitors staying this week and our crossword solving schedule is somewhat out of kilter. Managed to find enough time for the Wednesday blog though.
Quite tricky in places and a lot of fun right through for us.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Idiot might see new pay cut work both ways (10)
NINCOMPOOP : String together N(ew), then pay or salary without its last letter and the abbreviation for an artistic work written backwards and forwards.
6a Murphy needs time to replace quiet boss (4)
STUD : A Murphy as a vegetable has its musical symbol for quiet replaced by T(ime).
10a Proposes yields (7)
SUBMITS : A double definition. Proposes or offers for consideration.
15a Stick notice in this place (6)
ADHERE : A notice or poster and a word meaning ‘in this place’.
17a Change sides? That’s weakness (6)
DEFECT : A double definition. The sides that are changed are often political.
21a Brief Encounter? At end, nothing’s changed (3-5,5)
ONE-NIGHT STAND : An anagram (changed) of AT END NOTHING’S.
24a Left, say, not as much plastered (7)
LEGLESS : L(eft), then say or for example, and a word meaning not as much.
25a Fix and save salon (4,3)
NAIL BAR : Fix using a tack and then save or exclude.
26a Information gleaned from bid at auction (4)
DATA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
1d He might be important if following his points (4)
NIBS : ‘His …’ could be a way of referring to an important man.
2d Missiles located below northern straits (7)
NARROWS : N(orthern), then missiles fired from a bow.
3d A doctor who’s sacked must be so rusty (3,2,8)
OUT OF PRACTICE : A way of describing a non-functioning doctor.
7d What a star does if wife interrupts telephone call (7)
TWINKLE : A slang word for a telephone call includes W(ife). (The wife that was ignored in 14a can be used here if you like.)
8d Chaotic detective’s military assistant (10)
DISORDERLY : Detective inspector with ‘S and a military assistant like Baldrick perhaps.
11d Initiate story for grandson, perhaps (5,8)
BLOOD RELATION : Initiate in a sense that comes from duelling, and then a story or recounting.
13d Too tough for soldiers to invade? (4-6)
HARD-BOILED : A cryptic definition. We need to think of a breakfast item and toast soldiers.
16d Dr Crippen perhaps losing love for right inmate (8)
PRISONER : Dr Crippen, described by his modus operandi, has the first tennis score love changed to R(ight).
18d Father figure’s cost of transport (7)
FREIGHT : A religious father and then a number.
20d Bail due to be fixed in hearing (7)
AUDIBLE : An anagram (to be fixed) of BAIL DUE.
Hard to pick a favourite again. Several here could have made the cut, but we chose 12a.
Quickie pun fare + reek + wean = fairy queen