Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27968
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
The third largest island of New Zealand is Stewart Island. It is right at the very bottom of the South Island, very remote and sparsely populated. Neither of us had ever been there until now but that is where Carol and a small group of her friends are at present. Hence today’s Hints and Tips for Jay’s Wednesday puzzle are by only one, left at home, Kiwi.
Enjoy the solve, I did. The NW corner put up the biggest fight with the key being 1a which took it well into 3 star time for difficulty.
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1a Take steps to neutralise new trace on number (10)
COUNTERACT : Start with a synonym for ‘number’ as a verb and add to that an anagram (new) of TRACE.
10a Knotty question, ultimately spreading load (5)
NODAL : The last letter of ‘question’ and then an anagram (spreading) of LOAD.
11a Programme thus preceding a quiet period after work? (4,5)
SOAP OPERA : A word meaning ‘thus’, A from the clue, the musical symbol for quiet, then the abbreviation for work and a period of time or epoch.
12a Finished with a b-boyfriend? (3,4)
ALL OVER : A from the clue and a boyfriend or Romeo with the first letter being repeated.
13a Cover from sun’s heat here (7)
SHEATHE : Cover here is a verb. The answer is hiding in the clue.
14a At home creating a diversion (12)
ENTERTAINING : A double definition. The first means willing to receive guests.
23a Discover rebellious nature with missing card (7)
UNEARTH : An anagram (rebellious) of NATURE plus the letter that is left from ‘with’ after a card or jester has been removed.
24a Trace calls in it on the move (9)
SCINTILLA : An anagram (on the move) of CALLS IN IT.
25a Bound to cross river? Made an effort (5)
TRIED : The abbreviation for river is inside a word meaning bound or fastened with strings.
26a Black Knight seen in Disney regularly (4)
INKY : Alternate letters from ‘Disney’ contain the abbreviation for a knight of the realm, not a chess one this time.
1d One who does provide staff to support Conservative (3,3)
CON MAN : A verb meaning to supply staff follows the
one three letter abbreviation for Conservative. and a two letter word that can mean ‘in support of’.
2d Too rowdy, with Democrat replacing Republican (6)
UNDULY : Find a word that means ‘rowdy’ and change its third letter from the abbreviation for Republican, to the abbreviation for Democrat.
3d Such preachers still get even, as being broadcast (14)
TELEVANGELISTS : An anagram (being broadcast) of STILL GET EVEN AS. The anagram indicater is also a subtle hint to the answer.
4d Press discovered pressing given new life (9)
RESURGENT : Remove the first and last letters (dis-cover) of ‘press’ then add a word meaning pressing or needing immediate attention.
5d Standing for a period (5)
CLASS : The period could be the time when teaching is taking place.
7d Charged for type of chair nobody wants to end up in? (8)
ELECTRIC : This type of chair was an execution device used in the US.
8d Modern sort of Green embracing speed (5-3)
SPACE-AGE : This sort of green is named for a herb that it is wise to use and surrounds a synonym for speed.
9d Communication that insures lessor? (8,6)
COVERING LETTER : What your are doing to your possessions with an insurance policy, and another word for someone who rents out property.
16d Squeeze last of pack into first-class for such entertainment (5-3)
APRES-SKI : A word meaning squeeze, then the last letter of ‘pack’ are all inside a two letter abbreviation for first-class.
20d Colours of blinds? (6)
SHADES : Double definition. The second could be shutters.
22d Fiery outburst from Nabokov lass, upset (5)
SALVO : Forget all about Lolita, the answer is there, reversed, in the clue.
Favourite is probably the one that took longest for me to crack 1a.
Quickie pun therm + arch + air = The March Hare