Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28099
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Just one Kiwi doing the honours this week. Carol is at home writing and I am with our son and family being a painter and paper-hanger on the huge alterations they are making to their home. The paper-hanging, which is being interrupted to put this together, is quite a challenge as the room where I am working is far from plumb or square and it is more than 30 years since I last was involved in hanging wall-paper. However, by taking it slowly and with Rachel, our daughter-in-law as a capable assistant, good progress is being made. The part that is now done doesn’t look too bad at all.
I was hoping that Jay would be gentle with us today and it felt like my wish was granted.
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9a Lost again, lost in dreams of times past (9)
NOSTALGIA: An anagram (lost) of LOST AGAIN
10a Piece about lower socio-economic groups in suit (5)
BEFIT: When socio-economic groups are given alphabetical ratings, we have here the 5th and 6th ones found inside a word for a piece.
11a A canvas by Lowry originally undeveloped (6)
LATENT: The first letter of Lowry, A from the clue and a temporary shelter that is often made of canvas.
13a Counter is covered by others (6)
RESIST: IS from the clue is inside a word meaning the others or what remains.
15a Spoilt broadcast by one elected member (8)
IMPAIRED: Start with the Roman numeral one, then a Member of Parliament and a word meaning broadcast.
18a Manages abroad, according to reports (8)
OVERSEES: It sounds the same as how a person abroad may be described.
21a Replace drink works (8)
SUPPLANT: Drink here is a verb and is followed by a works or manufacturing establishment.
23a Taken into custody, managed to grab pie that is being dropped (6)
COPPED: A word meaning managed or got by, includes what is left when the abbreviation for the Latin ‘that is’ is removed from the word pie.
27a Break down into small pieces, making aunt glare (9)
GRANULATE: An anagram (making) of AUNT GLARE.
28a Female first possibly to welcome Universal’s pictures (7,5)
FEATURE FILMS: An anagram (possibly) of FEMALE FIRST that includes the letter that denotes Universal.
1d Bribe the French right? He’ll make a mess of it! (7)
BUNGLER: An informal word for a bribe, one of the French definite articles and the abbreviation for right.
2d Valuable resource of state with no end of power (5)
ASSET: State is a verb. We need a synonym for this and the last letter of power removed from inside it.
3d Identifies problem of San Diego’s poor (9)
DIAGNOSES: An anagram (poor) of SAN DIEGOS.
4d Hacks in difficulty — leader appears finally (4)
NAGS: Find a word meaning a difficulty and move its first letter to the end of the word.
5d Cleaner aims to develop personal quality (8)
CHARISMA: A cleaner or “lady what does” and then an anagram (to develop) of AIMS.
6d Puzzle of president mainly supporting soldiers (5)
REBUS: Pick either the father or son for the president, remove the last letter of the name and put it after one of the abbreviations for engineering soldiers.
7d Naturally connected with part of university curriculum (2,6)
OF COURSE: A short word meaning connected with and a university study path.
8d Wait on minister after a time (6)
ATTEND: A from the clue, the abbreviation for time and a word meaning minister to or look after.
14d Draw on gin distributed wholesale (8)
SWEEPING: A word for a draw or a lottery and an anagram (distributed) of GIN.
17d Pre-match do top boxing news (3,5)
HEN NIGHT: A word meaning top encloses (boxing) the repeated abbreviation for new.
20d Damned wayward son is infuriating (7)
MADDENS: An anagram (wayward) of DAMNED and the abbreviation for son.
24d This girl exercises with a heartless rival (5)
PEARL: The two letter abbreviation for physical exercises then A from the clue and the first and last letters of rival.
25d Shock hospital broadcast (4)
HAIR: The abbreviation for hospital and a word meaning broadcast.
OK, now back to paste and paper.
Quickie pun pause + whole = poor soul