Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28225
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from down-under. Last week we talked about viewing a distant mountain. Today’s story is a complete contrast. We were away last weekend at Ohakune with family who had hired a house so they could go skiing again on Mt Ruapehu. The weather could best be described as ‘sub-optimal’. We did however drive up the access road to the carpark for the Turoa Ski Field. Even from there we could not see the mountain we were on and five minutes out of the car made the prospect of hot coffee and chocolate eclairs in front of a log fire an attractive option. Nonetheless, an enjoyable couple of days with grandkids.
Still no ducklings to report
A solo effort once again on today’s Jay puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Racing driver with puncture making corner (10)
BUTTONHOLE: Corner is a verb. An English F1 driver and a puncture or place in a tyre where the air could leak out.
6a Chief from eastern border going the other way (4)
EMIR: The abbreviation for eastern and then reverse a synonym for a border or edge.
10a Humours daughter during lows (5)
MOODS: The abbreviation for daughter is inside the noises that cows make.
11a No Conservative switches on the radio for such pieces of music (9)
NOCTURNES: NO from the clue, the abbreviation for Conservative and a homophone (on the radio) for a word meaning switches or changes direction.
13a Pretend to be discerning? (4,3)
MAKE OUT: Double definition. The second as in recognising or distinguishing.
18a Small and enchanting woman has meals for centres of communication (12)
SWITCH BOARDS: The abbreviation for small, a woman who casts spells as encountered in Macbeth, and meals. (Meals is a plural form of the word from the phrase ‘xxxxx and lodgings’.)
21a Formula 1’s certain split (7)
FISSURE: The short form of saying Formula 1, the ‘S from the clue and a word for certain.
23a Excited, secures the high ground (7)
UPLANDS: A two letter word for excited and ‘secures’ as a fisherman might with his catch.
24a Appear hurt, but hurry up (4,5)
LOOK SMART: A word meaning appear and one for hurt or feel pain. Beware the other option for the second word. It will give you problems with 15d if you do what I initially did.
25a Good competition is a blessing (5)
GRACE: The abbreviation for good and a competition that could be associated with the wordplay for both 1a and 21a.
27a Brides test new homes (10)
BEDSITTERS: An anagram (new) of BRIDES TEST.
1d Puzzle of rising total collected by worker (6)
BEMUSE: A worker insect surrounds the reversal of a word for a total.
4d Vehicle for ordering bacon and mash? (6,3)
HANSOM CAB: An anagram (for ordering) of BACON and MASH.
5d Look at copper — married doctor (5)
LOCUM: A two letter word for look, the chemical symbol for copper and the abbreviation for married.
8d About to pay and move house (8)
RESETTLE: The two letters that mean about or concerning, and to pay an account in full.
15d Assesses, and leaves upset about letter from Greece turning up (9)
EVALUATES: the nineteenth letter of the Greek alphabet is reversed inside an anagram (upset) of LEAVES.
16d Part of house full yesterday, conveniently (8)
USEFULLY : Our second lurker of the day, this time in the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue.
17d Limits matches with county (4,4)
TIES DOWN: A word for matches or contests and a county in Northern Ireland.
19d Close friend must drop note for warder’s charge (6)
INMATE: Find a word for a close friend and remove one of the notes of the tonic sol-fa scale from inside it.
20d Items of some worth, in the form of radios (6)
ASSETS : A short word that means ‘in the form of’ and what radios or TVs are often called.
22d Cancel Times before starting Express (5)
ERASE : The first letter of express follows a word for long times or ages.
The answer for 14a is such a wonderful word to say and roll around one’s tongue that it gets number one vote today.
Quickie pun seethe + whirled = see the world