Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28339
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The beginning of February always means the start of a new school year in this part of the world. We have been particularly aware of it this year as four of our six grandchildren have started at new schools. One of them is starting her first year at High School in Wellington and the other three are all starting not just a new school but one in a new country. We plan to visit them later in the year.
Jay has come up with an enjoyable puzzle to entertain us again. We completed it with 2** time but there were some tricky clues in this one.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Company progress should include medium range (7)
COMPASS : The abbreviation for company, then the one for medium and a word meaning progress, as one might with an exam.
9a Continue being in favour of diplomacy when interrupted by king (8)
PROTRACT : A prefix meaning in favour of, then a synonym for diplomacy contains the regnal cypher.
10a Warm layer for person not of the faith (7)
HEATHEN : Warm here is a verb, and the layer is an egg producer.
11a Preference for swansong being split in two? (8)
PENCHANT : Split swansong 4,4 and we want a female version of the first word and a five letter direct synonym for the second.
12a Go away with best Italian (4,2)
BEAT IT: Best is a verb meaning overcome, and then the abbreviation for Italian.
13a Seafood platter? (4,6)
MAIN COURSE : A cryptic description of part of a meal that sounds like it originates from the ocean.
15a Game politician gets seat (4)
RUMP : New Zealand’s national game and a member of parliament.
16a Looking around the outskirts of Tintagel is surprising (9)
STARTLING : A word for looking or gazing intently includes the first and last letters of Tintagel.
22a Make sense of reporting to base (10)
UNDERSTAND : A word meaning reporting to or subservient to and then a base or pedestal.
24a Pale, but superficial cut by hospital (6)
SALLOW : Take a word meaning superficial and remove from it the abbreviation for hospital.
25a Relevant information (8)
MATERIAL : Double definition. The first meaning is an adjective, the second a noun.
27a Soft soap that may be used on the face? (7)
FLANNEL : Double definition. The first concerns unctuous behaviour.
29a Views mineral deposit as a blight (7)
EYESORE : The synonym for views refers to the organs responsible, and then a three letter mineral deposit.
2d Revealed work developing need to increase (6,2)
OPENED UP : The abbreviation for an artistic work, an anagram (developing) of NEED and then a short word meaning to increase or raise.
5d Right time on road to Paris? (4)
TRUE : The abbreviation for time and the French word for a road.
6d Wounds used up commanding officer’s plaster (6)
STUCCO : A word for wounds or gashes is reversed and then the abbreviation for a commanding officer.
7d A sailor runs into church, showing evidence of cold (7)
CATARRH : ‘A’ from the clue, then a three letter word for a sailor and the abbreviation for runs are all inside the abbreviation for church.
8d Complete support for good man’s struggle for words (7)
STUTTER : A word for complete or total is found underneath (supporting) a saint.
11d War game is agony, and unlikely to include bishop (9)
PAINTBALL : Start with agony or severe discomfort, and then a word meaning unlikely, as an unbelievable story might be, includes the chess abbreviation for bishop.
18d Doctor bears out destroyer of schemes (8)
SABOTEUR : An anagram (doctor) of BEARS OUT.
19d Murmur and ridicule such a hill (7)
HUMMOCK : A murmur or constant low noise and then a word to ridicule or make fun of.
20d Tide turns and no one is up — that’s the issue (7)
EDITION : Reverse the word ‘tide’, and then the Roman numeral one, followed by ‘no’ reversed.
23d Right pretentious, clutching one’s unusual find (6)
RARITY : The abbreviation for right and a word meaning pretentious, often accompanied by the same word with an ‘f’ in front of it, contains the Roman numeral one.
26d Amazed to be united under America’s leader (4)
AWED : The first letter of America, then united by matrimony.
Plenty to choose from but our favourite today is 10a.
Quickie pun hell + ocean =
illusion hair lotion
Not totally convinced with this one. Any better ideas?
Thanks to those who pointed us in the right direction with this.