Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28399
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last week’s rain eventually moved off the country leaving the small town of Edgecumbe, where a river broke its banks, in a state of devastation. Much of the water has now been pumped out and people starting to return to those homes that were not too badly damaged or destroyed. We had a few days fine weather but today the remnants of another tropical weather system are arriving and we are likely to have a repeat dose of the medicine. We missed the worst of it last time and have our fingers crossed that we will be far enough south to miss the worst of this one too.
The four long clues in this Jay puzzle fell easily for us which gave plenty of letters to work with and a trouble free solve.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Apprentice that reveals lack of grip? (6)
NOVICE : We need a 2,4, phrase that says that we lack a tool used to hold things firmly.
4a This might have made woman something to eat (5,3)
SPARE RIB : The part of Adam that, according to the story in Genesis, was used to create Eve.
10a Letter like ‘O’ (8)
CIRCULAR :Double definition. The letter is one that is sent to many people.
12a Stage set to see fall by defender (8)
BACKDROP : A defender in a sporting team and then a word meaning to fall.
15a Victim as result of ‘Comedy Store’? (8,5)
LAUGHING STOCK: The sounds one makes when one finds something funny, and then a word for store or supply.
18a Relish errors by a person following mild punishment (5,4,4)
SMACK ONES LIPS : A mild punishment administered with a flat hand, then how a person might be referred to and errors or lapses.
20a Part of play about fighting (6)
ACTION : The first major part of a play and then a two letter word meaning about or concerning.
22a Neat changes in wordless performance one should see in the intervening period (8)
MEANTIME : A type of wordless performance we associate with Marcel Marceau contains an anagram (changes) of NEAT.
24a Understand restaurant booking is achievable (8)
GETTABLE : A three letter word meaning understand and then the item of furniture that one books in a restaurant.
25a Fodder is turned and left to mature (6)
SILAGE : ‘Is’ from the clue is reversed, then the abbreviation for left and a word meaning to mature or get older.
26a Reject drink after performance on stage (4,4)
TURN DOWN : Drink or swallow follows a performance on stage.
27a Witness‘s source of tension during a trial (6)
ATTEST : ‘A’ from the clue, and a trial or exam include the first letter (source) of tension.
1d Arrest old boys and rich influential people (6)
NABOBS : Arrest or apprehend and the abbreviation for old boys.
2d Shot cavalier infected by Latin disease (9)
VARICELLA : This medical term for chickenpox is an anagram (shot) of CAVALIER which includes the abbreviation for Latin.
5d Penny’s on edge, being prudish (4)
PRIM : The abbreviation for penny and a synonym for edge.
6d Very clever person notes it’s cricket to be played (6,9)
ROCKET SCIENTIST : An anagram (to be played) of NOTES IT’S CRICKET.
7d Turns over parts in play to be broadcast (5)
ROLLS : A homophone (to be broadcast) of parts in a play or movie.
8d Military quarters forbid instruments of torture (8)
BARRACKS : A three letter word meaning forbid and torture instruments that stretch the victim.
11d Dressed in thong, zip to the USA (7)
NOTHING : An anagram (dressed) of IN THONG.
16d Pig-headed and old, at best in being treated (9)
OBSTINATE : The abbreviation for old and an anagram (being treated) of AT BEST IN.
19d Elite religious body infiltrated by the Spanish (6)
SELECT : The Spanish definite article is inside a branch of a religion.
23d Punch that makes one black and blue (4)
BLOW : The abbreviation for black and a word meaning blue or depressed.
Our favourite today is 18a
Quickie pun sane + home + awe = say no more