Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28674
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just one Kiwi in the blogging chair this week as Carol is away in the South Island for a few days.
Jay as consistently reliable as even, always fun to solve.
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1a Careless agent must accept cut (6)
SLOPPY: An agent of the 007 type contains a synonym for cut that you might use in relation to a tree branch.
4a Junior to follow one expected to lose (8)
UNDERDOG: Junior to or subservient to and follow or trail.
11a Penny-pinching drunk (5)
TIGHT: A double definition. Penny-pinching could be miserly.
12a Escort always holding one back (7)
RETINUE: A poetic way of saying always or ever surrounds one or a single number. All of this is reversed (back).
14a Stumped, after judge’s secret meeting (5)
TRYST: The two letters used in cricket to denote a dismissal by stumping come after judge in a law court.
15a Men to go topless — possible, and highly desirable (8)
ENVIABLE: Remove the first letter of men and then a word meaning possible or able to be carried out.
20a Period couch not right (5)
PHASE: A verb meaning couch or express in words has the abbreviation for right removed from within it.
25a Leading Conservative delivers post (7)
UPRIGHT: A two letter word for leading or on top and then the side of the political spectrum associated with Tories.
27a A feeling for home schooling? (9)
INTUITION: The two letter ‘at home’ and a word for schooling or teaching.
28a Explain and begin a journey (3,5)
SET FORTH: Double definition.
29a Hounds agitated, as horses may be (6)
UNSHOD: An anagram (agitated) of HOUNDS.
1d Primates set up fixed charge for divorce (8)
SEPARATE: Primates such as orang-utans get reversed, then a word for a fixed charge or fee.
2d Dismissing head, secretly or in public? (7)
OVERTLY: Remove the first letter from a word meaning secretly.
3d Parking at last no different after delivery (9)
POSTNATAL: The letter used on signs to denote ‘parking’ and an anagram (different) of AT LAST NO.
5d Financial problem of film actors’ union? (8,6)
NEGATIVE EQUITY: The answer is a financial problem where the money owing on an asset is greater than its capital value. The name of the union that represents actors follows a type of film or photographic image. (Thanks H and Gazza for correcting my original hint.)
6d Run over (5)
EXTRA: Double definition. The first meaning relates to cricket and the second means surplus.
8d Upset, being drawn? (6)
GUTTED: Double definition. Drawn here could be in the sense of preparing poultry destined for the table.
16d Slander when individual holds source of info (9)
ASPERSION: A short synonym for ‘when’, then the first letter of info is inside an individual.
17d Doomed, but isn’t upset during action (8)
DESTINED: An anagram (upset) of ISNT is inside an action or feat.
19d Scrap not even soldiers will have time for? (7)
ODDMENT: The opposite of even, rank and file soldiers and the abbreviation for time.
21d Distress pine with no veneer (7)
ANGUISH: A word for pine or yearn loses its first letter (with no veneer).
22d Inactivity of street without changes (6)
STASIS: The abbreviation for street and a 2,2 phrase that can mean without changes.
The memories evoked by 9d made it today’s favourite for me.
Quickie pun Dior + genies = Diogenes