Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28830
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back to our usual two person team again and the weather has been much more conducive to our regular outdoor activities this week. We keep an eye out on our regular walks for the first ducklings of the season but have not seen any yet. They can’t be far away.
Jay had us working harder than usual to solve this one so have upped the difficulty rating by a star.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a A sharp intake of breath when pinched by doctor (4)
GASP : A two letter word for when is inside a General Practitioner.
9a Dead calm at last in centre (4)
NUMB : The last letter of calm is inside a centre or kernel.
10a Rule a fund out — investment ultimately crooked (10)
FRAUDULENT : An anagram (out) of RULE A FUND plus the last letter of investment.
11a Cooks with spices (hot, not cold) getting runs (7)
HURRIES : Start with a word that means cooks with spices in the manner of Indian cuisine and change the first letter following the instructions given in brackets.
14a Travelling salesman’s back before one, sorry with no hotel (11)
PERIPATETIC : Reverse the abbreviation for a salesman, add the Roman numeral one and then a word meaning sorry or derisory once the letter represented by hotel has been removed.
18a Sensible and practical — not death row rioting (4-2-5)
DOWN-TO-EARTH : An anagram (rioting) of NOT DEATH ROW.
21a Another male full of hot air (7)
THERMAL : A lurker hiding in the clue.
22a Mature group in the van, dressing (7)
BANDAGE : A group or team precedes (is in the van) mature or get older.
24a Attempt to cover new dilemma (4)
BIND : The abbreviation for new is inside an attempt or even an offer at an auction.
25a Errors concerned with places of interest (10)
OVERSIGHTS : A four letter word meaning concerned with and then places of interest that a tourist might go to.
2d Hat found in dark room, oddly (8)
SOMBRERO : Dark or gloomy and then the first and third letters of room.
5d Change of rule due to pact being renegotiated (4,5)
COUP DETAT : An anagram (being renegotiated) of DUE TO PACT.
6d Knack required on check for input device (5,6)
TOUCH SCREEN : A knack or proficiency and then a check or filtering grille.
8d What might allow poor setter to become qualified? (6)
RETEST : The whole clue gives the definition. The answer is an anagram (poor) of SETTER.
12d Tips men off about American coin defects (11)
IMPEDIMENTS : An American coin worth ten cents is inside an anagram (off) of TIPS MEN.
15d Material that hurt in revealing (9)
TOWELLING : An exclamation saying ‘That hurt!’ is inside revealing or narrating.
16d Nice surprise found on one’s English paper (8)
TREATISE : A word for a nice surprise and then the short way of writing ‘one is’ and the abbreviation for English.
19d Film company boss found on moon (6)
STUDIO : A boss or knob and then one of the moons of Jupiter.
20d A & E charge to mix in air (6)
AERATE : The letters A and E from the clue and a charge or fee.
22d Complain, having to set table (5)
BLEAT : An anagram (having to set) of TABLE.
3a is our favourite today.
Quickie pun breaks + heat + ears = Brexiteers