Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28949
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Most holiday-makers are back at work again now but there are still about 3 weeks of summer school holidays to go. Not that either of these things makes much difference to happily retired people like us.
Jay up to his usual high standard with today’s puzzle.
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5a Speaks of total chaos at the back (6)
UTTERS : A word meaning total or absolute and the last letter of chaos.
9a Bitterness of a tribe lost in deserted city (8)
ACERBITY : ‘A’ from the clue and then an anagram (lost) of TRIBE is enclosed by the first and last letters (deserted) of city.
10a Reckon missing Conservative will be replaced by Republican authority (6)
EXPERT : Start with a synonym for reckon or consider and replace within this the abbreviation for Conservative with the one for Republican.
16a Searched around area, tormented (7)
HAUNTED : The mathematical symbol for area is inside searched or looked for.
19a Mallard may have done this if very happy (7)
CHUFFED : The sound that might have come from this particular Mallard. (This one took us quite some time as we did not know the engine and kept looking for ducks.)
21a Grass may be evil — and good (4)
SING : An evil or indiscretion and then the abbreviation for good.
24a Popular place making contribution (5)
INPUT : The two letter word for popular and then place or set down.
25a Instant suspicion by these wives, initially (9)
TWINKLING : A suspicion or vague remembrance is preceded by the first letters of these and wives.
27a Target incorporating North American hatred (6)
ANIMUS : A target or goal contains the letter indicating North, then the two letter abbreviation signifying from The States.
28a A head of publicity with very little desire (8)
APPETITE : ‘A’ from the clue, the first letter of publicity and then a word borrowed from the French meaning very little.
29a He’s upset about skill and makes connection to ground (6)
EARTHS : An anagram (upset) of HES surrounds skill or ability.
30a Fought women, relaxed about right of appeal (8)
WRESTLED : The abbreviation for women and then the last letter (the one on the right) of appeal is inside a word meaning relaxed or took a breather.
2d Fish rising means flexibility (6)
LEEWAY : Reverse (rising) a long slippery fish and then a means or possibility.
3d Elevated part of heel-bone is impressive (5)
NOBLE : A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
6d Go after extra shifts, getting financial statement (3,6)
TAX RETURN : An anagram (shifts) of EXTRA and then a go or opportunity .
7d Take strength from tea? Never settled! (8)
ENERVATE : An anagram (settled) of TEA NEVER.
8d Reserve group comment on stage (3,5)
SET ASIDE : A group or collection and a stage comment that could be directed to the audience.
11d Engage in some shenanigans (4)
MESH : And our third lurker of the day, hiding in the clue.
15d Pat‘s mug? (4,5)
SOFT TOUCH : A double definition. The first is a gentle caress and the second is a dupe.
17d Turn on pretence that is about duty (8)
ACTIVATE : A pretence or misleading performance and the abbreviation for the Latin equivalent of ‘that is’ surrounds a type of taxation.
18d More flexible about one’s provider (8)
SUPPLIER : The Roman numeral one is inside a word meaning more flexible or lithe.
21d Leave out exercise runs for captain (7)
SKIPPER : Leave out or omit, the abbreviation for physical exercise and the cricket abbreviation for runs.
22d Son’s mounting trouble providing line (6)
FILIAL : Reverse (mounting in a down clue) a word for trouble and a two letter word for providing. After this put the abbreviation for line.
23d Said yes to a vice? (6)
AGREED : ‘A’ from the clue and then one of the seven deadly sins.
26d Succeeded after enthusiastic cries (5)
KEENS : The genealogical letter for succeeded follows a word meaning enthusiastic.
We tossed up between 6d and 15d and chose 15d for our favourite today.
Quickie pun pause + whole = poor soul