Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28961
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A few days ago our news reports were full of a heat wave that was causing problems in Australia. Since then the weather system has crossed the Tasman Sea and we are copping it. Yesterday was an absolute scorcher with temperatures into the mid thirties. Today started off with a bit more cloud cover but this has now burnt off so we are sitting writing this with all the doors and windows open trying to catch every possible little breeze.
All the usual quality and fun from Jay. It seems, from a photo we saw, that some of you lucky people got to meet the setter himself at the Birthday Bash.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Tree rumoured to contain source of tannin for emergency treatment (5,3)
FIRST AID : A coniferous tree and the first letter of tannin is within a word for rumoured or stated.
5a Colours for glasses? (6)
SHADES : A double definition. The glasses might be tinted ones worn to look trendy.
11a Burglars once admitting such an offence (5)
ARSON : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
12a Almost all of officer classes (6)
GENERA : Remove the last letter from a senior military officer.
13a Not disheartened by pace being harsh (8)
STRIDENT: Start with a pace or large step and add the first and last letters (disheartened) of not.
15a Change of home port — miss a transformation (13)
METAMORPHOSIS : An anagram (change of) of HOME PORT MISS A. (You could almost take your pick here of what is the definition and what is the anagram indicator).
18a Intolerable — badly done by friend pinched by you once (6,3,4)
BEYOND THE PALE : Start with an anagram (badly) of DONE BY and then a three letter friend is inside an obsolete
third second person singular personal pronoun. (We started off looking at a different obsolete pronoun).
22a Most of newspapers will accept yield has priority (8)
PRECEDES : A word for newspapers generally loses its last letter and surrounds yield or admit defeat.
23a Unfriendly nation, reportedly (6)
CHILLY : the answer sounds like a country on the west coast of South America.
26a Prize from adult attraction rejected (5)
AWARD : The abbreviation for adult and then the reversal of attraction or magnetism.
27a Regularly feel lazy after some drinks and song (9)
ROUNDELAY : Some drinks bought by a member of a school of drinkers and then every alternate letter from feel lazy.
28a One’s regular partner is not easily shaken (6)
STEADY : A double definition.
29a Proposed complex (8)
ADVANCED : Another double definition. Proposed or put forward as an option.
1d Aunt Sally? (4,4)
FAIR GAME : The answer can be read in two different ways. One of them describes the vulnerability of an Aunt Sally and the other could describe what an Aunt Sally is as an activity.
2d Give up, having no good stuff that’s sticky (5)
RESIN : Find a word meaning to give up a position or job and remove the letter g (no good) from it.
3d Proposition of millions after article on mineral deposit (7)
THEOREM : In the order they appear in the answer – definite article, a mineral deposit and then the abbreviation for millions.
4d Trace of patois discovered on the rise (4)
IOTA : A reversed lurker hiding in the clue.
6d The man’s accepting a struggle, seeing thugs (7)
HEAVIES : ‘The man’s’ expressed as a pronoun surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and struggle or compete.
7d Stomach problem caused by free days drinking cola (9)
DYSPEPSIA : An anagram (free) of DAYS encloses the cola drink purportedly invented in New Bern South Carolina.
8d Reason idiot must be kept in perhaps (6)
SANITY : A three letter word for perhaps or maybe surrounds an idiot or simpleton.
14d Relative regretted turning up, seeing such magnificence (8)
GRANDEUR : An elderly female relative and the reversal of a word for regretted.
16d Dinner service producing a web alert (9)
TABLEWARE : An anagram (producing) of A WEB ALERT.
17d Wet behind the ears — and in front of them (4-4)
DEWY-EYED : The answer means the same as wet behind the ears but refers to different facial features.
19d Gave up profit, outwardly exposed (7)
YIELDED : A possible accountants’ term for profit and then the first and last letters of exposed.
25d Pound for a plug? (4)
QUID : A double definition. The plug could well be tobacco.
18a had us scratching our beaks more than it should have so gets our star today.
Quickie pun gin + jerk + ache = ginger cake