Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28979
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’ve got a cloudy day here today. Still mild of course and quite a pleasant change from the hot sun that we have had lately. Everything is now looking very dry but other parts of the country, Nelson for example where they had the big fires, are even more parched than we are.
We were again slow to get started with this one from Jay and, while we have given it 3 stars for difficulty could be persuaded that it is a little trickier than that. Good fun as ever.
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7a Put a stop to golf after the girl’s affair (7)
SHEBANG : In the order they appear in the answer we have firstly a female personal pronoun, then put a stop to or forbid and the letter represented by golf in the phonetic alphabet.
10a Loads of hair worn up in a ball (9)
ABUNDANCE : ‘A’ from the clue, and what a ball can be a formal type of, surround a tightly wound hairstyle.
11a All the best gold used to plate stamp (5)
ADIEU : A stamp used to make an impression is inside the chemical symbol for gold.
12a Left amongst friends becomes less interesting (5)
PALLS : The abbreviation for left is inside friends or good mates.
15a Repeats, needing time for Planck’s first formulae (7)
RECIPES : Start off by finding a word that means repeats or reads out loud, in this remove the abbreviation for time and replace it with the first letter of Planck. (This clue cleverly seems to work backwards)
17a Grass residue is found in two hotels (7)
HASHISH : Residue from a fire and ‘is’ from the clue are surrounded by the repeated letter represented by hotel.
18a Prisoner regrets crossing street, and explains (9)
CONSTRUES : In the order they appear in the answer we have an informal word for a prisoner, then the abbreviation for street and a word meaning regrets.
20a A medical professional contracted to cover hospital for a specific purpose (2,3)
AD HOC : ‘A’ from the clue and a familiar shortened version of a medical professional’s title surround the abbreviation for hospital.
24a Passage that’s right in bar (7)
EXCERPT : Bar or exclude contains the abbreviation for right.
25a Name a fool after the second of April (7)
PATRICK : The second of April gives us the letter P then ‘A’ from the clue and fool as a verb.
1d Politician‘s order regularly placed with landlord (10)
REPUBLICAN : The second and fourth letters (regularly) of order and the landlord of a tavern.
2d Call for help stocking supplement for dull and boring people (6)
SADDOS : The international radio distress call surrounds a synonym for supplement.
3d Suffers since one’s confined by nurse turning up (8)
AGONISES : A word for since or at some time in the past and then ‘one’s’ written as the Roman numeral with the ‘S’ is inside the reversal of a State Enrolled Nurse.
5d Dispensable after ignoring writers with small handicaps (8)
DISABLES : Remove writing implements from the first word of the clue and add the abbreviation for small at the end.
7d Keen — before rehearsal shows cheating (5,8)
SHARP PRACTICE : Keen, or having an edge and then a rehearsal or training session.
9d Golf article on notice for twenty-four hours (5,3,5)
ROUND THE CLOCK : The word used to describe a session of playing golf, then the definite article and an informal word for notice or catch sight of.
14d Crime that strangely must keep one school subject (10)
ARITHMETIC : An anagram (strangely) of CRIME THAT includes the Roman numeral one.
19d Unexpected results from leading groups (6)
UPSETS : A word for leading or ahead, and then groups or bands.
20d The drink of a married woman who’s educated? (6)
AMRITA : ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviation for married and the ‘educated woman’ who was played by Julie Walters in the award-winning film.
We put ticks beside 3d, 9d and 13a.
Quickie pun furry + tail = fairy tale