Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29021
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have now adjusted our clocks so our time for printing out and solving the puzzles is now 11am. It stays like this now until next spring when the godwits come back to our estuary.
Good stuff once again from Jay. We pondered about whether to go with our gut feeling or the clock in setting the difficulty rating and decided to go with the clock.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Dress down for a runner, perhaps (6)
CARPET : The runner you need is a long narrow item of floor covering.
9a With no end of hope, actress ran daft new movement in design (4,3,6)
ARTS AND CRAFTS : An anagram (new) of ACTR(e)SS RAN DAFT after the last letter of hope has been removed.
10a Artist on dole organized party in city of riches (2,6)
EL DORADO : In the order they appear in the answer we have an anagram (organised) of DOLE, the letters for a Royal Academician and then a party or social function.
12a Throwing in a couple of days at home before golf (6)
ADDING : String together ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for ‘day’ twice, the two letter ‘at home’ and golf in the phonetic alphabet.
14a Soldier at sea must welcome a time to soak (8)
MARINATE : A sea-going soldier includes ‘A’ from the clue and T(ime).
16a Fancies strikers covering Maradona at the back (8)
CHIMERAS : Strikers or clocks that make informative noises include the last letter of Maradona.
23a Burrowing creatures? Reportedly only tigers perhaps (8)
MEERKATS : Two homophones involved here. The first for only or bare and the second for what tigers are examples of. (Bet we weren’t the only ones to try using moles here.)
25a Stormy exchange and stormy night calms nag (8,5)
SLANGING MATCH : An anagram (stormy) of NIGHT CALMS NAG.
26a Asian and old international swamped by money from letting property (8)
ORIENTAL : Start with the abbreviation for old and then the abbreviation for international is inside money paid to a landlord.
27a Stink about second one putting on an act (6)
POSING : The abbreviation for second and Roman numeral one are inside an unpleasant odour.
2d Helped a very upwardly mobile cook (7)
AVAILED : ‘A’ from the clue and V(ery) precede the reversal of the first name of a famous cooking “goddess”.
3d Evenly plant fir on terrace (5)
PATIO : Alternate letters from three words in the clue.
5d Sound of explosion outside destroyed red chamber (7)
BEDROOM : A noise attributed to an explosion surrounds an anagram (destroyed) of RED.
6d Fiends turn up with only half of spares (5)
OGRES : A turn or opportunity to play is reversed and followed by the second half of the word ‘spares’.
8d Dodgy South American exercise court (7)
SUSPECT : A charade of: the compass point South, two letter American, a physical exercise and the abbreviation for court.
13d Urgent broadcast of item about TV and press (9)
IMMEDIATE : An anagram (broadcast) of item surrounds a collective word for TV and the press.
17d Rougher-sounding area in bay perhaps north of reef (7)
HOARSER : Bay is an example of an animal. This includes the abbreviation for area and, finally, the first letter of reef.
18d Highly original if missing from the last-but-one round (7)
SEMINAL : Remove the word ‘if’ from inside a word for the penultimate round in a sporting contest.
20d Cooks here know about desire (7)
KITCHEN : A word of Scottish origin meaning know contains desire or hanker for.
22d Conservative may be fair, changing sides initially (5)
RIGHT : A word meaning fair in colour has its first letter changed from one hand to the other.
We enjoyed the clues that looked like they were going to be football-based but weren’t.
Quickie pun Mersey + beau + coo = merci beaucoup