Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29027
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
During the last week we have lit our fire three times in the evening. This morning the river in front of our home was covered in a thick mist that rapidly burnt off with the rising sun to give us a glorious fine autumn day as we write this.
Jay has given us lots of scrumptious anagrams today for those who appreciate these, the Quickie pun is really groan-worthy for the connoisseurs of those, and there is a lurker that took us quite some time to spot.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Budget day with men at work rattled (10)
DOWNMARKET : The abbreviation for day plus an anagram (rattled) of MEN AT WORK.
6a Scent of women at the back (4)
WAFT : The abbreviation for women and a usually nautical word for ‘at the back’.
10a Picture defeat by France (5)
FLICK : The IVR code for France and a colloquial word for thoroughly defeat.
12a Complaint from men at work in continent (7)
AMNESIA : One of the continents contains an anagram (at work) of MEN.
13a Quietly feel bitter about award (7)
PRESENT : The musical instruction for quietly and then feel bitter about or bear a grudge.
18a One 22 in country establishment (12)
INSTALLATION : The Roman numeral one, and then the answer to 22d is inside a country or sovereign state.
21a Origin of unhappiness in a mostly depressed romantic (7)
AMOROUS : ‘A’ from the clue and then the first letter of unhappiness goes inside a synonym for depressed without its last letter.
23a Rest of rules broken covering exit, oddly (7)
LEISURE : The first and third letters of exit are inside an anagram (broken) of RULES.
24a Pig-headed old boys can eat out (9)
OBSTINATE : The abbreviation for old boys, then a can or metal container and an anagram (out) of EAT.
26a Does away with objectives (4)
ENDS : A double definition.
1d Meet the costs of brawl after damage externally (6)
DEFRAY : The first and last letters of damage and then a brawl or ruckus.
3d Exaggerates mistake of a male in trouble (5,1,4,2,2)
MAKES A MEAL OF IT : An anagram (in trouble) of MISTAKE OF A MALE.
4d Tries again with a large drill (9)
REHEARSAL : Tries again in a court of law, plus ‘A’ from the clue and L(arge).
5d Supply base with crack (5)
EQUIP : A mathematical symbol for a base in logarithms, and then a crack made by a comedian.
7d A final check on contents of purse for such sporting types (8)
AMATEURS : ‘A’ from the clue, then a final check in a chess game and the central three letters (contents) of purse.
9d Accepted a degree of rift developed about daughter (6,2,6)
AGREED TO DIFFER : An anagram (developed) of A DEGREE OF RIFT contains the abbreviation for daughter.
15d Big guns suffering boarding vessel (9)
ARTILLERY : Suffering or poorly is inside a vessel carrying blood from the heart.
17d Adopted new pose on American edition (8)
ESPOUSED : An anagram (new) of POSE, the two letters signifying American and the abbreviation for edition.
19d Smoking and swearing, having dismissed son (6)
CURING : Remove the abbreviation for son from the middle of a word for swearing or blaspheming.
22d Play for time — everybody’s under way (5)
STALL : A way or road and then a word for everybody.
25a is our favourite today. We had ‘mendicant’ from Jay recently and enjoyed meeting it again with a slightly different meaning.
Quickie pun jury + allies = Do you realise?