Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29033
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Easter being late this year has caused all sorts of disruptions for people’s work, school and holiday plans. Anzac Day, which is a holiday here, also gets into the mix and both it and Easter fall into the school holidays for the end of the first term. Lots of people have taken the opportunity to get away for a pre-winter break. Road congestion has been rife for the last week. We had family members visiting us for a few days but they have returned home now.
The four multi-word answers around the perimeter of the grid are key to how long this Jay puzzle takes. It did take us a little while to get 1a so have put the difficulty stars at three this week.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a A dose of honesty about such a difficult time (3,2,5,4)
ONE OF THOSE DAYS : An anagram (about) of A DOSE OF HONESTY.
9a Submitted after European vote, being vulnerable (7)
EXPOSED : The abbreviation for European, the mark you put on a ballot paper to show your preference and then submitted or asked a question.
11a Spoil stuff on the way back (3)
MAR : Reverse a word meaning stuff or push forcefully .
12a Red fan’s life changed as cause of linguistic confusion (5,6)
FALSE FRIEND : An anagram (changed) of RED FANS LIFE. (This expression is new to us.)
14a Call on positive response from Russia is brave (6)
DARING : The Russian word for yes (positive response) and then call on the telephone.
15a Set to work heads of tax office after rejecting study routine (6,2)
TURNED TO : The initial letters of tax and office follow the reversal of a study or reading-room and a routine that one can get stuck in.
17a Tech company pressure that is producing such order (5-3)
APPLE-PIE : The tech company associated with Steve Jobs, the abbreviation for pressure and the two letters from Latin signifying ‘that is’.
19a Panama perhaps will welcome one American interruption (6)
HIATUS : What a Panama is an example of includes the Roman numeral one and then the two letter American.
22a Bicycles from one’s hotel pinched by Mary Berry types (11)
BONESHAKERS : The word ‘one’s’ from the clue and the abbreviation for hotel are inside what Mary Berry and also Paul Hollywood are examples of.
23a Discharge a churchgoer? (3)
ARC : ‘A’ from the clue and then a Roman Catholic.
24a East of Scotland river is a trickle (7)
DRIBBLE : The last letter (east) of Scotland and a river that arises in Yorkshire and flows west to the Irish Sea.
26a Chelsea’s wingers will employ a mainly malicious game (7)
CANASTA : The first and last letters (wingers) of Chelsea surround ‘A’ from the clue and a word meaning malicious or vindictive without its last letter.
27a Understanding the web, let out to deal with problem (5,3,6)
GRASP THE NETTLE : The first word is a synonym for understanding, then another name for the web you access on your device and an anagram (out) of LET.
1d No way should one grieve here? (4,2,4,4)
OVER MY DEAD BODY : The wordplay points to the speaker’s answer to a question about where potential mourners should grieve.
4d Draw together in confusion, with leader gone for hotel (6)
HUDDLE : A substitution clue. Remove the first letter from a word for confusion and replace with H(otel).
5d Surveillance due to small gate receipts away from home (5-3)
STAKE-OUT : The abbreviation for small, plus a word for income from admission charges (gate receipts), and then not at home.
6d Follow, seeing daughter turn up (3)
DOG : The abbreviation for daughter and then the reversal (up) of turn or opportunity to play.
7d You must have a tear for the 5th of April! (4-3)
YEAR-END : An obsolete word for ‘you’, ‘A’ from the clue and then tear or rip. (For us in New Zealand the equivalent day is 31st March.)
13d Military survey with no argument against revival of culture (11)
RENAISSANCE : A word for ‘argument against’ that is the opposite of ‘pro’ is removed from inside a military survey.
16d Fibre Formula 1 regret (8)
FILAMENT : The letter and number used for Formula 1 and then regret or mourn.
20d Broadcast ignores millions in such a van (7)
TRANSIT : Remove the abbreviation for millions from broadcast or send forth.
21d Second copper intercepts payment for fodder (6)
FESCUE : S(econd) and the chemical symbol for copper are inside a payment for professional services.
25d Use transport that’s almost bankrupt (3)
BUS : Remove the last letter from an informal word for bankrupt.
22a is our favourite today, we’re big fans of Bake-off.
Quickie pun thumb + oust + rap = The Mousetrap