Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29039
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have again lit the fire most nights this week, shorts have gone back into the wardrobe for a few months and flocks of ducks and Canada geese have been arriving on the estuary. These are all signs that May is with us an we’re well into autumn. The impending opening of the shooting season explains the ducks, geese and also the occasional black swan.
We found Jay a little less testing than many of his puzzles have been lately with his usual generous helping of fun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Inclined to lose head, seeing money that’s earned outside prison (7)
PANICKY : An informal word for prison is inside a three letter word for money that’s earned.
5a Mental state induced by bedroom shenanigans? (7)
BOREDOM : An anagram (shenanigans?) of BEDROOM.
11a Fresh carcass not inviolable (10)
SACROSANCT : An anagram (fresh) of CARCASS NOT. (We did check this alternative spelling of carcase. )
12a The majority of what’s on the dust jacket is obscure (4)
BLUR : Remove the last letter from a publisher’s commendatory description.
14a Limitations applied to son in Virgin getting financial control (5,7)
PURSE STRINGS : Firstly a word for virgin or unsullied contains the abbreviation for son and then limitations or special conditions.
18a Anxiety produced by arrest (12)
APPREHENSION : A double definition.
21a Cut rate (4)
CLIP : Cut as a hairdresser might do and rate as in speed.
25a Flirt‘s heavy blow on broken hip (9)
PHILANDER : Start with an anagram (broken) of HIP and then an informal word for a heavy blow. (We needed to confirm the heavy blow in BRB.)
26a Representation of one million years? (5)
IMAGE : The Roman numeral one, the abbreviation for million and then a period of years.
27a Distinguished peer must accept cheers (7)
NOTABLE : A two letter toast is inside a general name for a peer.
28a Far from aloof (7)
DISTANT : A double definition.
1d Put into words seeing Romeo occupying stage (6)
PHRASE : A stage or cycle contains the letter represented by Romeo in the phonetic alphabet.
2d Lack of grip shown by apprentice (6)
NOVICE : Split 2,4 the answer points to the lack of a gripping tool.
5d Shelves trial in reserves (9)
BOOKCASES : Reserves or makes arrangements in advance surrounds a court hearing.
6d There’s time to accommodate the others (4)
REST : A lurker.
7d Boring story about knight that shouldn’t be missed? (8)
DEADLINE : Boring or lifeless and then a story or falsehood includes the chess abbreviation for knight.
8d Nap on this rug upsetting 6’s (8)
MATTRESS : Another name for a rug, and an anagram (upsetting) of the answer to 6d plus ‘S from the clue.
13d Most pressing aspects of computer knowhow in monasteries (10)
PRIORITIES : Monasteries that are headed by a dignitary less senior than an abbot contain the two letters signifying computer knowhow.
15d Asked about theologian, the French take flight (9)
SKEDADDLE : An anagram (about) of ASKED, the qualification a theologian might hold and then the French definite article.
17d Work on Henman first — a cheerful type (8)
OPTIMIST : An artistic work, then the first name of Mr Henman the tennis player, and ‘first’ written as a number and two letters.
20d Maintain there’s a lock on the way up (6)
ASSERT : ‘A’ from the clue and then the reversal of a lock of hair.
23d Bound to cross river feeling exhausted (5)
TIRED : Bound with string or ribbon contains the abbreviation for river.
24d Fix top of bedroom doorpost (4)
JAMB : A fix or impasse and then the first letter of bedroom.
Quickie pun thud + ayes + caste = the die is cast