Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29057
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A moment of panic this morning. Turned on the computer and got the message “Internet not available!”. Blog day and no internet. Luckily the simple process of turning off and then re-starting the router returned everything to normal including the heart rate and blood pressure. So once again a fine puzzle from Jay. We have put difficulty rating ‘by the clock’ but it did feel a bit trickier than that when we were solving.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Means of settling European collection of laws (4)
CODE : Means of settling is a system of payment on delivery of goods. This is followed by E(uropean).
3a Minor international journal chasing advance payments (10)
SUBSIDIARY : Start with advance payments (or even club membership fees) then the abbreviation for international and a journal such as the one kept by Anne Frank.
10a Clans without protection — depressing experiences for lairds, perhaps (10)
LANDOWNERS : The central three letters of clans and then an informal word for depressing experiences.
11a Completed fitting — not before time! (7)
OVERDUE : Completed or finished plus fitting or apt.
13a Leak? Refer to hotel employee (7)
SEEPAGE : Refer to or observe and then a message-running hotel employee.
14a Go mad and gamble away everything, keeping hold of power (4,3,4)
LOSE THE PLOT : Find a 4,3,3 phrase that means gamble away everything and then add P(ower) to the start of the last word.
18a Corrupt antagonist will accept Democrat could profit (5,2,4)
STAND TO GAIN : An anagram (corrupt) of ANTAGONIST includes the abbreviation for Democrat.
23a Certain bail — even criminal accepts it (10)
INEVITABLE : An anagram (criminal) of BAIL EVEN contains IT.
24a Area to the west of channel island state (4)
IOWA : The three letter abbreviation of an island in the English Channel, though not one in the Channel Islands, is followed by the abbreviation for area. (It seems to us that the clue should say east rather than west. Any thoughts?)
25a Annoyed by objective and exposed to risk (10)
ENDANGERED : An objective or outcome precedes annoyed or vexed.
26a Advantage obtained from inspired genius (4)
EDGE : It’s a lurker hiding in the clue.
1d Two thousand just supporting company as a rule (8)
COMMONLY : In the order they appear in the answer, string together the abbreviation for company, two thousand in Roman numerals, and just or barely.
2d Iron out the wrinkles and cut back (8)
DECREASE : A double definition.
4d Practice found in mounting Pegasus (5)
USAGE : A reversed lurker.
6d Stopped working — soon told we’d failed (6,5)
DOWNED TOOLS : An anagram (failed) of SOON TOLD WE’D.
8d Agreeable types succeeded in scattering enemy (3-3)
YES-MEN : The genealogical abbreviation for succeeded is inside an anagram (scattering) of ENEMY.
15d Develop complex (9)
ELABORATE : A double definition. Develop is a verb and complex is an adjective.
16d Chap with one pen having many features (8)
MANIFOLD : A synonym for chap, the Roman numeral one and then a pen where sheep may be found.
19d A father must entertain quiet hope (6)
ASPIRE : ‘A’ from the clue and father which could refer to racehorses contains the musical letter for quiet.
20d Stop disheartened and study range (6)
SPREAD : The first and last letters (disheartened) of stop and then study as a university subject.
22d Fail to justify faith with no end of grief (5)
BELIE : Remove the last letter of grief from a faith or religious understanding.
Quickie pun core + toffs + hide = caught offside