Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29081
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We seem to have got rid of our wet, grey, winter weather for a while. At present we are having a spell of calm, clear, frosty days. The temperatures are a couple of degrees colder overnight but much more pleasant than dour and damp.
Jay had us working quite hard with this one. We were making no progress at our usual starting point in the NW so moved on to the NE and around the grid from there, finishing off where we normally begin. All good fun once again.Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Accommodation allowance including fare originally between New York and LA (6,4)
GRANNY FLAT : A Russian doll type clue. The first letter of fare is between the letters denoting New York and Los Angeles. All of this is inside an allowance or beneficence.
6a Film on European saga (4)
EPIC : The abbreviation for European plus a slang word for a movie.
10a Have an effect, seeing Gemini, unusually, welcoming power (7)
IMPINGE : An anagram of GEMINI (unusually) contains P(ower).
12a Go over before quiet son gets mixed grill (5-8)
CROSS-QUESTION : Go over or traverse and then an anagram (gets mixed) of QUIET SON.
14a Trouble that comes at bath time? (3,5)
HOT WATER : What comes from one of the taps when filling a bath.
17a Badly wants company checks (6)
COVETS : The abbreviation for company and then checks or examines.
19a Nice reshuffle of seat plan (8)
PLEASANT : An anagram (reshuffle of) of SEAT PLAN.
21a Delivery panic to ruin mobile working (13)
PRONUNCIATION : An anagram (mobile) of PANIC TO RUIN and then the two letter word for working or in operation.
24a Reluctance to move home — age holds it back (7)
INERTIA : The two letter at home and then a long period of time (age) contains the reversal of ‘it’ from the clue.
25a Give up evil calls (5,2)
DROPS IN : Split the answer 4,3 to find give up and evil.
26a Children may be shot small (4)
TOTS : The shot is a spirit measure, plus S(mall).
27a Downer of French worker packing iron (10)
DEPRESSANT : The French word for ‘of’ and a worker insect contain iron or make smooth.
1d Doctors covering area must get breaks (4)
GAPS : Doctors in general practice contain A(rea).
4d Searched around at home, exhausted (8)
FINISHED : Searched, perhaps using a baited line, surrounds the usual at home word.
5d Something cast in gold for so long (5)
ADIEU : The chemical symbol for gold surrounds something cast in a game of craps.
8d Conservative lists delayed new start (5,5)
CLEAN SLATE : A single letter abbreviation for Conservative, then lists or tilts plus delayed or after the appointed time.
11d Millions up, USA lost for being faint-hearted (13)
PUSILLANIMOUS : An anagram (lost) of MILLIONS UP USA.
18d 6-0 — fast and furious (7)
VIOLENT : The Roman numeral six, the letter that represents zero and then the fast that precedes Easter.
20d Medical condition of drivers around unstable mines (7)
AMNESIA : The drivers’ organisation that is not the RAC surrounds an anagram (unstable) of MINES.
23d Ravel‘s measure of pace (4)
KNOT : The measure of pace relates to a vessel at sea.
Several clues in the North West corner challenged and amused us and we will settle for 1a as our favourite this week.
Quickie pun beers + port = be a sport