Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29087
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We always know we have had a good frost when even the sand on the beach is a crispy white. That was how it was on our walk this morning. Our run of calm, clear, winter weather continues.
We had a slight hesitation when we started solving in the NW but after that it all flowed smoothly for us. All the usual Jay fun of course.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Regular visitors may be a little taken in by colours (8)
HABITUES : A word for colours or shades surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and little or small portion.
5a Admonish a pessimist accommodating models (6)
SHAPES : A lurker hiding in the clue.
11a Taste of Burma regularly confronting French pal? (5)
UMAMI : The second and fourth letters of Burma and the French word for friend.
12a Prestige attraction around borders of Somerset (6)
LUSTRE : The first and last letters of Somerset are inside an attraction or enticement.
15a Funny team breaking up (4-9)
SIDE-SPLITTING : A sports team and then breaking up or cleaving.
18a Popular country house on film must be target area (8,5)
SHOOTING RANGE : In the order they appear in the answer we have a verb meaning to film, then the two letter word for popular and a country house.
22a Crazy editor going after nameless Londoner (8)
COCKEYED : Somebody from London’s East End loses the abbreviation for name and finally, the abbreviation for editor.
23a Tried hard, putting roast initially in cooker (6)
STROVE : The first letter of roast is within a cooking appliance.
27a Remuneration will come after the last of my wishes (9)
YEARNINGS : Start with the last letter of ‘my’ and then remuneration or income.
28a A poser‘s catch? (6)
SITTER : A double definition.
29a Change relating to the whole (8)
INTEGRAL : An anagram (change) of RELATING.
1d Most self-effacing and happy supporting topless pal (8)
HUMBLEST : Remove the first letter from a pal or close friend and then happy or fortunate.
2d Objects of ridicule only on test, oddly (5)
BUTTS : A synonym for only plus the first and third letters of ‘test’.
8d Tight-fitting fleece with natty fringes (6)
SKINNY : Fleece or remove the outside layer, then the first and last letters of natty.
10d Old Greeks showing expertise in bridges (8)
SPARTANS : A verb meaning bridges contains expertise or skill.
14d Praise cook drinking coffee (8)
FLATTERY : Cook using oil or fat in a pan contains a milky coffee drink.
16d Dryer found in freak accidents (9)
DESICCANT : An anagram (freak) of ACCIDENTS.
17d Change in fortune may be true about most of poetry (8)
REVERSAL : A synonym for poetry minus its last letter is inside true or genuine.
19d Make a speech about exercise and work (7)
OPERATE : Physical exercise is inside a word for make a speech.
20d Regret importing European metal train (7)
RETINUE : The abbreviation for European and the metal with the chemical symbol Sn are inside a word for regret.
21d Dresses down, as result of viral infection on board (6)
SCOLDS : The letters for a steamship surround a viral infection common in the winter time.
24d Title holder‘s now upset Her Majesty (5)
OWNER : An anagram (upset) of NOW and then the Queen’s regnal cypher.
We had a short list of 1a, 9a, 22a and 3d on our preferred list for favourite this week, but couldn’t pick among them.
Quickie pun seize + hence = see sense