Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29129
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our winter weather has continued for most of the week but as we write this we are bathed in bright warm sunshine. So, fingers crossed, we can look forward to an imminent improvement. Walking along the beach is much more fun if we don’t have to be dressed up like Michelin men and pushing into a strong headwind.
Jay has given us another top quality Wednesday puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Unattainable ambition of armed criminal (5)
DREAM : An anagram (criminal) of ARMED.
10a Learns one’s insurance must be held in case of disasters (9)
DISCOVERS : ‘One’s’ written as the Roman numeral one with ‘S and the protection given by an insurance policy are surrounded by the first and last letters of disasters.
11a Science attached to golf and food appreciation (10)
GASTRONOMY : The letter expressed by golf in the Nato phonetic alphabet and the science involving the study of heavenly bodies.
18a Part of road that’s difficult to bear? (4,8)
HARD SHOULDER : A synonym for difficult and then to bear or carry beside one’s head.
21a Sizeable order (4)
TIDY : A double definition. Sizeable here often used in the context of a sum of money.
22a People looking on as Prescott dances (10)
SPECTATORS : An anagram (dances) of AS PRESCOTT.
27a Top room for one troll with no bread (7)
SINGLET : What you would ask for if you were booking a room for one in a hotel, and then remove a small loaf of bread from the word troll.
28a Runs into bar for a bit of work (7)
EXCERPT : Bar or leave out contains the cricket abbreviation for runs.
1d Rotten type given breakfast for soldiers? (3,3)
BAD EGG : An all-in-one clue. The soldiers here are thin pieces of toast. (We are not quite sure how the wordplay works here. Any better suggestions?)
2d Apprehension caused by universal joints, we hear (6)
UNEASE : The abbreviation for universal and a homophone of central leg joints.
3d Company millions guarantee settlement (10)
COMPROMISE : Abbreviations for company and millions precede a guarantee or pledge.
4d Element of difficulty in the Navy (5)
RADON : The two letters for the Royal Navy surround difficulty or fuss.
5d Sailor turned up with new Maltese 19, for example (4,5)
BASE METAL : The reversal of the abbreviation for an able-bodied seaman plus an anagram (new) of Maltese.
6d Stop doctor and answer (4)
WHOA : The television doctor who travels by Tardis and then A(nswer).
7d Popular actors must see injustice (8)
INEQUITY : The two letter popular and then the actors’ trade union.
8d Develops land within the boundaries of Gleneagles (8)
GESTATES : The first and last letters of Gleneagles surround land or property.
13d Psychic working at Delphi etc. with no daughter (10)
TELEPATHIC : An anagram (working) of AT (D)ELPHI ETC without the abbreviation for daughter.
17d Good free press network (8)
GRIDIRON : G(ood) and then free or eradicate and press or make smooth.
19d Bobby and Penny? (6)
COPPER : A double definition. Bobby is a policeman and Penny is a coin.
20d English type needing to accept Conservative lead (6)
ESCORT : Start with the abbreviation for English, then the single letter abbreviation for conservative is inside a type or kind.
23d Track bag found outside hotel (5)
CHASE : Bag or portmanteau contains H(otel).
24d Wrap hamper (4)
FOIL : A double definition. Hamper here is a verb.
The answers in the SW gave us the most fun with 27a as our favourite.
Quickie pun cars + chore + vote = cast your vote