Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29147
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last week we spoke about dead things we had found on our regular walking circuit so thought that it would be good to redress the balance with today’s preamble. Right on schedule for the start of our spring, the first family of cute little ducklings appeared on 1st September. The next clutches were only a day or two behind them. A much more spirit-lifting sight.
Enjoy this Jay puzzle….. We did.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Southern elite? That’s a laugh (6)
SCREAM : The abbreviation for Southern and then elite or finest quality.
5a Lots in America complain when drinking raki, oddly (3,5)
CAR PARKS : A synonym for complain or bicker and then another word for ‘when’ surrounds the first and third letters of raki.
10a Sack women on non-professional new seat (3,5)
LAY WASTE : The abbreviation for women and an anagram (new) of SEAT follow non-professional or amateur.
11a Somebody intimidating academic must adopt kid (6)
DRAGON : A university academic encloses kid or tease.
12a Almost unable to shift firm plaster (6)
STUCCO : Remove the last letter from a word meaning unable to shift, plus the abbreviation for company (firm).
14a Details of one European bitten by strange insect (8)
NICETIES : An anagram (strange) of INSECT contains both the Roman numeral one and E(uropean).
19a Rumour of spirit being rejected twice (6)
MURMUR : The spirit made from sugar cane is reversed and repeated.
21a Restaurant brother needs to cover first (6)
BISTRO : ‘First’ expressed as the Roman numeral plus two letters is inside a three letter abbreviation for brother.
23a Rubbish cold drink some sent back (8)
CLAPTRAP : C(old), then drink in the manner of a cat and the reversal of a word meaning some or a portion.
25a Plant producing a Bolivian glue (13)
BOUGAINVILLEA : An anagram (producing) of A BOLIVIAN GLUE. (We had a magnificent example of this plant beside our house when we lived in Nelson years ago. We also spent time living on the Pacific island named for the same explorer. A poignantly nostalgic clue for us.)
26a Writes off about street con artists (8)
TWISTERS : The abbreviation for street is inside an anagram (off) of WRITES.
27a Consumer welcoming small festival (6)
EASTER : A consumer of food contains S(mall).
5d Girl from school losing good name (7)
COLLEEN : Remove the abbreviation for good from what is usually a secondary school, and finally N(ame).
6d Wild attack capturing the north of Bosnia (5)
RABID : The first letter of Bosnia is inside an attack or incursion.
7d Stone from blast area all over the place (9)
ALABASTER : An anagram (all over the place) of BLAST AREA.
8d Eager to finish early, accepting Blair perhaps brought up the central theme (7)
KEYNOTE : The first name of ex-PM Blair is reversed inside a synonym for eager without its last letter.
18d Ring assistants for more food (7)
SECONDS : A double definition. The ring assistants have pugilistic associations.
20d Not knowing of a conflict within a Parisienne (7)
UNAWARE : The French feminine indefinite article contains ‘A’ from the clue and a major conflict.
22d Speak in terror at educational (5)
ORATE : Today’s only lurker, hiding in the clue.
24d Works land, even sending son south (5)
TILLS : Find a word meaning even or placid and relocate the abbreviation for son to the end of the word.
25a is our favourite today.
Quickie pun pause + whole = poor soul