Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29159
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our weather lately has been pretty awful with a lot of wind and generally cold, wet and blustery. Today it all changed and we have a beautiful fine calm day. Almost tempted to bring more summery clothes out of the wardrobe.
Jay in his usual reliable form. It took us exactly the same time as last week so have left the difficulty rating unchanged.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Follows a daughter taking part in demonstrations (7)
SHADOWS : ‘A’ from the clue and D(aughter) are inside demonstrations or performances.
9a Competitor following popular top-class celebrities (8)
FINALIST : The abbreviation for following, the two letter popular and then the (1-4) theoretical register of top-class celebrities.
10a Discover nature changes hearts (7)
UNEARTH : An anagram (changes) of NATURE plus the card players’ abbreviation for hearts.
12a Fertilizer made from grass when hot (6)
POTASH : Another slang word for grass or marijuana, a synonym for when, and then H(ot).
13a Fish eat mostly plastics at first, and rubbish (10)
CODSWALLOP : A three letter fish then another word for eat or ingest without its last letter, which is replaced by the first letter of plastics.
15a Almost the last round house (4)
SEMI : A double definition. The first definition is the round that 9a has just won.
21a Patch test regularly revealing performances (4)
ACTS : Alternate letters from two words in the clue.
22a Promising support with Italian debts on paper (10)
PROPITIOUS : This support might be found in the front row of a scrum in the tournament about to start in Japan. Then, the abbreviation for Italian and the letters denoting debit notes.
27a Mean to have nothing for a surplus (7)
OVERAGE : Start with a mean or middle number and replace the ‘A’ at the beginning with the letter signifying nothing.
29a To some extent, bewildered roadie backed bid (7)
ORDERED : Another reversed lurker (to some extent …. backed) hiding in the clue.
2d Be suspended again the morning after (8)
HANGOVER : A word meaning ‘be suspended’ and then one meaning ‘again’ or for a second time.
3d Striking a nervous response after short measure (8)
DRAMATIC : A short measure that could well be whisky, then ‘A’ from the clue and a nervous muscle spasm
4d Voodoo women desire service in court (10)
WITCHCRAFT : W(omen), a desire or hankering and then the abbreviation for court surrounds the service that includes ‘The Red Arrows’.
7d Six score, most importantly (7)
VITALLY : The Roman numeral 6 and then score or add up.
8d Try a lure, catching tons (7)
ATTEMPT : The abbreviation for tons is inside ‘A’ from the clue and lure or entice.
11d Most of body supporting press and TV negotiators (9)
MEDIATORS : Start with a collective noun for press and TV, and follow this (supporting in a down clue) with body or trunk without its last letter.
14d Show race vet working with no cold at all (10)
WHATSOEVER : An anagram (working) of SHOW RAcE VET once C(old) has been removed.
17d Untroubled seeing vehicle needing energy for nothing (8)
CAREFREE : String together an automobile, the abbreviation for energy and then a word meaning for nothing or at no cost.
18d Throttle of learner driver in unusual setting (8)
STRANGLE : The letter displayed on the vehicle of a learner driver is within a synonym for unusual.
19d Class of agents protecting European Commission (7)
SPECIES : Agents like James Bond enclose E(uropean) C(ommission).
26d Call for break going up summit of Everest (4)
PAGE : The break that we hinted last week in relation to boarding trains gets reversed and followed by the first letter of Everest.
Quickie pun pose + toffees = post office