Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29171
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Clocks changed now so we have to wait an extra hour to get our daily dose of puzzles. And it gets another hour later when you people change your clocks at the end of this month.
Winter weather has decided that it wants to stick around for a bit longer yet. Blustery, wet and cold here again today. Our 16 yr old granddaughter and her three friends, who are visiting for a few days (it’s school holidays), are slow to emerge from warm sleeping bags in these conditions.
Quality puzzle again from Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Seeming old, and level-headed about time (10)
OSTENSIBLE : O(ld) and then level-headed or rational includes T(ime).
11a Inclined to excuse four implicated in fakery (9)
FORGIVING : A word for fakery (or alternatively working as a blacksmith) contains the appropriate Roman numeral.
12a Shows maturity in trousers (8)
PAGEANTS : Another word for trousers surrounds maturity gained over time.
13a Force lacking uniform apparel (5)
DRESS : Start with a word meaning an imposed force and remove U(niform) from within it.
15a Inmate suffers injury finally getting facility (7)
AMENITY : An anagram (suffers) of INMATE plus the last letter of injury.|
17a Supporter of trail across both poles (7)
SPONSOR : The two geographical poles are inside the trail left by an animal.
19a Loathes exams following lower grades (7)
DETESTS : The grades that could be given to a student who does not achieve A, B or C, and then a synonym for exams.
27a Son, given heavy responsibility, slept (9)
SLUMBERED : The abbreviation for son and then ‘landed with an onerous task’.
28a The logic of hearing, say (5)
SENSE : A double definition.
29a Swindles causing fools to lose heart (4)
DOES : Remove the central letter (in this case a P) from a synonym for fools.
30a Caustic chap seen on trains getting agitated (10)
ASTRINGENT : An anagram (getting agitated) of TRAINS and then a respectable chap.
2d Troubled mates in temporary accommodation will … (9)
TESTAMENT : Temporary accommodation traditionally made of canvas surrounds an anagram (troubled) of MATES.
3d … edge around one getting report (5)
NOISE : Edge or move slowly and cautiously contains the Roman numeral one.
4d Popular whim of early childhood? (7)
INFANCY : The two letter popular and then a whim or caprice.
7d Put up beams of light for the audience (5)
RAISE : A homophone for beams of light.
8d Wise men consider crossing street seeing one on bench (10)
MAGISTRATE : The wise men from the Christmas story, the abbreviation for street and then consider or judge.
14d Wrecked and put in case on top of desk (10)
VANDALISED : A word from French for an overnight case surrounds the word ‘and’ from the clue, and finally the first letter of desk.
16d Chase popular copy in Home Counties (8)
INSCRIBE : The two letter popular then the geographical region of the UK where the Home Counties are found surrounds copy illicitly. (If you’re scratching your head about this meaning of chase then the second entry in BRB will help.)
18d Player on bench has point of view that’s material (9)
SUBSTANCE : The three letter abbreviation for a replacement player and then a point of view or predetermined position.
20d Such literary works may see anger during school tests (7)
SATIRES : The letters for Scholastic Aptitude Tests enclose a short word for anger.
21d Saver could be tougher about love (7)
HOARDER : The tennis score love is inside a synonym for tougher.
25d Offence of minister losing head? (5)
ARSON : Remove the first letter from a minister or vicar.
26d Natural aptitude for being dishonest (4)
BENT : A double definition.
We enjoyed finding all the various creatures hiding in this grid.
Quickie pun role + heap + holy = roly-poly