Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29183
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A brisk southerly blowing here today. On our regular walk this morning we could have (should have) reversed the direction of our circuit, but being creatures of habit, we chose to put our heads down and battle into the head wind on the ocean beach third of the route. Bracing and invigorating!
All the usual Wednesday fun from Jay. We completed this within our 2 star time but there were several answers in the bottom half that gave us pause for thought.
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6a Group offering advice after son shows evidence of healing (4)
SCAB : The abbreviation for son and then the acronym for Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
10a Reputation of old party sure to be exposed (5)
ODOUR : O(ld) then the two letter party or get-together and the middle two letters (exposed) of sure.
11a Soldiers will be this ignorant having lost one source of news (9)
UNIFORMED : Find a word for ignorant or not ‘in the know’ and remove one of the instances of the first letter of news.
12a Old account describing renovation of chair (7)
ARCHAIC : The abbreviation for account surrounds an anagram (renovation of) of CHAIR.
13a Treat with contempt as showing signs of exhaustion (3,4)
RUN DOWN : A double definition.
14a Imaginative log quietly growing (12)
ENTERPRISING : Log or write into a list or diary, then the musical letter for quietly and growing or moving upwards.
24a Popular accountant stifled by banal complex (9)
INTRICATE : The two letter popular and then the acronym for a Chartered Accountant is within a synonym for banal.
25a Joint covering end of ski lift (5)
HOICK : The final letter of ski is inside a joint that is often used as a base for soup.
26a Prison lift (4)
NICK : A double definition. Two informal meanings here. The second one could also be to ‘half inch’.
2d First-class option (6)
CHOICE : A double definition. The first is a ‘youth’ word for desirable.
3d Disallow winning golf shot, getting concession (10,4)
BARGAINING CHIP : String together synonyms for disallow or prohibit and winning or obtaining, and then a golf shot that lifts the ball into the air in the hope that it will land on the green.
8d Repartee may be poor — at home with a case of gangrene! (8)
BADINAGE : Poor or not good, then the two letter ‘at home’, ‘A’ from the clue, and the first and last letters of gangrene.
9d Establishment figure discovered in the RAF upset about head of government (8,6)
FOUNDING FATHER : A synonym for discovered, then ‘in’ from the clue. Next comes the first letter of government and finally, the reversal of RAF surrounds ‘the’ from the clue. (That took
some putting together!)
15d Summary with bank opening late must be just so (9)
PRECISELY : A brief summary is followed by bank or depend on without its first letter (opening late).
16d Slight injury of a supporter is no different (8)
ABRASION : ‘A’ from the clue, then a female undergarment supporter and an anagram (different) of IS NO).
17d Delighted, seeing European Commission interference (8)
ECSTATIC : The acronym for the European Commission and then interference on a radio transmitter.
19d Note story with universal setting (6)
MILIEU : A note on the sol-fa scale, then a story or untruth plus U(niversal).
20d Last of casualties has bare wound (6)
SNAKED : The final letter of casualties and then bare or undressed. (It helps when you pronounce wound to rhyme with sound.)
22d Half of them will have trouble getting message (5)
EMAIL : The second half of the word ‘them’ and then ‘have trouble’ or ‘be unwell’.
21a was our last one in and is our favourite today.
Quickie pun pause + whole = poor soul