Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29219
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
In last Friday’s Toughie puzzle by Sparks we learnt a new word ‘aval’. Today I have a chance to use it. We have a rare solo blog because Carol is away in Wellington for a few days on mainly aval duties.
A few days concerted effort last week got the house re-decoration out of the way. All accomplished in fine weather without mishap or delay which was very pleasing and the place looks so much better for it.
Plenty to enjoy once again from Jay and a rather good Quickie pun that took a while to get until I considered the possibility of more than just the top line of the grid.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
5a Clever clogs losing shoe, feels pain (6)
SMARTS: A word meaning clever and then the letter that is left once a wooden shoe has been removed from ‘clogs’.
11a Pair of mothers welcoming good soft rock (5)
MAGMA: G(ood) is enclosed by the the repeated use of a short familiar word for mother.
12a Job facing a student of letters (6)
POSTAL: A job or work situation, ‘a’ from the clue and the letter displayed by a student driver.
13a Suffers from a case of gas, stifling horrible noise (8)
AGONISES: ‘A’ from the clue and then the first and last letters (case) of ‘gas’ enclose (stifle) an anagram (horrible) of NOISE.
15a First go red and blue for example (7,6)
PRIMARY COLOUR: A synonym for first or initial and a way of saying go red or blush.
23a Military display work on body (6)
TATTOO: Double definition. Some people describe the work on body as artwork.
26a Conscious of a revolutionary green source of energy (5)
AWARE: ‘A’ from the clue, the reversal of a word for green or inexperienced plus the first letter of energy.
27a Designer needing skill to incorporate hectic working (9)
ARCHITECT: A synonym for skill surrounds an anagram (working) of HECTIC.
28a Works hard to see constituencies adopting women (6)
SWEATS: W(omen) is inside parliamentary constituencies.
29a Scientific study encompassing many branches (8)
FORESTRY: A cryptic definition of what is also known as sylviculture.
2d Diamonds stolen from landowner’s hiding places (5)
LAIRS: Remove the card player’s abbreviation for Diamonds from generally Scottish landowners.
4d Decay surrounding old part of tooth (4)
ROOT: Another word for decay contains o(ld).
6d Souvenir pieces impounded by London police ring (7)
MEMENTO: Chess pieces are inside the three letter London police force and lastly, the ring shaped letter.
7d Doctor ordering triages between runs (9)
REGISTRAR: The cricket abbreviation for runs is placed both before and after an anagram (ordering) of TRIAGES.
8d Thin European crushed by boxes (6)
SPARSE: E(uropean) is underneath (crushed by) boxes as a verb in a pugilistic sense.
14d Unfortunately it’s a dopy state that’s as far from perfection as possible (8)
DYSTOPIA: An anagram (unfortunately) of ITS A DOPY.
16d Trouble with a kid being uncomfortable (3,2,4)
ILL AT EASE: Trouble or misfortune, ‘a’ from the clue and kid or josh.
17d Cleverly laid Tory off (8)
ADROITLY: An anagram (off) of LAID TORY.
19d Chap concealing weapon must get something to wear (7)
GARMENT: A somewhat posh man surrounds a general word for a weapon.
21d Confused situation resulting from gold found in abundance (6)
MORASS: The heraldic word for gold inside abundance or large amount.
24d What doctor will do for delicacy? (5)
TREAT: Double definition the delicacy might be given as a reward.
25d Parrot‘s speech offensive to some extent (4)
ECHO: And once again we finish with a lurker hiding in the clue.
Quickie pun plague + whose + beret = play gooseberry