Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29248
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Happy New Year everyone.
We have been away with family again and despite partying to welcome in the new year, we happily managed to avoid the holiday chaos on the roads and get home in time to solve this Jay’s first puzzle for 2020.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Answer by soldiers must be commitment (10)
RESOLUTION : Engineering soldiers and then an answer to a problem.
10a Character of small time politician stifling answer (5)
STAMP : The abbreviations for small and time plus a Member of Parliament surround the abbreviation for answer.
11a Ready to change and go for a ticket like this (3,6)
DAY RETURN : An anagram (to change) of READY and then a go or opportunity to play in a game.
12a Policy U-turn could make you suddenly get very angry, then collapse (4-4)
FLIP-FLOP : A word meaning get very angry or blow one’s top and a similar looking word meaning to collapse.
13a & 15 Across Pay when payer amended such a wish (5,3,4)
HAPPY NEW YEAR : A seasonally appropriate anagram.
15a See 13 Across
17a Do ask mostly for best (7)
CONQUER : Another word meaning do or trick and then ask or question loses its last letter.
19a Humour ultimately missing from sadly integral part of a joke? (3,4)
TAG LINE : An anagram (sadly) of INTEG(r)AL once the last letter of humour has been removed.
21a Sudden advances made by son with friends (7)
SALLIES : S(on) and friends or possibly military partners.
22a Hurts to see a game finishing early (5)
ACHES : ‘A’ from the clue and then a board game without its last letter.
27a Independent vote in Ohio converted ordinary people (3,6)
HOI POLLOI : I(independent) and a vote or plebiscite are within an anagram (converted) of OHIO.
28a Blow last of pimiento to make relish (5)
GUSTO : A blow or blast of wind and then the final letter of pimiento.
29a Source of deadly green extract (4)
DRAW : The first letter of deadly and then green or inexperienced.
30a Home entry fixed to include everybody on the inside (10)
INTERNALLY : The two letter word meaning ‘home’ and a word for everybody is inside an anagram (fixed) of ENTRY.
1d Take a chance on body-search with top off (4)
RISK : Remove the first letter from a body search that could be looking for a concealed weapon.
2d Scoundrel‘s stolen goods including ring and yen (9)
SCALLYWAG : A word for stolen goods defined by the way they are wrapped up contains ‘ring on the telephone’ and the abbreviation for the Japanese currency.
4d Child beginning to trust stranger crossing line (7)
TODDLER : The first letter of trust and then stranger or more peculiar contains the abbreviation for line.
7d Marine finally joining crack outfit (5)
EQUIP : The last letter of marine and then a crack or joke.
8d Imagine groom’s costume (5,5)
FANCY DRESS : Imagine or believe plus ‘groom’ or make orderly.
9d Satisfied hotel with new loan for alcohol (8)
METHANOL : Satisfied or fulfilled the requirement, then H(otel) and an anagram (new) of LOAN.
14d Disturbingly cute, at hand — and without ties (10)
UNATTACHED : An anagram (disturbingly) of CUTE AT HAND.
16d Issue undertaking to support energy (8)
EMISSION : The physics symbol for energy and then an undertaking or assigned task.
18d General shift in values squeezing right (9)
UNIVERSAL : An anagram (shift) of IN VALUES includes R(ight).
20d Level of aid mainly accepted by European prisoner (7)
ECHELON : Remove the last letter from a synonym for aid and place this within E(uropean) and a three letter informal word for a prisoner.
26d Quality of wine society? (4)
BODY : A double definition. The word ‘full’ is often used in association with this wine quality.
Quickie pun wheel + metre + gun = We’ll meet again