Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29272
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our property has been much livelier than usual for the last few days. Our two eldest grandsons are both about to leave home and start university in Christchurch. They had invited a dozen or more friends to join them for some R and R at the beach and used our holiday bach as well as tents on the lawn as a base for this. It was great to have this lively bunch of kids sharing our space and one of the things they asked about was cryptic crosswords. We used the two Monday puzzles from the Telegraph website to run a Cryptic Crosswords 101 course with eight rookie solvers joining us. Great fun and who knows, we may have found some converts to the dark art. We’ve put a photo at the bottom of the blog of our guests saluting the sunset.
Another fine puzzle from Jay and not a single animal this week.
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5a Daughter splits and moves off course (6)
DRIFTS : D(aughter) then splits or schisms.
9a Fancy whistle — end of time in short (4,5)
PIPE DREAM : A whistle or simple musical instrument and the last letter of time is inside a short that could well be whisky.
11a Approach without a place for meeting (5)
VENUE : A tree-lined approach loses ‘A’ from the clue.
12a Sailor called about trip without regulars (6)
RATING : Called on the telephone contains the first and third letters of trip.
13a Sceptic may be acting so strangely (8)
AGNOSTIC : An anagram (strangely) of ACTING SO.
15a Arrangement may see others upset about carbon quota (13)
ORCHESTRATION : An anagram (upset) of OTHERS contains the chemical symbol for carbon and then quota or allotment.
22a Clear he is taken in by company charter (8)
COHERENT : The abbreviation for company, then ‘he’ from the clue and charter or lease.
27a Workers will be after material for officers (9)
SERGEANTS : A strong twilled material and worker insects (these are police officers).
28a Pamper small group attached to cook, oddly (6)
COSSET : The first and third letters of cook, then S(mall) and a group.
29a Meet the cost of accommodating second Balkan potential witness (6-2)
PASSER-BY : A three letter word for ‘meet the cost’ contains S(econd) and a native of one of the Balkan countries.
1d Revolutionary American monks’ leader accepting European is better (8)
SUPERIOR : Reverse the two letters denoting American and then a monastery leader contains E(uropean).
2d Contribution from Russian leader put to the bottom (5)
INPUT : Start with the current Russian president and move the word from the clue that forms part of his name to the end (bottom in a down clue).
3d Rhythm of dance organised with church (7)
CADENCE : An anagram (organised) of DANCE plus the Anglican Church.
4d Look for and understand source of knowledge (4)
SEEK : Understand or comprehend and then the first letter of knowledge.
6d Dish that sees gunners fiddle endlessly (7)
RAVIOLI : The regiment that gunners belong to, then remove the last letter from the instrument commonly called a fiddle.
7d Penalty — poor United, missing one, made small adjustments (4-5)
FINE-TUNED : A monetary penalty and an anagram (poor) of UN(i)TED after the Roman one has gone.
10d Headache jet fighter mainly precipitated (8)
MIGRAINE : A Russian jet fighter and then precipitated in liquid form without its last letter.
16d Opening protected by covers and traps (4,5)
CAKE HOLES : Covers is a verb meaning supplies a coating. This surrounds a synonym for an opening.
17d Honestly moving in secret (2,3,3)
ON THE SLY : An anagram (moving) of HONESTLY.
20d Always seeming younger during language lessons? (7)
AGELESS : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
21d Sharp American detectives in charge (6)
ACIDIC : The single letter abbreviation for American, the department to which detectives belong and then the two letters for in charge.
24d Secret hostelry supported by Her Majesty (5)
INNER : Another word for a hostelry and then Her Majesty’s regnal cipher.
25d Enclave of near eastern region? (4)
AREA : And, to finish, another lurker hiding in the clue.
Our favourite this week is 29a.
Quickie pun pass + lease + awes = parsley sauce