Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29308
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Something is decidedly fishy about Jay’s puzzle today but it still has all the usual cleverness and fun.
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5a Tears seen across unavailable overpriced items (3-4)
RIP-0FFS : A word for tears or pulls apart includes unavailable or no longer on the menu.
11a Hating classification accorded to senior management (10)
EXECRATING : A four letter abbreviation for a senior manager and then classification or assessment.
12a Join fool in audition (4)
KNIT : A homophone of a fool or stupid person.
14a Manage finances and tie the knot? (4,4,4)
MAKE ENDS MEET : A double definition. The second one has nothing to do with matrimony, but rather, a piece of string.
18a A hovel at best, after renovation must be of superior status (5,3,4)
ABOVE THE SALT : An anagram (after renovation) of A HOVEL AT BEST.
21a Idiot with no time left for an attractive girl (4)
DOLL : Replace T(ime) with L(eft) in another word for a stupid person.
22a Almost fail to see, and wave stick for bad behaviour (10)
MISCONDUCT : Remove the last letter from a word meaning ‘fail to see’, and then wave a stick in the manner of Rattle.
25a Don’t worry about men driven mad! (5,4)
NEVER MIND : An anagram (mad) of MEN DRIVEN.
26a Model talking about letter from abroad (5)
DELTA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
27a Cantankerous agent drinking wine sent back (7)
STROPPY : An agent like James Bond contains the reversal of a fortified wine.
28a Method of learning about group award (7)
ROSETTE : A method of learning by repetition surrounds another word for group.
1d Window frames the girl in elite forces (6)
SASHES : A female personal pronoun is inside elite military forces.
2d Pictures one married a long time (6)
IMAGES : A Roman numeral one and then M(arried) plus ‘a long time’.
3d Something red-hot with coffee turned up giving nothing away (5-5)
POKER-FACED : A rod for stirring a fire and then the reversal of ‘kick-less’ coffee.
4d Some consider elite got going again (5)
RELIT : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
5d Such creatures at home may be protected by short workers (9)
RUMINANTS : The usual crossword ‘at home’ is surrounded by a short spirit drink and worker insects.
8d Watch people welcoming policeman full of energy (8)
SPECTATE : This is a Russian doll construction. The outer layer being people or nation, then a police constable contains the physics symbol for energy.
13d Walks by sea — and sleep as shattered (10)
ESPLANADES : An anagram (shattered) of AND SLEEP AS.
15d Northern Ireland business centre supporting the new race (9)
ETHNICITY : Start with an anagram (new) of THE, then the abbreviation for Northern Ireland, and the often used name for London’s business centre.
17d Impress archery enthusiast (4,4)
BOWL OVER : Split the answer 3,5 to appreciate the word play here.
20d Set out to hold fliers for attack (6)
STRAFE : An anagram (out) of SET surrounds military fliers.
23d Daughter is into wild rice drink (5)
CIDER : An anagram (wild) of RICE contains the abbreviation for daughter.
24d Cut yield (4)
CROP : A double definition. The first definition is a verb and the second a noun.
14a is our favourite today. It stretched our solving time just into three star territory.
Quickie pun buoy + sang + hurls = boys and girls