Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29344
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last week on our regular walk we noticed a strange new waterbird in one of the ponds we go past. A bit of judicious Googling told us it is the relatively rare NZ dabchick or grebe (see picture at end of post). It has become a highlight of our daily circuit and we now interrupt our walk for a few minutes to watch it preening and diving.
Jacinda announced on Monday that we can relax many of the severest lockdown restrictions from next Monday. Not that it will make a lot of difference to older people like us but it is at least heading in the right direction.
Jay up to standard again of course with this week’s puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Fair trade agreement that’s negotiated by Times, perhaps (6,4)
SQUARE DEAL : What Times as a New York location is an example of, is followed by a synonym for an agreement that’s negotiated.
6a Check pace, needing oxygen to replace energy (4)
STOP : Replace E(nergy) with O(xygen) in another word for a pace.
10a Practitioner employed by extreme dictators (5)
MEDIC : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
12a Black may be so, pocketing a brown (7)
SATANIC : A three letter Latin word meaning ‘so’ or ‘thus’ encloses ‘A’ from the clue and light brown.
14a Fare provided by a blind date arranged outside church (8,4)
BALANCED DIET : The two letters signifying the Anglican Church are inside an anagram (arranged) of A BLIND DATE.
21a Shows up when hosting member of the Lords on the radio (7)
APPEARS : The two letter synonym for when brackets a homophone (on the radio) for a member of the House of Lords.
23a Bids by Conservative for supply of funds (7)
COFFERS : The single letter abbreviation for Conservative and then bids or tenders.
24a Take a rich criminal for such a punishment (1,5,3)
A THICK EAR : an anagram (criminal) of TAKE A RICH.
25a Inappropriate aspects of Freud nudes rejected (5)
UNDUE : A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
27a Black dog moods ultimately creating such high-flyers (3-7)
JET-SETTERS : A synonym for black, then a type of gun-dog and the last last letter of moods.
2d Appearing in court appointment for latest news (6)
UPDATE : A two letter word meaning appearing in court and then an appointment possibly with a boyfriend.
3d Survey fraud found in the revival of culture (14)
RECONNAISSANCE : The revival of culture that took place between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries includes a three letter fraud.
8d Source of infection in obvious singular cases (8)
PATIENTS : The first letter of infection is inside a word meaning obvious, and finally S(ingular).
9d Adam’s apple? (9,5)
FORBIDDEN FRUIT : A cryptic definition of what the serpent proffered in the Garden of Eden.
15d How to get money from cold grey vehicles across Germany? (4,5)
CASH CARDS : The tap sign signifying cold, the grey associated with a fire residue, then road vehicles include the IVR code for Germany.
16d Key article delayed getting rocket (8)
ESCALATE : One of the keys on a computer keyboard, an indefinite article, and then delayed or after the expected time.
17d Crack marksman gets the picture (8)
A double definition. Another word for crack or break and one for a proficient marksman.
19d Held department up showing offer for sale (6)
PEDDLE : A reverse lurker , hiding in the clue.
20d Drug addicts surrounding hotel guides (6)
USHERS : Another word for drug addicts contains H(otel).
22d European dessert mostly filled with last of bread (5)
SWEDE : Remove the last letter from a dessert course and then insert the last letter of bread in what you have left.
11a and 1d are our choices this week.
Quickie pun baguette + ricks = bag of tricks