Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29356
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The last few days have ushered in winter for us. There have been strong southerly winds bringing showers and some heavy rain. There is even a light fall of snow on the ranges to the east of us. This morning however dawned clear and calm and we can expect these conditions to last until the end of the week. Frosts are a real possibility though. Great conditions for our regular walks where we can greet all the wildlife and fellow walkers.
It’s Wednesday so of course it’s Jay supplying all the usual fun. We finished the puzzle in our normal two star time, but it did have a slightly harder feel when we were solving.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Purists needing education to wear trousers (7)
PEDANTS : Another less formal word for trousers includes ED(ucation).
9a Steep service charge applied to staff (8)
MACERATE : Start with a staff like the formal one used at the Opening of Parliament, and then a charge applied for delivering a service.
10a A German trained as manager, for example (7)
ANAGRAM : The whole clue leads us to a device, often used in crosswords, for changing ‘A German’ to ‘manager’.
11a Degree of penalty skills? (4,4)
FINE ARTS : A financial penalty, and then skills or creative abilities.
12a Shots subdue son (6)
STILLS : Subdue or make calmer and the abbreviation for son. (These shots are made with a camera).
13a Innovative thinker once dismissing king not making sense (10)
INCOHERENT : An anagram (innovative) of THIN(k)ER ONCE after the chess notation for king has been removed.
16a Inadmissible act after sailor’s change of direction (5,4)
ABOUT TURN : String together the two letters for an able bodied seaman, a word meaning inadmissible, and then one for an act or performance.
21a State that’s back in within a month (4)
OMAN : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
24a Tense, being over border (2,4)
ON EDGE : A two letter word for over or relating to and then border or rim.
27a V can be progress, in a way (7)
AGAINST : A verb for progress or attain is enclosed by ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for street.
28a Generally succeeded finding something to wear (8)
OVERALLS : A 4,3 phrase meaning generally and then the abbreviation for succeeded.
29a On review, sign it, ideally retaining process of redaction (7)
EDITING : A reversed lurker (on review) hiding in the clue.
4d Short-lived politician suppressed by terrible strain (10)
TRANSITORY : An anagram (terrible) of STRAIN and then a right-wing politician.
6d Cut energy, being harsh (6)
SEVERE : A synonym for cut and then the physics symbol for energy.
8d Poles overwhelmed by divine being’s stupidness (7)
DENSITY : A divine being or god encloses the letters for the geographical poles.
11d Amusing aspects will include debt (9)
FACETIOUS : Aspects,or even flat areas on a gemstone, enclose the three vowels that indicate a debt.
14d Tough foes do badly with no time for church (5,2,3)
HOUSE OF GOD : Remove T(ime) from an anagram (badly) of (t)OUGH FOES DO.
17d New first for one who writes (8)
NOVELIST : A synonym for new and then first written as a number and two letters.
18d Interrupts what may be wrong in a canal boat? (6,2)
BARGES IN : Split 5,3 we have a canal boat and an indiscretion.
19d Baffle loud and clumsy oaf (7)
FLUMMOX : The musical symbol for loud, and then a clumsy oaf.
20d Colour of small runabout on lease? (7)
SCARLET : The abbreviation for small, a runabout or motor vehicle and then lease or offer for hire.
26d Regret accepting Liberal convention (4)
RULE : Another word for regret includes L(iberal).
Our favourite today is 9a.
Quickie pun litter + limp = little imp