Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29362
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
As from tomorrow morning we take the next step away from full lockdown. Schools will be operating again from Monday and people will be able to be out and about and even travel within the country. However ‘social distancing’ will still be the order of the day and any gathering has to be fewer than 10 people. More normal shopping and access to hairdressers are the things that most people are looking forward to.
Meanwhile, life goes on and we are pleased to report that our special guest, the New Zealand Dabchick, is still with us and happily feeding and preening in his pond.
This Wednesday puzzle is towards the trickier end of the spectrum for us and well up to standard of course.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Pretence included in realm of reformed criminal (10)
MALEFACTOR : An anagram (reformed) of REALM OF contains a pretence or performance.
6a Poems soldiers occasionally used (4)
ODES : Alternate even letters from a word in the clue.
11a Aristocratic children’s doctor must dismiss aide from the east (9)
PATRICIAN : Start with the full technical name for a children’s doctor and remove from within it the reversal (from the east) of the word ‘aide’.
12a Slow and enjoyable breakfast dish, not cold (8)
FUNEREAL : A three letter word for enjoyable and then remove the abbreviation for cold from a breakfast dish derived from grain.
13a Committed member of the monarchy changing sides initially (5)
LOYAL : A general word for a member of the monarchy has its first letter changed from one hand to the other.
15a First in a long time for prejudiced people (7)
AGEISTS : ‘First’ expressed as a Roman numeral and two letters is inside a word for a long time.
19a Outing Democrat — one in new party (3,4)
DAY TRIP : D(emocrat) and then an anagram (new) of PARTY contains the Roman numeral one.
21a Sickness of sheep that is seen after fight (7)
SCRAPIE : A fight or brawl and then the two letters that are the abbreviation for the Latin phrase meaning ‘that is’.
24a Drink available after first of Cheltenham handicaps? (8)
CHAMPERS : The first letter of Cheltenham and then handicaps or impedes.
27a Subscription needed by such a hunter? (9)
AUTOGRAPH : This hunter is usually armed with a small book and a pen.
28a Try being hugged by a European bear (5)
ABIDE : ‘A’ from the clue and E(uropean) surround try, attempt, or even offer at an auction.
29a Sharpen garden tool around November (4)
HONE : A garden tool used for weeding includes N(ovember).
30a Scruffy graduate teacher teased about student (10)
BEDRAGGLED : The qualification likely to be attained by a graduate teacher and a synonym for teased or guyed includes the letter for a student driver.
1d Low day for humour (4)
MOOD : The noise made by cattle and then the abbreviation for day.
2d Of course, supporting the French I must be relaxed (9)
LEISURELY : Of course, or indubitably, follows the French definite article and ‘I’ from the clue.
7d Daughter’s first greasy napkin (5)
DOILY : The initial letter of Daughter and then a different adjective meaning greasy.
8d Good girls will support star in shades (10)
SUNGLASSES : The star that is nearest to us, the abbreviation for ‘good’ and then another word for girls.
14d Bareheaded queen on run? Nonsense! (10)
BALDERDASH : Bareheaded or hairless, then Her Majesty’s regnal cipher and run quickly.
16d Long-term plan targets unusual year (8)
STRATEGY : An anagram (unusual) of TARGETS plus Y(ear).
18d Objective setter’s role — I fail regularly (9)
IMPARTIAL : String together the two letters used by a setter referring to himself, a role in a play, and then alternate letters from ‘I fail’.
20d Rugby players on mature sort of deal (7)
PACKAGE : The collective term for rugby forwards and then mature or grow old.
21d The girl adopted by mainly clever and dazzling type (7)
SMASHER : Remove the last letter from a synonym for clever and put within this a personal female pronoun.
25d Crash of pain felt crossing river (5)
PRANG : A pain felt or a twinge contains R(iver).
The ones that made our tick list this week were 12a, 14d, 18d and 21d.
Quickie pun eye + felt + hour = Eiffel Tower