Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29368
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
In the last four days we have managed to meet up with all of our family and grandchildren who we have only contacted via Zoom since lockdown started. This has meant that we have been staying in Wellington for a couple of nights and it was just wonderful being back in touch again. We did so miss them all so much. We came back today so we could do the blog in our usual home environment.
All the usual Wednesday fun with this puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Engineers more recent track studies (9,6)
REFRESHER COURSE : Army engineers, then more recent, like vegetables from a home garden compared with supermarket ones, and a synonym for track.
9a Family (and the rest) must adopt current type of energy (7)
KINETIC : A three letter word for family, and then the abbreviation for the Latin phrase meaning ‘and the rest’ includes ‘I’, the physics symbol for current.
12a Clip youngster crossing river (4)
TROT : A familiar word for a small child includes R(iver).
13a Relative cut applied to rejected writer (6)
NEPHEW : Firstly, the reversal of a writing implement and then a word meaning cut.
15a With no time tips load off across right part of motorway (4,4)
SLIP ROAD : We have a complicated anagram here. ‘Off’ is the indicator. Start with ‘tips load’, then remove the T(ime) and add in R(ight).
18a Chutzpah mainly precedes row in border (8)
FRONTIER : Start with a synonym for chutzpah or brazenness and remove its last letter. Now, another word for a row or level.
19a District excluding the majority of public disorder (6)
BARRIO : A word meaning excluding is followed by one for public disorder without its final letter.
22a Boy pinching one set (4)
LAID : The Roman numeral one is inside another word for a boy.
23a Container used for river grass? (9)
FLOWERPOT : A word for a river originating from the way that it moves (that is often used to confuse crossword solvers), and then grass smoked by hippies in the 1960’s.
27a Laugh and talk intermittently during task (7)
CHORTLE : The first and third letters of talk are found inside a boring routine task.
28a Pay for dance after dream sporting competition (7,8)
FANTASY FOOTBALL : Start with a dream or illusion, then pay for or pick up the bill and a formal dance.
1d Makes a lot from crime to support playboy (5,2)
RAKES IN : A crime or indiscretion follows a playboy or libertine.
2d A bit of belief in a league game (5)
FINAL : A lurker, hiding in the clue
3d Outgoing text sent off about partygoer (9)
EXTRAVERT : An anagram (sent off) of TEXT contains a partygoer. (Bet we won’t be the only ones to check this spelling)
4d Slight problem with award after chick goes naked (6)
HICCUP : The central three letters of chick and then an award or trophy.
6d Grunt name adopted by yokel (4)
OINK : A word for a country yokel contains N(ame).
8d Praised former lover and stopped missing head (7)
EXALTED : The two letter former lover, and then remove the first letter (in this case ‘h’) from a word meaning stopped.
14d Supply argument in favour of dream (9)
PROVISION : A word for an argument in favour and then a dream or aspiration.
16d Look sulky about bad delay, exhausted (6,3)
PLAYED OUT : What is done with the mouth to look sulky surrounds an anagram (bad) of DELAY.
17d Spy left in a panic, holding Independent showing such feeling (4-4)
SELF-PITY : An anagram (in a panic) of SPY LEFT contains I(ndependent).
18d Decline sees everything cancelled after fine (4,3)
FALL OFF : Start with the abbreviation for fine, then a word meaning everything and then one meaning cancelled.
20d Love a duck eating last of cream and porridge (7)
OATMEAL : The tennis score love, ‘A’ from the clue, and a small variety of duck contains the last letter of cream.
24d Prime minister once having answer for bread (5)
PITTA : A former prime minister (you have two relatives to choose from) and the abbreviation for answer.
We don’t really need to explain why the SW corner contains our favourite clues today.
Quickie pun thumb + Heinz + eye = the mind’s eye