Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29398
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
On our regular walk this morning, as well as having a ‘chat’ with our special friend the NZ dabchick, we also had the rare privilege of seeing two distant mountains. One of these, Mt Ruapehu is inland in the central North Island and the other Mt Taranaki appears, from our vantage point, to emerge out of the sea as a perfect white cone. A beautiful clear day and the dawning sun shining on it showed it off at its best.
All the usual Wednesday fun with Jay’s puzzle once again.
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10a Lack of restraint shown by a group performing (7)
ABANDON : ‘A’ from the clue, a usually musical group and then a two letter word for performing.
11a Beast from the east — and there without her to provide cover (8)
LAMINATE : The reversal (from the east) of a general word for a beast, and then what is left of the word ‘there’ once ‘her’ has been removed.
12a A residential area may see problem rejected in advance (6)
SUBURB : A three letter advance payment surrounds the reversal of a problem or difficulty.
13a Popular criminal dealers welcoming the Queen’s conclusions (10)
INFERENCES : The two letter word for popular, then dealers in stolen goods include Her Majesty’s regnal cipher.
16a Doctor able to speak and explain further (9)
ELABORATE : An anagram (doctor) of ABLE plus speak or make a speech.
21a Sort of look and stagger back (4)
LEER : The reversal (back) of another word for stagger or sway.
24a Counsel notice moral shortcoming (6)
ADVICE : A notice or commercial promotion and then moral shortcoming or evil characteristic.
25a Woody could be American, attached to foreign legion (8)
LIGNEOUS : An anagram (foreign) of LEGION plus the United States.
27a Monk perhaps runs into trouble (7)
BROTHER : Trouble or inconvenience contains the cricket abbreviation for runs.
28a Determination of town on Etna destroyed (8)
TENACITY : An anagram (destroyed) of ETNA and then a large town.
29a Turn one’s attention to a day shift (7)
ADDRESS : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for day, and then a shift as a female garment.
2d Strained party ends without regulars (8)
LABOURED : One of the UK’s (and also New Zealand’s) major political parties and then alternate letters from the word ‘ends’.
3d Cheerful article penned by disturbed genius (8)
SANGUINE : An anagram (disturbed) of GENIUS contains one variant of the indefinite article.
4d Cycle stocked by old worker is a rip-off (10)
EXORBITANT : Cycle in the way that the moon does to Earth is enclosed by a two letter prefix for old and a worker insect.
5d Region seeing a listener finally getting promoted (4)
AREA : ‘A’ from the clue and the ‘listener’ attached to the side of your head has its final letter moved up two spaces.
8d Always succeeded in case of rare defeat (7)
REVERSE : The first and last letters of rare surround another word for always and S(ucceeded).
11d Felt differently concerning small amounts of surplus food (9)
LEFTOVERS : An anagram (differently) of FELT, then concerning or about and S(mall).
17d European role developed about tax that stops at different levels (8)
ELEVATOR : The abbreviation for European and then an anagram (developed) of ROLE includes the tax that is the equivalent of New Zealand’s GST.
18d The race’s over for such professionals (8)
TEACHERS : An anagram (over) of THE RACES.
19d Talent that’s good for British briskness (7)
AGILITY : Start with a word for talent, then replace its B(ritish) with G(ood).
20d Catchy phrases describing a name in high gloss (7)
SLOGANS : An anagram (high) of GLOSS surrounds ‘A’ and N(ame).
26d Capable of leading time — with oxygen! (2,2)
UP TO : A word meaning leading or ahead, then T(ime) and the chemical symbol for oxygen.
1a is our favourite this week. We had to mull over it for a while before the penny dropped.
Quickie pun cell + fray + sing = self-raising