Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29416
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We must have just turned the corner with the seasons. Two shy daffodils have dared to burst into bloom in our garden. We think they are very foolhardy as it certainly still feels like winter to us.
We thought Jay has been gentle on us this week but all the fun is still there.
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1a What the journalist said to have an effect? (7)
IMPRESS : Split the answer (1’1,5) to understand what the journalist might say.
9a Opinions of wife during struggles (5)
VIEWS : Struggles or contends contains W(ife).
11a Lab working with kitchen solvent (2,3,5)
IN THE BLACK : An anagram (working) of LAB and KITCHEN.
14a Managed, provided … (12)
ADMINISTERED : A double definition. It is a service or treatment that is provided.
21a An acceptable standard, and not married (4)
NORM : A word meaning ‘and not’ and then the abbreviation for married.
22a It may have its place in modelling! (10)
PLASTICINE : An anagram (modelling) of ITS PLACE IN. The whole clue gives the definition.
25a Independent army keeping quiet, not taking sides (9)
IMPARTIAL : The abbreviation for independent, then army or relating to military matters contains the musical notation for quiet.
26a Where cameras may film attack? (5)
ONSET : Split the answer (2,3) to see where the cameras are.
28a Peers reviewed before court honour (7)
RESPECT : An anagram (reviewed) of PEERS and then the abbreviation for court.
1d Where nurse might put needle, reportedly to no avail? (2,4)
IN VAIN : Sounds like (reportedly) the blood vessel where a needle might be put.
2d Rather small-minded about end of affair (6)
PRETTY : A synonym for small-minded contains the final letter of affair.
5d Draft for American screenplay supporting prisoner (9)
CONSCRIPT : A familiar word for a prisoner and the written form of a screenplay.
6d Tie up revolutionary to get space (4)
ROOM : The reversal (revolutionary) of a word meaning to tie up a boat.
8d Lacking balance, and nasty due to change (8)
UNSTEADY : An anagram (to change) of NASTY DUE.
13d Household items to be found in decreasing use? (5,5)
STEAM IRONS : Another cryptic definition. Putting a hyphen after the second letter of ‘decreasing’ will help to understand the wordplay.
15d Shielding with no answer must be offensive (9)
INSULTING : Remove A(nswer) from a word meaning shielding or protecting from the cold.
16d Bearing up (8)
STANDING : A double definition. Bearing or tolerating and vertical.
19d Web matter for discussion under Tories originally (6)
TISSUE : The first letter of Tories and then what needs to be dealt with.
20d Attend case of indictment and get out (4,2)
BEAT IT : A 2,2 phrase meaning attend and then the outside letters (case) of indictment.
23d Going north, some suffer a loss of sun (5)
SOLAR : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
24d Elm Road cut off at both ends? (4)
TREE : Remove the first and last letters from a road or thoroughfare.
We enjoyed finding today’s animals and the 18a play.
Quickie pun revert + hems = River Thames