Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29422
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Another Wednesday. Another Jay puzzle to enjoy.
It’s been a quiet week here so we’ll skip the trivia and get straight into the solving.
A puzzle towards the easier end of the spectrum for us.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Look more impressive having dismissed first of Republicans (6)
GANDER : Remove the first letter of Republicans from a word meaning more impressive.
5a What might be left, say, in frilly surroundings (6)
LEGACY : The two letter abbreviation for the Latin phrase meaning ‘say’ or ‘for example’ is inside a synonym for frilly.
10a Name adopted when following boxer (5)
ALIAS : The assumed name of probably the world’s best known boxer and then a two letter synonym for ‘when’.
11a Many a time beset by evil — good to be mollifying (9)
SOFTENING : A three letter word for an evil followed by G(ood) encloses a word meaning ‘many a time’.
13a Disappointed and allowed to drink in one (3,4)
LET DOWN : A three letter word for allowed or permitted, then a slang word meaning to drink in one gulp.
14a Detective reading for fun (9)
DIVERSION : A detective inspector and then a reading or alternative interpretation.
18a Expert appearing in newspaper feature (5)
FACET : The pink newspaper surrounds an expert or adept.
19a Is cat meat made to chew? (9)
MASTICATE : An anagram (made) of IS CAT MEAT.
21a Informed by a couple of students taking everything into account (3,4)
ALL TOLD : ‘A’ from the clue and the repetition of the letter used by student drivers, then informed or related.
23a Tramp stumbles across area with last of booze (7)
TRAIPSE : Another word for stumbles contains (A)rea and then the final letter of booze.
25a Pressing new peers in appointment (9)
DESPERATE : An appointment or assignation contains an anagram (new) of PEERS.
26a Incompetent writer backed by one with time (5)
INEPT : A writing instrument is reversed inside the Roman numeral one and T(ime).
27a A challenge to accept women’s promotion on the web (6)
ADWARE : ‘A’ from the clue and a challenge surrounds W(omen).
28a Student failing to start easy cash job (6)
EARNER : Remove the first letter from a student or someone receiving education.
2d Group of nations supporting aid fixed for so long (5)
ADIEU : An anagram (fixed) of AID and then a group of nations that the UK is in the process of leaving.
4d Dangerous raid, oddly, on broadcaster (5)
RISKY : The first and third letters of raid and then a TV broadcasting organisation.
5d Biographical tales about new vital means of communication? (9)
LIFELINES : The subject of a biography and then untrue tales contain N(ew).
6d Person who’s invited may be judged in hearing (5)
GUEST : A homophone (in hearing) of judged or ‘had a stab’.
8d What’s left after following schedule is cut short? (3,3)
FAG END : The abbreviation for following and then another word for a schedule or meeting plan loses its last letter.
15d Criminal sold a vice that’s articulated (9)
VOCALISED : An anagram (criminal) of SOLD A VICE.
16d Instant act as broker to support firm regularly (9)
IMMEDIATE : The second and fourth letters (regularly) of firm and then act as a broker or go-between.
17d Officer‘s new bride touring Baltic port (9)
BRIGADIER : An anagram (new) of BRIDE surrounds the Baltic port that is the capital of Latvia.
18d German wife and son outside Germany must be impostors (6)
FRAUDS : The German word for wife, then the IVR code for Germany and S(on).
20d Emirates will be empty, hosting opening occasions (6)
EVENTS : An opening or a slit is enclosed by the first and last letters (empty) of Emirates.
23d Subject of note crossing border (5)
THEME : A border or turned-up edge is inside a note of the sol-fa scale.
Quickie pun sell + firs + team = self esteem