Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29440
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
New Zealand had been free of any Covid 19 in the community for 102 days. Then yesterday it was announced that four cases, all in one family, were discovered in people who had not had any obvious connection with potential infection sources. Immediately the Auckland area has been put into Lockdown Level 3 (all schools, shops and workplaces closed) while the rest of the country has returned to Level 2. Just hope that the source can be located quickly so that these measures can be lifted again.
Meanwhile life goes on and we have another fine Wednesday puzzle to enjoy. It took us exactly the same time to sort out as last week’s puzzle so we have awarded it the same star ratings.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Source of Chardonnay — a very American drink (4)
CAVA : The first letter of Chardonnay, then ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviations for very and American.
12a Dry and press one, before short visit (8)
IRONICAL : String together press as one does to make clothing neat, then the Roman numeral one and a word meaning visit (or phone) without its last letter.
13a Rejecting free article must be a low point (5)
NADIR : The reversal (rejecting) of free or eradicate and the two letter indefinite article.
15a Be left in the air, struggling with no answer (7)
INHERIT : An anagram (struggling) of IN THE (a)IR once ‘A’ has been removed.
17a Travels after poor exam grades for mocks (7)
DERIDES : Fourth and fifth level exam grades and then travels, perhaps by horse.
19a Note intended to keep detective (7)
MEDIANT : The letters for a Detective Inspector are inside a synonym for intended.
21a Crazy way out covered by rent (7)
HAYWIRE : A word meaning rent or lease surrounds an anagram (out) of WAY.
22a Small Oval ground producing such an outburst (5)
SALVO : S(mall) plus an anagram (ground) of OVAL.
24a Hand in notice, besieging editor for new plan (8)
REDESIGN : The abbreviation for editor is inside hand in notice or quit.
27a By and large at sea? (2,3,4)
IN THE MAIN : A double definition.
29a Peer who’s almost unprotected (4)
EARL : Remove the first and last letters (unprotected) from almost or just about.
30a Privately friendly, hugging Queen and heir (10)
PERSONALLY : Her Majesty’s regnal cypher and her male heir are surrounded by an informal word for friendly.
1d Expense of keeping son in bed (4)
COST : A bed, often for a baby, contains S(on).
2d A plug may be so discovered (9)
UNEARTHED : An electrical plug with only two connecting points.
3d Voucher for purchase of no real value (5)
TOKEN : A double definition.
4d Whip accepting work with Young Conservatives is an imitator (7)
COPYCAT : A whip that may have nine tails surrounds an artistic work and the abbreviations for young and Conservatives.
7d Enthusiastic about love, duck? (5)
AVOID : Enthusiastic or keen contains the tennis score love.
8d Taken out of the picture? (10)
AIRBRUSHED : A cryptic definition of a way a picture can be altered.
14d Letter supporting Germany is lacking consideration (10)
DISMISSIVE : The IVR code for Germany, then ‘is’ from the clue and a letter or epistle.
16d Argued about when on weed regularly (8)
REASONED : String together the two letter ‘about’, a synonym for ‘when’, then ‘on’ from the clue and the second and fourth letters of ‘weed’.
18d Cheating before spring, and making good progress (5,4)
DOING WELL : Cheating or defrauding, and then a spring that is a source of water.
21d Sign off after concealed beatings (7)
HIDINGS : A synonym for concealed and an anagram (off) of SIGN.
23d Time must be invested in genuine uprising in due course (5)
LATER : A word for genuine or true is inverted (uprising) and contains T(ime).
26 Energy drink gets youth initially nervous (4)
EDGY : The first letters (initially) of four words in the clue.
Lots of ticks once again but our gold medal goes to 1a.
Quickie pun phase + swipes = face wipes