Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29464
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A grey overcast day here. We have had a trailer load of firewood delivered this morning and have been busy getting it unloaded and neatly stacked so that it will be nice and dry when we get to use it next winter. It is hard work for a couple of oldies but a very satisfying feeling to have it all finally done. That will have to wait until we get these hints and tips safely written and scheduled though.
Excellent Wednesday fun as usual from Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Backing study covering rats maybe doesn’t matter (5,4)
NEVER MIND : What rats are an example of is found inside a reversal (backing) of a study.
11a Acknowledge donation (5)
GRANT : A double definition.
13a Attack doctor when going in behind schedule (8)
LAMBASTE : A two letter qualification for a doctor and a two letter synonym for ‘when’ are inside a word meaning behind schedule.
15a Bear somehow able to swallow top of dog and bone (8,5)
SHOULDER BLADE : Bear or carry and then an anagram (somehow) of ABLE contains the first letter of dog.
22a Pact resulting from for example abandoning loyalty (8)
ALLIANCE : The abbreviation for the Latin phrase meaning ‘for example’ is removed from a synonym for loyalty.
23a Protocol largely covering arrest (6)
COLLAR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
26a Surprise seeing publicans finally going to the back for such wines (5)
HOCKS : Start with a serious surprise and move the last letter of publicans from the beginning to the end of this word.
27a Protester from Germany isn’t welcoming party (9)
DISSIDENT : The IVR code for Germany and then the word ‘isn’t’ is split to admit the addition of party or team.
28a Fail to accept South American neglect (6)
DISUSE : Fail or expire contains S(outh) and the two letter abbreviation for American.
29a Makes a contribution and entrances on air (6,2)
WEIGHS IN : The answer is a homophone of a 4,2 phrase describing entrances.
1d Talk may be firm, and otherwise never about son (8)
CONVERSE : The abbreviation for a firm or company, and then an anagram (otherwise) of NEVER contains S(on).
3d Warm drink (7)
CORDIAL : A double definition. The drink could be a fruit syrup.
4d Clever — going naked for shower (4)
RAIN : Remove the first and last letters (going naked) from clever or intelligent.
7d Tries to help, having left after breaking news during dinner perhaps (5,4)
MEANS WELL : An anagram (breaking) of NEWS and L(eft) are inside what dinner can be an example of.
8d Quite right, with swimmer losing head (6)
RATHER : R(ight) and then remove the first letter from somebody taking aquatic exercise.
10d Perfect round will get you exhausted (4-4)
DEAD-BEAT : A synonym for perfect, sometimes used in describing a complete stop or complete calm and then a round possibly walked by a policeman.
14d Rushed to hug journalist feeling initially embarrassed (3-5)
RED-FACED : Rushed or moved quickly surrounds a senior journalist and the first letter of feeling.
19d Passes European circuits with ease, oddly (7)
ELAPSES : The abbreviation for European, then circuits possibly of a race track and the first and third letters of ease.
21d Left a cast beaten (6)
LASHED : L(eft) then ‘A’ from the clue and cast or shuck off.
24d City is ahead, according to reports (5)
LEEDS : A homophone of a word meaning ‘is ahead’.
25d One’s levy halved for land offshore (4)
ISLE : The Roman numeral one plus ‘S and the first half of the word levy.
Lots of ticks again today. We especially liked 1a, 28a and 29a.
Quickie pun sure + toffs + pays = short of space
Steve Cowling has sent a message explaing his recent absence from the blog which I have uploaded as a pdf here: Phew What a Ride! BD