Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29470
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The weather gods have thrown a real mixture at us again this week. Some really vicious squally showers yesterday but beautiful clear blue skies today although the appropriately named equinoctial winds are still present.
A bit rushed this week as we are due to drive to Wellington for grand-parental duties as soon as we get this done and scheduled for publication.
The puzzle is just what we have come to expect on a Wednesday. We thought the Quickie Pun deserves an extra look. We laughed out loud.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Obscure diet once developed by head of research (9)
RECONDITE : The first letter of research and then an anagram (developed) of DIET ONCE.
11a Test on area of the chamber (6)
ATRIAL : A(rea) then another word for a test.
12a Wind up, seeing deficit reversed in seedy club! (8)
DISSOLVE : The reversal of deficit or something missing is inside a down-market nightspot.
13a Types welcoming power games (6)
SPORTS : Types or varieties contains P(ower).
15a Friend stifling a tear will get such responsibilities (8)
PARENTAL : A three letter word for a friend surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and tear or rip.
19a Protein supplied by doctor’s patient at home (6)
CASEIN : A word used to describe a doctor’s patient and then the two letter ‘at home’.
21a Lose one’s rag before long, being facetious (8)
FLIPPANT : Lose one’s rag or fly off the handle, then long or earnestly pine for.
26a Blitz auction held outside hotel (5)
SHELL : Auction here is a verb and contains H(otel).
27a Energy limit applied to work procedure (9)
OPERATION : Start with the two letter artistic work, then E(nergy) and limit or supply an allocated amount.
28a Amusing short story about me and dodgy cardinal (11)
FUNDAMENTAL : A three letter word for amusing, then an anagram (dodgy) of ME AND and finally, a story with its last letter removed (short).
2d Bring on again, curiously providing cover (5)
INCUR : A lurker, hiding in the clue indicated by ‘providing cover’.
4d Resolute Republican blocking fighter on the way up (4)
GRIM : A Russian fighter plane is reversed and contains R(epublican).
5d Article seized by rioting Crimean national (8)
AMERICAN : An anagram (rioting) of CRIMEAN contains an extra indefinite article.
6d Writers can be terrible nags (5)
HACKS : A double definition. The terrible nags are equine.
7d Wrongly distribute millions before one’s agreement (7)
MISDEAL : The abbreviation for millions, then ‘ones’ written as the Roman numeral and ‘S’, plus agreement or business arrangement.
8d Nothing on brawl about two teas reportedly — result of broken eggs? (8)
OMELETTE : The letter that looks like zero, then a word for a brawl derived from French contains the repeat of a letter that sounds like’tea’.
14d Briefly describes unpopular ranges (8)
OUTLINES : Unpopular or not trendy and then ranges that could describe stock held by a retailer.
16d Quietly speak in support of Argentinian lady and disappear (9)
EVAPORATE : Start with the Argentinian lady of musical fame, then the musical letter for quietly and speak or give a speech.
17d Refuse and go off depressed (4,4)
TURN DOWN : Go off or deviate and then depressed or low.
18d Fiend must be upset about 5, and soaked through (7)
INFUSED : The two letter abbreviation used to describe the answer to 5d is inside an anagram (must be upset) of FIEND.
20d So-called oilman works under one without protection (7)
NOMINAL : Remove the outside letters (without protection) of the word ‘one’ and then an anagram (works) of OILMAN.
24d Supporter is interrupting scrap (5)
JOIST : A scrap or small amount contains ‘IS’ from the clue.
25d Bride must ignore free thank you letter from abroad (4)
BETA: Remove a synonym for ‘free’ from the middle of the word bride and then a two letter informal thank you.
We really enjoyed 1a. In fact we had a minor occurrence yesterday which would have involved one.
Quickie pun juicy + wart + icy = Do you see what I see