Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29476
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A couple of our Spring markers that we watch out for on regular walks have appeared this week. We spotted our first clutch of ducklings, nine in this family, and the first contingent of Bar-tailed godwits have arrived from their breeding season in Alaska. Our clocks go forward this weekend too.
A few nostalgia inducing clues today from Jay, 3d and 13d in particular.
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1a Late caller gets double (4,6)
DEAD RINGER : Late or expired and then a telephone caller.
6a Record of police department sent back to arrest son (4)
DISC : Reverse the abbreviation for the police department that investigates crime and insert S(on) into this.
9a Part of body needing listener to be in shape (7)
FOREARM : Another word for shape contains the organ used for listening.
12a Developing polythene bead is unacceptable (6,3,4)
BEYOND THE PALE : An anagram (developing) of POLYTHENE BEAD.
14a Sports ground charge to include European copy (8)
RECREATE : The three letter abbreviation for a sports ground and a charge or cost contains E(uropean).
15a Leaders of any truly international show (6)
ATTEST : The first letters of any and truly and then an international sports fixture.
17a Follows lecture in case of sepsis (6)
STALKS : The first and last letters of sepsis surround lecture or speak.
19a Purpose of oil used by female (8)
FUNCTION : F(emale) and then oil used for anointing.
21a Illegal profit, in a way, before distribution of wealth (7,3,3)
AGAINST THE LAW : A synonym for profit is enclosed by ‘A’ from the clue and a way or thoroughfare and then an anagram (distribution of) of WEALTH.
25a Bride’s intention about religious education loomed large (7)
TOWERED : A 2,3 phrase for a bride’s intention includes the abbreviation for religious education.
26a Gin most of Labour perhaps rejected (4)
TRAP : The reversal, without the last letter, of a major political grouping.
27a Cheating — could be attractive keeping notes exchanged (10)
DISHONESTY : An informal word describing an attractive woman contains an anagram (exchanged) of NOTES.
1d Skilful lower socio-economic groups supported by newspaper (4)
DEFT : Fourth and fifth grade groups and then the pink newspaper.
2d A drill set up since regularly requiring oxygen (7)
AEROBIC : String together ‘A’ from the clue, the reversal of drill or make a hole, and then the second and fourth letters of ‘since’.
4d Propose master should have name for daughter (8)
NOMINATE : Start with a word meaning master or exert power over and change the first letter from D(aughter) to N(ame).
7d Time of endless dry wit — a good experience at first (4,3)
IRON AGE : Remove the last letter from a word for dry wit, and then ‘A’ from the clue plus G(ood) E(experience).
11d 1 Across may be otherwise wanted in italics as absent (9,4)
IDENTICAL TWIN : An anagram (otherwise) of WANTED IN IT(a)LIC(s) once ‘as’ has been removed.
18d State requiring a student with a couple of degrees (7)
ALABAMA : ‘A’ from the clue, then the letter for a student driver, ‘A’ from the clue again and then bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
20d Going to the heart patients here? (7)
INWARDS : The answer split 2,5 tells where patients might be.
23d Trained gymnast must keep tense (4)
EDGY : And to finish, another lurker, hiding in the clue.
Our favourite today is 11d because we are the parents of some.
Quickie pun bray + key + toff = break it off