Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29488
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Advance voting in our General Election has now started so one of us (Colin) is working as an electoral officer, issuing votes. This makes us several hours later than usual getting on to putting the blog together but still plenty of time to get it all done before publishing deadline.
There is a ghost theme (one that you don’t need to know to solve the puzzle) that is symmetrically placed in the grid and easy to find. Something we don’t often see on a Wednesday.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Open in advance (7)
UPFRONT : Split the answer 2,5 for a phrase meaning in advance.
10a Purge lists seen in church (7)
CLEANSE : Lists or tilts to one side is inside the Anglican Church.
13a Lies bound to be rejected outside European Commission (6)
DECEIT : The abbreviation for European Commission is inside the reversal of bound or fastened with string.
15a Let a student know without ceremony? (8)
INFORMAL : A word meaning let know followed by ‘A’ from the clue and the student driver letter.
19a Drink, for example prior to backing call for meal (6)
EGGNOG : The two letters signifying for example and then the reversal of the instrument traditionally used to summon people for a meal.
22a Go berserk and scream (4)
RIOT : A double definition. Scream is used figuratively for something very amusing.
23a University working with means of lifting national standard (5,4)
UNION JACK : The three letter abbreviation for university, then a short word for working or in operation and a means of lifting, possibly a car.
27a Therapist‘s regret returning after service (7)
MASSEUR : A church service and the reversal of a word meaning regret.
28a Brilliant beaches — makes an effort to include parking and flag (5,3,7)
STARS AND STRIPES : Brilliant or a leading light, then beaches defined by what usually covers them and then the letter indicating parking is inside a word meaning ‘makes an effort’.
1d Searched around area inhabited by ghosts (7)
HAUNTED : The abbreviation for area is inside another word for searched.
2d Civvies leaving unit fuming on the way back? (5)
MUFTI : A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
3d Unfortunately one comes across one making savings (9)
ECONOMIES : An anagram (unfortunately) of ONE COMES contains the Roman numeral one.
4d Legal case resulting from instruction to shoot (6)
ACTION : When shooting for a movie this is one of the instruction words that starts things going.
5d Belief is lacking in discretion, possibly (8)
DOCTRINE : An anagram (possibly) of D(is)CRETION once ‘is’ from the clue is removed.
7d Mostly benevolent western sultanate imprisoning second family member (9)
KINSWOMAN : Remove the last letter from another word for benevolent, then S(econd) and W(estern) is followed by a sultanate in the Middle East.
8d Enduring being outside with no vote (7)
ETERNAL : Start with a word meaning outside and remove from it the letter used when casting a vote.
14d These days may be more frequent before the start of autumn (6,3)
COMMON ERA : A word meaning more frequent or more often encountered and then the first letter of autumn.
16d Is Her Majesty supporting Hammond perhaps for manager? (9)
ORGANISER : The instrument of which Hammond is an example, then ‘IS’ from the clue and Her Majesty’s regnal cypher.
17d Fancy international reference ignoring leader (8)
ILLUSION : Start with a word meaning reference or suggestion and replace its first letter with I(nternational).
24d Left a clean plate at the dump, occasionally (3,2)
ATE UP : Alternate letters from three words in clue.
25d Authorisation in advance (4)
PASS : A double definition. The advance is of the amorous kind.
Quickie pun polled + answer = pole dancer