Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29500
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
New Zealand adopted an MMP voting system (Mixed Member Proportional) in 1996 and at every election since then our government has been a coalition of two or more parties. At these latest elections the party led by Jacinda Ardern has gained enough seats that they can form a government without the need for coalition partners. We’ll find out in a couple of weeks whether they will choose to do this. For me (Colin) it was a fascinating fortnight being part of the process during the election. Now it is back to the usual retirement routine and blogging the Wednesday puzzle at the ‘proper’ time.
We thought Jay was quite gentle on us this week and he has given us an excruciatingly groan-worthy Quickie pun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Pale, sickly and sluggish, full of talk essentially (6)
SALLOW : The two central letters (essentially) of talk are inside a word meaning sluggish.
5a Secure simple task covering line (6)
CLINCH : A simple task or sinecure contains L(ine).
11a Sway and come in shaking (9)
DOMINANCE : An anagram (shaking) of AND COME IN.
12a Column on paid performer’s sketch (7)
PROFILE : A three letter paid performer and a column or vertical row.
13a Forgoes key cuts (7)
ESCHEWS : A key that is found on a computer keyboard, and then cuts, usually with an axe.
14a Encourage mimic seen outside theatre at first (9)
STIMULATE : The first letter of theatre is inside mimic or assume a false appearance.
18a Try relish (5)
TASTE : A double definition. ‘Try’ here is have a sample.
19a Gets the better of tutors ordered to accept second degree (9)
OUTSMARTS : An anagram (ordered) of TUTORS surrounds S(econd) and the degree that comes after a Bachelor of Arts.
21a Enlightenment provided by commercial transport in troubled Iran (7)
NIRVANA : An anagram (troubled) of IRAN surrounds a light covered commercial vehicle.
25a Groundbreaking victory that’s overwhelming? (9)
LANDSLIDE : The answer is used in two senses in the clue. First literally and then figuratively. ( We found this one straightforward to solve but hard to write a hint for.)
26a Part of drill by soldiers in revolution (5)
ORBIT : Lowest ranking soldiers and then the part of a drill that is held by the chuck.
27a Stumbles across parking and drives off (6)
REPELS : Stumbles or staggers contains P(arking).
28a Bands of elite forces protecting the girl (6)
SASHES : The three letter acronym for an elite military force contains a female personal pronoun.
2d Friend shot after friend from Paris (5)
AMIGO : A French word for friend and then a shot or attempt.
3d Exhaustion of girl with it due for treatment (9)
LASSITUDE : A word for a girl and an anagram (for treatment) of IT DUE.
5d Manage to accommodate millions with temporary accommodation that’s satisfactory (9)
COMPETENT : Manage or successfully deal with contains M(illions) followed by temporary accommodation traditionally made of canvas.
6d Greek island coin redesigned (5)
IONIC : The one letter abbreviation for island and an anagram (redesigned) of COIN.
7d University academic going from for to against such a priest (9)
CONFESSOR : Start with a university academic who is head of a department and change the first three letters from something meaning ‘for’ to something meaning ‘against’.
8d College grounds American supporting faction (6)
CAMPUS : A faction or special interest group and then the United States.
9d Feels sights must include extremes of Naples (6)
SENSES : Sights or notices contains the first and last letters of Naples.
15d Coverage of Sun in race for circulation (9)
INSURANCE : An anagram (for circulation) of SUN IN RACE.
16d A traveller mostly tells stories to find inconsistencies (9)
ANOMALIES : ‘A’ from the clue and a traveller often found in desert regions loses his last letter, and then tells untrue stories.
17d Important opus oddly written within minutes (9)
MOMENTOUS : Minutes or less precise short times contain the first and third letters of opus.
20d Worsen a tendency to expose politicians (6)
SENATE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
22d Man for example found under a corridor (5)
AISLE : What man with a capital M is an example of follows ‘A’ from the clue.
23d Struggles to accept western opinions (5)
VIEWS : Struggles or contests contains W(estern).
Our biggest tick goes to 7d today.
Quickie pun leave + hair + pull = Liverpool