Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29518
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Every year The New Zealand Forest and Bird runs a Bird of the Year poll. Here is the link. https://www.birdoftheyear.org.nz Yesterday we cast our vote for the NZ Dabchick or Weweia. It is the bird that appeared on a pond near us during lockdown earlier in the year and was a highlight of our regular walks at that time. Don’t imagine it is going to win as most people have never heard of it but it is very special to us and just might get a flurry of overseas votes. If it does not win, it promises to fade back into obscurity without any fuss, which is very reassuring.
This one took us longer to solve than most Wednesday puzzles so have raised the difficulty rating by one star.
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10a Outrage of boy sent back after hospital examination (7)
SCANDAL : A hospital examination by a sophisticated machine and the reversal of a synonym for boy.
11a Fighter could see criminal argue about stream (9)
GUERRILLA : A stream or very small brook is inside an anagram (criminal) of ARGUE.
12a Petition to cross river and mountain (4)
BERG : Petition or plead contains R(iver).
13a Recording label must store number that’s secret (6)
TAPING : An identifying label contains the secret number that you might use with your debit card.
15a Get rid of black — it’s no different (8)
JETTISON : Another word for black named after a type of lignite and an anagram (different) of IT’S NO.
18a Father gets covered in beer by Yankee in fit of anger (8)
APOPLEXY : A familiar name for a father is inside a three letter beer synonym, then the letter used in arithmetic for ‘by’ and finally Y(ankee).
22a Outstanding women featuring in dictionary (4)
OWED : The three letters identifying a major dictionary (not BRB) contains W(omen).
26a King wearing new undies must be covered (7)
INSURED : An anagram (new) of UNDIES contains the letter which is an abbreviation for the Latin word for king.
27a Labour may accept quorum regularly generating confusion (7)
TURMOIL : Labour or hard work contains the 2nd, 4th and 6th letters of quorum.
28a Looking in awe at El Cid at prayer? (4-11)
HERO-WORSHIPPING : What El Cid could be an example of, and then at prayer or venerating.
2d Border crossed by driver, generally (5)
VERGE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
3d Violent Nordic tale mostly of religious teaching (9)
DOCTRINAL : An anagram (violent) of NORDIC TAL(e) without the final letter of ‘tale’.
4d Cause irritation and agree with name for son (6)
NETTLE : Start with a word meaning agree or come to an arrangement and replace the S(on) with N(ame).
5d Work with sister, holding identical fine material (8)
GOSSAMER : Work or be in operation, and then a two letter abbreviation for sister surrounds a synonym for identical.
6d Lot of responsibility (4)
LOAD : A double definition.
7d Person with letters to his name? (9)
ADDRESSEE : A cryptic definition of somebody receiving mail.
8d Element of information suppressed by crown? (7)
HALOGEN : A crown that might be seen on a saint, then information or dope.
17d See 1 Down
18d Get rid of nasty boils in a hospital (7)
ABOLISH : “A’ from the clue and H(ospital) surround an anagram (nasty) of BOILS.
20d US marshal once having to carry silencer (7)
EARPLUG : The surname of the US marshall associated with Tombstone and the OK Corral, plus a word meaning to carry.
21d Poles must have urge to squeal (6)
SNITCH : The two geographic poles and then an urge or irritation.
24d Girl upsetting one chap about nothing (5)
NAOMI : In reverse order we have the Roman numeral one, and another word for a chap surrounding the letter that looks like zero.