Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29536
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our NZ flax plants (Phormium tenax) are having an ‘on’ year and are just loaded with flowering spikes that are often three or more metres tall. Nectar feeding birds love them and this year we have even seen a tui, which is generally quite rare where we live.
Lots of fun once again from Jay.
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1a Mood in front of naked dancer will be self-restraint (10)
TEMPERANCE : A word for mood or tone is followed by dancer with the first and last letters removed (naked).
10a Sit and fish (5)
PERCH : A doubled definition. Sit as a bird might.
11a Evening shifts should include a short time producing sheets (9)
LAMINATES : A slang word for evening shifts surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and a short time made up of 60 seconds.
12a Sort of occasion that may see Belgium miss match? (5,3)
BLACK TIE : String together the IVR code for Belgium, miss or be without and a possibly sporting match.
13a Perform better than United in 0-0? (5)
OUTDO : The three letter abbreviation for united is contained within the letter that looks like zero, repeated.
15a Hotel group welcoming American partner (7)
HUSBAND : The letter represented by hotel and a possibly musical group contains the two letters for American.
17a Thrilled to be summoned by old flame (7)
EXCITED : The prefix for an old flame, plus summoned or named.
19a Experimental medicine Italy once dismissed is confined to a particular area (7)
ENDEMIC : An anagram (experimental) of MEDIC(i)NE with one of the instances of the IVR code for Italy removed.
24a Energy invested in basic or dancing exercise (8)
AEROBICS : An anagram (dancing) of BASIC OR contains E(nergy).
28a Get in touch with every individual by letter, finally (5)
REACH : The last letter of ‘letter’ and then a word meaning every individual.
29a Reduce energy, it’s precious (4)
CUTE : Reduce or shorten and then the physics symbol for energy.
30a An astronomer may be so optimistic (6-4)
STARRY-EYED : A description of an astronomer based on the most common objects in the night sky.
1d Exploits petty argument being raised (4)
TAPS : The reversal of a petty argument or minor disagreement.
2d Preached, as result of exam in deism, possibly (9)
MORALISED : An exam that is not written is inside an anagram (possibly) of DEISM.
3d European with the majority of stupid set of principles (5)
ETHIC : The abbreviation for European and then a word for stupid or dense without its last letter.
4d Removed material from rickety table in a day (7)
ABLATED : ‘A’ from the clue and D(ay) surround an anagram (rickety) of TABLE.
5d No end of potential seen in whole contest (7)
COMPETE : Start with a word meaning whole or entire and remove the final letter of potential from within it.
8d Feel bitter about crossing Atlantic for a defendant (10)
RESPONDENT : A word meaning feel bitter contains a slang word for the Atlantic Ocean. (We have a similar expression for the Tasman Sea which we call ‘The Ditch’.)
9d Required objective, packing on behalf of church (8)
ENFORCED : An objective or goal contains (packing) a word meaning on behalf of, plus the Anglican Church.
14d Unconcerned as parking light came loose (10)
PHLEGMATIC : P(arking) and an anagram (loose) of LIGHT CAME.
16d Host must welcome Conservative with attractive plus-one, maybe (3,5)
ARM CANDY : A host or large group, possibly of soldiers, contains C(onservative) and a synonym for ‘with’.
18d Greek chap on about risqué form of government (9)
THEOCRACY : The short form of a common Greek name, then the letter for about or approximately, and a synonym for risque.
20d Talk about venue for carnival transport from Rome? (7)
CHARIOT : Talk informally surrounds the famous South American carnival venue.
21d Flyer fighting the French in the outskirts of Barfleur (7)
WARBLER : A three letter word for fighting and then the first and last letters of Barfleur contain the French definite article.
23d The man’s absorbed by court case (5)
CHEST : The abbreviation for caught contains a male personal pronoun with its ‘S.
25d Strapping lad’s origin is in northern town (5)
BURLY : A Northern English town near Bolton contains the first letter of lad’s.
26d Slough? The girl did at first (4)
SHED : A female personal pronoun and the first letter of ‘did’.
Our last one in and favourite is 16d.
Quickie pun sticky + tout = stick it out