Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29548
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We are back in Wellington again. Sam, the grandson who had the kidney operation a few weeks ago, is having a follow-up procedure to remove a stent so we are back here for support. It is relatively minor compared with the original operation and much less stress making for all concerned. Hence we are solving and blogging in other than our usual environment.
A few tricky clues again for us and all the usual Wednesday fun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Privately owned island in clear-up after resettlement (8)
PECULIAR : An anagram (after resettlement) of CLEAR UP contains the single letter abbreviation for island.
10a Tramps with urge to enter drinking establishments (7)
BEGGARS : A synonym for urge or encourage is inside places where people drink.
11a Abandoned in favour of name holding advantage (8)
FORSAKEN : A three letter word meaning ‘in favour of’, then a synonym for advantage, and finally N(ame).
15a Set out to cover unknown infection (4)
STYE : An anagram (out) of SET contains one of the letters used as a mathematical unknown.
16a Person looking for understanding? (3-6)
LIP-READER : A cryptic description of someone, usually hearing-impaired, who can follow a conversation visually.
21a Love to knock back drink and work (4)
OPUS : The tennis score love, and the reversal of drink as a verb.
22a Put up with no ale being brewed in such a system (5-5)
STAND-ALONE : Put up with or tolerate and then an anagram (being brewed) of NO ALE.
24a Mementos of priest hoarded by Roman Catholic saint (6)
RELICS : Crosswordland’s favourite biblical priest is surrounded by R(oman) and C(atholic) S(aint).
25a Relaxed as Left must have help and support (4,4)
LAID BACK : L(eft), then another word for help followed by support or sponsor.
27a Trouble from Italian blocking a door (7)
AGITATE : ‘A’ from the clue, then a door or entrance contains the two letter abbreviation for Italian.
29a Hospital worker must be tidy (7)
ORDERLY : A double definition.
2d A meeting about European question is acceptable (8)
ADEQUATE : ‘A’ from the clue and an often romantic meeting contain E(uropean) and QU(estion).
3d So-called bank needing help with no limits is nonsense (8)
DOGGEREL : A sandbank in the North Sea famous for its fish stocks plus the two central letters of ‘help’.
4d Abundance of work in CIA supporting company run badly (10)
CORNUCOPIA : Starting from the top we have Co(mpany), an anagram (badly) of RUN, then CIA from the clue contains the two letters for an artistic work.
5d Carry out checks on oxygen bar (4)
VETO : A word meaning ‘carry out checks’ and the chemical symbol for oxygen.
6d Go after funds to protect university (6)
PURSUE : Funds, perhaps those earned in a boxing match, contains U(niversity).
8d Fireplace lined with Ulster stone (7)
GRANITE : The metal frame on which a fire is lit contains the part of the UK often referred to as Ulster.
11d Skeleton few mark or otherwise (9)
FRAMEWORK : An anagram (otherwise) of FEW MARK OR.
18d Drunk cuts meal, finding wine (8)
MUSCATEL : An anagram (drunk) of CUTS MEAL.
19d Make economies? That’s no good! (7)
USELESS : Split the answer 3,4 to get a phrase meaning make economies.
20d House embracing a new flavour (7)
VANILLA : A type of house surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and N(ew).
23d Make a mockery of empty double bed (6)
DEBUNK : The first and last letters (empty) of ‘double’ and a bed often found on a ship.
26d Hearing of lines, actors may need these (4)
CUES : A homophone of a word for lines of people waiting.
Quickie pun paws + whole = poor soul