Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29559
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A calm before the storm here as we are expecting lots of family to be arriving soon. They will be with us for a few days over New Year before heading off in various directions. As our borders are effectively closed to overseas tourists at present, locals are being urged to take up the slack. Our family are responding to this call. It has been unseasonably cool up to now but a beautiful fine sunny day today so maybe real Kiwi summer weather is starting to kick in.
This week Jay has given us a seasonally themed puzzle, a 12 across theme it is too, as well as a truly groan-worthy Quickie pun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
8a See 13 Across
10a Unknown location that sees an amount of sport, reportedly (9)
SOMEWHERE : A four letter word for an indefinite amount and then a homophone of a verb meaning ‘sport’ relating to clothing.
12a Suggestion from good crowd? (5)
GHOST : G(ood), then a crowd such as that referenced by Wordsworth in “Daffodils”.
13a & 8 Across Manchester’s strip redesigned for 12? (9,7)
CHRISTMAS PRESENT : An anagram (redesigned) of MANCHESTER’S STRIP.
15a Stay around, with son after the French food (7)
EDIBLES : The reversal of an old-fashioned word for stay around or wait, then the French definite article and S(on).
18a Russian aircraft helping mass movement (9)
MIGRATION : A Russian fighter aircraft and then a helping or allocation.
20a Staff ran campaign to keep old currency (5)
FRANC : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
21a One double parking in New York needs to be quick (5)
NIPPY : Inside the abbreviation for New York we have the Roman numeral one and the duplication of the letter used on parking signs.
24a Experience open-top bus in colour (7)
SUSTAIN : Bus with its first letter removed (open-top) is inside colour or apply a darkening agent.
25a Bring in different set, getting serious (7)
EARNEST : Bring in as an income, plus an anagram (different) of SET.
1d Talking idly of low energy after school (10)
SCHMOOZING : The three letter abbreviation for school, then the low made by a bovine creature and a colloquial word for energy.
3d Concentrates, seeing German town’s protecting church (8)
ESSENCES : A German city in the Ruhr with its ‘S, encloses the Anglican Church.
4d Come out — father’s climbing tree! (6)
APPEAR : The reversal of a familiar word for father and a tree where perhaps a partridge might be found at this time of the year.
5d Almost consider covering lesson, having lost social standing (8)
DECLASSE : Remove the last letter (in this case an M) from a synonym for consider and this surrounds a lesson or period of instruction.
7d Rows caused by fixing resident’s game (13)
DISAGREEMENTS : An anagram (caused by fixing) of RESIDENT’S GAME.
14d Note — editor accepts second game is not given fair opposition (10)
MISMATCHED : Start with one of the notes of the sol fah scale, then S(econd), next a game or sporting fixture, and finally ED(itor).
16d Time a proposal might generate a jumpy listener? (4,4)
LEAP YEAR : The whole clue gives the definition. To get the wordplay for a jumpy listener split the answer 5,3.
17d Short shift should include merry tune for such a set (8)
DENTURES : Remove the last letter from a shift as an item of clothing and inside this place an anagram (merry) of TUNE.
19d Resistant setter’s married a Parisienne! (6)
IMMUNE : How Jay can refer to himself using a personal pronoun and a shortened form of the verb to be, then M(arried) and the female version of the French indefinite article.
20d 13 yet to pass 12? (6)
FUTURE : Part of the seasonal theme.
22d 13 over 12? (4)
PAST : Also part of the seasonal theme.
We enjoyed the theme in today’s puzzle, but as 17d was our last one to solve we will nominate that for favourite.
Quickie pun ask + worm + heel = a square meal