Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29565
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
All the family have now moved on to do various energetic summer holiday activities so it is just the two us at home again. Still many holiday makers in the area though and we have been having much more settled weather here than in much of the country.
Feel so grateful that we have managed to stay Covid free here and have the freedom to do all the summer things that New Zealanders love to do at this time of the year.
We found today’s puzzle quite a bit trickier than usual. Well into our three stars for difficulty range.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Bring in soldier, perhaps, and material (9)
IMPORTANT : Bring in, as goods entering a country, plus a soldier insect.
6a Swollen belly and oddly windy (5)
TUMID : A colloquial word for a belly and then the second and fourth letters of windy.
9a Got on, looking embarrassed by footballers (5)
FARED : The colour associated with looking embarrassed follows the controlling body for footballers.
11a Wild acclaim if top becomes a foregone conclusion (4,8)
FAIT ACCOMPLI : An anagram (wild) of ACCLAIM IF TOP.
14a Progresses smoothly from university during emergencies (7)
CRUISES : Emergencies or critical situations contain U(niversity).
17a Have on, taking in wife (3)
OWN : ‘ON’ from the clue surrounds W(ife).
18a Ignore information rejected by the French court (7)
NEGLECT : The reversal of an informal word for information, then the French definite article and the two letter abbreviation for court.
22a People who may see vicars only at random (12)
CLAIRVOYANTS : An anagram (random) of VICARS ONLY AT.
26a Judges fool scattering roses across south (9)
ASSESSORS : The equine animal used for a fool, then an anagram (scattering) of ROSES contains S(outh).
29a Stress coming after former partner gets part of the house (9)
EXTENSION : The prefix used for a former partner and then a synonym for stress or nervous anticipation
1d Dodgy sort of bag with no opening (4)
IFFY : Remove the first letter from a padded postal bag.
2d Back up expensive car — the noise it makes! (4)
PURR : Reverse ‘UP’ from the clue and then the two letters for the archetypical expensive car.
3d Guard’s raised before son makes another sketch (7)
REDRAWS : Reverse a guard probably found in a prison, and then S(on).
4d Anxiety is no good, in a way (5)
ANGST : The two letters signifying no good are inside ‘A’ from the clue and a way or thoroughfare.
6d Clothes worn by power party bosses (3,4)
TOP DOGS : Clothes (or swimwear in OZ, NZ and Ireland), contain P(ower) and a two letter party.
7d Poor ladies pimp used in a wrong way (10)
MISAPPLIED : An anagram (poor) of LADIES PIMP.
8d Giving notice, detective’s not able to be located (10)
DISMISSING : Detective Inspector with her ‘S, then a word meaning not able to be located.
12d Most of close action destroyed breaker of images (10)
ICONOCLAST : An anagram (destroyed) of CLOS(e) ACTION once the E has been removed.
13d Dazzle of news occasionally quashed by Star and Mirror reduced by these? (10)
SUNGLASSES : The definition is in two parts here, at the beginning and end of the clue. We have the star nearest to us and another term for a mirror followed by (quashed by) the second and fourth letters of ‘news’.
15d Second very old church to support Bismarck, perhaps very quietly (5,4)
SOTTO VOCE : String together S(econd), the first name of Herr Bismarck, then the abbreviations for very, old, and the Anglican Church.
19d Rising area is a regret for this land mass (7)
EURASIA : Starting from the bottom we have A(rea), IS and A from the clue, and a synonym for regret.
21d Fail to back up lease, depressed (3,4)
LET DOWN : Lease or be a landlord and depressed or low.
23d When scenery is an advantage (5)
ASSET : A two letter synonym for when and then scenery used on a stage or screen production.
Quickie pun calf + hoarse + ale = car for sale