Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29571
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
By the time most of you will be reading this we will be on our way to catch the ferry and cross Cook Strait. We’re going to be away for the next two Wednesdays so some other blogger will have the pleasure of writing the Hints and Tips for Jay’s puzzles. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We should be talking about this one. Quite a slow start for us and then some head-scratching throughout the solve so we’ve gone for 3 stars difficulty again. The usual smiles and chuckles along the way as all the pennies dropped.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Written assurance offered as cautious about storm (8)
WARRANTY : A word meaning cautious or tentative contains storm or be angry.
5a Scandinavian mainly going after Massachusetts properties (6)
MANORS : Remove the last letter (mainly) from a word meaning Scandinavian generally, and put this after the two letter abbreviation for Massachusetts.
9a Blessed with time for fine home (8)
INTERNAL : Blessed, as a mild expletive has its F(ine) replaced with T(ime).
12a Pigeon lover welcoming home banker (9)
FINANCIER : The word used to describe a pigeon lover contains the two letter home or ‘at home’. Just for a change the ‘banker’ here is not a river.
13a Gas found in Australia once carbon is extracted (5)
OZONE : The word ‘once’ with the chemical symbol for carbon removed follows the short colloquial name for Australia.
14a Book performances (4)
ACTS : A double definition. The book is found in the New Testament.
16a Tense opponent must accept one is insignificant (7)
TRIVIAL : T(ense) and then an opponent or competitor contains the Roman numeral one.
21a A great deal may be killed (4)
SLEW : A double definition. The BRB ascribes a North American origin to this multitude.
27a Character‘s presence (6)
SPIRIT : A double definition. The presence could be ethereal.
28a Live in Scottish island with time to be perverse (8)
ABERRANT : An island off the Scottish west coast plus T(ime) includes a two letter word meaning live or exist.
29a Staggering — eschewing wife’s maxim! (6)
SAYING : Start with a word meaning staggering or moving from side to side, and remove the abbreviation for wife from within it.
30a Meat cooked by boring lodger perhaps (8)
FLATMATE : An anagram (cooked) of MEAT follows boring or dull.
1d Hints may be very loud in card game finishing early (6)
WHIFFS : The card game that is a predecessor of Bridge loses its last letter and contains the musical notation for very loud.
2d Aren’t I excited, being a bit of a looker? (6)
RETINA : An anagram (excited) of AREN’T I.
4d Crawlers two bad drivers regularly ignored (7)
TOADIES : Alternate letters found in three words of the clue.
6d Justify a record in composure (9)
APOLOGISE : ‘A’ from the clue and a record, perhaps of a ship’s voyage, is inside composure or self-assurance.
7d Sort of music speaker icon, oddly (8)
ORATORIO : A speaker or somebody delivering an address is followed by the first and third letters of icon.
8d Novel newly penned by Stallone is carelessly done (8)
SLOVENLY : An anagram (newly) of NOVEL is surrounded (penned) by the nickname of Stallone the actor.
15d Cold interior to be renovated as standard (9)
CRITERION : C(old) and then an anagram (to be renovated) of INTERIOR.
17d Commercial property assumptions taken as true (8)
PREMISES : A double definition. This word is pronounced quite differently in these two usages.
18d Recognise and deny if it changes (8)
IDENTIFY : An anagram (changes) of DENY IF IT.
20d Naked jumper’s language (4)
ERSE : Remove the first and last letters from a jumper that is an article of clothing.
23d Case of sow on heat, possibly — a broad area (6)
SWATHE : The first and last letters of ‘sow’ and an anagram (possibly) of HEAT.
So many candidates for favourite that we again just gave up trying to separate them.
Quickie pun county + doubt = counted out