Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29589
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Congratulations Jay. We learnt in the latest Telegraph Puzzles Newsletter that our regular Wednesday setter has reached the amazing milestone of 1000 (yes, one thousand) Cryptic crosswords compiled for The Telegraph. To have managed this and kept up his high standard of clue writing is a real achievement. Well done Jay and we look forward to the next thousand.
Many thanks Rhamat Ali for filling in so competently with the two puzzles while we were away.
Beautiful, fine, warm, sunny days here at present. It always seems to happen like this when all the schools start again after their long summer break.
We thought that Jay has been quite gentle with us this week.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
5a Take great pleasure in hugging one rescuer (7)
SAVIOUR : Take great pleasure in, or enjoy the taste of contains the Roman numeral one.
9a Adjectives — or pronouns — will hold back such writing (5)
PROSE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
10a Bad idea so far, as previously mentioned (9)
AFORESAID : An anagram (bad) of IDEA SO FAR.
11a Time any lad exercised with spirit (10)
ANIMATEDLY : An anagram (exercised) of TIME ANY LAD.
12a Troubles coming as result of enemies having leader replaced with women? (4)
WOES : Start with a word meaning enemies and replace its first letter with W(omen).
14a Disapproving of accepting Independent losing value (12)
DEPRECIATING : Insert the abbreviation for Independent into disapproving of or maligning.
22a Plant article to fill a space like this (10)
AGAPANTHUS : In the order they appear in the answer we have ‘A’ from the clue, a space to mind when getting off a train, a two letter indefinite article, and a word meaning ‘like this’.
(We know these are much loved plants in the UK. Here they are regarded as common weeds and are in full bloom at present.)
25a A way in after support spread (9)
PROPAGATE : A support that might be holding up the roof in a mineshaft, then ‘A’ from the clue and a way in, possibly to a field.
26a Join European attached to small military force (5)
UNITE : A small military force or detachment, then E(uropean).
27a Cut listener being introduced to cast (7)
SHEARED : The listener that sticks out from the side of your head is inside cast as a snake does with its skin.
2d University on Jersey, say, has one area that’s heaven (6)
UTOPIA : U(niversity), then Jersey as an item of clothing, followed by the Roman numeral one and A(rea).
3d A Parisian’s foothold in the property market? (4-1-5)
PIED-A-TERRE : A French phrase used for a temporary or alternative dwelling.
4d Manage to find tense people (5)
TRACE : T(ense) and then people or nation.
5d Boots may have these singular tools to protect delicate material (9)
SHOELACES : The abbreviation for singular and then garden tools used for weeding surround delicate material that might have come from Honiton.
6d Struggle on with attitude (4)
VIEW : Struggle or compete, plus W(ith).
7d Composition old soldiers put in proportion (8)
ORATORIO : The abbreviation for old, and then low-ranking soldiers are inside a word for proportion.
8d Engineers condescend to accept second new plan (8)
REDESIGN : Army engineers and then S(econd) is inside a synonym for condescend.
13d Enormous bother tabloid raised on trade union article (10)
GARGANTUAN : Bother, or go on and on and on, and a familiar word for a tabloid are reversed and followed by the two letters for a trade union and a two letter indefinite article.
15d A rare drug distributed as a means of defence (9)
REARGUARD : An anagram (distributed) of A RARE DRUG.
17d Germany united to underpin surplus and exaggerated (8)
OVERDONE : The IVR code for Germany and a three letter word meaning united follow surplus or more than required.
19d In truth, rivers do well (6)
THRIVE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
20d Agreement may be dispatched after airports vacated (6)
ASSENT : The first and last letters (vacated) of airports and then another word for dispatched.
23d Gather statement from defendant not without denial (5)
PLEAT : A statement made by a defendant in court then what is left of the word ‘not’ once a short denial has been removed.
24d Iron originally included in standard brace (4)
PAIR : A standard or expected golf score contains the first letter of iron.
22a is our favourite this week because they are things we love to hate.
Quickie pun fought + haste = foretaste