Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29601
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last weekend it was detected that some sneaky Covid 19 greeblies had managed to get through our strict border controls. The country immediately went into lockdown. Level 3 for Auckland and Level 2 for the rest of the country. Looks like it has done the trick as there have been only three connected further cases found and we’re hoping that by the time most of you read this we will be back to our unrestricted life-styles again. Fingers crossed!
We found this puzzle quite tricky and even gave some thought to giving it 4 stars for difficulty.
A real pleasure to solve of course.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Irish broadcaster covering international ceremony (4)
RITE : The Irish broadcasting organisation (which we needed Google to confirm) includes I(nternational.
3a Player‘s call after good drive comes to nothing (10)
GRAMOPHONE : In the order that the pieces appear in the answer we have G(ood), then drive or force through, the letter signifying nothing, and call using an electronic instrument.
9a Swallow in trepidation as promotion rejected (4)
GULP : The reversal of a promotion or advertisement.
10a Graphic artist using a mixture of wire and string (4-6)
SIGN-WRITER : An anagram (using a mixture of) of WIRE and STRING
11a Time students must be backed with increase? (7)
SUNRISE : Reverse the organisation that looks after the interests of students and then a synonym for increase.
13a Notice one model is fat (7)
ADIPOSE : A short word for a notice or promotion, then the Roman numeral one and model, perhaps for a portrait.
14a Striking, oddly very English, and infectious (3-8)
EYE-CATCHING : The second and fourth letters of very (oddly), then E(nglish), and finally infectious or communicable.
18a Accept consequences and weep about a Republican prison (5,3,3)
CARRY THE CAN : Weep or shed tears contains ‘A’ from the clue and R(epublican), followed by a 3,3, slang term for prison.
21a Lustre surrounding vacant blonde boozer (7)
SHEBEEN : The first and last letters (vacant) of blonde are inside a synonym for lustre.
22a Defiant words may see some miss other exit (2,5)
SO THERE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
23a Heat and cut in pieces on your own (10)
UNATTACHED : An anagram (in pieces) of HEAT AND CUT
24a Pull back, adopting new custom (4)
WONT : The reversal of pull, as you might a broken-down car, contains N(ew).
25a Finished full of rage and put at risk (10)
ENDANGERED : A synonym for rage is enclosed by finished or terminated.
26a Newspaper‘s start of sales pitch (4)
STAR : The first letter of sales and then pitch used in road making.
1d Check in ledger (8)
REGISTER : A double definition. The first is what we do with the Covid App on our smart phones.
2d Brilliant story, with editor accepting books (8)
TALENTED : A story or narration, then a set of biblical books and finally ED(itor).
5d Lying urban reformer’s promise may be this (9)
MENDACITY : Split the answer 4,1,4 to understand the urban reformer’s promise.
6d 22 Across moving right on past? (7,4)
PARTING SHOT : An anagram (moving) of RIGHT ON PAST.
7d Judgement needing time to replace popular alternative (6)
OPTION : Start with a judgement or viewpoint and replace its 2 letter popular with the single letter abbreviation for time.
8d Dodgy cash job requiring student to start late (6)
EARNER : Remove the first letter from a student or someone undergoing training.
16d Represented cadet, apparently? (5,3)
ACTED OUT : A reverse anagram. The second word of the answer is an anagram indicator for the word CADET.
20d Announce a line that must be crossed by crowd (6)
HERALD : A crowd, often of large animals, contains ‘A’ from the clue and L(ine).
22d European energy needed to support southern ally (5)
SWEDE : S(outhern) and E(nergy) enclose ally as a verb meaning to join together.
Plenty of great clues to choose from again but we settled on 3a as our favourite.
Quickie pun stain + sighed = stay inside