Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29625
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Recently, late afternoons have seen most New Zealanders glued to their TV screens watching the dramas of America’s Cup yachting being played out on the Hauraki Gulf. As we write this, the score stands at 6 – 3 in NZ’s favour over Luna Rossa from Italy. One more win for NZ and the cup will be retained until the next challenge. As today’s race or races will take place before this blog is published, we’ll pop back in later for an update. Our fingers are very firmly crossed as we all remember 2013 when NZ was leading 8 – 1 and lost the series 9 – 8.
Update. It’s all over. The cup stays in NZ. WHEEEE!
All the usual fun from Jay and once again we found it on the slightly tricky side.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Raised support, quietly elated about recruiting son (8)
PEDESTAL: The musical letter for quietly then an anagram (about) of ELATED contains S(on).
11a Drive and energy — oddly very low in reverse (5)
VROOM: The first and third letters (oddly) of very and the reversal of the noise a cow makes.
12a Long for free rides across Spain (6)
DESIRE: An anagram (free) of RIDES contains the IVR code for Spain.
13a Fuss created by welcoming everybody who should be heard (8)
BALLYHOO: By from the clue contains a word for everybody and then a homophone (should be heard) of the word WHO.
22a Wave from student about teatime approximately? Quite the reverse (8)
FLOURISH: The approximate hour of day regarded as ‘teatime’ contains the student driver letter. Quite the reverse tells you that the time contains (is about) the student.
23a Book bingo getting drunk (6)
BLOTTO: (B)ook and an alternative name for the game of bingo.
26a European low-fat cream (5)
ELITE: (E)uropean and an advertisers’ invented word for low-fat.
27a Offensive old boy confronting Number Ten with evidence of debts (9)
OBNOXIOUS: The abbreviation for ‘old boy’, the two letter short form of ‘number’, ten in Roman numerals and then the four letters that acknowledge debts.
29a Detective seen in erotic number (8)
CARDINAL: Erotic or relating to flesh contains detective inspector.
1d Keep quiet, depressed after tweet (4,4)
PIPE DOWN: Tweet in its meaning before social-media took it over (ie make a shrill sound) and depressed or blue.
3d Score badly covering hard and unknown piece of music (7)
SCHERZO: An anagram (badly) of SCORE contains separately (H)ard and one of the letters used for a mathematical unknown.
4d Liverpool music venue lacking boundaries, say (4)
AVER: A Liverpool music venue that we associate with The Beatles has its first and last letters removed.
6d Even off, cut and wrap (7)
ENVELOP: An anagram (off) of EVEN and cut as you might the top of a tree.
7d False modesty mainly protects her, being stifled (9)
SMOTHERED: The word HER from the clue is inside in an anagram (false) of MODEST(y) once the last letter has been removed.
8d Wealth of men heartlessly collecting shells (6)
MAMMON: Shells possibly used by the military are enclosed by the two outside letters of the word MeN.
16d Some long, for a change, to adopt international coinage (9)
NEOLOGISM: An anagram (for a change) of SOME LONG includes I(nternational).
17d Suspect Poles will accept America getting support (8)
ESPOUSAL: The three letter short form for America is inside an anagram (suspect) of POLES.
19d Sailor fetches butts? (7)
TARGETS: A three letter word for a sailor and fetches or obtains.
20d Gave an account of losing time for kiss, being laid-back (7)
RELAXED: Start with a word meaning ‘gave an account’ and change the T(ime) within it for the letter used to represent a kiss.
21d High purpose hurt feelings (6)
OFFEND: High or malodorous and purpose or aim.
The two long answers across the centre, 15a and 18a get top marks today but there are plenty of other contenders too.
Quickie pun cores + ticks + odour = caustic soda