Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29631
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Autumn has definitely arrived now. Quite a lot colder at night and chilly in the mornings with mist hanging over the river until the rising sun chases it away. Just a small group of godwits still here and we can’t decide whether they are late departers or a group of juveniles choosing to over-winter here. Still wearing shorts on our regular walks but shoes and socks now instead of sandals.
Jay has given us an excruciatingly delightful Quickie pun to go with his usual top quality cryptic puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Villain caught associate surrounded by proceeds of robbery (9)
SCALLYWAG : The proceeds of robbery or booty contains the cricket abbreviation for caught and an associate or friend.
6a Family found in street with no money (5)
SKINT : A collective word for family is inside the two letter abbreviation for street.
9a Parish priests uncovered crime (5)
ARSON : Remove the first and last letters (uncovered) from parish priests or vicars.
10a International clients in trouble must accept answer lacking flexibility (9)
INELASTIC : I(nternational) then an anagram (in trouble) of CLIENTS contains A(nswer).
11a Bad feeling, seeing the enemy number in here (12)
PRESENTIMENT : The ‘enemy’ that is measured on a clock and N(umber) are inside a word meaning here or in attendance.
14a Badmouthed missing leader and co-ordinated (7)
ALIGNED : Remove the first letter from a word meaning badmouthed or slandered.
16a Show of hesitation by English dog trader (1-6)
E-TAILER : E(nglish), then dog or follow and then two letters showing hesitation.
17a This slippery type left one alone finally going west (3)
EEL : L(eft) and then the final letters of the next two words all get reversed (going west).
18a Natural love must come before caring about … (7)
ORGANIC : The tennis score love and an anagram (about) of CARING.
20a … characteristic of city pal needing reform (7)
TYPICAL : An anagram (needing reform) of CITY PAL.
27a Knowing of conflict within hospital department (5)
AWARE : The hospital department where people often arrive by ambulance surrounds widespread conflict.
28a Emergency call about right types (5)
SORTS : The two letter abbreviation for right is inside the emergency call adopted for use with Morse Code.
29a Dissertation on case of security and origin of nuclear fusion (9)
SYNTHESIS : Start with the first and last letters (case) of security, then first letter (origin) of nuclear, followed by an academic dissertation.
1d Manage to convince, perhaps cuddling wife (4)
SWAY : A synonym for perhaps or for example contains W(ife).
2d Rap session partially used for recess (4)
APSE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
6d Staying power in a man — it’s unusual! (7)
STAMINA : An anagram (unusual) of A MAN ITS.
7d Lab working with kitchen solvent (2,3,5)
IN THE BLACK : An anagram (working) of LAB and KITCHEN.
8d Quietly showing discretion about one empty lorry holding up vessel (10)
TACITURNLY : Discretion or diplomacy contains the Roman numeral one, then a three letter vessel and finally, the first and last letters (empty) of lorry.
12d Amorous old criminal’s rank (10)
MALODOROUS : An anagram (criminal) of AMOROUS OLD.
13d Queen’s supporting band (heavy metal) and will be instigator (10)
RINGLEADER : A band or group of people, a heavy metal with the symbol Pb, then Her Majesty’s regnal cypher.
19d Officers with negative response from French company upset sergeant-major (3-4)
NON-COMS : The French word for ‘no’ and then Co(mpany) and the reversal of the abbreviation for sergeant-major.
24d Crazy graduates needing to take time (4)
BATS : T(ime) is inside Bachelor graduates.
To go with the groan-worthy Quickie pun we will nominate 21d as our favourite.
Quickie pun nigh + sunny + sea = nice and easy