Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29637
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The weather system that caused so much flooding in Australia recently has now made its way to us but fortunately has lost most of its sting in crossing the Tasman. So, dampish and warm here which we can easily cope with.
Quite a tricky puzzle again with a couple of clues that non-UK solvers like us might struggle with, and an even more excruciating Quickie pun than last week’s one.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Finally, zookeepers nervously fed larger pride (4-6)
SELF-REGARD : The last letter of zookeepers and an anagram (nervously) of FED LARGER.
6a Impressive stone Pict houses (4)
EPIC : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
9a One might be painting destroyer? (10)
ICONOCLAST : A cryptic definition of a person who destroys religious art works.
10a Bitterness caused by broadcast of Asterix, perhaps (4)
GALL : A homophone (broadcast) of the tribal name associated with Asterix.
12a Four in five answer test (4)
VIVA : The Roman numeral four is surrounded by the Roman numeral five and A(nswer).
18a Fool that’s got a good grip? (6)
SUCKER : The good grip could be applied by something on an octopus tentacle.
20a Harbour oddly deep and steep (8)
MARINADE : A harbour or safe anchorage for pleasure craft and the first and third letters (oddly) of deep.
24a Catch sight of in wife’s pyjamas (4)
ESPY : A lurker hiding in the clue.
27a Make weak argument about Lilith going naked (10)
DEBILITATE : The four central letters (going naked) of Lilith are enclosed by a formal argument.
28a Only crack when victor departs (4)
SOLE : Crack as you are trying to do with this clue, loses V(ictor).
29a Berkshire town‘s first leader (10)
MAIDENHEAD : First, perhaps of a ship’s voyage, and then leader or most senior person.
1d Son gets syrup drink (4)
SWIG : S(on) then a thing for which might be called a ‘syrup’ in London’s East End.
2d Head of facilities on the hunt? (7)
LOOKING : Monarch of facilities that might be ‘conveniently’ placed.
3d Film in attic? (4,2,3,3)
ROOM AT THE TOP : The answer is a cryptic description of an attic.
5d Begrudge gift quietly set aside (6)
RESENT : Remove the musical letter for quietly from the beginning of a gift.
8d Daughter in possession of coke truly suffering withdrawal symptoms (4,6)
COLD TURKEY : An anagram (suffering) of COKE TRULY contains D(aughter.
14d Type of grid that could make Christopher reportedly angry (5-5)
CRISS-CROSS : A homophone (reportedly) of the short form of Christopher and then angry or irate.
17d Reread if novel somewhat lacking in atmosphere? (8)
RAREFIED : An anagram (novel) of REREAD IF.
19d My face is friendly (7)
CORDIAL : My, or a different three letter expression of surprise and then the face of a timepiece.
21d Placate monkey eating small round things (7)
APPEASE : Small round vegetable things are inside a primate.
25d Drop live commercial (4)
BEAD : A two letter synonym for live and then a commercial promotion.
Our favourite today is 11d because of the penny-drop moment when we twigged the definition, but 2d was running it a close second.
Quickie pun Handel + Palma + stash = handlebar moustache