Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29661
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It has been a busy week in NZ. School holidays as well as Anzac Day commemorations. We have had several visits from most of our family and two of our granddaughters brought a whole bunch of their friends to spend a night in our bach. Lovely to see them all.
Really enjoyed solving this one which was right at the top of our 2** difficulty range.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Character suffered in flight (8)
AIRBORNE : Character or mien, and then suffered or put up with.
10a Put on stone — no spring chicken! (6)
STAGED : St(one) and ‘no spring chicken’ or ‘past ones best-by date’.
12a Professional put through paces showed dissent (9)
PROTESTED : The three letter short form of professional and then a word meaning put through paces or ‘checked out’.
13a Girl in wicked love head over heels? (5)
OLIVE : Reading from right to left (head over heels) we have wicked or sinful, and the tennis score love.
14a Bottomless river with source in Pennines (4)
DEEP : The fourth alphabetically named river and then the first letter of Pennines.
21a Quick mole devouring rook (4)
SPRY : A mole working for MI6 perhaps and the chess notation for rook.
24a Corn one put in puzzling place (5)
MAIZE : A puzzling place like the famous one at Hampton Court contains the Roman numeral one.
27a Stand being overdrawn after voyage (6)
TRIPOD : A voyage or journey and then the two letters on your bank statement when you are in the red.
28a Female in metallic fabric not good for ex (3,5)
OLD FLAME : A 4,4 glittery metallic fabric loses G(ood) from the beginning and this surrounds F(emale).
29a Announced wrong charge for structure of sentence? (6)
SYNTAX : A homophone (announced) of a wrong or indiscretion and then a charge made by a governing body.
1d Doctor accepting blame needs a brandy (6)
GRAPPA : A doctor in general practice encloses blame or responsibility and finally ‘A’ from the clue.
2d Slender point on missile (6)
NARROW : One of the cardinal compass points and then a missile fired with a bow.
3d Jazzy solo with echo not tight (5)
LOOSE : An anagram (jazzy) of SOLO and the phonetic alphabet echo letter.
4d New on street, work without break (3-4)
NON-STOP : String together N(ew), ‘on’ from the clue, St(reet), and an artistic work.
7d Whacked like boxer? (3-5)
DOG-TIRED : This boxer is quadrupedal.
8d Judge in long grass rescued (8)
REDEEMED : Long grass with a hollow stem contains judge or consider appropriate.
11d Woman, going topless, man expelled from garden (4)
ADAM : Remove the first letter from a word borrowed from the French for woman.
15d Brew infused with Australian fruit upset writer (5,4)
EMILE ZOLA : Working from the bottom (upset) we have a three letter alcoholic brew which contains the two letter slang abbreviation for Australian and then a citrus fruit.
17d Plant in changing climate succeeded (8)
CLEMATIS : An anagram (changing) of CLIMATE plus S(ucceeded).
18d Lambs bite lions? What’s in their hearts? (8)
AMBITION : An all in one clue. The wordplay comes from the first three words of the clue lacking their first and last letters.
20d Some climbing on Everest vanished (4)
GONE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
23d Stick lands regularly at this spot (6)
ADHERE : The second and fourth letters of ‘lands’ and a word meaning at this spot.
26d Be leader in fashion with Italian suit (5)
BEFIT : ‘BE’ from the clue, the first letter of fashion and then the abbreviation for Italian language.
We particularly liked the goings-on in the zoo with 6d.
Quickie pun knot + red + harm = Notre Dame