Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29667
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Duck shooting season started on 1st May. The estuary that we live beside is a bird sanctuary and often lately it has had the appearance of an avian refugee camp as hordes of mainly Canada geese and Mallard ducks arrive to share the water and tidal mud-flats with our regular inhabitants. The visitors are noisy blighters at times so we are pleased to see them go again.
We’ve been so wrong with our attempts to identify the setters lately that we will not even try this week.
A good mid-week puzzle to solve though and that is all that really matters. We found it slightly tricky in places so have given it three stars.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Recommend writing about odd characters in plot (7)
PROPOSE : Writing that is other than poetry contains the first and third letters of plot.
9a Struggle helplessly seeing line adopted by father (8)
FLOUNDER : A father, or one who establishes something, contains L(ine).
10a Business worry (7)
CONCERN : Double definition.
12a First part of a play with number going round fighting (6)
ACTION : The name and number (as a Roman numeral) of the first part of a play, and then the reversal of the two letter abbreviation for number.
13a Opportunity backed after complaint — game might be raised here (6,4)
GROUSE MOOR : A complaint, beef or moan, plus the reversal of a synonym for opportunity as possibly used in the phrase ‘no xxxx for error’.
15a Marathon record broken by nationalist’s leader (4)
LONG : Marathon here is an adjective. The record, possibly kept of a ship’s voyage, contains the first letter of nationalist.
21a Duty of old star from the east (4)
ONUS : O(ld), and the reversal (from the east) of the star that warms our planet.
22a Top bill and see off large corporations (3-7)
POT-BELLIES : An anagram (off) of TOP BILL and SEE.
24a Drink connection keeping pupils regularly missing (6)
TIPPLE : The first, third and fifth letters of pupils are inside a connection or joiner.
25a Mobile resonating as missing such a noise (8)
RINGTONE : An anagram (mobile) of RE(s)ON(a)TING once ‘as’ has been removed.
27a France is French — nothing about garnish (7)
FESTOON : The IVR code for France, the French word for ‘is’, the letter representing nothing and a two letter ‘about’ or ‘referring to’.
28a Blow chances finally getting question with queen (8)
SQUANDER : String together the last letter of chances, QU(estion) , a synonym for with, plus Her Majesty’s regnal cypher.
29a Suggests Independent politician is economical with the truth! (7)
IMPLIES : I(ndependent), then a Member of Parliament plus ‘tells porkies’.
3d Easy profits from ruler seen in photos (8)
PICKINGS : A male monarch is inside a familiar word for photos.
5d Slight speech defect (4)
SLUR : A double definition. This speech defect is often alcohol induced.
7d Issue could be treason, having killed leader (7)
EDITION : Remove the first letter (having killed leader) from treason or insurrection.
11d Attack and do as ordered, beset by girl getting married (9)
BROADSIDE : A girl getting married contains an anagram (ordered) of DO AS.
14d Wake selected pupils after mistake (10)
SLIPSTREAM : A minor mistake and selected pupils ranked by ability.
17d Area covered by recasting of Hot Lips in MASH? (8)
HOSPITAL : An anagram (recasting) of HOT LIPS contains A(rea).
19d Discourage work on fourth estate (7)
OPPRESS : The two letter artistic work and a general word for what is referred to as the fourth estate.
20d Weapon hurt one of Macron’s (4,3)
STUN GUN : A word meaning hurt, possibly by a bee, then the word used for one in Macron’s country.
23d Tagine must be cooked for this purpose (6)
EATING : An all in one clue that is an anagram (must be cooked) of TAGINE.
26d Christmas will be held up by little ones (4)
NOEL : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
The two that had most appeal for us were both anagrams, 22a and 17d.
Quickie pun locum + ocean = locomotion