Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29679
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Mixed weather lately. Some rain and really strong winds that we could well do without. There’s meant to be a big anticyclone on the way so an improvement can’t be too far away.
We found this one quite tricky so had to work harder than we often have to.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Chicken that’s sat on, we hear — one’s come down looking embarrassed (5,6,3)
RHODE ISLAND RED : We start off with a homophone for a word meaning sat on a horse or bicycle perhaps, then ‘one’s’ written as the Roman numeral one plus ‘S. Next, ‘come down’ as a plane or bird might, and finally the colour associated with embarrassment.
9a Rough, say — disheartened about sailing boat (7)
SKETCHY : The outside letters (disheartened) of ‘say’ surround a two-masted sailing vessel.
10a Bonkers sign mostly about wine (7)
MADEIRA : Another word for bonkers or insane, and the reversal of one of the zodiac signs without its last letter.
11a In case of opposite, women are obliged to pay (3)
OWE : The first and last letters (case) of opposite contain W(omen).
12a Keen writer and French sailor (11)
PENETRATING : String together a writing implement, the French word for ‘and’, and then a low ranking sailor.
14a Better uniform worn by old fool (6)
OUTWIT : The abbreviation for old and then a fool or stupid person surrounds U(niform).
19a Seclusion of hard-up criminal (6)
PURDAH : An anagram (criminal) of HARD-UP.
22a Only trace found by old boy is out of date (11)
OBSOLESCENT : String together the two letters for old boy, a word meaning only, and a trace that could be found by smelling.
23a Idiosyncratic of Luton, say, losing top spot (3)
OWN : Luton is a settlement bigger than a village but smaller than a city. Remove the first letter from this description.
24a New release concerning contentious topic (7)
REISSUE : The two letters meaning concerning or relating to and then a contentious topic or subject for discussion.
1d Stop working after a row (4,2,4,4)
REST ON ONES OARS : A cryptic definition. The row here involves aquatic activity.
3d Odd, but for one dodgy loan (11)
EXCEPTIONAL : A six letter word meaning ‘but for’, then the Roman numeral one and an anagram (dodgy) of LOAN.
4d Expression perhaps popular with golfers, initially (6)
SAYING : A three letter word meaning perhaps or for instance, then the two letter ‘popular’ and the first letter of golfers.
5d Owned up and afforded entry (8)
ADMITTED : A double definition.
6d Failure may be slander, with daughter in for leader (3)
DUD : Start with the substance metaphorically thrown in slander and substitute its first letter with D(aughter).
7d In biofuel it is this snobby (7)
ELITIST : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
8d Exaggerated fear with all-nighter ruined (6,4,4)
LARGER THAN LIFE : An anagram (ruined) of FEAR with ALL-NIGHTER.
13d Bookmakers must have stories about worker (11)
ACCOUNTANTS : Stories or narrations include a worker insect.
16d Place for a gun mostly in part of Germany (8)
HOLSTEIN : A pocket attached to a belt where you might find a revolver without its last letter, and then ‘in’ from the clue.
18d Person expected to deliver Ashes — I’m out! (7)
MESSIAH : An anagram (out) of ASHES I’M.
21d Beginner recognised buzzer on the telephone (6)
NEWBIE : Two homophones required here, indicated by ‘on the telephone’. The first is for recognised or was aware of, and the second is a busy insect,
Our favourite, largely because it took us a long time to put all the bits together, is 1a.
Quickie pun forest + heart = for a start