Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29691
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We notice on today’s masthead that it is a special day for someone who is very dear to us. Very best wishes Kath. We’re all thinking of you and send you all our love.
While we have been having pretty much a normal mix of winter weather this past week, other parts of our country, particularly the east of the South Island have had a really horrendous amount of rain. Widespread flooding and many bridges washed away throughout the region. Luckily no human casualties from it all but the damage is huge and it is going to take a long time to get it all cleaned up.
We found this puzzle quite tricky again this week with a couple of answers where we needed to check some references.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Barely enough, with no time for examination (4)
SCAN : A word meaning barely enough loses its last letter which is T(ime).
10a Common words found in signal successfully reversed (5)
SLANG : A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
11a Respond with exaggeration on tucking into ham (9)
OVERREACT : The two letters meaning on or ‘with reference to’ are inside ‘ham’ as a thing a thespian might do.
12a Open University student needing a time check after noon (7)
UNLATCH : In the order that they appear in the answer string together U(niversity), N(oon), the letter for a student driver, ‘a’ from the clue, T(ime) and Ch(eck). (Talk about Lego!)
18a Zealous and sincere — how he altered in a riot (12)
WHOLEHEARTED : An anagram (in a riot) of HOW HE ALTERED.
21a Intellectual, say, with permission to proceed, ignoring old article (7)
EGGHEAD : The two letters signifying say or for example, followed by a 2,5 phrase meaning permission to proceed from which we need to remove O(ld) and the indefinite article.
24a Wrought steel is an absolute requirement (9)
ESSENTIAL : An anagram (wrought) of STEEL IS AN.
25a Contentious topic for children (5)
ISSUE : A double definition.
26a Part of tribe quietly invading group (4)
SEPT : Another word for group, which incidentally has the longest entry of any word in BRB, contains the musical letter for quietly.
27a Popular call intended, with no answer for provocation (10)
INCITEMENT : The two letter popular, then call, name or quote and a word meaning intended with A(nswer) removed.
3d People failing to reach potential may possess mountains full of energy (5-4-5)
MIGHT-HAVE-BEENS : Another word that is interchangeable with ‘may’, then a word meaning possess or own and Scottish mountains with an extra E(nergy) included.
4d Tasty and cooked so hot in volume (9)
TOOTHSOME : A volume or large book contains an anagram (cooked) of SO HOT.
5d Beating this is the best (5)
CREAM : The answer, when beaten, could be added to your dessert.
7d Nutty things to eat? (8)
CRACKERS : These things are often eaten with dips or cheese.
8d A hundred up unlikely? Don’t mention it! (3,2,3)
NOT AT ALL : ‘A’ from the clue and a familiar word for hundred, either as a speed or cricket score, is reversed (up). Then unlikely, as a Baron Munchausen story perhaps.
9d Iron-clad soldiers go in force and open market (4,10)
FREE ENTERPRISE : The first word is made up of engineering soldiers clad in the chemical symbol for iron, then words meaning ‘go in’, and ‘force using a lever’.
15d Ladies’ blouse and dress worn by one supermarket (9)
GARIBALDI : The Roman numeral one is inside (worn by) another word for dress. This is followed by a four letter supermarket, which luckily one of us had recalled.
17d Confesses in court and pays (6,2)
COUGHS UP :
A double definition. Confesses in court could be admits under duress. A informal word for confesses and a two letter word for ‘in court’ (Thanks for putting us right Jay and Gazza)
19d Girl‘s fabrication protecting fool (6)
LASSIE : An untruth surrounds an equine animal fool.
20d Always protected by right to go back (6)
REVERT : A synonym for always is surrounded by the two letter abbreviation for right.
22d Plan to dismiss son and consent reluctantly (5)
DEIGN : Remove S(on) from a plan or pattern.
We enjoyed both 1a and 1d and thought they set the tone for the puzzle.
Quickie pun creak + heaters = cricketers