Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29697
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A beautiful fine clear winter day here. The sort of conditions exactly suited to a brisk beach walk or similar activity.
No particular stumbling blocks to trip us up in this one although we did need a confirmatory check on the wordplay for 25a. A pleasure to solve.
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1a Reprimand bishop interrupting leading attack (7)
UPBRAID : A two letter word meaning leading, then the chess abbreviation for bishop is followed by an attack or incursion.
9a Set off from assignation outside school (8)
DETONATE : UK’s best known posh school is contained by a usually romantic assignation.
10a One female in two score, getting brace (7)
FORTIFY : The Roman numeral one and F(emale) are inside the number for two score.
11a Monster keeps clear, seeing this girl (8)
BRUNETTE : Clear, as used in financial statements is inside a monster or savage person.
12a Person, say, with area retail outlet in Spain (6)
BODEGA : A slang word for a person, then the two letters which are an abbreviation of the Latin phrase for ‘say’ and A(rea).
15a Crazy rough plan has leader of rebels taken out (4)
DAFT : Remove the first letter of rebels from a rough plan or tentative proposal.
16a New lad is keeping nothing in except something for the windsurfer (9)
SAILBOARD : An anagram (new) of LAD IS surrounds a word meaning except or exclude which in turn contains the letter that looks like zero.
21a House doctor’s taken advantage of (4)
USED : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
22a This should keep viewers in touch (3,7)
EYE CONTACT : A cryptic definition. The viewers here are not TV watchers but organs of sight.
24a Contents of hints aimed early enough (2,4)
IN TIME : The inside letters (contents) of two words in the clue.
28a Soldiers legally bound to be trustworthy (8)
RELIABLE : Engineering soldiers, and a word meaning legally bound or responsible.
2d Offer support with constable oddly off (8)
PROPOSAL : A four letter support and the four even-numbered letters from constable.
3d Withdraws, having sent up first course, including last of these (8)
RETREATS : One of the names for the course that precedes the main one is reversed and contains the last letter of ‘these’.
4d Doing nothing about father is a crime (10)
INFRACTION : The usually religious use abbreviation for father is inside another word for doing nothing.
5d Person who succeeds in broadcasting tune (4)
HEIR : A homophone (in broadcasting) of a tune or melody.
6d Leisure pursuit for the most part involving no associate (6)
HOBNOB : Insert ‘no’ from the clue inside a leisure pursuit or pastime with the last letter removed.
8d Shame men toyed with hidden souvenir (7)
MEMENTO : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
14d Take out of service cocktail of iced tea attracting tax (10)
DEACTIVATE : An anagram (cocktail of) of ICED TEA contains a common form of taxation.
18d Main line in disarray? It’s flowing (8)
SEAMLESS : The body of water referred to as ‘the main’, and then a word for disarray includes L(ine).
19d Offers made by pub workers without impediment (7)
TENDERS : Remove a three letter word for an impediment or hindrance from a general word for pub workers.
20d Sells one stocked by roofer given a lift (7)
RETAILS : A roofer who uses a particular type of natural material is reversed and contains the Roman numeral one.
26d Pass trainer’s first young player (4)
COLT : A mountain pass and then the first letter of trainer.
Lots of ticks once again so we’ll leave the choice of favourite to you.
Quickie pun yore + soak + hind = you’re so kind