Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29709
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A beautiful winter day here. A crisp white frost this morning so lots of warm woollies as well as gloves for our bracing post-breakfast walk.
On a different subject. One of our team, Colin, has been a regular submitter of entries to the clue writing competition that is a regular feature of the Telegraph Puzzles newsletter. The time and effort that is required to put together just one acceptable clue a week has made us increasing aware of the skill shown by our regular setters who can write whole grids full of clever clues week after week. So, a huge thank you of appreciation for what all of you do to give such on-going enjoyment to us all.
And we enjoyed this one too.
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1a Further loan on security (7)
ADVANCE : A double definition. ‘Further’ here is a verb meaning move forward.
5a Gifted small son brought in milk (7)
BLESSED : Another verb meaning ‘milk’ that actually means the letting of a different body fluid contains the abbreviations for small and son.
10a Church district not completely in capital (5)
PARIS : Remove the final letter from a church district.
11a Young forever lacking regular income? Wife’s gone (7)
AGELESS : Start with a word meaning lacking regular income and remove W(ife) from the start of it.
12a Scene changed after sailor gets leave (7)
ABSENCE : The two letters signifying an ordinary sailor plus an anagram (changed) of SCENE.
13a Prescription for Verity? (5,4)
TRUTH DRUG : A cryptic definition of something that could possibly be Pentothal.
16a Clever comment pedant keeps back (5)
ADEPT : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
17a Also have wine, as discussed, when needed (2,3)
AD HOC : As discussed indicates a homophone. The first part gives ‘also have’ or ‘attach’, and the second a type of German white wine.
18a Lucky escape: electrician finally making circuit safe (4,5)
NEAR THING : The last letter of electrician and then his action in connecting to the ground to make a circuit safe.
25a Anxious worker safely evacuated (5)
ANTSY : A worker insect and then the first and last letters (evacuated) of safely.
28a Republican in Senate unusually sincere (7)
EARNEST : An anagram (unusually) of SENATE contains R(epublican).
2d Profit from uranium found in valley (5)
VALUE : A somewhat poetic word for valley contains the chemical symbol for uranium.
3d Hotel in pleasant position (5)
NICHE : Pleasant or appealing contains H(otel).
4d The ultimate consumer? (3-4)
END-USER : A cryptic definition of the final person in a commodity supply chain.
6d Sent a snap to be developed, incidentally (2,7)
EN PASSANT : An anagram (to be developed) of SENT A SNAP.
8d Carefully analyse underworld worshippers? (7)
DISSECT : A word for the underworld which is an alternative name for the god Pluto, and then a group of fellow believers.
15d Cut demand to keep variable stock (9)
HACKNEYED : Cut or slash roughly, and then a demand or requirement contains one of the letters used as a mathematical variable.
17d American soft fruit is exhibited (7)
APPEARS : The single letter abbreviation for American, then the musical notation for soft and fruit which just happens to be plural here.
19d An eminent Florentine’s unhurried pace? (7)
ANDANTE : ‘An’ from the clue plus an eminent Florentine who is best remembered for his writing about the underworld.
20d Good skill involves men producing item worn (7)
GARMENT : G(ood) then a three letter word for skill surrounds men from the clue.
23d Some salami served for cheapskate (5)
MISER : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
24d Occasionally ignored threat of French business (5)
TRADE : The first, third and fifth letters (occasionally ignored) of threat, then the French word for ‘of’.
We spent time trying to squeeze an ogre into 5d, and nominate this one as our favourite.
Quickie pun hay + dell + vice = edelweiss