Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29715
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
New Zealand has had a whole encyclopedia entry of winter weather this past week. Heavy rain, strong winds, hail storms, snow to low levels and cold temperatures. Today has turned out much more settled so it does look like the system that has brought all this from Antarctic regions has now moved on. We certainly hope so.
We suspect that as last week’s puzzle was by NY Doorknob (alias Donnybrook) we are back with Jay again but we’ve been wrong before.
An enjoyable solve whatever.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared.
1a Curse macho way of talking (11)
MALEDICTION : Macho, or to do with the less fair sex, and then a way of talking or choice of words.
9a Eccentric hat priced as a bargain? (4,5)
DIRT CHEAP : An anagram (eccentric) of HAT PRICED.
10a Blood is full of good stuff (5)
GORGE : Another word for messy blood contains G(ood). ( For the hint we thought messy blood read better than bloody mess)
12a Illegally sells copies, with son in for grand, to no avail (8)
BOOTLESS : Start with a word meaning illegally sells copies or trades in alcohol, as the mafia did during Prohibition, and replace the G(rand) in this word with S(on).
13a Athletic drink that’s fortified in case of scurvy (6)
SPORTY : A fortified wine from the Iberian Peninsula is enclosed by the first and last letters of scurvy.
18a Overwhelm island court holding sister (8)
INUNDATE : The single letter abbreviation for island, then a religious sister and finally, court or go out with.
21a Assumptions of the man surrounded by right-wingers (8)
THEORIES : Political right-wingers contain a male personal pronoun .
23a Whole of Italy books performance (6)
INTACT :: String together the IVR code for Italy, some of the books of the Bible, and a performance or deed.
26a Area of market found by hotel in French resort (5)
NICHE : A French resort on the Mediterranean contains H(otel).
27a Religious community chasing daily purchase (4,5)
MAIL ORDER : A popular newspaper (daily) and then a word used to describe a religious community.
28a Losing source of finance, grants in from new paper (7,4)
MORNING STAR : An anagram (new) of GRANTS IN (f)ROM with the first letter of finance removed.
1d Creatures coming from sea — America beginning to shoot (7)
MEDUSAS : The three letter abbreviation for a well-known sea, then the three letter abbreviation for America and the first letter of shoot.
2d Ordered gravel — not very big (5)
LARGE : An anagram (ordered) of GRA(v)EL with V(ery) removed.
4d Cold cut and sweet perhaps (4)
CHEW : The letter on a tap indicating cold and then cut with blows.
5d Inappropriate work contained in primer needing editing (8)
IMPROPER : The short form for an artistic work is inside an anagram (needing editing) of PRIMER.
6d Dark spirit on the rise leads to high tension (5)
NIGHT : The reversal of a spirit flavoured with juniper berries and the first letters of the last two words of the clue.
7d Keep an eye on past bishop’s responsibility (7)
OVERSEE : Past or finished and then a district for which a bishop has responsibility.
14d Couple in dispute about northern European wealth (8)
OPULENCE : An anagram (in dispute) of COUPLE contains N(orthern) and E(uropean).
16d Worries about left working with grand church music (9)
PLAINSONG : Worries or aches contain L(eft), then a two letter word meaning working and finally G(rand).
18d Proposes international objectives (7)
INTENDS : The three letter abbreviation for international and then objectives or aims.
22d He’s overcome by unusual symptom of cold (5)
RHEUM : A word meaning unusual or strange contains ‘HE’ from the clue.
24d Fraud itself must incorporate check (5)
AUDIT : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
25d Dress for the South of France? (4)
MIDI : A double definition. This style of dress originated in the 1940’s and has had several reincarnations since then.
Two selections for the podium this week, 8d and 20d.
Quickie pun creed + occur = cri de coeur