Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29721
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our rule of thumb measure of the severity of a frost is by seeing whether it actually forms on the beach. At the end of last week we had several days in a row when areas of the sand were crisp and white. Beautiful calm clear days followed them too. Not quite so good at present but not too bad.
Yesterday we had our appointments for our first Covid jabs. Only after effects so far are a slight soreness around the injection area. Second one is booked for later this month so just hope that goes equally well.
A few tricky bits for us in this good fun puzzle
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared.
5a Stiffener offered by celebrity before church (6)
STARCH : A celebrity in the entertainment industry and then Ch(urch).
10a Spent a million absorbing language (5)
TAMIL : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
11a Intended receiver may see a daughter shift ecstasy repeatedly (9)
ADDRESSEE : String together ‘A’ from the clue, D(aughter), shift as an article of clothing and then the repeated use of the letter for the drug ecstasy.
12a Opinion of meadow, having love for area (7)
POSTURE : Start with a meadow or grassland and replace A(rea) with the tennis score love.
13a Left university doctor with earlier condition … (7)
LUMBAGO : Assemble L(eft), U(niversity), a two letter qualification for a doctor and a word meaning earlier.
14a … as long as offering a supply (9)
PROVIDING : A double definition.
17a There’s no airs, oddly, in looking smart (5)
STING : Start with a word meaning looking or gazing intently and remove from within this the first and third letters of ‘airs’.
18a Attack messages from the east (3,2)
SET ON : When the answer is read as one word from right to left (from the east) we find the messages.
19a Charge sat awkwardly — go in uninvited (9)
GATECRASH : An anagram (awkwardly) of CHARGE SAT.
21a Makes a pile from garden tools at home (5,2)
RAKES IN : Common garden tools plus the two letter ‘at home’.
23a Wild child’s last, behind mad aunt and me (7)
UNTAMED : An anagram (mad) of AUNT and ME is followed by the last letter of child.
25a Provide safety feature seeing Formula One getting blame (9)
FIREPROOF : The letter and numeric used for Formula One is followed by blame or censure.
26a Come together in backing retinue (5)
UNITE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
28a Subject of examination (6)
TESTEE : A cryptic definition of someone being examined.
2d Puts up with depression sending son to the south (5)
LUMPS : A depression or collapse has the abbreviation for son moved from the beginning to the end.
3d Reference sees head replaced by company complicity (9)
COLLUSION : Start with a word meaning a reference or suggestion and use the two letter abbreviation for company to replace the single letter at the beginning.
4d Cover charge in case of disappearance (5)
DRAPE : A charge, often a slang word for a criminal one, is enclosed by the first and last letters of disappearance.
6d A smile across the length of ship (5)
ABEAM : ‘A’ from the clue and a broad smile.
8d Second refill — don’t go to bed yet! (4,2)
STOP UP : The abbreviation for second and then a refill of something that is usually not quite empty.
9d Live with desire to fit in (6)
BELONG : A two letter word for live or exist and then desire or yearn.
15d Unpopular comedic pieces about Republican fringes (9)
OUTSKIRTS : A three letter unpopular or not fashionable, and then comedic pieces or sketches contain R(epublican).
16d Frank is clever, dropping second of internationals for United (9)
INGENUOUS : A synonym for clever or inventive has the second occurrence of I(nternational) replaced by U(nited).
18d Schism underpinning quiet confession (6)
SHRIFT : The two letter instruction to be quiet and a schism or separation.
20d Hard borders? Avoids making a decision (6)
HEDGES : H(ard) plus borders or rims.
23d Female employed by small task force not meeting required standards (5)
UNFIT : A small, usually military task force contains F(emale).
24d State of article found in pit (5)
MAINE : An indefinite article is inside a pit that might be a colliery.
It took us a while to deconstruct 17a so that is our favourite this week.
Quickie pun warts + forty = what’s for tea