Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29727
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Another beautiful crisp white frost here today. As it is school and varsity holiday time most of our family are away at the South Island ski fields. They are having similar weather down there giving glorious conditions for fun on the slopes. Everything is much less crowded these days as there is not the usual influx of overseas skiers.
Although this puzzle felt to have some tricky places we did complete it within our 2 star time with plenty to keep us smiling along the way.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared.
1a Leaving party? (9)
DEFECTION : The surface reading suggests a farewell celebration but we actually need a political departure here.
6a A few heard leading review (3,2)
SUM UP : A homophone (heard) of a word meaning ‘a few’ and then a two letter word meaning leading or ahead.
9a Sound of Queen once with low backing? (5)
VROOM : The Queen once was the one who had the longest reign before ER surpassed her, and the low to be reversed is a bovine sound.
11a Stroppy pros, to be sure, may be retrained (12)
OBSTREPEROUS : An anagram (may be trained) of PROS TO BE SURE.
14a Suspend setter for such an expression? (7)
HANGDOG : Another word for suspend plus a canine setter.
16a Fancy a blonde, mate? (3,4)
OLD BEAN : An anagram (fancy) of A BLONDE.
18a Identify personal problem offering hopeful treatment (7)
PLACEBO : Identify or twig where something fits in and then a personal hygiene problem.
22a Lost all interest with the onset of rows between stars (12)
INTERSTELLAR : An anagram (lost) of ALL INTEREST is followed by the first letter of rows.
26a Part of leg that may be off in steak (5,4)
THIGH BONE : A 1-4 type of steak surrounds ‘off’ or smelling of putrefaction.
27a Lord once kept in privilege illegally rejected (5)
LIEGE : A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
28a Utter prerogative (5)
RIGHT : A double definition. Utter here is a synonym for absolute.
2d Beat current that’s good for women (4)
FLOG : Start with a current that could be the movement of a river and swap its W(omen) for G(ood).
4d Stretch of water requiring popular permit (5)
INLET : The two letter popular and permit or allow.
5d Principal uniform worn by fighting men born on base (6,3)
NUMBER ONE : An anagram (fighting) of MEN BORN contains U(niform) and finally, the mathematical symbol for a base.
7d Partner accepting no site free for place to live (10)
MAISONETTE : A partner, or even close pal, surrounds an anagram (free) of NO SITE.
8d Nice case of rivalry generating casual remark (10)
PLEASANTRY : A synonym for nice (it’s not the French city this time) and the first and last letters (case) of rivalry.
12d Criminal type who might hold up a store (10)
SHOPLIFTER : The answer sounds like this person can physically elevate a store.
13d Revealing close call supporting United? (10)
UNEARTHING : The abbreviation for United and then a 4,5 phrase for close call.
19d Not a sound will be heard out of this! (7)
EARSHOT : The range or distance within which a sound is audible.
21d Contacted regulars of team and suffered (7)
EMAILED : The second and fourth letters of team and then suffered or was unwell.
23d City shelter dropouts left empty (5)
LEEDS : Shelter, often used in a nautical sense, and then the first and last letters (left empty) of dropouts.
24d Somewhat undervalued fuel (4)
DERV : A lurker hiding in the clue (this was new to us and is a word derived from an acronym).
25d Drink made from bananas, full of energy (4)
MEAD : A word for bananas or crazy contains E(nergy).
The NW corner put up the biggest fight so we’ll pick our favourite from there. Let’s say 9a.
Quickie pun accede + hence = accidents