Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29739
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We went a whole week without either of us doing a single cryptic crossword. Withdrawal symptoms were definitely showing so it is good to get back into the regular routine. An extra bonus is that there is a supply of unsolved puzzles from last week that we can draw upon in desperate circumstances.
An enjoyable puzzle once again to get us back into harness.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared.
1a Supports career employed by Building Society (6)
BRACES : The two letter abbreviation for Building Society surrounds career or move quickly.
9a Her day on guard is weird — crude but effective (5-3-5)
ROUGH-AND-READY : An anagram (is weird) of HER DAY ON GUARD.
11a Slim women — not in twelves, possibly! (6)
SVELTE : An anagram (possibly) of T(w)ELVES once the W(omen) has been removed.
14a With regard to cover the French must get a wake-up call (8)
REVEILLE : The two letters meaning with regard to, then a cover that a bride might have over her face and the French definite article.
16a Son involved in sadly real pay freeze (8)
PARALYSE : An anagram (sadly) of REAL PAY contains S(on).
19a Work out price of a pound of ribs (6)
COSTAL : Work out price as a tradesman might do for a project, plus ‘A’ from the clue and pound sterling.
23a Speed of star with no heart (8)
CELERITY : Start with a star of possibly stage and screen and remove the central letter.
25a Expert attacks — before running incentive scheme (6-7)
PROFIT-SHARING : A three letter expert, then attacks or seizures, followed by running or moving quickly in the manner of a leporine animal.
26a Judged to be oddly steady after crowds losing head (8)
ASSESSED : Start with a synonym for crowds or large groups and remove the first letter. Follow this with the first, third and fifth letters of steady.
27a An offence in, say, relaxing (6)
EASING : A (1,3) equivalent phrase for an offence is enclosed by the two letters indicating say or for example.
2d Recover after game in the countryside (7)
RURALLY : The two letters for New Zealand’s national game plus recover or recuperate.
3d Fool‘s mate? Pressure (5)
CHUMP : A mate or close friend and then P(ressure).
6d Tall tales of fish rising on poles (5)
YARNS : A flatfish related to a shark is reversed and followed by the two geographic poles.
7d Fumed during links for Hamlet and Othello, perhaps (9)
TRAGEDIES : A four letter word for links or connections surrounds fumed or got angry.
13d Press on at faulty switch (9)
TRANSPOSE : An anagram (faulty) of PRESS ON AT.
15d Blow hot and cold as sick during leave (9)
VACILLATE : A three letter word for sick or unwell is inside leave or stop occupying.
17d A support thus erected is suitable (7)
APROPOS : ‘A’ from the clue and a type of support is followed by the reversal of a synonym for thus.
18d Former Conservative gets employed and forgiven (7)
EXCUSED : The two letter prefix for former, then C(onservative) and a word meaning employed.
24d Manages to take in island remains (5)
RUINS : Manages or operates contains the single letter abbreviation for island.
We couldn’t separate one out as a favourite today, so will leave this up to you.
Quickie pun dare + reek + how = dairy cow