Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29745
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We seem to have been watching a lot of TV lately as we have got hooked on what has been happening with the Olympic Games. New Zealanders are feeling pleased with how well our competitors have been doing, particularly in rowing and kayaking.
Our daylight hours are getting noticably longer now but temperatures at present are still decidedly wintry.
Another enjoyable Wednesday puzzle.
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1a Agreement resulting from investing millions in firm commitment (10)
COMPROMISE : A two letter firm or business, the abbreviation for millions and a commitment or pledge.
10a United force American-English defender at the outset (5)
FUSED : F(orce), then the two letters indicating American, E(nglish), plus the first letter of defender.
11a Journey made for a game of golf? (5,4)
ROUND TRIP : A cryptic definition. The first word is used for a game of golf and the second is a synonym for journey.
12a Baffling call on feminine facilities (8)
FLOORING : Call on the telephone follows F(eminine) and facilities where one may spend a penny.
13a Tree nearly everybody gets embarrassed about (5)
ALDER : Remove the last letter from a three letter word for everybody and follow this with the reversal of the colour associated with embarrassment.
15a Understands and gets together (7)
GATHERS : A double definition.
17a Gourmet pie cooked with salt (7)
EPICURE : An anagram (cooked) of PIE and then salt as a way to preserve food.
19a Happy to find rental contract, occupying vacant pad (7)
PLEASED : The two outside letters of the word pad surround a rental contract.
21a Genuine person who’s the obvious choice (7)
NATURAL : Another double definition.
22a This girl may provide average answer! (5)
NORMA : Average or accepted standard plus A(nswer).
27a Warning sign from mostly tough heavy drinker (9)
HARBINGER : Remove the last letter from a synonym for tough and then someone who has bouts of heavy drinking.
28a A bit of flower power — and others (5)
PETAL : P(ower) is followed by a 2,2 Latin phrase meaning ‘and others’.
30a A room with old academic is a battle (10)
ARMAGEDDON : String together ‘A’ from the clue, then the two letter abbreviation for room, a four letter synonym for old and an academic master.
1d A source of food in church outlet (4)
CAFE : ‘A’ from the clue and the first letter of food are enclosed by the Anglican Church.
3d Show where Shakespeare’s lover has a change of heart (5)
RODEO : Change the central letter in the name of Shakespeare’s most famous male lover.
4d Borders of world full of spirit (7)
MARGINS : The world that is the next one out in our solar system encloses an alcoholic spirit.
5d Sticks up broken leg to avoid customs duty (7)
SMUGGLE : The reversal of a word meaning sticks or uses adhesive and then an anagram (broken) of LEG.
7d Attempted promoting one, feeling exhausted (5)
TIRED : Start with a word meaning attempted and move the letter for the Roman numeral one up one space.
8d They say bank has assimilated troubled red-top (10)
REPORTEDLY : An anagram (troubled) of RED-TOP is enclosed by bank or depend on.
9d Perfectionist must see agreement is in Italian (8)
IDEALIST : The two letter abbreviation for Italian as a language contains agreement or contract plus ‘IS’ from the clue.
16d Still supporting European Commission over the moon (8)
ECSTATIC : The two letters for the European Commission are followed by still or not moving.
18d A Parisian told it’s beside the point (9)
UNRELATED : The French indefinite article and then told or recounted.
20d Please place a bet for a grand-looking old lady (7)
DOWAGER : Split the answer 2,5 to give a phrase that could mean ‘please place a bet’.
21d Country fair e.g. intended to keep going north (7)
NIGERIA : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
23d Rustic wall painting showing river for miles (5)
RURAL : Start with a wall painting and replace its M(iles) with R(iver).
Our favourite today is 5d.
Quickie pun razors + mile = raise a smile