Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29751
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just one Kiwi in the blogging chair this week. We are in Wellington where we came yesterday for a book launch that was held last evening. Today the book’s author is at a gathering of friends from all over the country who have come to celebrate the occasion. If anyone is interested, Googling “Enough Horizon: the life and work of Blanche Baughan” by Carol Markwell will give a bit more information.
Meanwhile to the puzzle. A bit hard to judge the relative difficulty under the circumstances but it took me well into three star time. No doubts about the enjoyment of the solve though.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared.
1a One who knows everything later changed in taste (5,5)
SMART ALECK: An anagram (changed) of LATER is inside a taste or small sample.
6a Sign of importance dispensing with protection (4)
OMEN: A word meaning importance or substance loses its first and last letters (protection).
10a A Spanish greeting reciprocated in Hawaii? (5)
ALOHA: The Hawaiian greeting is obtained by reversing ‘a’ from the clue and a Spanish greeting.
11a Drink expert taken in by yarn (5,4)
TABLE WINE: An adjective meaning expert or proficient is inside yarn or string.
12a Passage from broadcast losing millions (7)
TRANSIT: Start with a word meaning broadcast such as a radio signal and remove m(illions) from within it.
14a Convinces after workers completed reform (4,4,4)
MEND ONES WAYS: Start with male workers, then a word meaning finished or over and then one meaning convinces or influences.
18a Flattery may be sort of tasteless, and intended to be heard (12)
BLANDISHMENT: A word meaning ‘sort of tasteless’ and a homophone of one meaning intended.
23a Star making a comeback had issue (7)
EMANATE: A four letter star or well-known person is reversed and followed by a word meaning had when referring to a meal.
26a Answer required for one in terrible challenge (4)
DARE: Start with a synonym for terrible and replace its Roman numeral one with a(nswer).
27a Clear and decisive poll on religious education (10)
RESOUNDING: The two letters for religious education and a poll or testing of public opinion.
3d Spiritual books included in 17 sent off (14)
TRANSCENDENTAL: An anagram (off) of the answer to 17d, the word SENT and the letters used for the books in the later part of the bible.
4d Lines from overworked phrases lacking power (9)
LATITUDES: Remove (p)ower from the start of a word for overworked or hackneyed phrases.
5d Government committee needing horse artist (5)
COBRA: A type of small strong horse and a Royal Acadamecian.
7d Support mother during visit? (8)
MAINSTAY: A two letter familiar term for mother, a two letter word meaning during and a visit that is longer than a brief call.
8d Annoys son — that’s uncalled-for! (8)
NEEDLESS: Annoys or irritates plus s(on).
9d MP should provide this dramatic performance (14)
REPRESENTATION: A double definition.
15d Without feeling, wrote off assistant (6,3)
NUMBER TWO: Without feeling as in an anaesthetised state and an anagram (off) of WROTE.
16d Confused old boys restored to health (8)
OBSCURED: The abbreviation for old boys and a word meaning no longer unwell.
17d Credit has to cover a loan with a schedule of dates (8)
CALENDAR: The two letter abbreviation for credit surrounds ‘a’ from the clue, loan or ‘rent out’ then the second ‘a’ from the clue.
20d Fit in marathon — after beer, oddly! (6)
BELONG: The first and third letters of beer and an adjective meaning marathon or not short.
The long complicated anagram for 3d gets my vote for favourite.
Quickie pun fizzy + shuns = physicians