Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29757
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
After many months of our country being virtually Covid free the inevitable has now happened and a handful of community cases have been detected in Auckland. Swift action by the authorities has resulted in the whole country going into immediate lockdown for everything other than essential services. Fingers crossed that people follow the rules and the outbreak can be contained and isolated quickly.
Our weather has been pretty bleak lately with lots of rain and thunder storms off and on for the past few days.
At least we have our regular dose of excellent cryptic crosswords to cheer us up.
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7a Fruit stolen: is it loaded for wide distribution? (9)
GRAPESHOT : The fruit used by oenologists then a slang word for stolen.
11a Ignorant period without Sun and Times? (4,4)
DARK AGES : An adjective meaning without sun or unlit and then measures of time.
14a Fanatic from Zimbabwe’s outside often (6)
ZEALOT : The first and last letters of Zimbabwe and a 1,3 phrase meaning often.
17a Nature god banking silver for heathen (5)
PAGAN : The chemical symbol for silver is inside the nature god often depicted playing his eponymous pipes.
19a Mania uncontrolled, student becomes beast (6)
ANIMAL : An anagram (uncontrolled) of MANIA plus the student driver letter.
21a Lure and net damaged by rocks (6)
ENTICE : An anagram (damaged) of NET and another slang expression for diamonds (rocks).
24a Range of mushrooms sent back with cap trimmed (8)
SPECTRUM : Reverse a type of edible mushrooms and then cap as a bridge player might do, without its last letter.
27a Push away social outcast making comeback (5)
REPEL : A social outcast, originally because of a horrendous disease, gets reversed.
28a Penny and I, with hesitation, going round town that’s radioactive (9)
PLUTONIUM : A large Bedfordshire town is enclosed by the abbreviation for penny, ‘I’ from the clue, and a two letter hesitation sound.
1d Smarten up in grand accommodation (5)
GROOM : G(rand) and then another word for accommodation.
2d Small step taken by male astronaut (8)
SPACEMAN : String together S(mall), a step or stride, and a male person.
4d Form attachment with 007? (4)
BOND : A double definition.
6d Has foe manipulated good spy holed up here? (4,5)
SAFE HOUSE : An anagram (manipulated) of HAS FOE and a synonym for good, possibly used in the expression ‘what’s the good (or xxx) of that’.
9d Black artist leading religious school forward (6)
BRAZEN : B(lack), then a Royal Academician and a Buddhist school coming from Japan.
13d Corner Germanic invader (5)
ANGLE : A double definition. The Germanic invaders are often coupled with those coming from Saxony.
15d Snatcher — from Leatherhead? (9)
KIDNAPPER : A fine leather, originally made from young goats, then a slang word for a head.
17d Partly spoiled, not worth considering (6)
PALTRY : An anagram (spoiled) of PARTLY.
18d Courage shown in the personal column? (8)
BACKBONE : The personal column is the one that runs from the atlas to the coccyx.
20d Friend who cleans out the stables? (6)
MUCKER : A slang word for a friend is also the term used for a cleaner of stables. (This was new to us with this meaning.)
22d Drunken son in mum’s hosiery? (6)
TIGHTS : A word meaning drunken plus S(on).
23d Brother killed rook and flightless birds (5)
REMUS : The chess abbreviation for rook plus Australian flightless birds.
25d Spot second article in French (4)
MOLE : A two letter abbreviation for a second or short period of time and then the French definite article.
Our favourite today is 18d.
Quickie pun moats + heart = Mozart