Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29781
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Winter has decided to come back to visit us for a couple of days. We have actually lit our fire again as we write this.
We completed this one within our two star time but did consider giving it a three as there were a few tricky clues in the mix.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Republican in seemingly unpopulated county? (7)
NORFOLK : A 2,4 phrase that could mean unpopulated contains R(epublican).
5a Rich sort of cake popular — great for starter (7)
ROLLING : A type of cake that probably includes a layer of jam is followed by the two letter word for popular and the first letter of great.
9a Gave in and proposed (9)
SUBMITTED : A double definition. Proposed or put forward.
11a Able regularly to visit church and pray (7)
BESEECH : The second and fourth letters of able, then a word meaning visit or call upon and the cartographer’s abbreviation for church.
12a Bouncy castle collapsed, engulfing one (7)
ELASTIC : An anagram (collapsed) of CASTLE contains Roman numeral one.
13a Many barrels among this smuggler’s contraband? (3-6)
GUN-RUNNER : An all-in-one clue with the definition being ‘this smuggler’. These barrels are not the sort containing spirits.
16a Union member seen in Almeida Hotel (5)
IDAHO : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
17a Old woman after plague offers opinion (5)
DOGMA : A two letter familiar word for a mother follows plague or pester.
22a Speaker’s expression, crude perhaps, brings disorder (7)
TURMOIL : A homophone (speaker’s) of a synonym for an expression, then a substance often referred to as crude.
25a Expert from A-section? (5)
ADEPT : ‘A’ from the clue, plus an abbreviation for another word for a section.
27a Unrefined person sure to succeed (7)
NATURAL : A double definition.
28a Firm showing interest (7)
CONCERN : A double definition. This firm is a business enterprise.
2d Taxi provider, needing lift, first to solve puzzle (5)
REBUS : A taxi provider summoned from your smartphone is reversed and followed by the first letter of solve.
3d Girl in green (5)
OLIVE : A double definition.
6d Cut a liver out — it’s financially rewarding (9)
LUCRATIVE : An anagram (out) of CUT A LIVER.
7d Nervous Shakespeare wife missing some banter? (3-2-4)
ILL-AT-EASE : The shortened version of Shakespeare’s first name without the W(ife), then a 1,5 phrase for some banter.
14d Leg in cast — chap being careless (9)
NEGLIGENT : An anagram (cast) of LEG IN and a chap or man.
15d Ran about in frenzy circling Lima’s capital (4,5)
ULAN BATOR : An anagram (in frenzy) of RAN ABOUT contains the letter that is signified by Lima in the phonetic alphabet.
18d Relentless outside losing vote (7)
ETERNAL : Start with a word meaning outside and remove from within it the letter used when casting a vote.
19d Like controversial verses thus written about a function (7)
SATANIC : The Latin word for thus contains ‘A’ from the clue and a mathematical function. These controversial verses allude to a work by Salman Rushdie.
20d Setter for example served up old language (7)
GELATIN : The two letters meaning for example are reversed (served up) and then the ‘old language’ referred to in the previous hint.
23d Material in drawer Conservative ignored (5)
RAYON : The drawer is a waxy stick used for colouring. Remove C(onservative) from this.
24d Damaged layer — Australia has one (5)
OZONE : The two letter slang term for Australia and then ‘one’ from the clue.
Lots of ticks on our page once again but we’ll give top marks to 8d.
Quickie pun wee + job + hoard = ouija board