Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29829
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re almost prepared to believe that our summer is not far away now. We are having a great spell of fine, warm weather with clear, blue skies and gentle sea breezes. Everything is bursting with life. We saw so many duckling families on our walk this morning that we stopped counting them.
We note that today’s Toughie setter is Logman (aka Jay) so we can be pretty sure that this one is by someone else. Guess away. We’ll save our guess until our early morning comment tomorrow.
Thoroughly enjoyed solving it.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Help as Brie deteriorates — being this? (10)
PERISHABLE : An all-in-one clue with the wordplay being an anagram (deteriorates) of HELP AS BRIE.
10a Pork pie and case of Grenache for lord (5)
LIEGE : An untruth (pork pie) and the first and last letters of Grenache.
11a Start to read publication that includes new version (9)
RENDITION : The first letter of read, then a publication or issue includes N(ew).
13a Deathless seabird observed in wild lea (7)
ETERNAL : A type of seabird is enclosed by an anagram (wild) of LEA.
14a Chair covering — not for mum? — Charlie carried in vehicle (12)
ANTIMACASSAR : A four letter prefix meaning ‘against’ (not for), then an alternative shorter version of mum, next a charlie or nincompoop is surrounded by an automobile.
18a For example Pancake Day hamper? (7,5)
MOVABLE FEAST : The answer can either describe Pancake Day as part of a religious festival, or a Pancake Day hamper. (A clever clue which we found tricky to hint.)
21a Beaming princess almost taken in by traitor (7)
RADIANT : The name of crosswordland’s favourite princess without the last letter, is enclosed by the animal used as a metaphor for a traitor.
24a Ground is stained, so decontaminated (9)
SANITISED : An anagram (ground) of IS STAINED.
25a 500 on steamship wear formal clothes (5)
DRESS : The Roman numeral 500, then the two letter ‘on’ or regarding, and the abbreviation for steamship.
26a Swear as dance party beginning to end? (4)
AVER : A wild party that might include dancing has its first letter moved to the end.
1d Area within location for splendid residence (6)
PALACE : Location or site contains A(rea).
3d Miss out on prince’s appearance? (8,6)
SLEEPING BEAUTY : A fairytale character who is ‘out’ when the prince appears.
4d Three-wheeler following parades hit from above (3,6)
AIR STRIKE : Parades or publicizes and then a three-wheeler often used by a young child.
5d Spear in butcher’s no good (5)
LANCE : A cursory observation (butcher’s) in cockney rhyming slang loses its G(ood).
7d Marriage is with Democrat in the end, not Republican (8)
UNIONIST : Marriage or coming together, then ‘IS’ from the clue and the final letter of Democrat.
8d Letter also featured in amusing write-up? (8)
LANDLORD : Another word for also or plus is inside the reversal (write-up) of amusing or whimsical.
9d Somewhat limited success as year in Down ends badly (4,4,6)
NINE DAYS WONDER : An anagram (badly) of YEAR IN DOWN ENDS.
16d Heavenly grub in bar: I am so excited! (8)
AMBROSIA : An anagram (excited) of BAR I AM SO.
17d Support ecstasy habit, immoral, keeping place for it? (8)
EVIDENCE : The letter used to represent the drug ecstasy, then an immoral habit surrounds a place where it is reputed to be practised.
20d Euros revolutionary: regard finally shown for ‘woke‘ (6)
ROUSED : An anagram (revolutionary) of EUROS and then the last letter of regard.
22d Inventor renovates large houses (5)
TESLA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
Lots of ticks on our page today but we’ll go with 8d as favourite.
Quickie pun feeler + frayed = feel afraid