Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29841
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A couple of hours before we started working on this we had a big firewood delivery. We made a tentative start on it but most of the moving and stacking in readiness for next winter is still in the ‘Urgent jobs to get done’ file.
Another good fun Wednesday puzzle to distract and amuse us.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Fresh title adopted by infernal poet and dabbler (10)
DILETTANTE : The poet who wrote The Divine Comedy includes an anagram (fresh) of TITLE.
6a Friends from the east? Precisely (4)
SLAP : The answer read from right to left gives friends. (We had to think hard to get this definition.)
11a Beefy sending son to back for accoutrements (9)
TRAPPINGS : A word meaning beefy, often applied to a husky youth, has its first letter moved all the way to the end.
13a Expression of weariness coming from house on hill, mostly (5-2)
HEIGH-HO : A hill described by its elevation loses its last letter and then the two letter abbreviation for house.
14a Taking collagen daily may reveal an ulterior motive! (6,6)
HIDDEN AGENDA : A variation on a lurker clue. The first word of the answer tells us what has happened in the clue to the second word.
18a More and more home care must be arranged individually (12)
INCREASINGLY : The two letter ‘home’, then an anagram (must be arranged) of CARE, then a word meaning individually or one by one.
21a Institutes needing no area for meals (7)
LUNCHES : Remove A(rea) from institutes or starts up.
23a Particle absorbed by some or other science (7)
ANATOMY : A three letter word meaning some or other surrounds a basic physics particle.
26a Reportedly pushed under water pipe (4)
DUCT : A homophone of a word meaning pushed under water.
2d Left one opening to tie up (6)
LIGATE : L(eft), then Roman numeral one and an opening to a field or garden.
3d Such votes unusually hit new helpers welcoming Independent (5-4,5)
THREE-LINE WHIPS : An anagram (unusually) of HIT NEW HELPERS contains I(ndependent). (Something new that we learnt today).
4d A variable list on poems down under (9)
ANTIPODES : ‘A’ from the clue, then a variable or indefinite number, a three letter list or lean, and finally types of poems.
5d Rubbish remains after tower evacuated (5)
TRASH : The first and last letters of tower and remains left after a fire.
8d Mate should keep a short chronicle of vicar’s work (8)
PASTORAL : The mate we met in 6a contains ‘A’ from the clue and a chronicle or tale without its last letter.
9d Jump on Conservative, inclined to get seasonal work at home (6-8)
SPRING-CLEANING : Jump or leap, then C(onservative) and then inclined or listing.
16d Given accommodation and invoiced to include rent regularly (8)
BILLETED : Invoiced or sent an account includes the second and fourth letters of rent.
17d Number employed by European comedian likely to bring in a profit (8)
ECONOMIC : Start with E(uropean), then a comedian contains the two letter abbreviation for number.
19d National may be like this country in Africa (6)
SOMALI : A two letter word meaning ‘like this’ and a West African country.
20d My new job includes year five English (2,4)
BY JOVE : An anagram (new) of JOB includes Y(ear) and then Roman numeral five and E(nglish).
Our favourite today is 4d but we also appreciated the originality of 14a.
Quickie pun forest + heart = for a start