Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29847
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
This morning on our walk we encountered five families of Canada geese with all their goslings in tow. They must have been nesting somewhere up-river from us and decided to combine forces to have a joint picnic outing. Don’t recall having seen goslings here before.
Last week’s firewood is now all tidily stacked away ready for next winter.
All the usual Wednesday fun once again.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Sort of programme producing a comedy turn? (11)
DOCUMENTARY : An anagram (producing) of A COMEDY TURN.
11a Drop off family item used at table (6)
NAPKIN : Drop off or go to sleep and then family or relations.
12a Son in failing action on women’s panel (8)
WAINSCOT : Start with W(omen’s) and then an anagram (failing) of ACTION contains S(on).
15a Spotted dress, oddly, and wept (8)
DESCRIED : The first, third and fifth letters of ‘dress’ and then wept or shed tears.
18a Calling on Conservative behaving very humbly (8)
CRINGING : The single letter abbreviation for Conservative and then calling on the phone.
19a Ditch or river full of fish? Quite the contrary (6)
TRENCH : A type of fresh water fish contains R(iver). ‘Quite the contrary’ tells us that it is the river inside the fish.
23a Agree to see hospital dept on a case of sinusitis (6)
ASSENT : ‘A’ from the clue and the first and last letters of sinusitis precede our usual hospital department.
26a A way to incorporate business course (5)
ASCOT : The two letter abbreviation for company (business) is inside ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for street.
28a Hell — could be clear the girl’s promise crosses line (11)
NETHERWORLD : Clear in reference to financial return, then a female personal pronoun followed by a promise or pledge that contains L(ine).
1d Fixes penalties underpinning limits of divergence (7)
DEFINES : The first and last letters of divergence and then monetary penalties.
2d Condition experienced by just over half of casino workers? (5)
CROUP : The first five letters of an occupational title of people who work at casino tables.
3d Doubt Mike is generous (9)
MISGIVING : The letter represented by Mike in radio communication, then ‘IS’ from the clue and a synonym for generous.
5d Made tough new deal under queen (8)
ANNEALED : An early 18th century queen is followed by an anagram (new) of DEAL.
6d State needing sycophants with no end of eagerness (5)
YEMEN : Sycophants or males very willing to agree lose the last letter of ‘eagerness’ from within their title.
7d Made a fuss and responded, promoting head of chambers (7)
CREATED : Start with a word meaning responded and move its fourth letter (which is the first letter of chambers) to the beginning.
8d Lie about Republican producing conflict (8)
FRICTION : A lie or untruth contains R(epublican).
14d Relaxed youth should keep one stern (4,4)
LAID BACK : A young man contains Roman numeral one and then the part of a boat referred to as the stern.
16d County’s team must see requirement for bottle? (9)
CORKSCREW : An Irish county with the ‘S and then a team, possibly of rowers.
20d Match needs this from striker — an impetuous type! (7)
HOTHEAD : Don’t worry, it’s not a football clue. ‘Lucifers’ or ‘vestas’ are involved here.
22d Attack head of secondary school (3,2)
SET ON : The first letter of secondary and then the world’s most famous toff school.
25d Couple caught out Bank of Scotland (4)
BRAE : A word for couple, often associated with game birds loses the cricket abbreviation for caught.
Our favourite today is 18d but we also liked the surface reading of 17d.
Quickie pun core + tack + hold = caught a cold