Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29870
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back home again after being with family in Wellington for Christmas. A special time. Our New Year will be much quieter as there will just be the two of us here at home.
Whatever you have planned to welcome in 2022, enjoy yourselves.
Once again we had a few head-scratchers scattered through the grid.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Defender must hold line — sees areas of potential danger (5,5)
BLACK SPOTS : A football defender contains L(ine) then sees or notices.
10a Excuse from politician sitting in first-class (5)
ALIBI : The two letters indicating first class surround a politician of the party Gladstone belonged to.
11a Come down to earth, a little depressed (5,4)
TOUCH DOWN : A little or a tad, and then depressed or low.
13a Extent of leak by head of security (5)
SWEEP : The first letter of security is followed by leak tears perhaps.
15a Daughter wrong on question one — sitting pretty! (5,2)
QUIDS IN : String together the two letter abbreviation for question, Roman numeral one, D(aughter) and a wrong or misdeed.
17a One may vote in English reader (7)
ELECTOR : E(nglish) and a reader, probably in a college or church.
19a Cover not needed for smartest relations! (7)
AUNTIES : Start with a synonym for smartest or most stylish and remove the first and last letters.|
21a Mysterious burial chamber with rich interior (7)
CRYPTIC : A burial chamber is followed by the two central letters of rich.
27a Leaving fine leg antagonised will be awkward (9)
INELEGANT : A lurker hiding in the clue, indicated by ‘leaving’.
28a Find out king’s name (5)
LEARN : A fictional king from Shakespeare and then N(ame).
29a Listeners will have time for right food (4)
EATS : A substitute clue. Start with ‘listeners’ and replace the R(ight) with T(ime).
30a A backward view of troublesome reports etc (10)
RETROSPECT : An anagram (troublesome) of REPORTS ETC.
1d Dress up and lay it on thick (4)
BRAG : The reversal (up) of a general word for dress.
2d I’m in a state, seeing spirit (9)
ANIMATION : ‘A’ from the clue and then a state or country contains ‘IM’ from the clue.
4d Record crush (3,4)
PUT DOWN : A double definition. Crush or denigrate.
5d Administrator is bound to be heard here occasionally (7)
TRUSTEE : A homophone of a word meaning bound or tied up, and then the second and fourth letters of ‘here’.
7d Australia working with energy and gas (5)
OZONE : A two letter slang abbreviation for Australia, then a word meaning working or in operation and E(nergy).
8d Collusion of sanctimonious blue supporting Tories (10)
CONSPIRACY : An abbreviation for members of the party described as Tories, then the two letter sanctimonious and blue or salacious.
9d Innocently hurry in case of call on unknown (8)
CHASTELY : Hurry or rapidity is surrounded by the first and last letters of call and finally, one of the letters used as a mathematical unknown.
16d Singular sort of English affliction (8)
SHINGLES : S(ingular) then an anagram (sort of) of ENGLISH.
18d Tease a little bit, upset, having lost book (9)
TITILLATE : An anagram ( upset) of A LITTLE (b)IT once B(ook) has been removed.
20d Amount charged for holding silver in stock (7)
STORAGE : Stock or hold in reserve contains the chemical symbol for silver.
21d City street full of good humour? The opposite! (7)
CHESTER : A word for good humour contains ST(reet).
23d Still at home — finally leave for appointment (5)
INERT : The two letter at home and then the last letters of three words in the clue.
26d Join fool for audition (4)
KNIT : A homophone of another word for a fool or silly idiot.
Quickie pun goes + Tories = ghost stories