Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29882
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We had a day trip to Wellington yesterday. We went down to see an exhibition of works by the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint “The Secret Paintings”. We appreciated and enjoyed it.
Our good spell of summer weather is continuing with just a few suggestions of rain on the way.
Another fine midweek puzzle too.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Puzzled, needing source of inspiration in the sack (7)
BEMUSED : The furniture item sometimes called ‘the sack’ contains a source of inspiration from Greek mythology.
5a Run from vehicles on the road (7)
TRAFFIC : A double definition. Run as in deal with drugs perhaps.
10a A good example of register incorporating European fashion (4,5)
ROLE MODEL : A register or list of those attending contains E(uropean) and fashion or style.
12a Head started to lose heart (4)
BEAN : Start with a synonym for started or initiated and remove the central letter.
14a All the same shelters, even in a storm (12)
NEVERTHELESS : An anagram (in a storm) of SHELTERS EVEN.
21a Assign a value to degree (4)
RATE : A double definition.
22a Make no progress, in the main (5,5)
TREAD WATER : A cryptic definition, the main here is the sea.
25a Planned study assignment and read regularly (9)
PROJECTED : A study assignment that a school pupil might be working on is followed by the second and fourth letters of read.
27a Informed about old English hotel getting a grip (7)
TOEHOLD : The abbreviations for old, English and hotel are inside a synonym for informed.
28a Pressure now on board finding areas of activity (7)
SPHERES : P(ressure ) and a word meaning at this time and place are inside the abbreviation for steamship.
1d Change into suit (6)
BECOME : A double definition. Suit or be appropriate.
2d Threat from expert supporting workers (6)
MENACE : Male workers, and then an expert or adept.
4d Style of building seen in Finland (or Iceland) (5)
DORIC : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
5d Thinking of making contact? (9)
TELEPATHY : A cryptic definition for ESP.
6d A million visiting church for summit (4)
ACME : ‘A’ from the clue, then M(illion) is inside the Anglican Church.
7d Acted nervously seeing unusually gifted newspaper leader (8)
FIDGETED : An anagram (unusually) of GIFTED is followed by the abbreviation for a newspaper boss.
8d Settler working one’s time under officer (8)
COLONIST : In the order they appear in the answer, a senior army officer, then the two letter ‘working’ and ‘one’s’ written as the Roman numeral with ‘S’, and T(ime).
13d Unsolicited opinion from writer thrown out across yard (10)
PENNYWORTH : A writing implement, then an anagram (out) of THROWN contains Y(ard).
15d European jet fighter valued for what 8 did (9)
EMIGRATED : E(uropean), then a Russian jet fighter and a word meaning valued or assessed.
16d Old and battered car oddly dumped in river — mine (8)
DECREPIT : The first and third letters of car are inside the ubiquitous alphabetical river, and then a mine from which minerals are extracted.
17d Measure, including most of additional sugar (8)
DEXTROSE : Remove the last letter from a word meaning additional and place this inside a measure, probably of medicine.
19d Pressure in heavy defeats lifted daze (6)
STUPOR : The reversal (lifted) of a word for heavy defeats contains P(ressure).
24d Check on oxygen embargo (4)
VETO : A check or examination and then the chemical symbol for oxygen.
We nominate 13d as our favourite today.
Quickie pun bell + heap + hawk = belly pork (or more likely) Belle Epoque