Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29888
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our two cherry picking granddaughters start work early to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. As a consequence the first Wordle results appear on our family WhatsApp soon after 5am. Lots of others appear soon after. It looks like Wordle has taken over the entire English-speaking world. Certainly the ‘in’ thing in NZ at present.
We found this puzzle quite tricky in places with some rather complicated charades to sort out and then write hints for. Enjoyed it of course.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a The orator’s planned delivery may be affected by this (4,6)
SORE THROAT : An all-in-one clue. The included wordplay is an anagram (planned) of THE ORATORS.
6a Part of church article intuition rejected (4)
APSE : The indefinite article, then the reversal of the three letters used for psychic knowledge.
10a Home study task oddly impresses (7)
INDENTS : The short word for ‘at home’, then study as a room and the first and third letters of task.
15a What might come from mash being cold? (6)
BITTER : Mash here is something made in the production process of a company like Worthington’s.
17a Cut out training with no sign of hesitation (6)
EXCISE : A word for training or physical activity has one of the two letter sounds made by someone hesitating removed.
19a Rock the French after the Spanish one gets qualified (8)
ELIGIBLE : In the order they appear in the clue we have the Spanish definite article, Roman numeral one, the short form of the British Overseas Territory known as The Rock and finally the French definite article.
21a Unwilling to bend, seeing a second fix on a London building succeeded (2,4,2,5)
AS HARD AS NAILS : Again, in the order they appear in the answer we have the second ‘A; from the clue, a tall London building, then the first ‘A’ from the clue, S(econd), ‘fix’ using a metal spike and finally S(ucceeded).
24a Send back green oranges perhaps not one for fighting over ground (4,3)
TURF WAR : This wordplay is all reversed (send back). We have green or possibly uncooked and what oranges are an example of with the Roman numeral one removed.
25a One without faith or time during a robbery (7)
ATHEIST : ‘A’ from the clue and a robbery or hold-up enclose T(ime).
26a Not a quiet dish (4)
NOSH : A two letter word meaning ‘not a’ and then an instruction to be quiet.
27a Parasite from death row condemned by Royal Marines (10)
THREADWORM : An anagram (condemned) of DEATH ROW and the initials for Royal Marines.
1d Gentle, like this paper (4)
SOFT : A two letter word meaning ‘like this’ and then the pink paper.
2d Criminal clear about detective getting origin of root (7)
RADICLE : An anagram (criminal) of CLEAR contains the abbreviation for a detective inspector.
3d Puts pressure on staff underpinning rents thus adjusted (5,3,5)
TURNS THE SCREW : An anagram (adjusted) of RENTS THUS is followed by staff working on a ship perhaps.
4d Forces on standby may get books (8)
RESERVES : A double definition. Books or holds for future use.
5d A contact from Test and Trace taking off? (5)
APING : ‘A’ from the clue and the onomatopoeic word for a contact from Test and Trace.
7d Strong chap depressed by witticism (7)
PUNGENT : A witticism like the first three across clues in the Quick Crossword and an 11d chap.
8d Simple setter adjusted to such a lifestyle? (4,6)
EASY STREET : A synonym for simple and then an anagram (adjusted) of SETTER.
11d Marked as famous (13)
DISTINGUISHED : A double definition.
16d Entrepreneurs Musk and Bill mostly stretch out (8)
ELONGATE : The forename of Musk and the surname of Bill with the last letter removed.
20d I’d love to support president’s code of chivalry (7)
BUSHIDO : Either the father or son presidents from around the turn of the century are followed by ‘I’D’ from the clue and the tennis score love.
22d A run in a good hotel that hurt? (5)
AARGH : Two more ‘A’s’ from the clue then R(un), G(ood) and H(otel).
23d Staunch supporters finally satisfied, given a lift (4)
STEM : The final letter of supporters, then the reversal of satisfied or was adequate.
The clever 1a is our favourite today.
Quickie pun rein + heed + haze = rainy days