Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29906
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
During the last week a moisture laden weather system from the tropics has taken a leisurely cruise across the length and breadth of New Zealand giving most of us a thorough mid-summer drenching. It has now moved away so we are back to clear blue skies and warm temperatures again.
We found that we spent longer on the SE sector than all the rest of the puzzle and this took us into three star time. Some great Wednesday clues once again.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Careless friends from the east needing career (8)
SLAPDASH : The reversal (from the east) of a word for friends and then career or move swiftly.
5a Answer thought to be happily occupied (6)
AMUSED : A(nswer) and then thought or contemplated.
9a Pass law delayed by members holding one (9)
LEGISLATE : Lower members on a human body contain Roman numeral one and then delayed or not on time.
11a Conscious of a revolutionary green European (5)
AWARE : ‘A’ from the clue, the reversal of green or inexperienced and then E(uropean).
12a Husband interrupting walk and train of thought (6)
THREAD : Walk or step contains H(usband.
15a Part of car transport cost after European articles (13)
UNDERCARRIAGE : The European articles are a French indefinite one and a German definite one. These are followed by the charge made for transportation.
27a Express regret in public for lapse (9)
OVERSIGHT : The non-verbal sound one might make when expressing regret is surrounded by a word meaning public or in the open.
28a Person who believes he must replace women in dance (6)
THEIST : Start with the dance popularised by Chubby Checker and replace the W(oman) with ‘HE’ from the clue.
29a Rehearsal of Spooner’s card game at an end (5,3)
DUMMY RUN : The card game consists of compiling sequences and ‘at an end’ is a homophone for finished or completed. Now do what the Reverend Spooner would do.
1d Separates and suddenly shows an interest, holding power line (6,2)
SPLITS UP : A 4,2 phrase meaning suddenly shows an interest contains P(ower) and L(ine).
2d Skinless sausages may produce such emotion (5)
ANGER : Remove the first and last letters from an informal word for sausages.
3d Lose heart as pride is shattered? (7)
DESPAIR : An anagram (is shattered) of AS PRIDE.
4d Mock poor actor after onset of stress (4)
SHAM : The first letter of stress and then a bad actor.
6d Pain — managed amazingly without New Zealand! (7)
MYALGIA : An anagram (managed) of AMA(z)I(n)GLY with our homeland removed.
8d Dredge unfinished part of swimming pool (6)
DEEPEN : Remove the last letter from the 4,3 phrase for the part of a swimming pool where you might consider diving.
10d Move to Dubai, say, covering golf? (8)
EMIGRATE : The type of nation of which Dubai is an example contains G(olf).
16d Take apart and amend list for distribution (9)
DISMANTLE : An anagram (for distribution) of AMEND LIST.
17d City school having to cover D-day (8)
EDMONTON : The UK’s most famous public school surrounds ‘D’ from the clue and the three letter abbreviation for the first day of the working week.
19d Leading lady has kiss for Mike, say (7)
EXPRESS : Start with the leading lady of a large realm. Then replace its M(ike) with the letter used for kiss.
20d The wreckage of many buried in brief notoriety (7)
FLOTSAM : A synonym for notoriety or celebrity loses its last letter and contains many or aa indefinite large number.
24d Fireguards put up to protect carpenter’s tool (5)
AUGER : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
25d Live with a socially acceptable boyfriend (4)
BEAU : A two letter synonym for live, then ‘A’ from the clue and the letter for socially acceptable.
We are not going to pick a favourite this week. Too many great clues to choose from.
Quickie pun boil + hirsute = boiler suit