Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29924
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have a brother and sister-in-law staying with us for a few days. Great to spend time with them, playing Mexican Train Dominoes, tiring them out on our regular daily walks and even sharing the odd crossword or two.
Cataract operation report: All went well and the result is that the limited vision in that glaucoma affected eye is now crystal clear. A good outcome.
As today’s Toughie is by Logman we can be pretty certain that this one is not by Jay.
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9a Anxious, I’m one receiving medical care (9)
IMPATIENT : ‘IM’ from the clue, then someone receiving medical care.
10a Support US soldier in ebbing sea (5)
AEGIS : The word ‘sea’ is reversed and holds a US soldier.
12a Restructuring the loan makes you solvent (7)
ETHANOL : An anagram (restructuring) of THE LOAN.
13a The solver is leaving this card in leisure centre (5,4)
YOUTH CLUB : The personal pronoun that the setter would use for the solver, then what is left of the word ‘this’ once ‘is’ is removed and a member of one of the card suits.
16a Boxer starts to train young lad (5)
TYSON : The first letters from train and young, and then another word for lad.
18a Festival to enjoy with artist in sweet bar? (5,4)
MARDI GRAS : The brand name of a sweet bar contains a hippie version of ‘enjoy’ and a Royal academician.
21a Lover no longer needing money set out (7)
EXPOUND : The short name for a former lover, then English monetary unit.
22a Scene rewritten keeps one line still (7)
SILENCE : An anagram (rewritten) of SCENE contains Roman numeral one and L(ine).
25a Woman‘s soiree regularly involving us (5)
SUSIE : The first, third and fifth letters of soiree surround “US’ from the clue.
26a Rat popular with staff in castle (9)
INFORMANT : The two letter popular and then castle or redoubt contains staff as a verb.
27a An Italian poet is rather slow (7)
ANDANTE : ‘AN’ from the clue, and a famous 13-14th century Italian poet.
28a Hide the mad king outside! (7)
LEATHER : The Shakespearean mad king surrounds ‘THE’ from the clue.
2d Very good in bed? Suffer the consequences! (3,2)
COP IT : The two letter word for very good is inside a small bed.
3d Complete Charlie must leave sailing ship (5)
UTTER : The letter represented by Charlie is removed from the start of a type of sailing ship.
4d Immortal eastern bird on a lake (7)
ETERNAL : E(astern) then a sea bird, ‘A’ from the clue, and L(ake).
7d Runner, old, unexpectedly regains lead in race (9)
ORGANISER : O(ld), an anagram (unexpectedly) of REGAINS and the first letter of race.
14d A French work put forward not challenged (9)
UNOPPOSED : The French indefinite article, an artistic work and then put forward or asked (a question).
17d More tea houses where Sloane Square is located (7)
CHELSEA : A word meaning more or other is inside one of the words, from the Chinese, for tea.
18d An expert in safe delivery? (7)
MIDWIFE : A cryptic definition of a skilled assistant in childbirth.
19d Calm end to summer with flutes playing (7)
RESTFUL : The last letter of summer and then an anagram (playing) of FLUTES.
20d Lieutenant in complete retreat (7)
SHELTER : Complete or total contains the two letter abbreviation for lieutenant.
23d Six-footer to be left with Bible in AA (5)
LARVA : L(eft), then AA from the clue contains the two letters used to describe the King James Bible.
24d Excellent opener from Huddersfield Town (5)
NEATH : An informal word meaning excellent and then the first letter of Huddersfield.
Quickie pun closer + tanned = close at hand