Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29930
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
One of our key markers for the changing of the seasons is the departure of the bar-tailed godwits from our estuary for the long flight to their breeding grounds in Alaska. Last week we walked past the researcher who is here to observe and record this departure and he told us that the previous evening the first seven birds had left. Bon voyage godwits, may you have a safe journey and return to us with your newly raised family next spring.
We thought this puzzle felt like Jay at his sparkling best.
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6a Teeth must be fixed in these cements (4)
GUMS : We need the anatomical structures where teeth may be found.
10a Extremely powerful tradition at heart (5)
ULTRA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
11a Storms revealed source of rust in sculptures (9)
OUTBURSTS : A three letter word meaning revealed, then the first letter of rust is included in sculptures of heads and shoulders.
12a Traditional form since using regulars (7)
CLASSIC : A form or group of students and then the second and fourth letters of since.
13a Carbon before new age not related (7)
COGNATE : The chemical symbol for carbon and an anagram (new) of AGE NOT.
23a Elaborate European currency cut by vote (7)
EXPOUND : E(uropean) and the UK currency unit surround the letter used to mark a ballot paper.
25a Provoke complaints, lacking boundaries (5)
ROUSE : Remove the first and last letters from complaints or whinges.
26a Relief obtained from overseas earnings (4)
EASE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
27a Attractive daughter capable of winning votes (10)
DELECTABLE : The abbreviation for daughter and a word describing a suitable candidate.
1d Critical situation could be credit, with meal lacking starter … (6)
CRUNCH : CR(edit) and a middle of the day meal lacking its first letter.
2d … more seconds giving additional charges (6)
EXTRAS : Another word for more and then S(econds).
3d Completely changed form of ID for emigrants (14)
TRANSMOGRIFIED : An anagram (form of ) ID FOR EMIGRANTS.
4d Drives out to see trains using oxygen for energy (9)
EXORCISES : Start with trains or works out in the gym and substitute one of its E(nergy)’s with the chemical symbol for oxygen.
8d Tension meaning to cover unique selling point briefly (8)
SUSPENSE : A word for meaning or understanding includes the estate agents’ shorthand for unique selling point.
9d Alcohol providing morale in theatre? (8,6)
SURGICAL SPIRIT : You would not expect to find thespians in this theatre.
15d Usually working, say, with maturity (2,7)
ON AVERAGE : String together the two letter ‘working’, say or state, and then maturity or advanced years.
16d Suitable large island to the north protected by the Spanish and the French (8)
ELIGIBLE : A synonym for large and I(sland) are reversed (to the North) and bracketed by the Spanish and French definite articles.
19d Area of housing problem raised in advance (6)
SUBURB : The problem mentioned by Hamlet in his famous soliloquy is reversed inside an advance payment.
20d Head off on getting stick (6)
ADHERE : An anagram (off) of HEAD and on or concerning.
22d Best bits of Portuguese literature (5)
ELITE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
The first chuckle came with 1a. It set the tone for a most enjoyable crossword.
Quickie pun Havana + stay = Have a nice day