Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29936
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It has been a busy morning. Our favourite computer chair was looking thread-bare and tatty so we decided to do a bit of DIY re-upholstery. Just over half way through now so should be all done by the time this gets published.
Our beautiful late summer weather continues. Day after day of calm clear conditions. Just what we like.
Another typical good fun puzzle too.
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1a Origin of a name adopted by region in France (10)
PROVENANCE : The region of France where Aix is located surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and N(ame).
6a Opportunity offered by heartless physician? (4)
DOOR : Start with another word for a physician and remove the two central letters (heartless).
10a The girl left with no regulars may be on this! (5)
SHELF : An all-in-one clue. The wordplay is a pronoun for ‘the girl’ and the first and third letters of left.
13a Remove a section of render, as eroding (5)
ERASE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
15a Ring exercises with speed work (7)
OPERATE : The ring-shaped letter, then physical exercises and speed or pace.
17a Swear, oddly accepting disagreement is more awkward (7)
STIFFER : The first, third and fifth letters of ‘swear’ contain a minor row.
19a Altogether new service in outskirts of Eastbourne (2,5)
EN MASSE : N(ew) and a church service are surrounded by the first and last letters of Eastbourne.
24a Capable of changing a case about parking (8)
ADAPTIVE : ‘A’ from the clue and a grammatical case we remember from our Latin lessons contains P(arking).
27a Confinement of French nervousness on air (9)
DETENTION : The French word for ‘of’, then a homophone (on air) of a word meaning nervousness or stress.
29a & 30 Across Current job that’s pressing or otherwise? (4,2,8)
WORK IN PROGRESS : Another word for job and an anagram (otherwise) of PRESSING OR.
30a See 29 Across
1d Note that’s added about a second advance (4)
PASS : A note that’s added to the end of a letter surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and S(econd).
2d Crush whoever moved and left motorway (9)
OVERWHELM : An anagram (moved) of WHOEVER is followed by L(eft) and M(otorway).
3d Mischievous model finances houses (5)
ELFIN : A lurker, hiding in the clue, indicated by ‘houses’.
4d Harsh wind from the south and east (7)
AUSTERE : A poetic word for the south wind and E(ast).
7d President offering ordinary degrees (5)
OBAMA : O(rdinary) then two arts degrees.
9d Engineers face providing a fix (8)
REMEDIAL : the four letter abbreviation for military engineers and the face of a clock or watch.
14d Suggest warning notice in exhibition (10)
FORESHADOW : A golfer’s warning call and then a publicity notice is within an exhibition.
16d Artist in salon’s upset losers (4-4)
ALSO-RANS : An anagram (upset) of SALONS contains a Royal Academician.
18d Force expert on treasure to give apparent worth (4,5)
FACE VALUE : F(orce) and expert or adept, then treasure or rate highly.
20d High spirits of niece, say, losing head (7)
ELATION : Remove the first letter from what a niece is an example of.
21d Mastermind may be clearer needing name for one (7)
PLANNER : Start with a word meaning clearer or more obvious and replace its Roman numeral one with N(ame).
25d Distinctive sound of wife in Chinese dynasty (5)
TWANG : The Chinese dynasty that reigned from the seventh to the tenth century contains W(ife).
26d Unaltered, since setter beginning to suffer (2,2)
AS IS : A synonym for ‘since’, then the personal pronoun Jay might use for himself and the first letter of suffer.
Quickie pun beak + air + fool = be careful