Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29948
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Today we take one small step towards winter. Or put another way, we print out the puzzle and start solving at noon instead of 1pm. Next weekend we move our clocks back so we are then in our ‘winter solving mode’ of 11am. Yes it does get complicated.
We note that today’s Toughie is by Logman (aka Jay) so it is another opportunity to try and guess the setter for this one.
We encountered a few stumbling blocks along the way which extended our solving time a little.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Extraordinary pattern designed with a ruler (13)
PRETERNATURAL : An anagram (designed) of PATTERN and A RULER.
8a Dig a grave Mike must occupy (6)
ADMIRE : ‘A’ from the clue, then grave or serious contains M(ike).
9a Reverend in eastern capital around always (8)
EVERMORE : Working from right to left we have E(astern), then the capital of Italy contains REV(erend).
11a Delight as property initially let (6)
PLEASE : The first letter of property, then let or rent out.
16a Greek breaking link displays annoyance (7)
CHAGRIN : A link or connection contains the two letter abbreviation for Greek.
23a Victim tense in Mary Rose at the front (6)
MARTYR : Mary from the clue contains T(ense) and then the first letter of Rose.
24a Beer: Guinness served shortly? (3)
ALE : Forget the Irish tipple. Think of Obi-Wan Kenobi and remove a last letter.
25a With river coming in, the setter’s shelter is inadequate (8)
IMPOTENT : The two letter way the compiler would say ‘the setter is’, then the Italian ‘crossword’ river and a temporary fabric shelter.
26a Permissive character? (6)
LETTER : A sort of double definition. One of them being both words and the second just the second word.
27a Gizmo needs electron motor reset (6,7)
REMOTE CONTROL : An anagram (reset) of ELECTRON MOTOR.
2d Building workers dividing opinion (8)
TENEMENT : An opinion or belief contains male workers.
3d Born among wolves perhaps raised round bone (7)
KNEECAP : A group of wolves is reversed and contains a word from French for ‘born’.
4d Barking setter shows the way (6)
STREET : An anagram (barking) of SETTER.
5d Most important border in China (6)
PRIMAL : A china or close friend contains border or edge.
7d Lovers rapidly besmirched cabinet minister (4,5,4)
LORD PRIVY SEAL : An anagram (besmirched) of LOVERS RAPIDLY.
13d Extremely long time inside after assault (3)
ERA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
15d Runner outside unable to finish (3)
SKI : Remove the last letter from outside or external covering.
17d House with male, 12, in mother country (8)
HOMELAND : The two letter abbreviation for house, then M(ale), and an example of the answer to 12a.
19d Science needing a balanced approach? (7)
STATICS : A cryptic definition of a physical science.
21d Head from frozen residence, heavens overcast (6)
GLOOMY : Remove the first letter from an arctic residence, and then ‘heavens’ or ‘goodness gracious!’
22d Moles found in American facilities (6)
AGENTS : The single letter abbreviation for American and then facilities or conveniences.
Quickie pun wicker + missed = Wykehamist