Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29990
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
On our constitutional earlier this morning, when walking beside the river, we spotted a round full moon dipping towards the western horizon while in the middle distance our resident flock of 17 royal spoonbills were standing to attention on the exposed tidal flats of the estuary. We did not have our phone/cameras with us so afraid you’ll only get our word picture of this magical scene.
We found plenty to enjoy in this typical Wednesday puzzle too.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Cult leader on drugs quietly tries to get sorted out (4,6)
HIGH PRIEST : A word that can mean under the influence of drugs, then the musical symbol for quietly and an anagram (to get sorted out) of TRIES.
6a Request that may see enjoyment cut by half? (4)
PLEA : Find an eight letter synonym for enjoyment and remove the second half.
11a Awkward seeing husband lodging in small but poor surroundings (3,6)
ALL THUMBS : An anagram (poor) of SMALL BUT surrounds H(usband).
12a Sort of plug more suitable after promotion (7)
ADAPTER : A publicity promotion and a word meaning more suitable.
13a Endure insinuations about controls? (5,2)
REINS IN : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
18a Switching vote if course not working (3,2,7)
OUT OF SERVICE : An anagram (switching) of VOTE IF COURSE.
24a Stop here essentially for this merchant (9)
STATIONER : A stop, possibly for a train, and then the two central letters (essentially) of ‘here’.
26a Useless son finds clothes (4)
DUDS : Useless or non-functioning and S(on).
27a Gave thought to Tory team on the left (10)
CONSIDERED : The three letter abbreviation for the Tory party, then another word for team and the colour associated with the political left.
1d Part of wheel clamp oddly below centre (3-3)
HUB-CAP : Centre or focal point then the first, third and fifth letters of clamp.
3d Material supplied for cast following break (7,2,5)
PLASTER OF PARIS : A cryptic definition.
4d Quickly seeing one replaced by a name, spellbound (2,1,6)
IN A TRANCE : Start with a 2.1.5 phrase meaning quickly and replace the Roman numeral one with ‘A’ from the clue and N(ame).
5d Fly high crossing line of the sun (5)
SOLAR : Fly high, possibly like an eagle, contains L(ine).
7d Blinks, surprised about a medium woollen cloth (8)
LAMBSKIN : ‘A’ from the clue and M(edium) are inside an anagram (surprised) of BLINKS.
9d Orders may be transmitted through this mountain HQ (5,2,7)
CHAIN OF COMMAND : A mountain made of an extended ridge and the chief function of HQ. (Not sure we’ve got this one fully sorted, Any thoughts?)
15d Dispute rumour accepted by people with wealth (4,5)
HAVE WORDS : Another term for a rumour or suggestion is contained by a colloquial expression for people with wealth.
16d Baffled and sadly unfocussed with no American (8)
CONFUSED : An anagram (sadly) of UNFOC(us)SED once the abbreviation for American has been removed.
17d Offer and pay for a case of red that’s average (8)
STANDARD : A word meaning offer and pay for a round of drinks perhaps, then ‘A’ from the clue and the first and last letters (case) of ‘red’.
20d Climb when cold and finish (6)
ASCEND : A synonym for ‘when’, then C(old) and finish or complete.
22d Language used in baffling organisers (5)
LINGO : And another lurker to finish.
Lots of ticks on our pages but we will vote for 11a as favourite.
Quickie pun core + tack + old = caught a cold