Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30002
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last week’s gallivanting from one kiwi is now over so we are back to our usual team effort again.
Our New Zealand winter weather pattern is firmly in place and we’ve had several wet days recently, interspersed with clear crisp frosty ones.
The puzzle felt like what we expect and appreciate from our regular Wednesday setter.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Counter-agent seeing point in a new link (8)
ANTIDOTE : ‘A’ from the clue, and N(ew) then link or connection contains a point or full stop.
5a Relative newcomer’s first record cut (6)
NEPHEW : The first letter of newcomer, followed a 45 rpm record and a word meaning to cut possibly wood.
9a Sticky mess in front of new fridge — oh no! (4,5)
GOOD GRIEF : A three letter sticky mess, and an anagram (new) of FRIDGE.
13a Right answer lies in diplomacy and conduct (8)
TRANSACT : R(ight) and the three letter abbreviation for answer are inside a synonym for diplomacy.
15a Looking into getting visa sorted out by heartless Iran (13)
INVESTIGATING : The first and last letters (heartless) of Iran plus an anagram (sorted out) of GETTING VISA.
22a Bearing the cost of transport (8)
CARRIAGE : Double definition. Bearing here is stature or demeanour.
27a Breaking rule again? Such a pain (9)
NEURALGIA : An anagram (breaking) of RULE AGAIN.
28a Feel bitter about attending without power (6)
RESENT : Start with a word meaning attending and remove P(ower) from the start of it.
29a Worries stones must contain it (8)
AGITATES : A type of semi-precious stone surrounds IT from the clue.
2d Strip and run escaping from crowd (5)
THONG : Remove R(un) from a crowd or large group.
4d Catch on small branch (4)
TWIG : A double definition. ‘Catch’ here is hear or understand.
6d Address English females and finish with one (7)
EFFENDI : String together E(nglish), F(emale) twice, a synonym for finish and Roman numeral one.
8d Grabs wife and relaxes (6)
WRESTS : W(ife) plus relaxes or takes a break.
10d Prepares listener, surrounded by models (8)
FOREARMS : Models or templates contains a listening organ.
14d Aiming for reform outside church state (8)
MICHIGAN : An anagram (for reform) of AIMING encloses CH(urch).
16d Filling the place of another priest with evidence of debts (9)
VICARIOUS : A parish priest and the four letters that indicate debts.
17d Officers may see arms laid at sea (8)
ADMIRALS : An anagram (at sea) of ARMS LAID.
19d Teaching and feeling not hot (7)
TUITION : Start with a word for feeling or premonition and remove hot or trendy from the start of it.
20d Constituency must keep network impenetrable with this preparation (7)
SEALANT : A semi all-in-one with the answer being a preparation that stops leaks. The wordplay is a parliamentary constituency surrounding a type of computer network.
24d Anxiety is no good in a way (5)
ANGST : ‘A’ from the clue and a thoroughfare surround the two letters for no good.
25d Bribe consisting of cake and sugar essentially (4)
BUNG : A cake perhaps like one from Chelsea and the central letter of sugar.
We liked finding all the tasty things to eat.
Quickie pun subdued + essay = sub judice