Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30008
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
On our regular walk yesterday we just happened to have a phone handy and snapped a small group of Royal Spoonbills feeding close to our path. We’ve put this picture at the end of the blog.
Just what we expect for a Wednesday puzzle once again.
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1a Slight thrill giving work for the dentist? (1,4,2,3,5)
A KICK IN THE TEETH : The second word is a slang synonym for the second word of the answer. The rest of the clue points you towards a dentist.
9a Make more of a painful condition after doctor (4,3)
DRAG OUT : The usual title for a doctor, then’A’ from the clue and a painful condition often associated with rich living.
11a Instant suspicion follows loveless pair (9)
TWINKLING : Remove the tennis score love from a pair or couple and then a suspicion or very slight premonition.
12a Relax, seeing book rescued from fire (4)
LAZE : Remove B(ook) from a fire or conflagration.
13a Money demanded for release of answer held in memory (6)
RANSOM : The three letter abbreviation for answer is enclosed by one type of computer memory.
15a Attacks pubs full of anger (8)
BARRAGES : Pubs or drinking establishments contain anger or fury.
18a Where emails arrive on underwear for intellectual? (8)
BRAINBOX : ‘Supporting’ underwear and then the reception file for emails.
19a Ducks seen in grassed avenues to the west (6)
EVADES : A reverse lurker (to the west) hiding in the clue.
23a Do I seem upset about Royal Navy switch to new techniques? (9)
MODERNISE : An anagram (upset) of DO I SEEM contains R(oyal) N(avy).
26a Go on too long about career (7)
OVERRUN : A four letter word for about or reversed and then move quickly.
1d Fraud? It ordinarily entertains such a professional (7)
AUDITOR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
3d Fell for bargain (5-4)
KNOCK-DOWN : Without the hyphen we could have a phrase meaning bowl over.
4d Idiot raised money, supported by comic (6)
NITWIT : The reversal (raised) of a slang word for money and a comic or humorist.
5d Hospital agreed to change, accepting a cap, say (8)
HEADGEAR : H(ospital) then an anagram (to change) of AGREED contains ‘A’ from the clue.
6d Drop rent (4)
TEAR : A double definition. The drop might come from the eye.
7d Disaffected editor importing rum (9)
ESTRANGED : The two letter abbreviation for editor surrounds rum or bizarre.
16d Laughably derisive about right flower border (9)
RIVERSIDE : An anagram (laughably) of DERISIVE contains R(ight). We liked the penny-drop moment when we twigged how the definition worked.
18d Sweeper must keep head occasionally for rest here (7)
BEDROOM : A household sweeper contains the second and fourth letters of head.
20d Boiled article eaten by children (7)
SEETHED : A biblical word for children surrounds the definite article.
21d Notice express coming (6)
ADVENT : A two letter notice and express, often used in association with one’s spleen.
24d State aid organised with Home Office originally (5)
IDAHO : An anagram (organised) of AID plus H(ome) O(ffice).
25d Said case of spirits to be missing (4)
ORAL : Start with a word for spirits, or perhaps esprit de corps and remove the first and last letters form this.
Quickie pun queue + tickle = cuticle