Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30050
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our winter of wetness continues. Many parts of the country are reporting their highest seasonal rainfall ever. Just seems to be just one severe weather system after another. Everyone is heartily sick of it now.
Things feel to back to normal with the Wednesday puzzle.
We thought there were some trickier clues in the SW so did consider awarding 3 stars for difficulty but our time indicated 2.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Selection of swing-music is abruptly rejected as standard (5)
BASIC : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
10a Very quickly becoming fond of spirits? (4,1,4)
LIKE A SHOT : The answer could be used to describe somebody with a penchant for gin, rum etc.
11a What one on fiddle must do to be clear about situation? (4,3,5)
KNOW THE SCORE : A double definition. The fiddler is a musician rather than a conman.
16a Officer must cut complete protection (7)
SHELTER : Complete or total contains a two letter army officer.
17a Foolish leader going off towards the rear (3)
AFT : A word for foolish loses its first letter.
20a Doctor learnt about hospital transport (7)
ENTHRAL : An anagram (doctor) of LEARNT contains H(ospital).
22a I play for time during race for investiture (12)
INSTALLATION : ‘I’ from the clue and then a race or people contains play for time or delay.
26a Duck exercise and limit action (9)
OPERATION : The cricket score duck, physical exercises and then a limit or allocation.
27a Doctor must keep our strange band (5)
GROUP : A doctor in general practice surrounds an anagram (strange) of OUR.
28a Staff initially push for increase (5)
SURGE : The first letter of staff, then push or encourage.
29a The Spanish board will accept European Community is capable of winning votes (9)
ELECTABLE : The Spanish definite article, then E(uropean) C(ommunity) and a board from which one might dine.
1d The spirit of Dixieland (4)
ELAN : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
2d Support pawns capturing rook, oddly (4)
PROP : Two instances of the chess abbreviation for pawn enclose the first and third letters of rook.
4d International legislation keeps any number relative (2-3)
IN-LAW : I(nternational), then the letter that denotes ‘any number’ plus legislation.
5d Look sharp as terrible cheats caught out underpinning manufacture (4,5)
MAKE HASTE : An anagram (terrible) of (c)HEATS without C(aught) comes after a synonym for manufacture.
6d I haven’t got a clue! (5,2)
BEATS ME : An alternative phrase.
7d Study session may see lots of fish encountered rising across river (6,4)
SCHOOL TERM : A collective term for a group of fish, then the reversal of a word meaning encountered contains R(iver).
12d Smarmy new goalie with talent … (10)
OLEAGINOUS : An anagram (new) of GOALIE and then talent or acumen.
15d Dependant requiring a command to be in place (9)
SATELLITE : A place or location contains ‘A’ from the clue and command or order.
19d Difficult to stifle answer in church parody … (7)
CHARADE : A word meaning difficult contains an extra A(nswer) and is enclosed by the Anglican Church.
21d … however tempting at first consideration (7)
THOUGHT : A synonym for ‘however’ and then the first letter of tempting.
23d Colour of metal for example given a lift (5)
TINGE : The metal with the chemical symbol Sn and the reversal of the two letters signifying ‘for example’.
25d Recess, beset by rising despair (4)
APSE : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
The tone for an enjoyable puzzle was set by 1a so we will call that one our favourite.
Quickie pun poor + keep + eyes = porky pies