Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30068
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Truffles. About a year ago at a family gathering we happened to mention that we had never knowingly tasted truffles. Our son Nick stored this information in his mind and has been on the lookout ever since. On Saturday, recently returned from a trip to Christchurch, he arrived at our place with a small glass jar containing a fresh black truffle about the size of a thumbnail, sitting in a little nest of rice which acts as a desiccant. Since then we have been experimenting with simple dishes and enhancing them with delicate shavings of truffle. We’ve also discovered the sheer delight of just opening the jar and taking a gorgeous whiff of the haunting, evocative odour. And what do they smell of? TRUFFLES! Thank you so much Nick.
Meanwhile all the usual fun of a Wednesday cryptic puzzle.
We found this one quite tricky again and there is a really groan-worthy Quickie pun too.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Yank calls on way to use influence (4,7)
PULL STRINGS : Yank or drag, then the abbreviation for a type of way or thoroughfare and finally, calls on the telephone.
9a Name adopted by racially abused subordinate (9)
ANCILLARY : An anagram (abused) of RACIALLY contains N(ame).
10a American has answer during short encore (5)
AGAIN : The short is a spirit drink. This contains an A(nswer) and follows A(merican).
11a Help musician losing lead (6)
ASSIST : Remove the first letter from the principal role of Paul McCartney in the Beatles.
13a Tediously continue racing yacht (6)
DRAGON : Split the answer 4,2 to find a phrase meaning tediously continue.
18a Response from soldiers with instruction to shoot (8)
REACTION : The two letters for engineering soldiers and part of the cinematic instruction to shoot.
21a Outcries about student affairs (8)
CLAMOURS : The letter meaning about or roughly, the student driver letter, and then affairs of the heart.
26a Group desire to leave courgette stewing (5)
OCTET : Remove a word meaning desire from the centre of courgette and make an anagram (stewing) of what is left.
27a Get rid of poor read that is about queen, perhaps (9)
ERADICATE : An anagram (poor) of READ then an animal sometimes called a queen is enclosed by the two letters signifying ‘that is’.
28a Voter — one that tweets university in agreement (11)
CONSTITUENT : A word meaning agreement contains ‘one that tweets’ but not the on-line poster, and U(niversity).
1d Sign mostly put on a road (7)
PLACARD : Remove the last letter from put or locate, then ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for road.
2d Wants to be slow, cycling (5)
LACKS : Start with a word meaning slow or indolent and cycle the first letter to the end.
3d Talk at length about scourge and spend extravagantly (6,3)
SPLASH OUT : Talk at length in a gushing way surrounds scourge or whip.
4d In lecture, a reason for being stern (4)
REAR : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
5d One refuses any different speaker (8)
NAYSAYER : An anagram (different) of ANY plus a speaker or verbalizer.
6d Dross incorporating new means of expression (5)
SLANG : Dross or waste product from smelting contains N(ew).
14d Porter, say, must keep a dray and available fare (1,2,5)
A LA CARTE : What porter as a drink is an example of contains ‘A’ from the clue and a horse-drawn vehicle.
16d People who are barred want to be amongst celebs of the second water (9)
BLACKLIST : The ‘want’ that we met in 2d is inside the roster of celebs that could be described as the second water.
17d Cardinal may see fortune wasted taking drug (8)
FOURTEEN : An anagram (wasted) of FORTUNE contains the drug Ecstasy.
20d Pay attention to detail (7)
RESPECT : A double definition.
24d Outline suspicion (5)
TRACE : And yet another double definition.
Our favourite this week is 12a.
Quickie pun eye + saw + quay = ice hockey