Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30140
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
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An extra challenge for us this week. We’re juggling our time around a hospital eye clinic appointment. So a bit of blurry vision to cope with as well. With any luck it will still all get sorted well before publishing time.
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1a Rest recovering from cold, once across valleys (10)
CONVALESCE : The letter from the top of a cold tap and ‘once’ from the clue surround a poetic word for valleys.
11a The highest level of compensation rejected by crown (3,6)
TOP DRAWER : A crown or peak and the reversal (rejected) of compensation or bounty.
12a Person who might vote in change of role, etc? (7)
ELECTOR : An anagram (change of) of ROLE ETC.
13a Sally may see almost nothing in French about job (7)
RIPOSTE : A job or situation is enclosed by the French word meaning nothing without its last letter.
14a Unfortunately, Labour is in with America — that’s not healthy (12)
INSALUBRIOUS : An anagram (unfortunately) of LABOUR IS IN plus the two letter abbreviation for America.
21a Mocks date disheartened with fairground attractions (7)
DERIDES : The two outside letters of date (disheartened) and rollercoasters and Ferris wheels perhaps.
23a One young reporter employed by tabloid sent west is a nightmare (7)
INCUBUS : The Roman numeral one, then a term for a young reporter is enclosed by the reversal (sent west) of a well-known tabloid newspaper.
24a Reverse tendency with test covering international leader (9)
EDITORIAL : A tendency like the coming and going of seawater is reversed, then a test that is not written contains I(nternational).
25a Name that identifies savings account? (5)
ISAAC : A 2,1 phrase that might mean ‘that identifies’ and then the abbreviation for account. (We’re not too sure about this parsing. Any thoughts?)
26a Come down heavily when fitting over (4)
TEEM : The reversal of a word meaning fitting or suitable.
27a Planter almost clashed, keeping racket idea, oddly (10)
JARDINIERE : A racket or loud noise and the first and third letters of ‘idea’ are inside clashed or was discordant with the last letter removed.
1d Prestige of a revolutionary in court (6)
CACHET : The two letter abbreviation for court contains ‘A’ from the clue and crosswords’ favourite revolutionary.
2d Count without feeling fear occasionally (6)
NUMBER : Without feeling or anaesthetised and then the second and fourth letters of fear.
3d The first steps on the road if too wobbly? (1,4,2,3,4)
A FOOT IN THE DOOR : An anagram (wobbly) of ON THE ROAD IF TOO.
4d Create a diversion in harbour (9)
ENTERTAIN : A double definition. Create a diversion as a performer might and harbour as a verb.
5d Primate trapped in case of clear scam (5)
CAPER : The first and last letters (case) of clear contain a primate animal.
9d Right group must cover right half, for example (6,8)
PROPER FRACTION : Right or correct and an often dissenting group contains R(ight).
15d With no restraints — and German is outside to take offence (9)
UNBRIDLED : The German word for ‘and’ surrounds take offence or raise one’s hackles.
16d Appraisal of police department on trial (4,4)
ACID TEST : An investigating police department and another word for trial. (We think there might be an ‘A’ missing form this clue.)
17d Hospital transport company’s shock starts here (8)
HAIRLINE : H(ospital) and then a transport company such as Qantas.
19d Fiery sailor with zeal to reform (6)
ABLAZE :Two letter abbreviation for a sailor and then an anagram (to reform) of ZEAL.
20d Spirit shown by tipsy chef? (6)
PSYCHE : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
8d is our favourite today.
Quickie pun force + aches = forsakes