Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30158
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Carol didn’t manage to keep her Covid experience to herself and I (Colin) tested positive on Friday morning so have been in isolation since then. Went straight on the new antiviral drugs which seem to have done the trick with alleviating symptoms. Still a residual cough but really feel we have got off lightly.
We found this puzzle quite tricky with two answers, 14d and 21a that were new to us.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Jeopardise agreement with concessions (10)
COMPROMISE : A double definition. One meaning is a verb and the other a noun.
6a Recognise as mostly crooked after reversal (4)
KNOW : An informal word meaning crooked or not stable loses its last letter and is reversed.
12a Happen orbiter route occasionally goes off (4,4)
COME TRUE : An orbiter, perhaps the one found by Halley, and then the first, third and fifth letters of route.
13a Appearing in court, place will be distressed (5)
UPSET : A two letter word for appearing in court and then place or put in position.
15a Independent church estate and country (7)
ICELAND : I(ndependent), then the Anglican Church and estate or property.
17a Account for one taken in by former scheme (7)
EXPLAIN : A prefix meaning former and then a scheme or design contains Roman numeral one.
21a Hummer from California for robber? (7)
LADRONE : The abbreviation for California’s largest city, then a hummer that might belong to the genus Apis.
22a Sign on head of worried people such as these (5)
WOMEN : The first letter of worried and a sign or portent.
24a A day after game is cut short (8)
ABRIDGED : ‘A’ from the clue, a card game, then D(ay).
27a Some, at end, must be fodder for worms (9)
NEMATODES : An anagram (must be fodder) of SOME AT END.
28a Bush’s first retreat for Prime Minister (5)
BLAIR : The first letter of Bush and a retreat where an animal might lurk.
29a Rifle fire (4)
SACK : A double definition. Fire could mean dismiss here.
1d Conservative taunt or bluff (4)
CRAG : C(onservative) plus taunt or lampoon.
3d Get up about noon and wash (5)
RINSE : Get out of bed contains N(oon).
4d Drove and tied up, keeping time (7)
MOTORED : How a boat is tied up contains T(ime).
5d Put pressure on current boyfriend, perhaps (7)
SQUEEZE : A double definition.
7d Demands nothing except energy, dedication and stamina at first (5)
NEEDS : First letter from five words in the clue.
14d Crosby, maybe having to repay son, flaps (5,5)
BINGO WINGS : The first name of crooner Crosby, then a word meaning having to repay, and S(on).
16d Cut off a story with neat twists (8)
ALIENATE : ‘A’ from the clue and an untrue story is followed by an anagram (twists) of NEAT.
18d Answer warnings and help, as previously mentioned (9)
AFORESAID : The abbreviation for answer, then golfers’ warnings and a synonym for help.
20d Marvellous degree that’s relative (7)
GRANDMA : A word for marvellous with a Master’s degree.
23d Send up notes on copyright (5)
MIMIC : Repeat one of the notes from the sol fah scale, then C(opyright).
25d Expensive to cross Belgium for hamper! (5)
DEBAR : The IVR code for Belgium is inside another word for expensive.
26 Bishop setting up organ bank for Scotland? (4)
BRAE : The chess abbreviation for Bishop and the reversal (setting up) of a hearing organ.
Quickie pun sail + heavy = c’est la vie