Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30026
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
New Zealand has a brand new national holiday. In traditional Maori culture a significant ‘turning’ of the seasons was noted at the same time that a particular star cluster appeared in the pre-dawn sky. Most of the world knows these stars as Pleiades but here they are Matariki. Last Friday was our first Matariki Day when we could all honour and celebrate the occasion.
We found a few clues a bit trickier than usual today which meant a not particularly speedy solve. All the more time to enjoy the puzzle.
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1a Capital advises by radio on hospital administrators locally (6,8)
PARISH COUNCILS : The French capital city and a homophone (by radio) of a word meaning advises are separated by H(ospital).
9a China’s standard warning? (3,4)
RED FLAG : A double definition.
11a Blended contents of solid fuel (3)
OIL : An anagram (blended) of the three internal letters of sOLId.
12a Overdramatised and had daughter by former Rolling Stone (not Jack) (11)
EXAGGERATED : Prefix meaning former, then a well known Rolling Stone member without his J(ack), next, had or consumed and D(aughter).
14a Note milk supplier cut flying (3-3)
MID-AIR : The third note of the sol fah scale and a milk supply establishment without its last letter.
15a Affluent provider of 11 to act (4-2-2)
WELL-TO-DO : The source of the answer to 11a, TO from the clue and then a synonym for act.
17a Insensitive? I’m not sure editor counted (8)
NUMBERED : Insensitive or anaesthetised, then a two letter expression of doubt or hesitation and ED(itor).
22a Concede maid works best after time (5,6)
ADMIT DEFEAT : An anagram (works) of MAID, then T(ime) and best or overcome.
23a There’s no end of nosh in spectacular spread (3)
SOW : Remove the last letter of nosh from within a spectacular or performance.
24a Nothing in rejected account is private (7)
TROOPER : An account or narrative is reversed and inside this we have the letter signifying nothing.
26a Bishop and Brazilian couple going back for room (7)
BOUDOIR : A 3,3 phrase that could mean a pair from a Brazilian city is reversed and this comes after the chess abbreviation for bishop
27a All home-brewed — a new product from the baker (9,5)
WHOLEMEAL BREAD : An anagram (new) of ALL HOME-BREWED A.
1d Disciplines studied by dancing star? (10,4)
PERFORMING ARTS : The whole clue could be the definition. For the wordplay – the last word of the answer is an anagram (dancing) of STAR.
3d Clear line adopted by agitated vets in feed (4-7)
SELF-EVIDENT : An anagram (agitated) of VETS IN FEED contains L(ine).
5d United — sending off anonymously (8)
UNSIGNED : U(nited) and then an anagram (off) of SENDING.
6d My bill! (3)
COO : A double definition. An expression of surprise and a lovey-dovey sound.
16d Uplifting spread allowed such a communication (8)
TELEGRAM : The reversal (uplifting) of a butter substitute spread and a word meaning allowed.
20d Attitude underpinning footballers’ wily ploy (4,3)
FAST ONE : The footballers’ organisation with its ‘S, and then attitude or style.
25d Wash up for bestie, perhaps (3)
PAL : The reversal of wash as a gentle wave might.
Quickie pun flight + raps = fly traps