Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30056
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our awful winter weather continues. Today there is a positive spin-off. Instead of our usual beach walk this morning, the time was spent putting together an Armenian spice cake. This actually involves one baker and one observer and potential taster. Guess that qualifies as a shared project? In a different project some kindling did get chopped up at the same time though.
We found this puzzle a bit trickier than usual for a Wednesday.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Brandy may see study going west! (4)
MARC : Study intensely at the last moment gets reversed (going west).
10a What a cowboy needs from girl with nothing (5)
LASSO : A girl or young woman and the letter that looks like zero.
12a After wine, political wings will accept that is arrogant (8)
CAVALIER : Spanish sparkling wine, then the abbreviation for the Latin phrase meaning ‘that is’ is enclosed by the hands used for political wings.
13a Supply crack on base (5)
EQUIP : The mathematical symbol for base and a crack or witticism.
15a Scarpered from crazed force holding enemy back (4,3)
MADE OFF : A synonym for crazed, the reversal of a word for an enemy and then F(orce).
21a Area of potential conflict sees sexy garments making a comeback (7)
HOTSPOT : Another word for sexy and the reversal of garments such as tee shirts.
24a Justification for affair? (8)
OCCASION : A double definition.
28a Eagerly accept drink before appearing in court (3,2)
LAP UP : Drink as a cat might, and a two letter word for appearing in court.
29a Has long dresses with no end of flouncing (4)
OWNS : Remove the last letter of flouncing from the start of long dresses.
30a Dressing no cub wears out (5,5)
BROWN SAUCE : Anagram (out) of NO CUB WEARS.
1d Simple line crossed by criminal (4)
BALD : Criminal or sinful contains L(ine).
2d Deal badly with worker, taken in by awkward smile (9)
MISHANDLE : A ‘manual’ worker is inside an anagram (awkward) of SMILE.
3d Subtle quality of a second artist on the rise (5)
AROMA : Reading backwards (on the rise) we have ‘A’ from the clue, a second or short time, and a Royal Academician.
4d Remove underwear and ask for information after operation (7)
DEBRIEF : The answer could be equivalent to “drop knickers”.
5d 7 Down may be encouragement I love (7)
CHEERIO : Encouragement or happiness, then ‘I’ from the clue and tennis score love.
7d All the best gold rings perish (5)
ADIEU : The chemical symbol for gold surrounds perish or expire.
9d The girl’s in a depression, being a fan (8)
ADHERENT : ‘A’ from the clue and a depression or hollow surround a pronoun meaning ‘the girl’s’.
14d Mostly produce a favourable reaction on a Spanish flower producer (10)
IMPRESARIO : Remove the last letter from a word meaning produce a favourable reaction, then ‘A’ from the clue and the Spanish word for a river (something that flows).
16d No money around the middle of July for luxury (8)
OPULENCE : The ‘zero’ letter and small change money contain the two central letters of July.
18d Improvised setter’s cue on origin of universe (9)
IMPROMPTU : Using a personal pronoun the way the setter might refer to himself, and then cue or hint followed by the first letter of universe.
20d Rapper’s critic? (7)
KNOCKER : A double definition. The rapper could be someone at the door.
25d Persuades women, leaving balloons (5)
SELLS : Remove W(omen) from balloons or increases in size.
26d Primate must welcome son for recess (4)
APSE : An animal primate contains S(on).
11a took quite a lot of thinking about so we will nominate that for favourite.
Quickie pun tree + cult + heart = treacle tart