Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30146
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A special treat on our morning walk today. We met a juvenile NZ fur seal happily sitting on the beach quite close to the incoming tide. It seemed unfazed by our presence and we were able to get to about 5 metres and spend time observing and admiring each other. Magical.
Another Logman Toughie Wednesday so we can be pretty sure that Jay is not the setter of this enjoyable puzzle. We solved in 2* time but did quite some head-scratching with 12a and 26d.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Stadium accommodating any number in region (5)
ARENA : A region or district contains the letter representing any number.
11a Might this professional be called to account? (7)
AUDITOR : A cryptic definition.
12a Group in most natural surroundings (7)
ELEMENT : Someone in their most natural surroundings could be described as being here.
13a Concede match (5)
AGREE : A double definition.
14a Deep breath? (3,6)
SEA BREEZE : A cryptic definition. What ‘the deep’ is a poetic description for and a light wind.
19a Witness putting Murphy on spot for hearing? (9)
SPECTATOR : A double homophone here, one for a spot or imperfection and the other for a vegetable sometimes called a Murphy.
23a Propane volatile in theory (2,5)
ON PAPER : An anagram (volatile) of PROPANE.
25a 5 amps put through container ship? Seek opinion (7)
CANVASS : A metal container, then Roman numeral five, the one letter abbreviation for amps and a steamship.
27a Nuts are able to expand (9)
ELABORATE : An anagram (nuts) of ARE ABLE TO.
28a National Express (5)
STATE : A double definition.
2d One who sells very little scrap gold (6)
VENDOR : V(ery), then a little scrap or tail-piece and heraldic gold.
3d Desperate attempt to survive Skegness? (4,6)
LAST RESORT : Survive or endure and then what Skegness as a destination is an example of.
5d See great changes in economy travel (8)
STEERAGE : An anagram (changes) of SEE GREAT.
6d Crack all right in aeroplane losing tail (4)
JOKE : Remove the last letter from an aeroplane defined by its engine type and put this around the two letters signifying ‘all right’.
7d Indiscreet embrace involving the French (8)
CARELESS : A tender embrace contains the French definite article.
8d Resolution in Hamlet for example (10)
SETTLEMENT : Forget the work by Shakespeare and the misleading capitalisation.
13d Defendant keeping male cat as familiar (10)
ACCUSTOMED : Another word for a defendant in court contains a three letter male cat.
15d Orangeries falling into disrepair? Shake up needed! (10)
REORGANISE : An anagram (falling into disrepair) of ORANGERIES.
17d Please! Write down scheme for avoiding partition! (4,4)
OPEN PLAN : A 1,3 possible way of voicing ‘Please write down’ and then a scheme or plot.
18d Main article on redesigned trailer (8)
ARTERIAL : The indefinite article plus an anagram (redesigned) of TRAILER.
24d Penniless pair keeping two ducks (4)
POOR : Two cricket ducks are inside the abbreviation for pair.
It took us a little while to sort out the 16a anagram so will make that today’s tasty favourite.
Quickie pun writers + reign = right as rain