Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30152
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We were away in Whanganui at the weekend at a book launch. On Sunday evening, when we were home again, Carol developed a few snuffles and then on Monday morning tested positive for Covid. So we are both in isolation. Carol still snuffly but not too bad and I am still testing negative (fingers crossed).
We’re still able to do crosswords though and expect that it is Jay back in the setter’s chair this week. Not too tricky and loads of fun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Being prudish and upset I’d start storing delicate material (6-5)
STRAIT-LACED : A delicate material, possibly from Bruges is contained within an anagram (upset) of I’D START.
10a Subject to pressure in charge (5)
TOPIC : ‘TO’ from the clue, then P(ressure) plus the two letters for in charge.
11a Maxim mostly about target food for livestock (9)
PROVENDER : A maxim or wise saying without its last letter contains target or aim.
12a Relevant or cheeky? I’m off (9)
PERTINENT : Start with a synonym for cheeky and remove I’M from from its beginning.
13a Chap admitted to A&E gets home (5)
ABODE : An informal word for a chap is enclosed by A and E.
14a Keen on Geordie chant? (6)
INTONE : Keen on or being a fan of and the geographical region where a Geordie hails from.
18a Cultivated a few — sounds horrible (8)
GRUESOME : A homophone (sounds) of a 4,4 phrase that could mean cultivated a few.
20a Wasted without protection, with sailors at the back (6)
ASTERN : The central four letters of wasted (without protection) and then sailors in one of the services.
23a Ground ready for planting until this holds (5)
TILTH : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
26a Northern editor keeps rats — say it doesn’t matter (5,4)
NEVER MIND : N(orthern) and ED(itor) surround what rats are an example of.
27a Contents of lager after American tradition (5)
USAGE : The two letter American and then the central letters of lager.
28a Drink to broken heart, being practical (4-2-5)
DOWN-TO-EARTH : Drink in a guzzling manner, then ‘To’ from the clue and an anagram (broken) of HEART.
3d Legal case covering university sale (7)
AUCTION : A legal case or proceeding contains U(niversity).
4d Advice for each person showing appreciation (6)
TIPPER : Advice like we are offering here and then a word meaning ‘for each’.
7d Two ways to protect forest location, and one means of progress (8-5)
STEPPING-STONE : A well-known forest close to London is enclosed by two instances of the abbreviation for a thoroughfare and then ‘ONE’ from the clue.
9d What gardener may be seeing new genre identified (5-8)
GREEN-FINGERED : An anagram (new) of GENRE and then identified as an informer might have done.
15d At the outset, Tories regret nothing, darling (8)
TRUELOVE : The first letter of Tories, a synonym for regret, then nothing as a tennis score.
17d Issue undertaking to support energy (8)
EMISSION : An undertaking or venture is preceded by E(nergy).
19d Music school getting zero possibly (7)
SCHERZO : The abbreviation for school and an anagram (possibly) of ZERO.
22d Cause of bad luck gangster loves? (6)
HOODOO : A word for a gangster and two tennis score loves.
25d A snare set up independently (5)
APART : ‘A’ from the clue and the reversal of a snare or capturing device.
Lots of ticks again today but the Spoonerism gave us the best chuckle.
Quickie pun barbaric + oast = Barbary Coast