Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30410
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
All sorts of spring things to report this week. We have sighted the first families of ducklings frantically paddling along behind their mothers, the first of the bar-tailed godwits have arrived from their breeding grounds in Alaska, and we saw another juvenile seal on the beach this morning. The only unwelcome spring things we have had lately are the strong equinoctial winds with quite a few trees knocked about or bowled over.
Another enjoyable Wednesday puzzle.
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9a Fancy Ferry? Very attractive person (9)
DREAMBOAT : A fancy or imagined happening and then a type of vessel that a ferry usually is.
11a Heard hotel venue is understanding (7)
INSIGHT : A homophone (heard) of a hotel or tavern and a venue or location.
12a Correct or incorrect recipes? (7)
PRECISE : An anagram (incorrect) of RECIPES.
13a Sort Sue out a uniform and clothes for the bride (9)
TROUSSEAU : An anagram (out) of SORT SUE plus ‘A’ from the clue and U(niform).
17a Grit daughter put in glass container? (7)
BOTTLED : Grit or determination and then D(aughter).
19a Sadly, commercial released for art gallery is pompous (7)
STATELY : Remove the abbreviation for a commercial plug from the word ‘sadly’ and replace this with a well-known art gallery.
20a Shipment of eclairs good, except for the odd few (5)
CARGO : Alternate letters found in two words of the clue.
24a Alive to enemy in retreat after advanced combat (5,2)
AWARE OF : The abbreviation for advanced, and then serious combat, is followed by the reversal of an enemy.
26a Hold English prop when engaging scrum at the end (7)
EMBRACE : E(nglish), then the last letter of scrum is followed by prop or support.
28a Judge tango for passion (5)
HEART : Judge in a court of law plus T(ango).
1d American bank not on target (6)
ADRIFT : The single letter abbreviation for America and a bank of snow.
3d Superior‘s small cup (4)
SMUG : S(mall) and a cup or beaker.
5d Maybe kittens climbing quiet son and other family members (8)
STEPMUMS : The reversal of what kittens can be an example of, then a three letter word for quiet and S(on).
7d Against books being penned by ChatGPT? (4)
ANTI : Some biblical books are enclosed by what ChatGPT is an example of.
8d Speed of book being put out by A-lister (8)
CELERITY : Remove the B(ook) from another word for an A-Lister.
16d Great about detectives nabbing heads of trafficking in compound (6,4)
ACETIC ACID : In the order they appear in the answer, string together a colloquial term for great, the first letters (heads) of ‘trafficking’ and ‘in’, a two letter abbreviation for about or approximately. Finish this with an abbreviation for the branch of the police where detectives work.
17d Stern current fella’s a pain (8)
BACKACHE : The part of a boat referred to as the stern, then a type of electrical current plus the pronoun for a fella.
18d Heavy rain, miserable autumn in Seattle? (8
DOWNFALL : Miserable or depressed and the American word for autumn.
22d First person close to violence in prison gets cooling-off period (3,3)
ICE AGE : A first person pronoun, then another word for a prison contains the last letter of violence.
23d Regular servings of tea (my Earl Grey) appear (6)
EMERGE : Alternate letters found in four words of the clue.
25d Somewhat upset papaya was off (4)
AWAY :A reverse lurker hiding in the clue.
Quickie pun tree + cult + art = treacle tart