Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30458
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The winner of the New Zealand bird of the century poll was announced this morning. It is the pūteketeke or Australasian crested grebe. We have put a photo of one at the end of this blog. It is not a bird that many people are familiar with and the story of how it came to win the election is quite long and complicated so we
won’t go into details here. Suffice it to say that the whole purpose of the election is to raise awareness NZ’s wildlife and its vulnerability and this has been achieved in spades on a global scale.
Anyway, back to today’s puzzle, which we found quite tricky in places and good fun to unpick and blog.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Poorly ran start of marathon — is fellow past it? (10)
MISMANAGED : The first letter of marathon, ‘IS’ from the clue, another word for fellow, and then past it or old.
6a Dropping somewhat ambitious catch (4)
SCAT : A lurker, hiding in the clue. This dropping is left behind by an animal.
9a Cyril swapping tips for a kind of poetry (5)
LYRIC : Transpose the first and last letters of Cyril.
10a Hound old lady with this same, oddly opinionated attitude (9)
DOGMATISM : A hound or canine, then the two letter old lady or mother and alternate letters from two words in the clue.
12a Agreeing with mafia boss about racket getting grand (7)
NODDING : The reversal of a sobriquet for a mafia boss, a racket or loud noise and G(rand).
13a Unlikely result, winning part of match (5)
UPSET : Winning or ahead, then part of a tennis match.
16a Frame of silent film’s showing what cowboy may wear (7)
STETSON : The first and last letters of silent, then crossword’s favourite film with its ‘S, and a two letter word for showing or being performed.
18a Awfully rich person wanting child, a source of Tweets? (7)
CHIRPER : An anagram (awfully) of RICH, then the word ‘person’ loses its male child.
20a Signal before party one shouldn’t get potted (3,4)
CUE BALL : A signal or hint, and then a party or formal dance.
23a Good golfer might achieve this score (7)
SCRATCH : Another name for a handicap of zero.
25a Player inspiring woe thrashed at Reading (9)
TRAGEDIAN : An anagram (thrashed) of AT READING.
26a A long letter (5)
AITCH : ‘A’ from the clue and then long or desire.
27a Give makeover to Republican Party, filled with energy (4)
REDO : R(epublican) and a two letter party surround the physics symbol for energy.
1d Clay beneath motorway in African country (4)
MALI : The post-conversion name of boxer Clay follows M(otorway).
4d Arithmetical procedure to divide by 50 is confusing (7)
ADDLING : The Roman numeral for fifty is in the middle of a simple arithmetical procedure.
5d Books in French, with jokes about English (7)
ENGAGES : The French equivalent of ‘in’, then jokes or cracks contain E(nglish).
8d Work briefly with pins and needles in attractive fashion (10)
TEMPTINGLY : A word for work on a non-permanent basis and then the sensation described as pins and needles.
11d Think chaps in Aldershot’s outskirts stop car rides here (9,4)
AMUSEMENT PARK : The first and last letters of Aldershot flank think or ponder, and fellows. Next, stop car, often at a roadside.
14d Temperature in clear soup wrong, one supposes (10)
SPECULATOR : An anagram (wrong) of CLEAR SOUP contains T(emperature).
20d How amazing old figure turned up royal accoutrement (7)
CORONET : How amazing or ‘blimey’, then O(ld) and a number, reversed.
22d Son and daughter cuddling brown bear (5)
STAND : A light brown colour is inside (cuddled by) S(on) and D(aughter).
Quickie pun farmer + suit + tickle = pharmaceutical