Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27609
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
The calendar tells us that spring has arrived, we put our clocks forward last weekend and there are proud mother ducks with flotillas of ducklings on the ponds we walk past, but the hills to the west of us have become mountains again with a fresh coating of snow. We have been doing our homework and practicing adding pictures. Hope they work!
Another nice offering from Jay.
|1d||And for this reason newspaper is excessively sympathetic (4)
SOFT : Two letter word meaning ‘for this reason’ plus the pink paper.
|2d||Criticise expert with a remedy for all ills (7)
PANACEA : Three letter criticise, three letter expert, then ‘a’ from the clue.
|3d||Worryingly clever — rang uni for graphic representation of progress (8,5)
LEARNING CURVE : Anagram (worryingly) of CLEVER RANG UNI.
|4d||Panama producer perhaps mainly going without any on cruise ship (8)
MILLINER : Remove the letters of ‘any’ from mainly and add a large ship.
|5d||Reminder head of government’s got nothing on (5)
NUDGE : First letter of government inside a word for bare.
|7d||Bean counter turning up in a CIA broadcast (7)
ARABICA : Used in beverage making. A word for a counter backwards (turned up) inside an anagram (broadcast) of A CIA.
|8d||Senate call for change — and a fresh start (5,5)
CLEAN SLATE : Anagram (change) of SENATE CALL.
|11d||Internet facilities for sourcing drivers? (6,7)
SEARCH ENGINES : What car drivers might do when investigating a problem.
|13d||Watch over gun mainly carried by established model (5,5)
STAND GUARD : The first two letters of ‘gun’ (mostly) inside a yardstick perhaps.
|16d||Going the right way, and studies after working (2,6)
ON COURSE : Two letter word for working then series of lectures.
|18d||Dressed in a suit for the country (7)
TUNISIA : Anagram (dressed) of IN A SUIT.
|20d||Make amends for former sea robber having run away (7)
EXPIATE : The usual former, then Capt Hook perhaps without ‘r’.
|22d||Tries out jokes when judge leaves for time (5)
TESTS : A substitution clue where the abbreviation for judge is replaced by one for time.
|23d||Take-off in second gear? (4)
SKIT : ‘S’ for second then word for sports gear perhaps.
The Quick Crossword pun: mince+trill=minstrel