Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27615
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Yesterday, on our morning walk, we saw the first flock of Bar-tailed Godwits that have returned to our estuary from their breeding ground in Alaska. Incredibly, they make this journey non-stop. We are always pleased to see them safely home again each year.
An enjoyable puzzle once again from Jay
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1a Leave drink, taking in small talk (6)
GOSSIP : A word for leave or depart, then a little drink, separated by small.
5a Irregular role at home around South America (8)
PARTISAN : A role as in a play, the usual ‘at home’ with the abbreviation for South America included.
10a Schemes incorporating island’s flat areas (6)
PLAINS : Schemes with island included.
11a Fellow listener a few dread (8)
FEARSOME : Abbreviation for fellow, the listener from the side of your head, then ‘a few’.
12a Hoped to see West End cast (6)
WISHED : Postal district then a verb for what a snake might do with its skin.
13a Expanded by serving lager in terminal (8)
ENLARGED : A three letter word for terminal containing an anagram (serving) of LAGER.
15a She gets disheartened during American functions (4)
USES : ‘She’ without middle letter (disheartened) inside abbreviation for American.
17a Why some did less? (4)
IDLE : Included in the clue.
19a Story about Right creates a state of conflict (8)
FRICTION : Letter for right is included in a made-up story.
21a Person lacking rank — one arriving around beginning of week (8)
COMMONER : The first day of the working week is inside a word for one arriving.
22a Superficial impression made on a student of teeth (6)
DENTAL : What your car might get in the supermarket carpark, ‘a’ from the clue, then learner.
24a Clothes and weapon hidden in loo (8)
GARMENTS : Word for Loo (men only) surrounds a weapon.
25a Company director’s first German buffer (6)
CODGER : Abbreviation for company, first letter of director then short form of German.
2d Lies low, forced to cover lake and fuel sources (3,5)
OIL WELLS : Anagram (forced) of LIES LOW with an extra lake.
3d Odd items perhaps of washing hung out — here’s why? (8)
SUNDRIES : When split 3,4 it is what happens to washing that is hung out on a fine day.
4d Post Office worker pockets black book that’s an earner (9)
POTBOILER : Abbreviation for Post Office then black inside word for hard worker.
6d Bound to include everybody, agreed (7)
TALLIED : Four letter word for laced up surrounds word for everybody.
7d Rebellious youth almost broke the boss (8)
SKINHEAD : A slang word for short of money, missing its last letter, then a word for a boss.
8d Made enquiries on one case of vehicle’s sudden fall (8)
NOSEDIVE : Slang word for made enquiries, Roman numeral one, then first and last letters (case) of vehicle.
14d Strange — credit is short in support of German war machine (9)
ENIGMATIC : Machine that Bletchley Park worked on followed by common word for credit missing last letter.
15d Poorly grounded person not expected to win (8)
UNDERDOG : Anagram (poorly) of GROUNDED.
16d Auditor of former dictator and heir oddly disappearing (8)
EXAMINER : Abbreviation for former, Ugandan dictator, then alternate letters (oddly disappearing) of HEIR.
17d Posted popular class edition (8)
INFORMED : Usual word for popular, synonym for class then abbreviation for edition.
18d Rising stink contained by West Coast city that is a feature of North America (4,4)
LAKE ERIE : Offensive smell reversed (rising), inside initials for US West Coast city and abbreviation for ‘that is’.
19d Showy display from cool and distant European (7)
FANFARE : Three letter verb meaning to cool, word for distant, then European.
The Quick Crossword pun: poor+settee=paucity