Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27633
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We had a beautiful fine Spring morning for our walk earlier but now, as it often does at this time of the year, a wind has built up and the sky is grey. Just the weather for solving and blogging crosswords.
Good fun again from Jay and we thought it was just a little easier than last week’s.
Please leave a comment telling us what you think of it.
1a Engagement for management graduate in company time (6)
COMBAT : Three letter business degree inside the abbreviation for company and T(ime).
4a Noted writer (8)
COMPOSER : Cryptic definition of someone who deals with notes rather than words. We seem to have seen this answer several times in the last week.
10a Irrelevant bit of parlour game? (9)
BAGATELLE : Double definition.
11a State meals must be taken around ten (5)
TEXAS : Afternoon meals that includes the Roman ten.
12a Look at bishop argue for viewer protection (7)
EYEBROW : Synonym for look, B(ishop) then argument.
13a Distance from motorway? Three miles cutting out the bend (7)
MILEAGE : The big motorway, then an old-fashioned distance with the bend shaped letter removed (cutting out).
14a A wish to get together? (5)
ALONG : A from the clue, then synonym for wish in a verbal sense.
15a Wilful but adore changes (8)
OBDURATE : Anagram (changes) of BUT ADORE.
18a Dessert mainly otherwise known as main course (8)
MOUSSAKA : A type of dessert without its last letter (mainly) plus the abbreviation for an alias.
20a Drums originally featuring in ‘Ring Cycle‘ (5)
PEDAL : First letter of drums (originally) inside a word for the sound of a bell.
23a Released around the third of March without a court hearing (7)
UNTRIED : Released by removing a cord perhaps with R (third of March) inserted.
25a Confirmed nuisance exposed (4,3)
BORE OUT : Someone you don’t want to sit next to on a long journey, then a synonym for exposed.
26a Post Office impounds stolen print (5)
PHOTO : Abbreviation for Post Office encloses how stolen goods are described.
27a Handy chap‘s strange book lots failed to finish (3-6)
ODD-JOBMAN : Strange, book from the Bible then a word for lots with its last letter missing (failed to finish).
28a Group developing ideas for land not being used (3-5)
SET-ASIDE : Word for group then anagram (developing) of IDEAS.
29a Check on cover for safety procedure (6)
SYSTEM : Word for check or staunch follows first and last letters (cover) of safety.
1d Conveyance putting competent accountant in credit? (5,3)
CABLE CAR : Word for competent, then abbreviation for accountant, all inside abbreviation for credit.
2d What may provide spark in attraction and love? (7)
MAGNETO : In an internal combustion engine. Word for attraction and usual abbreviation for love as a score.
3d Other personalities get a loser confused (5,4)
ALTER EGOS : Anagram (confused) of GET A LOSER.
5d No way would you put flowers here! (4,2,4,4)
OVER MY DEAD BODY : Double definition. Of course we would Jay!
6d Coppers turn up dead part of flower (5)
PETAL : Reverse (turn up) a word for dead and abreviation for small monetary units.
7d Instrument from south still in existence (7)
SEXTANT : Abbreviation for S(outh) then word that says it is still with us.
8d In a hurry to cast off after game (6)
RUSHED : The NZ game followed by word for cast off.
9d Disappointment with both taps — keep changing one’s mind (4,3,3,4)
BLOW HOT AND COLD : A word for disappointment then how the kitchen taps are labelled.
16d Theatre‘s type error to be corrected (9)
REPERTORY : Anagram (corrected) of TYPE ERROR.
17d Element from a metal found in fruit (8)
PLATINUM : A four letter fruit encloses A from the clue and a common metal.
19d Open mail in military settlement (7)
OUTPOST : Split (3,4) a word for open then letters perhaps.
21d Party format excludes female submissive type (7)
DOORMAT : Usual word for party, then FORMAT without F(emale).
22d Commotion caused by American supporting rear (6)
RUMPUS : Synonym for rear with abbreviation for American.
24d Golf clubs offering decreases? (5)
IRONS : Double definition.
We choose 1d as our favourite today for no other reason than that we used to ride on one every day when we both (unknown to each other) were attending university in Wellington many years ago.
The Quick Crossword pun: crow+Asian=Croatian