Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27639
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In a couple of days we are off for a family gathering at the Wairakei Resort Hotel which is just north of Lake Taupo. It is in the geothermal region with lots of things to see and do. Should be fun and we are really looking forward to it.
Good fun again from Jay with just one word that we had to discover in the BRB.
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7a Substitute fabric left with expert (7)
REPLACE : Three letter type of fabric, then L(eft) then an expert.
10a Followed son and confessed (7)
STALKED : S(on) then spilled the beans.
11a Takeovers put the squeeze around working vouchers (7)
COUPONS : A two letter word meaning working inside (the squeeze) military type takeovers.
12a Lycra, deployed originally in cycling material (7)
ACRYLIC : An anagram (deployed) of LYCRA then the first letters (originally) of two words in the clue.
15a Houses of the stars? (5)
SIGNS : These are celestial stars, not Hollywood ones.
16a Article confronting women in kinky tape bothers people in charge (3,6,4,2)
THE POWERS THAT BE : Start off with definite article then an anagram (kinky) of TAPE BOTHERS with an extra W(omen).
23a Destined to follow obscure conservative (9)
HIDEBOUND : Start with a verb meaning to obscure then a word for destined that can also mean tied up.
25a Only virtues needed for people going in order? (7)
NOVICES : Split 2,5 it could describe how saintly these people are.
26a Sort of person who complains of footballer outside hotel? (7)
WHINGER : A football position with H(otel) included.
27a Strike with disgust, but not in anger (7)
OUTRAGE : Split 3,4 we have the opposite of ‘in’ then a synonym for anger. We had a long, and almost heated, discussion on how to parse this one and one of us got her way.
28a Balance concerned with team welcoming United (7)
RESIDUE : Two letter word for concerned, the synonym for team with U(nited) included.
2d Raised pace shown by favourites (4)
PETS : Invert (raised) a synonym for a pace.
3d Tests, for example, in a ship (6)
ASSAYS : A from the clue, then the usual abbreviation for a ship encloses a word meaning ‘for example’.
4d Worries about Germany having fighting units (6)
CADRES : One of those pesky IVR codes (which always give us problems) inside a word for worries.
6d Orders forecasts, ignoring public relations (6)
EDICTS : Remove the two letter abbreviation for public relations from the beginning of a word meaning forecasts.
8d Completely sound (5)
PLUMB : Double definition. The first meaning out and out as used with crazy perhaps, and the second a verb to test the depth of water perhaps.
9d Fruit needed in a mainly noisy party? (7)
AVOCADO : A from the clue, most of a word meaning noisy or spoken, then the usual two letter party.
14d Sort of water found in island church (3)
ICE : I(sland) then abbreviation for anglican church.
17d Dig up one-time Spanish drink with them, oddly (8)
EXCAVATE : Two letter description for former partner perhaps, sparkling white wine, then alternate letters from ThEm.
18d Down when up on day (3)
SAD : Synonym for ‘when’ inverted (up) on D(ay).
20d Backs objectives including the renovation of Eros (8)
ENDORSES : A four letter word for objectives includes an anagram (renovation) of EROS.
21d Sweet note included in blessing (6)
BONBON : Latin abbreviation for mark well inside a word for a blessing.
22d Drunk certain to miss one drink? (6)
NECTAR : Anagram (drunk) of CERTA(I)N with the one missing.
24d Encouraged European in development of drug (5)
URGED : Anagram (development of) DRUG with E(uropean) added to the mix.
26d Suspicious, and sarcastic about answer (4)
WARY : Synonym for sarcastic or ironic about A(nswer).
13a appealed to us as ‘Clue of the Day’.
The Quick Crossword pun: bitch+human=bitumen