Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27657
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One Kiwi has been away for a few days staying with a group of friends on Matiu/Somes Island in the middle of Wellington harbour. (Google it). She saw many other birds but had to hurry home this morning by ferry, train and car to do the blog.
Jay has given us a few words that took a bit of pondering but the puzzle is generally quite gentle.
Please leave a comment telling us what you think of today’s puzzle.
6a Large container holding sulphur (4)
VAST : Container for beer or wine perhaps, with chemical symbol for sulphur included.
10a Damage following cold spell (5)
CHARM : A word for damage follows (C)old.
11a Collective charge applied by my Post Office (9)
CORPORATE : Start with a synonym for my that is often followed by blimey, then the abbreviation for Post Office and word for an applied cost.
12a Controversial rationale behind energy (7)
EMOTIVE : Not the most usual definition for controversial. It is made up from (E)nergy and a synonym for rationale for a crime perhaps.
13a Claimed free treatment as a result of this (7)
MEDICAL : Anagram (free) of CLAIMED.
14a Distressing movement during trial (5-7)
HEART-RENDING : A five letter word for a movement or fashion is included in a word for a trial.
18a Practical details of purchases from a hardware
chop shop (4,3,5)
NUTS AND BOLTS : What you might buy for joining metal components. The clue is written as above when we down-loaded and we are pretty sure that the last word is a typo. [The online version has now been corrected and Crypticsue reports that the newspaper also has the correct spelling. BD]
21a Foreigners who may help couple in Australia (2,5)
AU PAIRS : A word for a couple is inside the IVR code for Australia.
23a Scottish dance cancelled, say, without hesitation (4,3)
REEL OFF : A type of Scottish dance will not be performed.
24a Product of original thinking? (9)
INVENTION : An all in one cryptic definition that might be taken into the Dragons’ Den.
25a A good half of ground must get trouble (5)
AGGRO : A slang word for trouble comes from A from the clue, (G)ood and the first three letters of ground.
26a Lively spot across river (4)
SPRY : A word to spot visually, surrounds (R)iver.
1d Detailed what wages would be after deductions? (6)
DOCKED : Double definition, the first one is what might have been done to poor little lambs.
3d Sympathies, as result of European allowances supporting junior chefs (14)
COMMISERATIONS : A word for junior chefs which we learnt from watching ‘Ratatouille’, followed by (E)uropean, then a word for allowances or portions.
4d Disturbed Cuban leader releases graduate without authorisation (9)
UNCLEARED : An anagram (disturbed) of CUBAN LEADER with a two letter graduate removed.
5d Small stuff! Go and take a running jump (5)
SCRAM : (S)mall then stuff as you would in preparation for an exam.
7d Lawless and hurried uprising in a smart environment (8)
ANARCHIC : A three letter word for hurried reversed (uprising) inside A from the clue then a word for smart or fashionable.
8d People welcoming new logo for study of divinity (8)
THEOLOGY : Third person plural pronoun around an anagram(new) of LOGO.
15d Mexican border trip accommodating old relative (3,6)
RIO GRANDE : The trip is on a horse perhaps and surrounds (O)ld and an elderly female relative.
16d Occupies son depressed by popular custom (8)
INHABITS : Usual two letter ‘popular’, a word for a custom and then (S)on.
17d Second best finished rest during journey (8)
STOPOVER : (S)econd, then three letter word for best or peak, then synonym for finished.
20d Provide a fine crossing over river (6)
AFFORD : A from the clue, then (F) and how to cross a river when there is no bridge.
22d Snap, though calm (5)
STILL : Double definition, for the first meaning think about a camera.
Our favourite is 3d because we enjoyed the movie it brought to mind.
The Quick Crossword pun: tray+dune+aeon=trade union