Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27669
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Things are really hotting up towards Christmas for us. We have two Bridge Club functions, a great nephew’s christening. a book launch and friends coming to stay, all within this next week. A busy time but enough still available to appreciate and enjoy this offering from Jay.
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5a Bed in untidy heap? One might say ‘Rest in peace’ (7)
EPITAPH : A slang word for bed inserted into an anagram (untidy) of HEAP.
9a Distress increases, then energy taxes cut by 80 per cent (5)
UPSET : The answer is a verb and is made up of a three letter word meaning increases, then (E)nergy and one letter (20%) of (T)axes.
10a Remember to pick up after unloading rifle (9)
RECOLLECT : Start with the first and last letters of rifle (after unloading) and then a word meaning to pick up.
11a Chef’s unusual blunder — cook ultimately dismissed (6,4)
CORDON BLEU : An anagram (unusual) of BLUNDER COOk with the last letter removed.
14a Complete cost of transport for public highway (12)
THOROUGHFARE : A word for complete then what you might pay to travel.
18a Business group needing a long-term CEO to be sacked (12)
CONGLOMERATE : An anagram (to be sacked) of A LONG TERM CEO.
21a Lot of money made from failure (4)
BOMB : Double definition.
22a Prejudiced, and keen on verbal onslaught about the French (10)
INTOLERANT : A four letter word meaning keen on, then a French definite article and a word for a verbal onslaught or tirade.
25a A dentist worried about love potions (9)
ANTIDOTES : An anagram (worried) of A DENTIST with love (the tennis score) included.
26a Definitive book showing business leader in ill-humour (5)
BIBLE : A word for ill-humour has (B)usiness leader inserted.
27a Neglected and treated with contempt outside university (7)
DISUSED : A slang word meaning to treat with disrespect is around (U)niversity.
1d Gut feeling about a cut of meat (6)
HAUNCH : A moment of intuition perhaps with A from the clue included.
2d Glitter of attraction bringing in Scot in need of company (6)
LUSTRE : Take the abbreviation for company away from the word Scot then insert the remaining two letters into a word for attraction.
4d Beat most of the nick (5)
THROB : The first two letters (most of) the, then a word for nick or steal.
5d Treasury — ‘Former inspector reported’ (9)
EXCHEQUER : Abbreviation for former partner and a homophone (reported) for an inspector.
6d No head for accounts problems (4)
ILLS : Remove the first letter (head) from a word for accounts that need paying.
7d Native of Crimea struggling with a name (8)
AMERICAN : Anagram (struggling) of CRIMEA, then A from the clue and (N)ame.
8d What comes from geezer, you might say, is trouble (3,5)
HOT WATER : In our part of the world it would not be a homophone for geezer that supplies the answer but we know that folk in the Northern Hemisphere do treat these as homophones.
13d Person going on about mad bloke on telly? (10)
CHATTERBOX : A single letter abbreviation meaning about, the mad bloke, perhaps from Alice in Wonderland, and a common word for the telly.
15d Thought strange — at home with date off (9)
RUMINATED : String together a synonym for strange, the two letter word for at home and an anagram (off) of DATE.
16d One won’t strike, except daughter gives the case for a weapon (8)
SCABBARD : A strike breaker then a word meaning except or exclude and (D)aughter.
17d Gives new life to friends after endless panic (8)
ANIMATES : Take panic and remove the first and last letters (endless) and add a word for friends.
19d Part of Africa that sees doctor embraced by earth mother (6)
GAMBIA : An abbreviation for a doctor goes inside the Greek goddess or personification of Earth.
23d Safe haven from love unaltered (5)
OASIS : The tennis love again, and then 2,2 meaning unaltered.
24d When collecting theologian makes a contribution (4)
ADDS : Two letter word for when has a Doctor of Divinity inserted.
Favourite today is 28a.
Today’s Quick Crossword pun : QUAYS + MEEK + HATE = KISS ME KATE