Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27686
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This week, at the time this gets posted, it will be the stroke of midnight here. Throughout the land fireworks will be set off and many voices will be raised in appalling raucous renditions of Auld Lang Syne……..but not here. We expect to be happily asleep by then. The last of our family visitors left yesterday.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
We guess that we are back with a Jay puzzle. It certainly feels to us like his usual good fun.
Please leave a comment telling us what you think of today’s puzzle.
1a Certainly upset, due to spy in bed (6,7)
BEYOND DISPUTE : Anagram (upset) of DUE TO SPY IN BED.
9a Humiliated, Charlie stepped on the gas (9)
CHASTENED : Start with the Charlie that comes after Able and Baker and then add a word that means went quickly.
10a Pal shot on a motorway (5)
AMIGO : A from the clue, and a shortened form of UK’s main motorway, then a word that means a shot or a turn.
12a Proclaim a moratorium, arresting a leader of prayers (4)
IMAM : The answer is held (arrested) inside the clue.
13a Eject leaders of only union seeking terms (4)
OUST : The first letter of four words in the clue.
15a Do better than Portugal, squeezed by expenditure (7)
OUTPLAY : Put the IVR code for Portugal inside a word that means expenditure.
17a An adept bowler, perhaps, accepted by degrees (7)
MAHATMA : This adept or religious sage is made from two arts degrees enclosing what a bowler might be an example of.
18a An absorbing process is attached to the universe, extracting carbon (7)
OSMOSIS : Start with a word meaning the universe and remove C(arbon) from the start of this then add IS from the clue.
20a Withdraw from race, disheartened, needing nurse (7)
RETREAT : Dishearten race by removing the middle two letters and then put a word meaning to nurse or give therapy.
21a The last word to change almost completely (4)
AMEN: Take a word that means to change and remove its last letter.
22a Great love absent from the last letter (4)
MEGA : Take the last letter of the Greek alphabet and remove the tennis love from it.
23a A person protected by king is a person who’s doomed (5)
GONER : The king is the abbreviation that was used by the Georges and encloses a word for a single person.
26a Fruit finally ready for picking? Rubbish (5)
TRIPE : The last letter of fruit and a word that indicates something is ready for harvesting.
28a Understand what paparazzi must do (3,3,7)
GET THE PICTURE : Double definition.
1d Graduate composer and orator self destructed (8,2,4)
BACHELOR OF ARTS : A classical composer followed by an anagram (destructed) of ORATOR SELF.
2d What a brewer needs — still holding ales being emptied (5)
YEAST : A word meaning still has the first and last letters (being emptied) of ales included.
4d Studies Italian with variable concentration (7)
DENSITY : A noun for studies, a two letter Italian abbreviation and one of the mathematical variables.
5d Doctor raised origin of murder weapon (7)
SIDEARM : An anagram (doctor) of RAISED and first letter of M(urder).
6d Raise cap in support of socially acceptable state (4)
UTAH : The letter that means socially acceptable and the reversal (raised) of a synonym for a cap.
7d Quite ridiculous contents of letter giving protocol (9)
ETIQUETTE : An anagram (ridiculous) of QUITE and then letter without its first and last letters.
8d Catch spanner needed for game (8,6)
CONTRACT BRIDGE : A word for catch as you might a cold perhaps, and the chestnutty meaning of a spanner.
14d Pretty as a picture? (10)
PHOTOGENIC : Cryptic definition that implies the subject would make an attractive portrayal.
16d Doing office work includes cover for editor and moderating (9)
TEMPERING : Doing office work but not on a full time basis with first and last letters of editor included.
19d Furtive behaviour of the last out? (7)
STEALTH : Anagram (out) of THE LAST.
24d Pacific island vessel going north full of gold (5)
NAURU : One of the islands plundered for its phosphate deposits. The chemical symbol for gold is included in the reversal of a vessel for containing liquid.
25d Talent of criminal? (4)
BENT : Double definition, or even perhaps an all in one.
Today’s vote for most enjoyable goes to 3d.
Today’s Quickie pun quay + pole + doff = keep hold of