Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27692
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Our Pohutukawa trees which were a little late this year to deserve their title of New Zealand Christmas trees are now in full bloom. We have three vivid crimson beacons from our house to the river, and a spell of brilliant mid-summer weather too. Marvellous!
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1a Understands right to wear pants (6)
GRASPS : We have recently had pants meaning nonsense, and pants meaning knickers and pants meaning trousers, but this time they are the heavy breathing ones, and R(ight) is included.
5a Germany is bound, say, to show a lack of belief (8)
DISTRUST : The IVR code for Germany, IS from the clue and a homophone of a word meaning bound or tied up.
9a Hang prints in order to cover grub, oddly (6,2)
STRING UP : An anagram (in order) of PRINTS which includes the first and third letters of grub.
11a Party animal sent back for words to music (8)
LIBRETTO : A political party and then the reversal of an animal that might be called Tarka perhaps.
12a Scrimping and scraping means half ot them split (6)
THRIFT : Take the first half of the word them and add a word meaning a split or division. We think that the OT in the clue is just a typo.
13a Set homework and read after revision (8)
PREPARED: Another name for school homework followed by an anagram (after revision) of READ.
15a Contrary view on head of finance’s charges (4)
FEES : A word to view and the first letter of finances all reversed.
17a Panel discussion is about return of jobless (4)
IDLE : Included backwards within the clue.
19a Dependency with no source of cash is a plus (8)
ADDITION : Take a synonym for dependency on a substance and remove from it the first letter (source) of cash.
20a Call for more heart, chasing points (6)
ENCORE : As heard in a theatre. A word meaning heart follows two compass points.
22a A right of reply about route creates indifference (6)
APATHY : A from the clue, the last letter (right) of reply enclosing a synonym for route.
23a Material spiked is put back (8)
REPLACED : A three letter word for a corded cloth then a word for spiked as a drink might be.
25a Most recent play without wingers before international (6)
LATEST : Take the two middle letters of play (without wingers) and then an international sports fixture.
2d Rescue dog with no tail (8)
RETRIEVE : Remove the last letter from a type of sporting dog.
3d They’ll give you a leg-up (8)
STIRRUPS : A cryptic definition of the bits that hang down the side of a saddled horse or the clinical apparatus that puts one in a very undignified position. We have only put in a picture of the former.
4d Study the score, express resignation and walk (5-4)
SIGHT-READ : Split 4,5 we have two words. The first expresses resignation and the second is to walk.
5d Politically motivated CD? (10,5)
DIPLOMATIC CORPS : The CD has nothing to do with music but is the abbreviation for Corps Diplomatique.
6d Destroyed hut after turning up pictures (7)
TRASHED : A synonym for hut follows a reversal of a collective word for pictures.
7d Mismatched diamonds, say, pinched by nude criminal (8)
UNSUITED : Take a word of which diamonds or even hearts are an example inside an anagram (criminal) of nude.
14d Energy (and power) is firm friend of a bishop (9)
EPISCOPAL : E(nergy) and P(ower), is from the clue, a two letter abbreviation for a firm and a three letter friend. A clever Lego type clue.
15d Foreign Office reacts badly is the prediction (8)
FORECAST : Abbreviation for Foreign Office and an anagram (badly) of REACTS.
16d Get out of botched EU caveat (8)
EVACUATE : Anagram (botched) of EU CAVEAT.
17d At home mainly healthy worker gets medication (8)
INHALANT : The two letter ‘at home’, a word for healthy lacking its last letter, and the six legged worker.
18d The French covered in buzzing flies must be dead (8)
LIFELESS : The French plural definite article is included inside an anagram (buzzing) of FLIES.
Because of the multiple meanings of pants we have chosen 1a as our favourite today.
Quickie pun caught + hoarder = court order