Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27722
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On our regular walk this morning we particularly noted that the Bar-tailed Godwits are looking plump now and changing to their rust coloured plumage in preparation for their imminent departure for Alaska. Other birds that we noticed were the little Wrybills. Quite small birds by wading bird standards with eponymous shaped bills that curve to the right. They scuttle frantically across the sand like out of control clockwork models in search of sand-hoppers to eat. However the highlight has to be the flock of 18a’s that were resting on a sand spit close to our path.
Today’s Jay puzzle is well up to the standard we have come to expect and enjoy.
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4a Germany collapse after victory — that’s a bonus (8)
WINDFALL : First of all a three letter word for victory, then the IVR code for Germany and a word that means collapse.
9a Does a test when, for example, crude is extracted from soil (6)
ASSAYS : A two letter synonym for when, a three letter word that means for example and the letter that is left after crude or petroleum is removed from soil.
12a Not worried, with charge for nursing waived! (8)
CAREFREE : Split the answer 4,4 to understand the word play.
13a Strike by qualified teacher means chaos (6)
BEDLAM : The Bachelor’s degree that a teacher may have is followed by a word meaning strike or hit.
15a Odd items from abandoned scan beside tip (4,3,6)
BITS AND PIECES : Anagram (abandoned) of SCAN BESIDE TIP.
22a Send letter immediately for broadcast (5,3)
WRITE OFF : For broadcast tells us that we are looking for a homophone for a phrase meaning immediately.
24a A card game daughter cut short (8)
ABRIDGED : A from the clue, the card game that KiwiColin will be playing this evening and D(aughter).
25a Outburst from one caught in traffic (6)
TIRADE : A synonym for traffic or business dealing has the Roman numeral one inserted.
27a View from the east on a king is in accord (6)
AGREES : A from the clue, then possibly the king who preceded ER and a synonym for view as a verb written backwards.
1d Formality shown by top of the bill before church? (6)
STARCH : A principal performer and then the usual abbreviation for church.
2d Enrols, since worried about kid son (9)
INSCRIBES : Start with an anagram (worried) of SINCE and insert in it a word for kid or tease and finish it all off with S(on).
3d Lose temper and take a plane then head out across lake (3,3,3,6)
FLY OFF THE HANDLE : An expression meaning to take a plane takes care of the first two words, followed by an anagram (out) of THEN HEAD with L(ake) included.
5d Nation protected by counter-revolutionaries? (4)
IRAN : The answer is written backwards (counter) inside the clue.
6d Act honourably — Tory obsession is supporting party (2,3,5,5)
DO THE RIGHT THING : A two letter word for party and the rest describes the nature of a Tory obsession.
8d Settle on service for Asia, say (8)
LANDMASS : Settle or alight is followed by a church service.
11d Mortification due to article impounded by coppers? (7)
PENANCE : A different answer from the one for the same definition on Monday. This one is a two letter indefinite article enclosed in copper coins.
14d Employees on paper tired, so sacked (7)
EDITORS : Anagram (sacked) of TIRED SO.
16d Joint operator in trouble after cold (9)
CORPORATE : Anagram (in trouble) of OPERATOR follows C(old).
19d Tears spilt over fine sweet (6)
AFTERS : An anagram (spilt) of TEARS includes F(ine).
23d Love suppressed by the girl’s idol (4)
HERO : The tennis love follows feminine possessive personal pronoun.
Our favourite has to be the one we mentioned in the prologue 18a.
Quickie pun seen + years + cool = senior school