Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27728
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
We had a few days of colder weather with rain in some areas that coincided with the opening events of the world cup cricket,
however it did not last long and we have returned to beautifully fine clear late summer days. It is getting a little nippier in the
mornings too but we have not yet been moved to change from sandals and shorts for our daily walks.
We have several birds in the puzzle to go with the Jay and the 2Kiwis, and also thought we had found another. But it wasn’t! The non-bird held us up a bit in the SE corner.
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1a Minor damage with vehicle shunted at rear is a form of lottery (11)
SCRATCHCARD : The first seven letters make a word that describes minor surface damage, a three letter vehicle and the last letter of shunted.
9a Head back after sailor’s major win (7)
JACKPOT : The reversal of a word meaning head follows one of the many synonyms used in Crosswordland for a sailor.
10a A time trial witness (6)
ATTEST : A from the clue then T(ime) and then a word for a trial.
12a Go on about horse (7)
CHUNTER : The one letter abbreviation for about is followed by the type of horse one would ride when going with hounds.
13a Posh type importing pot is to stop operating (4,3)
TURN OFF : A four letter word for a posh type encloses a kind of pot.
17a Any sadist must be worried in religious occasion (6,3)
SAINTS DAY : An anagram (worried) of ANY SADIST.
20a Television given to engineers may be adjusted (5)
RESET : A description of a television receiver follows the abbreviation for army engineers.
22a Line adopted by FIFA fixed court trouble (7)
AFFLICT : An anagram of FIFA (fixed) includes L(ine) and then the abbreviation for court.
24a Unhappy tale about pixie going back for flier (7)
LEAFLET : This is our bird that wasn’t. It is an anagram (unhappy) of TALE with a reversed synonym for a pixie included.
26a Complaint left university doctor with a turn (7)
LUMBAGO : A real Lego answer. L(eft) plus U(niversity) plus a two letter doctor abbreviation, A from the clue and a synonym for a turn.
27a Disagreement from centre to new Members of Parliament (11)
CONTRETEMPS : One for Jean-Luc. An anagram (new) of CENTRE TO followed by the abbreviation for members of parliament.
2d Limit put on Italian (old, but unfinished) government building (7)
CAPITOL : A three letter word for a limit then the abbreviation for Italian and OLd from the clue lacking its last letter. This is a US meaning of the word, we think.
3d Invertebrate rook oddly found in new hardtop (9)
ARTHROPOD : The first and third letters of rook are included in an anagram (new) of HARDTOP.
4d Plan talk about source of Rhine (5)
CHART : A word for talk includes the first letter of R(hine).
5d Supplier of food for three queens? (7)
CATERER : The first queen is feline and appeared in a clue for yesterday’s toughie, and then HRH twice.
6d Answer from soldiers on South Atlantic (7)
RESPOND : The soldiers are military engineers, then S(outh) and a colloquial epithet for the Atlantic Ocean. We call the Tasman Sea ‘The Ditch’.
8d Packs amounts needed to cover credit (6)
SCRUMS : These packs are well known to Kiwis who follow our national game. The abbreviation for credit is included in a word for amounts.
11d Deliberate pretence of kindness, embracing volunteers (11)
AFFECTATION : Take a synonym for kindness and include the (now outdated) abbreviation for volunteer soldiers.
16d Athletic prince at university? (5,4)
ROYAL BLUE : A cryptic definition that could acknowledge sporting prowess by a student prince (the answer is also a shade of colour but this does not seem to be suggested by the clue).
18d Gather refusal means hell (7)
INFERNO : A word for gather or understand an implication is followed by a two letter refusal.
20d Plan to redraft top drama tons rejected (4,3)
ROAD MAP : An anagram (redraft) of tOP DRAMA with the abbreviation for tons not used.
21d Unfortunately up in the morning for a greeting (6)
SALAAM : Reverse a word meaning unfortunately and add the two letter abbreviation for before noon.
23d Agreement as Telegraph shows discrimination? (5)
TASTE : It’s hiding in there.
We go for 24a as our favourite because of the clever misdirection.
Today’s Quickie pun scarf + hell = Scafell