Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27758
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Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa (Greetings, greetings, greetings to you all). We thought it was about time that we introduced another Maori greeting. This is a somewhat formal one. Perhaps one that would be used if a group of visitors are being welcomed to a marae or meeting house.
Jay has kept us well entertained once again this week.
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1a Women carrying weapons got more affectionate (6)
WARMED : W(omen) and a word that means carrying weapons.
5a Deer’s popular — what’s the ammunition? (8)
BUCKSHOT : This answer split 5,3 is a male deer’s and a word for popular.
10a A beer a radio operator sent back for prince (8)
MAHARAJA : Reading the answer back to front we have A from the clue, an informal word for a glass of beer, then A from the clue again and an amateur radio operator.
11a East of Libya, more rational to retreat in battlegrounds (6)
ARENAS : East of Libya means its last letter and this precedes a word meaning more rational written backwards.
12a Mark‘s letter from Greece welcoming Turkish leader (6)
STIGMA : The 18th letter of the Greek alphabet has T(urkish) included.
14a Finds fault with fools eating cream (3-5)
NIT-PICKS : A word for the elite or cream is included inside a word meaning fools or stupid people.
16a Dated only first of three during service award (8)
OBSOLETE : An three letter award for public service surrounds a word meaning only and the initial letter of three.
19a Jokingly said ‘Swallow‘ (6)
INGEST : A homophone of what something said jokingly might be described as being.
23a Breeding exercises understand about energy (8)
PEDIGREE : Two letter abbreviation for physical exercises is followed by an informal word for understand then an abbreviation for ‘with reference to’ and E(nergy).
25a Inquiry as it is no vintage brew (13)
INVESTIGATION : An anagram (brew) of IT IS NO VINTAGE.
26a Islanders run wild with son after noisy drink (8)
CYPRIOTS : A word for run wild, then S(on) all follow a homophone of a word meaning to drink.
27a Tries, for example, wearing less, with no top (6)
ESSAYS : A three letter word for expressing ‘for example’ is included inside less after the first letter is removed.
2d Rates adjusted after sailor gets up-to-date (7)
ABREAST : An anagram (adjusted) of RATES follows one of our many possible options for sailor.
3d Whisky area and island (5)
MALTA : A type of whisky or its raw material, then A(rea).
4d Slight anger follows reprogramming of iPads (9)
DISPARAGE : A synonym for anger follows an anagram (reprogramming) of IPADS.
5d Island that must have a hotel in mind? (7)
BAHRAIN : A from the clue and H(otel) are inserted into something that does your thinking for you.
6d Unusual item’s last to go for a court in the Vatican (5)
CURIA : A substitution clue. Take a type of unusual item and substitute A from the clue for the last letter of
go the unusual item.
13d Hardly mention what an undercoat may need (5,4)
GLOSS OVER : What a decorator might do to apply a top layer with his brush.
15d Badly hit trader is not very good (5-4)
THIRD-RATE : Anagram (badly) of HIT TRADER.
17d Terrible verbosity — not so! Quite the opposite (7)
BREVITY : An anagram (terrible) of VERBOSITY after you have removed SO.
18d Bottles links supporting European politician (7)
EMPTIES : Start with E(uropean), then usual abbreviation for a politician and a word meaning links.
20d How the man at the back speaks? (7)
STERNLY : The man speaking thus is probably at the back of a boat.
24d Middle of night, prison sent up breakfast for American (5)
GRITS : The central letter of night precedes the reversal of a slang word for prison.
We pick 10a as our favourite today. The Quickie pun below really had us working hard so we added a picture to help.
The Quickie pun kappa + ceilidh = capercaillie