Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27764
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Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. We thought last week’s greeting worked rather well so have used it again this week. Today is a glorious Autumn day. Slightly crispy and misty first thing this morning, but now it is beautifully clear, calm and sunny.
Nice stuff from Jay once again, not too tricky.
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1a Reasons spring generates rising tide? (11)
GROUNDSWELL : A noun for reasons is followed by a word meaning a spring or where you might possibly get oil.
9a Be more than exposed — and feeling less! (9)
OUTNUMBER : A three letter word for exposed then, ‘feeling less’, possibly because of an anaesthetic.
11a Relative‘s gone, lacking oomph — that’s a relief! (6)
NEPHEW : Remove the two letter word that mean oomph from ‘gone’ and then add an expression of relief.
13a Flora factories? (6)
PLANTS : Double definition.
15a A drive in rain for lover (8)
PARAMOUR : A word meaning to rain heavily surrounds A from the clue and a synonym for drive or push.
18a Quiet conduit dictators initially have (4,4)
PIPE DOWN : Quiet here is the imperative. A word for a conduit then D(ictators) and a word for have or possess.
19a Gets an understanding of files on origin of grievance (6)
GRASPS : Start with the first letter of grievance and add a word for files as tools.
21a They must lose regulars, hurting profession (8)
TEACHING : Take the first and third letters of they then add a word meaning hurting or painful.
23a Theatre blessed with presence of soprano (6)
TREBLE : It’s hiding in there. Probably behind one of the seats in the stalls.
26a Relax — welcoming one test that must be repeated (5)
RESIT : A word meaning relax has the Roman one inserted.
27a Finished blueprint for bank facility (9)
OVERDRAFT : A word for finished is followed by a preliminary plan.
1d Mature rock band touring Washington evacuated (5-2)
GROWN UP : The first and last letters of Washington are included in a description of a musical combo.
2d Handy place to find hot or cold? (2,3)
ON TAP : Where the letters H or C might well be found.
3d Senior clergyman put up to accept university chair is disgusted (9)
NAUSEATED : Invert a title for a senior clergyman and into this put U(niversity) and a chair.
4d Cries, making emergency call about blood group (4)
SOBS : The letter denoting one of the blood groups appears inside the international emergency call.
6d Calm after student finds rent (5)
LEASE : The single letter abbreviation for student and then a verb to calm.
7d Relations up in Rome misplaced name (7)
MONIKER : A three letter word for a collective group of relations is inverted inside an anagram (misplaced) of ROME.
8d Quislings must be soldiers taken in by characteristics (8)
TRAITORS : From the list of abbreviations for soldiers select the one for other ranks and put this inside a word meaning characteristics.
14d Approval shown for fruit found across Australia (8)
APPLAUSE : The fruit found growing in the Garden of Eden includes the abbreviation for our trans Tasman neighbour. That lot that beat us in the cricket final!
17d Cob on lad, prior to good final performance! (4,4)
SWAN SONG : The type of creature of which cob is the male, is followed by a synonym for lad and then G(ood).
18d Explosive devices spread out around west of Teheran (7)
PETARDS : These small explosive devices, used for blowing in doors, are named from a phrase meaning to fart. An anagram (out) of SPREAD around the first letter of Teheran.
20d Jumper, as it were, is agitated without one (7)
SWEATER : An anagram (is agitated) of AS IT WERE after the I (one) has been removed.
22d The Spanish must support spicy accommodation here (5)
HOTEL : Spanish definite article follows a word meaning spicy.
24d Mark hurried, in case of blood (5)
BRAND : A word for moved quickly is surrounded by the first and last letters of blood.
25d Ring exercises — a source of laughter (4)
PEAL : Physical exercises then A from the clue and first letter of laughter.
We have known and chuckled over 18d for years so it has to be our favourite.
The Quickie pun straw + breeze = strawberries