Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27788
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Less than a week now before we leave for our brief visit to where most of you live. All very exciting and one of the highlights will be meeting at least some of you at The George on 19th May.
This will be the last regular Wednesday blog we will be doing for a few weeks although we hope that we will not be totally out of touch.
Good stuff from Jay once again today. The NE corner was once more the trickiest one for us.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Cause followed by friend from time to time (12)
OCCASIONALLY : The friend here is possibly a military one and is preceded by a synonym for cause used in its verbal sense.
10a It should beat a runner, for example (5)
PULSE : A runner, or perhaps a pea or a lentil even, are examples of this.
12a Government supporter wielding party axe? (8)
TAXPAYER : Anagram (wielding) of PARTY AXE.
13a Tactic doctor employed during walk (6)
GAMBIT : One of the many two letter abbreviations for doctor is inserted into a word for a way of walking.
15a Fail to get on record broadcast (8)
DISCLOSE : The record here is described by its shape, and precedes a word meaning ‘fail to get’ or misplace.
18a Condiments made from French wine and grapes fermented without phosphorus (8)
VINEGARS : The French word for wine is followed by an anagram (fermented) of GRAPES after the chemical symbol for phosphorus is removed.
21a Reserve time to visit coast (3,5)
SET ASIDE : Take another word meaning the coast and insert T(ime) as the third letter.
23a Restore salesman’s demeanour? (6)
REPAIR : The abbreviation for a travelling salesman, then a word for demeanor or manner.
27a Fitting engaged sign on back only, initially (9)
TAILORING : The engaged sign is what a fiancee might wear on her finger. It follows a word for the back or last part and then the first letter of only.
28a Changing printer seems to give a false impression (12)
MISREPRESENT : An anagram (changing) of PRINTER SEEMS.
1d Removing son during pleasure trip (7)
OUSTING : The abbreviation for son is included in a word for a small pleasure trip.
2d Firm retaining worker to produce a bit of poetry (5)
CANTO : Our usual insect worker appears inside the abbreviation for a company.
4d State loves welcoming greeting (4)
OHIO : Two tennis score loves surround a short informal greeting.
5d Sort of plant for a dreamer with no name? (8)
AROMATIC : Start with A from the clue, then a word for a dreamer, and then remove the N(ame) from this word.
8d Decline, missing a second order (6)
DECREE : A synonym for decline has removed from it A from the clue and S(econd).
16d Fool invested in Creole cooking pot (9)
CASSEROLE : An animal synonym for a fool is inserted into an anagram (cooking) of CREOLE.
17d One’s owed money from councillor and journalist (8)
CREDITOR : The abbreviation for councillor is followed by a senior journalist.
18d Blood line? (6)
VESSEL : A cryptic definition of a tube in the circulatory system.
20d Special man having strength to cross river twice (2,5)
MR RIGHT : A word for strength surrounds two river abbreviations.
22d Transport mainly carrying American food (5)
SUSHI : A word meaning to transport usually by sea has its last letter removed and the abbreviation for American included.
24d Mature, about 49, and able to move quickly (5)
AGILE : A word meaning mature as a verb has the Roman numeral 49 inside it.
25d An ineffective person — or Mayfair politician (4)
WIMP : The postal area (we assume) of Mayfair is followed by the abbreviation for a politician.
20a was chosen as favourite by the team-member who reckons she found one (or maybe not)!
Quickie pun lie + tree + leaf = light relief