Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27824
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Cold and windy here so we opted out of our regular walk this morning. A good day to hunker down in front of the fire to solve and blog a Jay puzzle.
A few clues with medical connections, and a few that had us beak scratching a little.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Soldiers going in with child’s medicine (11)
EXPECTORANT : A synonym for ‘with child’ or pregnant contains one of the abbreviations for soldiers.
9a Basic education keeping youth at home (9)
GROUNDING : This can be a punishment imposed by parents on errant teenagers.
11a Mature women employed by band (4,2)
GROW UP : Mature here is a verb. A word for a band has the abbreviation for women included.
12a Chap on schedule, but sounding mournful (8)
PLANGENT : A male person follows a synonym for a schedule.
13a In bed I’m withdrawn, what a fool (6)
DIMWIT : The first of the ‘hiding in the clue’ answers.
15a Looking angry, seeing monk’s hood covered in grass (8)
SCOWLING : An alternative colloquial term for grass or ‘tell on’ surrounds the name of a monk’s hood.
18a Soldier at sea welcomes a time to soak (8)
MARINATE : A from the clue and the abbreviation for T(ime) are enclosed in a seaborne soldier.
21a Damned low returns in flashy jewellery (8)
BLOOMING : This mild expletive is the reversal of the sound made by a cow inside a word for flashy jewellery.
23a China trophy given to most of side (6)
TEACUP : A synonym for a sports side loses its last letter and precedes a type of trophy.
26a Deal with unexpected pleasure (5)
TREAT : Double definition.
27a Extrovert son’s expenditure (9)
OUTGOINGS : A description of an extrovert is followed by S(on’s).
28a Arguments from females in residence out of control (11)
DIFFERENCES : An anagram (out of control) of residence contains the repeated abbreviation for female.
1d No ring — and due to be married! (7)
ENGAGED : Double definition, the first one is connected with the telephone.
2d Paid sportsman on doctor’s publicity material (5)
PROMO : The three letter word for a paid sportsman is followed by an army doctor.
3d Misunderstanding caused by argument against merger (9)
CONFUSION : A word for an argument against (the opposite of the first part of the previous answer) and then a merger or joining together.
4d Old Tory leader in charge of hearing (4)
OTIC : O(ld) plus the first letter of Tory and then the abbreviation for in charge.
7d Mess that’s ending with a good link to tweet (7)
HASHTAG : A word for mess plus the last letter of that, A from the clue and the abbreviation for G(ood).
8d Condition of motorway on the way up, dear? I leave (8)
IMPETIGO : This medical condition starts with the reversal of UK’s principal highway, a synonym for dear as an affectionate name, then I from the clue and a word to leave.
17d Stay away from poor Don, surrounded by personnel (5,3)
STAND OFF : A word for personnel or those employed contains an anagram (poor) of DON.
18d Mafia type almost serious, supporting crowd (7)
MOBSTER : A three letter word for a crowd is followed by a word for serious without its last letter.
20d Boots from office of French models (7)
DEPOSES : The French word for ‘of’ then a synonym for models or sits for a portrait.
22d Belly up, journalist becomes less emphatic (5)
MUTED : A common word for a belly is reversed and is followed by a senior journalist.
24d Bankruptcy nicely protecting a scoffer (5)
CYNIC : Another one hiding in the clue.
25d Visual impairment causing line to go out of fashion (4)
STYE : Take a word for fashion and remove L(ine) from it.
Quickie Pun course + ticks + odour = caustic soda