Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27836
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Last week we mentioned “Winter at its best”. This was very rapidly followed by a spell of “Winter at its worst”. There were severe storms all over the country, roads washed out or flooded, heavy snow across the South Island, many power outages, Whanganui river broke its banks and flooded homes and businesses. We got off comparatively lightly with just a couple of days feeling like Winnie the Pooh, entirely surrounded by water. However things are getting back to normal again now with clear blue skies and fine frosty days.
The puzzle…. Yes. Just what we expect and enjoy from Jay once again.
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5a Has an urge to chase answer, getting letters (7)
AITCHES : These letters come eighth in our alphabet. The one letter abbreviation for answer is followed by a word meaning has an urge or irritation.
9a Puts a block on would-be scouts crossing river (5)
CURBS : Junior members of the Boy Scout movement contain R(iver).
10a Letter from personality (9)
CHARACTER : Double definition.
11a Terrible gaffes — some politically incorrect! (3-7)
OFF-MESSAGE : An anagram (terrible) of GAFFES SOME.
12a Discharge half of them with it (4)
EMIT : The last two letters of them and ‘it’ from the clue.
14a Straightforward progress shown by student beset by troubles, suffering? (5,7)
PLAIN SAILING : Place the one letter abbreviation for a student inside a five letter word for troubles or aches. Follow this with a word meaning suffering.
18a Stunned, seeing cowries pawned (5-7)
SHELL-SHOCKED : Start with what cowries are examples of and add a colloquial expression for pawned.
21a Feeble men — without women, just naughty children (4)
IMPS : A description of feeble men has the abbreviation for women removed from its beginning.
22a Houses requiring decent connections? (10)
PROPERTIES : Split the answer 6,4 to find synonyms for ‘decent’ and ‘connections’.
25a Pillar of society, after broadcast, is fit to fly (9)
AIRWORTHY : A three letter word meaning broadcast precedes how a pillar of society is described.
26a Unbounded fury after a second affair (5)
AMOUR : Fury without its first and last letters (unbounded) follows one of the abbreviations for a second.
27a Boffin, for example, getting good top on beer (7)
EGGHEAD : The abbreviation for example then G(ood) and the froth on a glass of beer.
28a Drug resulting from criminal acts? Yes (7)
ECSTASY : An anagram (criminal) of ACTS YES.
1d Contributory cause of plant being docked? (6)
FACTOR : The plant here is a manufacturing one and loses its last letter.
2d Bitter conflict of man of God, if caught by soldiers (6)
STRIFE : The abbreviation for a good person (man of God), then IF from the clue is surrounded by engineering soldiers.
5d What should relieve pain of leasing arrangement in fact discovered (9)
ANALGESIC : An anagram (arrangement) of LEASING inside the two middle letters (with its covers removed) of fact.
6d Create a stir grabbing drinks (4)
TEAS : Hiding inside the clue.
7d Unwanted delivery of Thai meal rescheduled (4,4)
HATE MAIL : An anagram (rescheduled) of THAI MEAL.
8d Obtain returns, covered by lost scheme (8)
STRATEGY : A three letter word for obtain is reversed inside a word for lost.
13d Vain hopes of how music might be on paper? (4,6)
PIPE DREAMS : Split 5,5 this is how you might describe music heard in a shopping mall and quantities of paper.
15d Succeeded at home — and her diet is bad (9)
INHERITED : The short word meaning at home and then an anagram (is bad) of HER DIET.
16d Worrying at praise for such a letter (8)
ASPIRATE : An anagram (worrying) of AT PRAISE. The letter relates to the answer for 5a.
19d Bush — ‘I am very big in Massachusetts’ (6)
MIMOSA : The abbreviation for Massachusetts encloses the short form of I am and a very big clothing size.
23d Recipient‘s exercises receiving positive vote (5)
PAYEE : The three letter positive vote is inside the two letter physical exercises.
Favourite for us today is 5a
Quickie pun heir + sang + races = airs and graces