Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27872
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Kia ora from Aotearoa. Greetings from The Land of the Long White Cloud. It is the sort of day today that could persuade one that Spring is not too far away. Still cool at nights, just right for hunkering down in front of the log fire.
Good stuff once again from Jay.
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1a Bon mot from student boxed in by country-folk (10)
PLEASANTRY : A collective noun for simple rustic people contains the one letter abbreviation for a student.
6a To leave without finishing is a mistake (4)
GOOF : Start with a 2,3 phrase meaning to leave and remove the last letter.
10a Vital transporter held back by that roadblock (5)
AORTA : The vital transporter is a vessel in one’s body and is found reversed within the clue.
11a Rose disheartened, with daughter taken in by carpenter’s response (9)
REJOINDER : The first and last letters (disheartened) of ROSE, then a name for a woodworker with D(aughter) included.
13a A theologian trapped by endless logic is depressing (7)
SADDENS : Start with a five letter word for logic, remove its last letter and inside this put A from the clue and the two letter qualification a theologian could have,
18a Easter Day picnic? (7,5)
MOVABLE FEAST : A double definition, the second describes the transportablility of an alfresco meal.
21a Demand by engineers for salvage (7)
RECLAIM : The notation for army engineers is followed by a synonym for demand.
23a Cold approach after Germany and Spain deteriorate (7)
DECLINE : The IVR codes for Germany and Spain, C(old) and a word meaning an approach a potential suitor might use.
24a During exercises, learnt about energy and growth (5,4)
PLANE TREE : This large woody growth is an anagram (about) of LEARNT placed inside the two letter abbreviation for exercises with an E(nergy) to finish.
25a Quick answer — and survive! (5)
ALIVE : The one letter abbreviation for answer and a word meaning survive.
26a Regrets deception on the radio (4)
RUES : A homophone of a word meaning deception.
1d Appeal offering little hope? (6)
PRAYER : Double definition, the second meaning is defined by the first two words of the clue for 2d.
2d Slightest chance to have no end of alcohol, being bawdy (6)
EARTHY : An informal word for a slightest chance or little hope has the last letter of alcohol removed from it.
4d River rodent found in childish chronicle (9)
NARRATIVE : The abbreviation for river and a three letter rodent are found inside a word meaning childishly simple.
7d Sundry items from strange fellows on way up (8)
ODDMENTS : A three letter strange, a three letter fellows, and the reversal of an abbreviation for a way where houses might be.
8d Scientific study of second test after warning (8)
FORESTRY : A golfer’s warning shout is followed by S(econd) and a word meaning test.
9d Do legacies show off this fruitless pursuit? (4-5,5)
WILD-GOOSE CHASE : An anagram (off) of DO LEGACIES SHOW.
16d Him topless? Thoroughly inappropriate! (8)
IMPROPER : Remove the first letter of ‘him’ and follow this with an informal word that means thoroughly or veritable.
17d Clear EU caveat to be broadcast (8)
EVACUATE : An anagram (broadcast) of EU CAVEAT.
19d Target set up, locked in by evil primate (6)
SIMIAN : The evil could be any one of the seven deadlies and includes the reversal of a word meaning a target.
20d Refuses to conform and staggers around back of pub (6)
REBELS : A synonym for staggers includes the last letter of pub.
We rather liked the mis-direction in 22d so it gets today’s tick.
Quickie pun fillers + offer = philosopher