Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27902
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We still keep that hoping Spring is nearly here but the succession of cold Southerly conditions that we have had recently is giving a different opinion. At least the days are getting longer and a few early flowers are making a tentative appearance.
One blogger only today as grandmother duties are required in Wellington for a few days.
A few answers in the NW corner caused a bit of head scratching but generally it went together much as we expect a Jay puzzle to do, with the usual generous helping of fun.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts on today’s puzzle.
1a Training area for road users? (5,8)
LEVEL CROSSING : A cryptic definition of an intersection of two different transport systems.
10a Wind breaker covering end of shore (5)
WEAVE : The breaker is the sort you might find at a surfer’s beach and includes the last letter of shore.
11a Makes an inventory first, in case of ladies (5)
LISTS : The lowest ordinal number, written in its short form, is inside the first and last letters of ladies.
12a Particular about kite mark? Quite the reverse (4)
ITEM : It is hiding in the clue. “Quite the reverse” is to tell you that the kite mark is actually about (around) the “particular”.
13a Suitable returns following argument (4)
TIFF : A word meaning suitable is reversed and then the abbreviation for F(ollowing).
15a Argued about accepting quiet promotion (7)
UPGRADE : An anagram (about) of ARGUED has the musical letter for soft included.
17a Respect excursion being cut short — only right of course (7)
TRIBUTE : Take a four letter word for an excursion and remove its last letter. Next add a synonym for only and the last letter (right side) of ‘course’.
20a Hide from company and clean building (7)
CONCEAL : The abbreviation for company and then an anagram (building) of CLEAN.
22a Shame! Mine’s the fourth of July! (4)
PITY : Another word for a deep hole in the ground followed by the last letter of July.
23a Nut is capable of going after exercise (5)
PECAN : The abbreviation for physical exercise, then a word meaning ‘is capable of’.
26a Nice surprise for soldiers surrounded by rubbish? (5)
TREAT : These engineering soldiers are included in a word for rubbish or shoddy articles.
27a Not joining in work can get initially unpopular (6,3)
OPTING OUT : The abbreviation for a (usually musical) work, a three letter synonym for a can, the first letter of get and lastly, a word for unpopular or not in fashion.
1d Pub landlord in council administration? (5,9)
LOCAL AUTHORITY : The wordplay is a cryptic definition of the role of a pub landlord.
3d Prospects of lights on projections at sea (10)
LANDSCAPES : Lights or gets down from is followed by geographical projections of the coastline into the sea.
4d Become aware of true side deceptive daughter’s hidden (7)
REALISE : A synonym for true and an anagram (deceptive) of SIdE after the abbreviation for daughter is removed.
5d Split up FBI agents in group (7)
SEGMENT : The nickname for FBI agents that we all (or some of us) learnt from old comics is inside a word for a group.
6d The state of Ontario water? (4)
IOWA : What’s a US state doing inside Canada? Hiding, of course!
7d Appreciation of view expressed by King George? (9)
GRATITUDE : The cipher for King George precedes a word that sounds like a view or stance.
16d Mostly neglectful — reforming to show respect (9)
GENUFLECT : This respect is shown by a bend of the knee and is an anagram (reforming) of NEGLECTFUl after the last letter has been dropped.
19d Turn bad, as a follow-up TV series might be (4-3)
SPIN-OFF : A word meaning turn (usually rapidly) and then one meaning bad or sour.
20d Mysterious tomb — Inca, oddly (7)
CRYPTIC : A synonym for a tomb and the first and third letters of Inca.
24d Some music that may strike one as familiar (5)
CHORD : There is an idiomatic phrase about something familiar striking a *****.
I can’t decide which one I like best from 1a 9a and 14d.
Quickie pun aweigh + lover + thyme = a whale of a time