Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27908
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
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Jay is a model of consistency once again, perhaps slightly towards the easier end of the spectrum.
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1a Opinion shifting in spite of vow to ignore son (5,2,4)
POINT OF VIEW: an anagram (shifting) of IN sPITE OF VOW after the abbreviation for son has been removed.
9a Confront first of teenagers with evidence of debts, being sarcastic? (9)
FACETIOUS : A four letter word meaning to confront, the first letter of teenagers and the letters that acknowledge money owing.
10a Navigators without one must make plans (5)
PLOTS : A word for navigators or perhaps airmen without the Roman numeral one.
11a Slight change until accepting source of sickness (6)
INSULT : Slight here is a noun and is an anagram (change) of UNTIL with the first letter of sickness included.
13a Beat it around the back of house and laugh (6)
SCREAM : A word that means beat it or run away includes the last letter of house.
15a The girl’s lying across bed with cold drinks (8)
SCOTCHES : A personal pronoun for the girl then ‘S surrounds a type of bed and the abbreviation for cold.
18a Stand in for daughter, reassured (8)
RELIEVED : A word meaning stand in for or take over from, then the abbreviation for daughter.
21a Unexpected turns, but a good sign following victory (8)
VAGARIES : The abbreviation for victory, A from the clue, the abbreviation for good, and one of the star signs (the sheep one).
23a Appear to cause embarrassment (4,2)
SHOW UP : Double definition, the second is to belittle by comparison.
26a Bonus invested in index tracker? (5)
EXTRA : It’s hiding in the clue.
3d Tickle bird, poorly fed (9)
TITILLATE : Add together three, three letter words defined by the second third and fourth words in the clue.
4d Loud and deep is the current (4)
FLOW : The musical letter meaning loud is followed by how one could describe a deep voice.
5d An insect after metamorphosis, for example (8)
INSTANCE : An anagram (after metamorphosis) of AN INSECT.
6d Nicked with no end of goods, but cleared (5)
WIPED : Another informal synonym for nicked or stolen has the last letter of goods removed from its beginning.
7d Feels bitter about topless awards (7)
RESENTS : A word for awards or gifts has its first letter removed.
8d Punt that’s taken by a photographer (4,4)
LONG SHOT : A punt or outside chance could be a photograph taken from a distance.
14d Downgrade, for example, accepted by link (8)
RELEGATE : A word to link or form a connection to, includes the Latin abbreviation meaning for example.
17d Radio man dealing with bankruptcy? (8)
RECEIVER : Double definition. The second is the person appointed to manage in a bankruptcy situation.
18d Nice part of the Mediterranean? (7)
RIVIERA : That part of the French coast where Nice is located.
20d Agent, European, entered by permit, although full up (7)
REPLETE : A sales agent, then a word meaning to permit and the abbreviation for E(uropean).
22d Parents are lost in the case of rickets (5)
REARS : Parents is a verb here and is an anagram (lost) of ARE that is surrounded by the first and last letters of rickets.
24d Twisted women step on ladder (5)
WRUNG : The abbreviation for women and a ladder step.
25d Regularly in Farsi, Iran is ‘the greatest part of the world‘ (4)
ASIA : Use every second letter in Farsi Iran to construct the world’s largest continent.
We’re going for 1d as our favourite today, mainly because we think they are cute.
Quickie pun flight + hipper = fly-tipper