Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27914
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“Kia ora. Kiwis are normally shy creatures who spend most of the day asleep and come out only at night, but we have emerged, blinking into the light to bring you our very first review of a Wednesday puzzle. It has taken much beak scratching.
We have been solving and enjoying Jay’s puzzles for several years now and regard them as a consistent yardstick for Telegraph Cryptic Crosswords. Jay, we feel honoured to be blogging your puzzles.”
The above is a ‘cut and paste’ from DT 27603 that appeared here on 24th September 2014. Our very first blog!
A year on and we are still finding the process good fun, and we are certainly much less nervous about it than we were.
Enjoy today’s Jay, we did.
Please leave a comment telling us your thoughts.
1a Remedies protecting against snakes (6)
CURVES : Snakes here is a verb. The one letter abbreviation for the Latin word meaning ‘against’ is included in a synonym for remedies.
9a Panic, seeing stars forgetting lines replaced by sailors (13)
CONSTERNATION : Take a word for a collection of stars, remove the two letters which are each the abbreviation for line and replace them with the UK military force of sailors.
11a The girl adopted by father is frustrated (6)
DASHED : A common name for a father surrounds a female personal pronoun.
12a Look thus, if lost (6)
SHUFTI : An anagram (lost) of THUS IF.
14a Put up with the French charge on heads of tourist office (8)
TOLERATE : Start with the first letters of tourist and office, then French word for ‘the’ and a word meaning charge or cost.
16a Cavalier lacking means of transport to cross East (8)
CARELESS : The abbreviation for East is inside a word meaning not having your own personal motor transport.
21a Not on film location to provide a counterbalance (6)
OFFSET : A three letter word which is the opposite of on, and then what a film location is called.
23a Issue a statement giving little weight to girl (8)
ANNOUNCE : A girl’s name and one of the smaller weights in the Imperial System.
26a Apologist to give way, accepting conclusion (8)
DEFENDER : A word meaning give way or concede to, surrounds a word meaning conclusion.
27a Gets wind of ship carrying cargo of American cash (6)
SCENTS : The smallest American currency unit has the abbreviation for a steamship around it.
2d Vulgar, like diamonds might be full of love and hearts (7)
UNCOUTH : How diamonds in the rough might be described includes the tennis love, and lastly the cards suit H(earts).
3d Meat injected with nitrogen is corrupt (5)
VENAL : Meat from a young cattle beast includes the chemical symbol for nitrogen.
4d Gloomy pioneer regularly associated with planet (9)
SATURNINE : The sixth planet in our solar system and then alternate letters from the word pioneer.
6d Good boy given new organ (5)
GLAND : Abbreviation for good, then the abbreviation for new inside a synonym for a boy.
13d Crawl to the finish in such an event (9)
FREESTYLE : This swimming style is sometimes known as the first word in the clue.
15d Harassed client with no time understands publicans (9)
LICENSEES : An anagram (harassed) of CLIENt once the T has been removed, and then a word meaning understands.
17d A strong story with a moral, showing good humour (7)
AFFABLE : A from the clue, the musical strong or loud, and a story possibly by Aesop.
18d Shilling, milliner, shows dash (7)
SHATTER : The abbreviation for shilling and another word for a milliner.
20d Nice changes in a religious tome dating from long ago (7)
ANCIENT : A from the clue, then an anagram (changes) of NICE, and one of the main sections of the Bible.
22d Superbly muscled, but somewhat put on edge (5)
TONED : He might have a superb torso but still chooses to hide it in the clue.
24d Maturity shown with American custom (5)
USAGE : The abbreviation for American and a word meaning maturity.
Our favourite this week is 7d.
Quickie pun phew + chair = future