Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27926
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A beautiful fine Spring day. Clear blue skies and just the faintest suggestion of a breeze to stir the blossoms on the trees. We could do with a lot of this but, like most parts of the world, Spring is one of our most variable seasons so we have to make the most of the good days.
By contrast Jay seems to be never varying in bringing us top quality puzzles each Wednesday.
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9a A doctor in trouble? Quite the opposite for a lover! (7)
ADMIRER : A four letter word for trouble or a swampy place is inside A from the clue and an abbreviation for doctor.
10a Annie, perhaps, is in favour of going back, writing endlessly (6)
ORPHAN : A three letter word for ‘in favour of’ is reversed and followed by a word for one’s writing style with its last letter removed.
12a Offer, but lacking time to welcome American consumer (3,4)
END USER : The abbreviation meaning of the United States is inside a word meaning to offer, after T(ime) has been removed from it.
13a Right after evidence of injury — that is provoking more fear (7)
SCARIER : A mark on the body giving evidence of a past injury, then the abbreviation for the Latin ‘that is’, and finish with R(ight).
14a Character getting a share of the takings? (5)
THETA : This Greek alphabet character is hiding in the clue.
15a Air of Athens, say, to be cleaned up (3,6)
SEA SHANTY : An anagram (to be cleaned up) of ATHENS SAY.
17a Regard with suspicion detective’s financial status (9)
DISCREDIT : A detective inspector’s financial status when it is in the black.
20a Actor disheartened by key sacrifices made here (5)
ALTAR : Start with one of the keys on a computer keyboard and then the first and last letters of actor.
22a Even-tempered, just having dropped it (7)
EQUABLE : A synonym for just or fair has IT removed from inside it.
24a Thoroughly at home with department before end of month (2,5)
IN DEPTH : The usual ‘at home’, the abbreviation for department, and the last letter of month.
26a Heading off unable to feel anger or annoyance (7)
UMBRAGE : Remove the first letter from a word that means unable to feel, and then a synonym for anger.
3d Editor chasing almost certain voting system is shocked (9)
SURPRISED : Start with a word meaning certain and drop its last letter, then a two letter type of voting system, IS from the clue and the abbreviation for editor.
4d Court officials finally protecting Germany’s trees (5)
WOODS : Court here is to pay amorous attention to, then the IVR code for Germany, and the last letter of officials.
5d Charge that’s a result of the setter’s cheap shot (7)
IMPEACH : The short way the setter would say I am, then an anagram (shot) of CHEAP.
6d Steering clear of no one, except on the way up (7)
EVASION : Starting from the bottom, ‘no’ from the clue, then ‘one’ as a single letter and a word meaning except.
7d Patient analyses? (4,7)
CASE STUDIES : A cryptic definition. ‘Analyses’ here is not a verb but is the plural of analysis.
8d Spot daughter in the embrace of self-satisfied head of ethics (6)
SMUDGE : A word meaning self-satisfied includes D(aughter) and then the first letter of ethics.
16d Characteristic honour given to mate — not me! (9)
ATTRIBUTE : Start with the letters that are left after ME is removed from mate, and then a word for an honour.
20d Bail due to be fixed in hearing (7)
AUDIBLE : An anagram (to be fixed) of BAIL DUE.
21d Work in which this covers the head (3,3)
TOP HAT : The two letter abbreviation for a musical work is inside a synonym for which. We got the answer quickly and spent a lot of time sorting out how the wordplay worked.
23d Order up fine read? (1-4)
E-BOOK : Reverse one of the awards for distinguished service and then the two letter indication for fine or all right.
Hard to pick a favourite from so many good clues, so we will go for the first one that tickled our fancy which is 1a.
Quickie pun outer + farm + sway = out of harm’s way