Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27944
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Now that most of you have put your clocks back, we have to wait an extra hour before we can start on our blog. In our winter we access it at 11am, then we have a month or so with noon, and from now on right through our summer we have to wait patiently for 1pm. If we looked hard enough we could probably find there is a quote somewhere about the enhanced pleasure of delayed gratification. We always find Jay puzzles a pleasure to solve so we will enjoy this enhanced pleasure and give it **** for fun.
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1a Bedroom suite? (7,5)
CHAMBER MUSIC : A cryptic definition made up of a synonym for a bedroom and a sequence of instrumental movements.
9a Panels need cake to be included in tests (9)
TRIBUNALS : A three letter word for a small loaf is included in a word for tests.
10a Supper’s beginning with drink — maybe squash? (5)
SPORT : The first letter of supper and then a type of fortified wine.
11a Summit‘s importance requiring husband to stand in for wife (6)
HEIGHT : Take a word meaning importance and, at the start, substitute H(usband) for W(ife).
15a To eject from plane is not catastrophic (8)
JETTISON : A type of plane and then an anagram (catastrophic) of IS NOT.
18a Section accommodating a mainly enthusiastic flier (8)
PARAKEET : Find a word meaning section or portion, and inside this place A from the clue and a word meaning enthusiastic without its last letter.
19a Nervous, but working with slight advantage (2,4)
ON EDGE : A two letter word for working then a word for a slight advantage.
23a Burn mark made by my central heating on front of sofa (6)
SCORCH : Start with the first letter of sofa, then a word meaning ‘my’ or ‘blimey’ and the abbreviation for central heating.
26a Sign of a cold and he’s into the spirit! (5
RHEUM : The spirit made from sugar cane has HE from the clue included.
27a Overly harsh doctor has a trick with one case of abrasion (9)
DRACONIAN : An abbreviation for doctor, A from the clue, then trick or dupe, the Roman number one and the first and last letters of abrasion.
28a Unusually astute for the newspapers? (6,6)
FOURTH ESTATE : An anagram (unusually) of ASTUTE FOR THE. This expression, attributed to Edmund Burke, is the group that follows Clergy, Nobility and Commoners.
1d Trapper to supply food outside church (7)
CATCHER : The abbreviation for church is inside a word meaning to supply food.
2d Excuse a student with one book — one! (5)
ALIBI : A from the clue, a one letter student or learner, the Roman one, the abbreviation for book and the Roman one again.
5d Steals the limelight from leading coaches (8)
UPSTAGES : A word meaning leading or ahead and then coaches as used by Wells Fargo perhaps.
6d Go to court supporting one’s children (5)
ISSUE : Start with the Roman one and S, then a word meaning to take legal proceedings against.
7d Bruised and baffled, needing time for female (8)
CONTUSED : Find a word meaning baffled and replace its F(emale) with T(ime).
8d Don’t go if wrong about Scottish banker! (4,2)
STAY IN : A wrong or evil deed contains a Scottish river.
14d Called during act — that’s insane (8)
DERANGED : Called on the telephone is inside a synonym for an act.
16d Persistent, and flying out in case (9)
TENACIOUS : An anagram (flying) of OUT IN CASE.
17d Puzzle of drone flying across turbulent river (8)
BEWILDER : A synonym for turbulent or untamed is inside the type of insect that a drone is, and then the abbreviation for river.
20d Unsettled Helen can, with no end of potential, improve (7)
ENHANCE : An anagram (unsettled) of HELEN CAN after the last letter of potential has been removed.
22d Pace office worker before starting others (5)
TEMPO : An office worker not part of the full time staff and the first letter of others.
24d Pakora? It always has something to go with curry (5)
RAITA : This yoghurt based dish is hiding in the clue.
25d Clean base for painting (4)
WASH : A double definition. The second is a thin preliminary coat.
Our favourite today is 13a.
Quickie pun boys + terrors = boisterous