Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27986
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
New Zealand’s native flax plants grow very well and abundantly in the area where we live. At this time of the year they put forth spectacular flower shoots that grow to a height of 3 metres or more. As well as delighting us they also supply a great pre-Christmas feast for lots of nectar-eating birds.
We have just arrived back from a few days in Wellington in time to tackle this delightful as ever Jay puzzle.
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1a Put up with appearance (11)
COUNTENANCE : Double definition. The first a verb, the second a noun.
9a Device requiring a trade-off to include parking (7)
ADAPTER : An anagram (off) of A TRADE with P(arking) included in the mix.
10a Outrages and risks being ignored by leader (6)
ANGERS : Take a word meaning risks or threatens and remove its first letter.
13a Universal rate applied to most of journey is a notable achievement (7)
TRIUMPH : The abbreviation for universal and the rate of travel used by those countries which have not yet changed to metric, follow a synonym for a journey minus its last letter.
14a Score 100, retiring before church (5)
NOTCH : An informal word for one hundred is reversed and then the abbreviation for a church.
17a Go-getters — you may be shocked by their charges (4,5)
LIVE-WIRES : In a literal rather than a metaphorical sense an electric charge will be present.
20a Time invested in patient perhaps showing social status (5)
CASTE : Another word for what a patient may be to a medical practitioner, contains (T)ime.
22a Considering victory grand after struggle (7)
VIEWING : A three letter word meaning to struggle, then another three letter word meaning a victory, and the abbreviation for grand.
24a Pose a threat to force covering raid, oddly (7)
IMPERIL : Take a word meaning to force or drive forward and include in it the first and third letters of raid.
25a Person who criticises Queen chasing bargain (6)
SNIPER : Another word for a bargain or cheapie precedes Her Majesty.
26a Endeavour shown by office worker in a series of races (7)
ATTEMPT : An office worker employed on a casual basis splits A from the clue and a series of races as held on the Isle of Man.
27a Bits of NHS see merit in reorganisation (11)
SMITHEREENS : An anagram (in reorganisation) of NHS SEE MERIT.
4d Praise retired officer covering area (5)
EXALT : The retired officer used to be a lieutenant, and the abbreviation for area appears in the middle of the answer.
5d Distress pine, stripping top (7)
ANGUISH : Find a synonym for pine or waste away and remove its first letter.
6d Energy lost in production of ice cream material (7)
CERAMIC : An anagram (in production) of ICE CReAM after one of the abbreviations for energy has been removed.
7d Giving nothing with collusion (4,2,5)
HAND IN GLOVE : A word meaning giving or passing over and then nothing as the possible score of a tennis player.
8d Aim to put coating of grease into pastry (6)
TARGET : A pastry or open topped pie contains the first and last letters (coating) of grease.
11d Material produced by Lancashire clergy? (11)
CHEESECLOTH : Lancashire here is a type of dairy produce and is followed by a collective term for the clergy.
16d Pig-headed old boy at home in Texas perhaps (9)
OBSTINATE : The abbreviation for old boy, then a word for what Texas is an example of contains a word meaning at home.
18d Country doctor must welcome one servant back (7)
VIETNAM : An animal doctor includes the Roman numeral one, and is followed by the reversal of a male personal attendant.
21d Head of religion involved in fiddles does a runner (6)
SCRAMS : A word for fiddles performed by a con-man includes the first letter of religion.
22a was our last in. Having a V already there as a checking letter, we assumed this was the ‘victory’ of the wordplay until the penny dropped. Our favourite today.
Quickie pun mull + timid + hear = multimedia