Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27992
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Our Pohutukawa trees, that we featured at this time last year, are just starting to take on their crimson mantle once again. A reminder to us that it is time to wish Jay, plus all the other setters, Big Dave and our team of fellow bloggers, and all the hordes of commenters who make this site such a wonderful community, A Very Merry Christmas.
Jay seems to be in gentle mode today and, despite there being only one Kiwi in the blogging chair again, it all went together without too much resistance.
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1a True — men are stupid to pay (10)
REMUNERATE: An anagram (stupid) of TRUE MEN ARE.
6a Hurried outlay with no end of pain (4)
SPED: Take a word meaning outlay money and remove the last letter of pain from within it.
9a Working in firm for the next retirement opportunity? (7)
TONIGHT: Place a two letter word meaning ‘working’ inside one meaning firm or secure.
10a Stretching and breaking with the top off (7)
RACKING: Stretching could be what a mediaeval torturer might do. Remove the first letter from a synonym for breaking.
14a Served local wine, getting nicked (8)
COLLARED: An anagram (served) of LOCAL and then a general descriptive word for many types of wine.
15a Invite king inside since in favour (3,3)
ASK FOR: A synonym for ‘since’ and a word for ‘in favour of’ surround the chess or cards abbreviation for a king.
17a Effect of bill on Independent Member of Parliament (6)
IMPACT: The abbreviations or first letters of Independent Members and Parliament and then the word for a Parliamentary bill once it is passed.
19a Euphoric experiences with marijuana — a most memorable thing! (4,4)
HIGH SPOT: A general word for euphoric experiences and then one of the informal terms for marijuana.
24a Enormous insectivorous bird — a new finch, oddly (7)
TITANIC: A small bird that is often the subject of schoolboy humour, especially the ‘Blue’ and ‘Great’ varieties, then A from the clue, N(ew), and the second and fourth letters of finch.
25a Cheating giant red ruler? (7)
ROOKING: Giant red is a variety of animal that lives in a country not too far from us, then the ruler of a monarchy.
27a New plush store puts covers on chairs (10)
UPHOLSTERS: An anagram (new) of PLUSH STORE.
2d A taste of apartment holidays? (7)
MENTHOL: See if you can sniff it out, it’s hiding in the clue.
3d Guard‘s twisty thing on timer making all nervous initially (5-8)
NIGHT-WATCHMAN: Start with an anagram (twisty) of THING, next a timer that is found on a wrist or in a pocket and then the initial letters of ‘making all nervous’.
4d Concerned with criminal trial to secure end of rogue trader (8)
RETAILER: The two letter word for ‘concerned with’, then an anagram (criminal) of TRIAL that includes the last letter of roguE.
5d Beat heartless hunky star (5)
THROB: If you put the word ‘heart’ back in front of the answer you end up with a hunky star.
7d Parking help not on, but given compensation (4,3)
PAID OFF: The abbreviation for Parking, a synonym for help and a word that is the opposite of ‘on’.
8d Decline of French taxonomic groups — those without heart (10)
DEGENERATE: The French word for ‘of’, the taxonomic groups that come after species (remember it is plural) and then the first and last letters (without heart) of ‘those’.
13d This scam goes wrong, Nick discovered, becoming fractious (10)
SCHISMATIC: An anagram (goes wrong) of THIS SCAM and then the middle two letters (dis-covered) of Nick.
16d Up to now the girl’s almost top, after strike (8)
HITHERTO: The singular feminine possessive pronoun, then the first two letters of ‘top’. All this comes after a word meaning ‘strike’.
20d I am covered in glue — it’s my hobby (7)
PASTIME: The short form of ‘I am’ is inside another word for stuff that sticks things together.
22d Right, step up and summarise (5)
RECAP: The abbreviation for right, then reverse a synonym for a step or stride.
23d Language skills must take a long time (4)
AGES: And we finish with another lurker hiding in the clue.
No stand out favourite today but I’ll settle for 8d just ahead of 13d.
Quickie pun furze + twirled = first world