Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28003
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9a Hoping to be sacked during strike’s climax (4,5)
HIGH POINT: An anagram (to be sacked) of HOPING is inside a word meaning to strike.
10a Apprentice in quandary is oblivious (5)
BLIND : The abbreviation for an apprentice or learner is inside a synonym for a quandary.
11a Just bank on Mike losing heart (6)
MERELY : The first and last letters of Mike and then a verb meaning to bank on.
12a Agitated nervous response by loud Frenchman (8)
FRENETIC : The musical notation for loud, then a Frenchman we know from ‘Allo ‘Allo, and a nervous jerk.
13a Besides, is the boxing to stop? (6)
DESIST : The answer is hiding in the clue.
15a Married vets regularly employed by Post Office (8)
ESPOUSED : The second and fourth letters of vets, then the abbreviation for Post Office and a word meaning employed.
19a Quiet group boxed in by American troubles (6)
UPSETS : The musical quiet and a word meaning a group inside the abbreviation for American.
21a Long Island cat’s salvation? (8)
LIFELINE : The abbreviation for Long Island and the descriptive adjective for the cat family.
23a Kind of music college now without women (6)
TECHNO : A college where practical subjects used to be taught and then the word ‘now’ loses the abbreviation for women.
26a Pair off with student for a month (5)
APRIL : An anagram (off) of PAIR with a learner plate.
27a Cuts credit for item of tableware that’s singularly useless (9)
CHOPSTICK : You need a pair of these to be able to eat anything. The answer split 5,4 gives a word meaning cuts and one for credit or delayed payment.
28a Shock may be so definite (3,3,5)
CUT AND DRIED : This shock is hair and the answer is things that might be done to it.
1d Planned key medical after school (7)
SCHEMED : The three letter abbreviation for school, a musical key and the shortened form of medical.
2d English mature cheddar finally gets you hungry (5)
EAGER : E(nglish), a word meaning to mature and the last letter of cheddar.
3d Democrats go off universal registers (9)
POPULISTS : Go off or explode in a small way, the abbreviation for universal, then registers or rolls.
4d Nothing outside area is secure (4)
NAIL : A word meaning nothing contains the abbreviation for area.
5d Prop up, only lock (8)
BUTTRESS : A three letter word for only, and then the hair that we met in another form in 28a.
6d Talk about republic in Africa (5)
GABON : A colloquial word to talk and about or pertaining to.
7d Undecided about sacking editor, yet keeping editor once persuaded (7)
INDUCED : An anagram (about) of UNDECIDed after one of the abbreviations for editor has been removed.
8d Antipathy of detective as test develops (8)
DISTASTE : A detective inspector and then an anagram(develops) of AS TEST.
14d People who deride small chests (8)
SCOFFERS : S(mall) and then chests for holding money or treasure.
16d Crushed from work and in a hurry (9)
OPPRESSED : An artistic work and a word meaning in a hurry or pushed.
18d Oddly frail and delicate misconception (7)
FALLACY : The first, third and fifth letters of frail, and delicate as a fine fabric might be.
20d Surprised, feeling the current? (7)
SHOCKED : The current here is an electrical one. No hair involved this time.
25d Continue being a hired thug (4)
GOON : Split the answer 2,2, to get a phrase meaning continue.
We like the mini theme of the several clues that related to hair.
Quickie pun mourned + deem + honey = Maundy money