Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28009
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Last week we were away in the ‘bush’ with family, this week we have our three eldest grandchildren staying with us, Alice 12, Ollie 14 and Freddy 15. We have sent them off to the beach with their boogie boards to enjoy the good surf that is running today while we work at putting this together.
Hope you all enjoy Jay’s puzzle as much as we did.
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6a Worker not out to provide cover for injury? (4)
SCAB : A double definition. The first is a worker who does not go on strike with his workmates.
10a Instant tea or coffee (5)
MOCHA : A colloquial abbreviation for a short period of time, and a word for tea that we have pinched from the Chinese.
11a Quarrelsome culture developing, not without love (9)
TRUCULENT : An anagram (developing) of CULTURE followed by N(o)T after the tennis zero score has been removed.
12a Row mainly about oven snack food (7)
TOASTIE : A hop drying oven is inside a synonym for a row or bank that loses its last letter.
14a Feminine anger about foul-smelling resin (12)
FRANKINCENSE : The abbreviation for feminine, then a four letter word meaning foul-smelling and a word meaning to make angry.
18a Verify guilt, turning around answer, in a manner of speaking (12)
FIGURATIVELY : An anagram (turning) of VERIFIED GUILT that includes the one letter abbreviation for answer.
21a Nothing to write home? Good opportunity (7)
OPENING : Nothing written as a single number, then a word meaning to write, the two letter ‘at home’ and the abbreviation for good.
24a Read about being imprisoned by tyrant with no time for criminal (9)
DESPERADO : An anagram (about) of READ is included in a word for a tyrant without its last letter.
25a Journey plan for English after overwhelming defeat (5)
ROUTE : An overwhelming defeat is followed by the abbreviation for English.
26a Do be quiet — there’s money (4)
DOSH : DO from the clue and an exhortation to be quiet.
27a Simple area of postman’s work offering financial security (4,6)
EASY STREET : A synonym for simple and a thoroughfare that a postman would use when making deliveries.
1d Unlikely controller of viewing choices? (6)
REMOTE : A double definition. The second is the device responsible for untold domestic disharmony.
2d Exhibition centre tariff halved for drink (6)
NECTAR : The exhibition centre is found in Birmingham (we had to look it up) and comes before the first three letters of tariff.
3d Thoughtless broadcast knocked on the head (14)
SCATTERBRAINED : A word meaning broadcast or distribute randomly, and then a colloquial term for knocked on the head.
4d Born fool wrapping complete tree (9)
BUTTERNUT : An abbreviation for born, then a word meaning complete or total, and a three letter fool.
7d Sort of bank making so much profit? (8)
CLEARING : A double definition, the first is a type of bank that makes credit and cheque transfers to and from other banks.
8d So a fish might be beaten (8)
BATTERED : How the fish that you bought from your local chip shop might have been prepared.
9d Cleaner that boosts operating team’s morale? (8,6)
SURGICAL SPIRIT : The type of activity carried out by an operating team in a hospital and a word for morale.
15d Come up with gold on end of any list of stock (9)
INVENTORY : Bring about, as Benjamin Franklin did prolifically, the heraldic cypher for gold, and the last letter of any.
16d Provided a fine cross and Spain scored at last (8)
AFFORDED : A from the clue, then the abbreviation for fine and to cross as you would a river that has no bridge, then the IVR code for Spain and the last letter of scored.
17d Makes advances, ignoring the first two fearsome women (8)
OGRESSES : A word meaning makes advances or moves forward loses its first two letters.
20d The man in optimum environment for command (6)
BEHEST : A personal pronoun for ‘the man’ is inside a word meaning optimum.
22d Country found in rough anagram? (5)
GHANA : And we have another lurker hiding in the clue for our last one.
5d was the one that really tickled our fancy today.
Quickie pun honour + role = on a roll