Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28021
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
As we are writing this, our guests to whom we said farewell a few hours ago, will be on the ferry crossing Cook Strait and threading their way through the labyrinthine passages of the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. It has been wonderful having them with us and we are missing them already. But back to the matter in hand and today’s Jay puzzle. We thought it was quite tricky with the NE corner the last to yield and, as we found it harder than average, have given it four stars for difficulty to match the enjoyment rating.
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1a Put money aside to cover student work (5)
SLAVE : The abbreviation for student or learner is included in a word meaning to put money aside.
9a Campaign for increased responsibility at work (9)
PROMOTION : A double definition. The first could be a programme of enhanced advertising.
10a Creature that is closer losing height (5)
TIGER : A word meaning closer or more parsimonious has the two letter abbreviation for height removed from it. Not the one letter abbreviation that we spent time looking at.
11a Pragmatic type offering a table to engineers (7)
REALIST : Army engineers, then A from the clue and a word for a table or roster.
12a How one hears of gold recovery? (7)
AURALLY : The chemical symbol for gold and a word meaning recovery.
13a Sent off to collect acceptable symbols (6)
TOKENS : A two letter way of saying acceptable or hunky-dory is inside an anagram (off) of SENT.
15a Period in America that follows end of sentence? (4,4)
FULL STOP : The punctuation mark that is called a period in the US.
18a Conservationists after some years showing moral turpitude (8)
DECADENT : A period of ten years and then the organisation that looks after historical buildings.
20a Run through section, overcoming resistance (6)
PIERCE : The symbol for electrical resistance is inside a word for a section or part.
24a Part of an Indian degree student’s first degree, note (7)
BASMATI : This Indian is an informal word for something you might eat. A bachelor’s degree, then the first letter of student, a master’s degree and a note from the sol-fa scale.
26a Bare one’s teeth, swallowing a bit of corn (5)
GRAIN : A word meaning to bare ones teeth in a happy sort of way contains A from the clue.
28a Clearly accepting independence with stoicism (9)
PATIENTLY : The one letter abbreviation for independence is inside a word meaning clearly or obviously.
29a Quietly illuminated following end of religious schism (5)
SPLIT : The last letter of religious, then the musical symbol for quietly and a word meaning illuminated.
1d Adepts are to be moved and kept apart (9)
SEPARATED : An anagram (to be moved) of ADEPTS ARE.
2d Subtle quality of Amsterdam or Antwerp on the rise (5)
AROMA : Our first and only lurker of the day to be found hiding in the clue, and it’s a reversed one.
3d Feeling Germany should avoid relegation (7)
EMOTION : Find a word that means relegation and remove the IVR code for Germany from the beginning of it.
5d Metal worker in short story discovered pump (8)
TANTALUM : The worker is a small insect and is inside a word for a story with its last letter removed, then we have ‘pump’ with its first and last letters chopped off (its covers removed).
6d Transport hotel involved in fixed rental (7)
ENTHRAL : The abbreviation for hotel is included in an anagram (fixed) of RENTAL.
7d Governor‘s time over, wearing uniform (9)
REGULATOR : The abbreviations for time and over are both included inside a word meaning uniform or standard.
8d Bug that science associates with metal? (5)
LURGY : Put ‘metal’ from the clue in front of the answer to find a science.
17d Speak sharply and go for exposure (8)
SNAPSHOT : A four letter word meaning to speak sharply and a ‘go’ or a ‘turn’.
19d Bivouac, protected by river, offers an easing of tension (7)
DETENTE : A bivouac made of fabric is inside a river in the UK, you can take your pick from several with this name.
21d Takes a firm stand with first son found supporting short measures (7)
INSISTS : These short measures are about 25 mm, then ‘first’ written as three letters, finally the abbreviation for son.
22d Religious office of band completely disheartened (6)
ABBACY : A famous Swedish band of the seventies is followed by the first and last letter of completely.
23d Find grub, oddly in sink (3,2)
DIG UP : A word for a sink or depression surrounds the first and third letters of grub.
Our favourite today is 5d where we initially wasted time trying to put a tinsmith there.
Quickie pun cores + ticks + odour = caustic soda