Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28039
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9a Furnish with only half of rent, being thrifty (9)
PROVIDENT : The half of rent that you use is the last two letters and this follows a word meaning furnish or supply.
10a Gather golfer misses regularly and finishes early (5)
GLEAN : Alternate letters from golfer go before the word ‘and’ when it loses its last letter (finishes early).
11a Fear nerves must reveal cash job (6)
EARNER : This ‘under the counter’ source of income is hiding inside the clue.
13a Organise a late appearance (6)
EXHUME : Arrange for a dead body to be dug up.
15a Promotes coats worn by the Queen (8)
FURTHERS : These coats are animal skins and surround ‘the’ from the clue and the one letter cypher for a queen or king.
18a Tracks across poles to find supporters (8)
SPONSORS : Tracks left by animals include both magnetic poles.
19a Mostly lying about one’s time served here (6)
PRISON : A word meaning lying down loses its last letter and includes the Roman number one and ‘s from the clue.
21a Timorous farm animal with circle on end of nose (8)
COWERING : The farmyard animal that goes moo, then the last letter of nose and a word for a circle.
26a Latin American hiding his anxiety (5)
PANIC : A descriptive adjective for a Latin American loses its ‘his’ prefix.
27a Discovered 26 held by jailbird showing no sign of life (9)
INANIMATE : Remove the first and last letters (dis-cover) the answer to 26ac and put this inside a word for somebody in 19ac.
28a Cutting remark on past right to be transferred (7,4)
PARTING SHOT : An anagram (to be transferred) of ON PAST RIGHT.
1d Highest rising American with power over British engineers (7)
There is a mistake in the newspaper version of this clue which reads “American backed power over British engineers”
SUPREME : Reverse the abbreviation for United States, then add P(ower) and then the four letter acronym for British military engineers.
3d Skin deep, sir? I’m in need of surgery (9)
EPIDERMIS : An anagram (in need of surgery) of DEEP SIR I’M.
4d Top copy with signature of an illiterate (4)
APEX : A verb meaning to copy is followed by how an illiterate person would mark his name.
5d Plot clandestine love affair (8)
INTRIGUE : Double definition.
6d Good deal of vision? (5)
SIGHT : This is an informal use of a word meaning a good deal or a great many.
7d Wreckers of museum also going unprotected (7)
VANDALS : The London museum normally known by its 1,3,1 abbreviation is followed by the two central letters (unprotected) of also.
8d Plucky female, like Van Gogh’s left? (8)
FEARLESS : The abbreviation for female and how the left side of Van Gogh’s head looked.
14d Fool — gangster to achieve victory over king (8)
HOODWINK : Another word for a gangster (not Al this time), then a word meaning to achieve victory and the chess abbreviation for king.
16d Exhilarating obsession, crossing stream (9)
THRILLING : A four letter word for a stream or brook is inside an obsession or preoccupation.
17d Error ultimately found in typeface that is right for the border (8)
FRONTIER : The last letter of error is inside a synonym for a typeface, then ‘that is’ written as two letters and finally R(ight).
18d Poorly rewarded with this (4,3)
SICK PAY : A cryptic definition of remuneration for someone who is ill.
20d Even without the First Lady, a trail is developing (7)
NASCENT : Remove Adam’s mate from the word ‘even’ then A from the clue and an animal trail detected by an olfactory organ.
22d Go over limit after losing heart from race (5)
RECAP : A word meaning to limit or put a top on follows the two letters remaining when the central two are removed from race.
24d Flooded area used to be source of hope (5)
AWASH : The abbreviation for area, a word meaning used to be, and the first letter of hope.
25d Some unimaginative bearers of gifts? (4)
MAGI : Just like Gazza did yesterday we finish off with a lurker hiding in the clue.
The clue that set the tone for this good fun puzzle was 1a, so this is our favourite today.
Quickie pun jury + leak + hair = Do you really care?