Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28045
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Our news and our thoughts are focused on the people of Fiji. A few days ago they had a direct hit from a strength 5 cyclone. The most intense one ever recorded in this part of the world. It caused widespread devastation and only now, as people are able to make contact with more remote areas, is the true extent of the damage becoming apparent. Some of our family lived there for several years and we have visited a few times so we have a special feeling for the Fijians.
At home our summer continues much as we have been reporting lately with the beautiful weather still with us.
Jay in his inimitable good form once again today.
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1a Argue about details of parish list to be circulated (5,5)
SPLIT HAIRS: An anagram (to be circulated) of PARISH LIST.
6a Nibbled, accepting a lure (4)
BAIT : A word meaning nibbled includes A from the clue.
9a Lack of sense in position that’s open (7)
VACANCY : Double definition. The first is the appearance manifested by someone showing a lack of sense.
10a Plan to reduce lighting around site of Taj Mahal (7)
DIAGRAM : A three letter word meaning to make a light less bright surrounds the geographical location of the Taj Mahal.
12a Aunt Sally‘s cattle with a sense of humour (8,5)
LAUGHING STOCK : A word describing cattle or other domesticated animals follows a word for expressing a sense of humour.
17a Tabloid in credit (almost) — how sad! (6)
TRAGIC : A three letter derogatory name for a tabloid newspaper is inside a word for credit or deferred payment with its last letter removed.
21a Confront a challenge of rotten teeth but be ill (4,3,6)
BITE THE BULLET : An anagram (rotten) of TEETH BUT BE ILL.
24a Person much attracted to another married drunk (7)
ADMIRER : An anagram (drunk) of MARRIED.
25a Report of rifles recently pinched (7)
GUNSHOT : A word that describes something recently stolen follows a generic word for firearms.
26a Reverse a touch to get information (4)
DATA : A from the clue and a word meaning a touch or a small amount. Now it all gets reversed.
27a Corrupt guide with a second bearer (4,6)
LEAD ASTRAY : A verb meaning to guide, then A from the clue, the abbreviation for a second and something on which things are carried.
1d Unionist thrown out of sophisticated bar (4)
SAVE : Remove the abbreviation for unionist from a word meaning sophisticated or debonair.
2d Money must keep accountant in the neighbourhood (7)
LOCALLY : The abbreviation for a chartered accountant is included in a colloquial word for money.
4d A night out across the city? Whatever (8)
ANYTHING : An anagram (out) of A NIGHT has included in it an abbreviation for a well known US city.
5d Gas attack planned by air (5)
RADON : ‘By air’ tells us that we have a ‘sounds like’ clue. The first part sounds like an attack, and then planned or due to happen.
7d First-class part needed to cover hospital vent (7)
AIRHOLE : The two letter expression meaning first class and then a part in a play includes the abbreviation for hospital.
11d Gathering tall stories about new areas of production (8,5)
ASSEMBLY LINES : A synonym for a gathering is followed by tall stories or untruths that include N(ew).
16d Scottish league, formerly encouraged, spent extravagantly (8)
SPLURGED : The initials for the football league that became outdated in 2013 is followed by a word meaning encouraged.
18d Endeavour shown by office worker welcomed by a disheartened typist (7)
ATTEMPT : An office worker who is not on the permanent staff is surrounded by A from the clue and the first and last letters of typist.
22d Bottom of the lake is spooky (5)
EERIE : ‘Bottom of the’ is the last letter of ‘the’, and then one of the American Great Lakes.
23d Check answer in pen (4)
STAY : The pen is one where you might find a pig, and includes the abbreviation for answer.
We had great problems deciding which of the long clues we liked best and eventually settled for our last one to work out, 13d.
Quickie pun inner + surely = initially