Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28051
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1a Struck by writing that’s restrained (10)
HANDCUFFED : A word meaning struck with an open hand follows a word that describes a person’s writing style.
10a Perfect, say (5)
UTTER : Double definition, the first one could also be absolute.
11a Engineers expressing disapproval about time getting PC going again (9)
REBOOTING : Army engineers, and then how an audience might express disapproval with the abbreviation for time included.
12a City needing my answer to include date of birth (7)
CORDOBA : This Spanish city is found from a synonym for ‘my’ or ‘blimey’, then the acronym for date of birth and the one letter abbreviation for answer.
13a Humour about bowler’s thingy? (7)
WHATSIT : A word for what a bowler is an example of, with ‘S from the clue, is all inside a word meaning humour.
14a Satisfaction when initially denied confirmation (12)
RATIFICATION : A word meaning satisfaction loses its initial letter (which just happens to be a G).
18a Agrees, packing forged Ming shipments (12)
CONSIGNMENTS : An anagram (forged) of MING is inside a word meaning agrees.
23a Item acrobats are told to change? (7)
LEOTARD : An anagram (to change) of ARE TOLD.
24a Moan about a story’s inconsistencies (9)
ANOMALIES : An anagram (about) of MOAN, A from the clue and then untruth’s.
26a Crush fly (4)
DASH : Double definition. The second one is to rapidly depart.
27a Sixties music beery mates played? (6,4)
MERSEY BEAT : An anagram (played) of BEERY MATES.
1d Gut feeling about a large cut of meat (6)
HAUNCH : A gut feeling or intuitive knowledge includes A from the clue.
2d Characteristics of flora and fauna (6)
NATURE : What flora and fauna collectively constitute.
3d Cut mainly coming after fiddling crop rotation is a duty (11,3)
CORPORATION TAX : An anagram (fiddling) of CROP ROTATION and then a word meaning cut with a heavy sharp implement that has lost its last letter.
4d Class ace getting into new structure (9)
FORMATION : A synonym for a class, then a letter that represents an ace in cards is followed by an anagram (new) of INTO.
5d Joint given to person getting sack? (5)
ELBOW : What somebody who is getting fired might be said to be given.
8d Getting a view of son struggling, having missed start (8)
SIGHTING : The abbreviation for son and then another word for struggling or ‘in combat’ loses its first letter.
9d Council using writer in neighbourhood (5,9)
LOCAL AUTHORITY : An eight letter word meaning neighbourhood surrounds a writer of books.
15d Excited side inviting top celebs and perfectionists (9)
IDEALISTS : An anagram (excited) of SIDES includes the roster that contains top celebs.
17d Almost faint, panicking in front of tailless rodent of ill repute! (8)
INFAMOUS : An anagram (panicking) of the first four letters of FAINt, then a small rodent loses its last letter.
20d Skilful Italian supports a doctor with nothing (6)
ADROIT : A from the clue, an abbreviation for doctor, then the number for nothing and the abbreviation for Italian.
22d Weapon that’s fine to change after end of week (5)
KNIFE : An anagram (to change) of FINE comes after the last letter of week.
Two on the podium today, 21a and 9d.
Quickie pun ways + toff + time = waste of time