Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28057
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
One the more significant markers of the changing seasons for us is the arrival and departure on the estuary of bar-tailed godwits. We included pictures and wrote of them in one of our very first blogs. At the moment they are making their last minute preparations before leaving again to fly to Alaska for another summer breeding season. We wish them well.
We thought that Jay has given us some quite tricky clues to enjoy this week.
How did you get on?
1a Task force from a state free of prejudice? (10)
DETACHMENT : A double definition. The second could be aloofness.
6a Small sweet potato (4)
SPUD : The abbreviation for small and an informal shortening of a dessert course.
9a Managers of newspapers, for example, accepting one’s sign of hesitation (10)
ORGANISERS : A six letter word that can describe newspapers contains the Roman one, then ‘S from the clue and a two letter sound made by somebody hesitating.
12a Horrible struggle across line (4)
VILE : A word for struggle or compete includes the abbreviation for line.
15a About to go, welcoming a good degree of separation (8)
CLEAVAGE : The one letter abbreviation meaning about and a word meaning to go surrounds A from the clue and the abbreviation for good.
18a Fancy talk about the end of Man (6)
ORNATE : Talk or make a speech includes the last letter of man.
20a Evocative area in field sport (8)
HAUNTING : The abbreviation for area is in a field sport that might involve a fox.
23a Book for every graduate in group (9)
PAPERBACK : The group could be a group of cub scouts, and includes a three letter word meaning for every or for each, and a bachelor’s degree.
24a Fat little girl’s twin with no victory (4)
SUET : A short form of a girl’s name (who might be very good at crosswords) and then remove a synonym for a victory from the word twin.
26a Bird book is on island (4)
IBIS : The one letter abbreviation for island, then the abbreviation for book and IS from the clue.
27a This setter’s stuff is irrelevant (10)
IMMATERIAL : The two letters that the setter might use to tell us, “this is me”, then a word meaning stuff or fabric.
28a Simple to solve delay, say, regularly (4)
EASY : Alternate letters from two words in the clue.
29a Dressed like vicar for capital (10)
INVESTMENT : We’re not looking for a city, but how the vicar could be clothed.
1d Low returns following daughter’s ruin (4)
DOOM : A bovine noise and the abbreviation for daughter are all reversed.
2d Advertising slogan putting Liberal in stew? (3,4)
TAG LINE : A stew that comes from North Africa , (or the pot in which it is cooked), includes the one letter abbreviation for Liberal.
3d A politician supporting most of husband’s school of music (12)
CONSERVATORY : Husband here is a verb and we need a synonym for this. Now remove its last letter, then add A from the clue and a right wing politician.
5d Country of new men and fashion (6)
NORWAY : The abbreviation for new, then men or ordinary soldiers and a word for a fashion or style.
7d Theory oddly coming after scheme making pot (7)
PLANTER : A synonym for scheme and then alternate letters of the word ‘theory’.
8d Scientific study of only red dog in doubt (10)
DENDROLOGY : An anagram (in doubt) of ONLY RED DOG.
11d Tie the knot and manage to get by (4,4,4)
MAKE ENDS MEET : A double definition. The first one has nothing to do with marriage but rather, joining two pieces of string.
14d A polemic possibly involving County Council associate (10)
ACCOMPLICE : An anagram (possibly) of A POLEMIC includes the abbreviation of a County Council.
19d Sleep on family’s table linen (7)
NAPKINS : A short sleep and a word for relatives, with the S from the clue.
21d List that is including revised times (7)
ITEMISE : An anagram (revised) of TIMES is inside the short form of id est.
25d Dull set of rooms in a building (4)
FLAT : A double definition. The set of rooms is usually used for accommodation.
15a was our favourite because of the chuckle it gave us.
Quickie pun pope + hurry = potpourri