Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28063
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Tomorrow morning we will be up well before dawn to drive to Wellington to catch the ferry to the South Island where we will be for the next two weeks. This means that any comments that we make will come from on board the ferry (assuming we can get the Wi-Fi to work) and for the next two Jay puzzles, you can all look forward to a different supplier of the Hints and Tips.
We found Jay to be in his gentler mood today with a feast for those who enjoy long anagrams.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Worries about son’s light touch (6)
CARESS : A word meaning worries has the abbreviation for son included.
4a Discipline is found in celibate (8)
CHASTISE : IS from the clue is inside a word meaning celibate or pure.
9a Times quote on start of election to raise feelings (6)
EXCITE : The first letter of election, then the mathematical symbol for times or multiply by, and a word meaning to quote.
10a Particular drug (8)
SPECIFIC : A double definition. The second meaning (from BRB) “A remedy or medicine for a particular disease or part of the body”.
12a Organ‘s terrible scare after backing racing certainty (8)
PANCREAS : An anagram (terrible) of SCARE follows the reversal of a word for a horse racing certainty. (We needed the BRB to check this racing term).
13a Reveal end of filming by international forces (6)
UNWRAP : The word used to mark the end of a movie-maker’s ‘take’ follows an abbreviation for an international organisation.
15a Order Dutch treats, accepting Man Utd originally make the grade (3,3,7)
CUT THE MUSTARD : An anagram (order) of DUTCH TREATS includes the first letters of Man and Utd.
20a Employ people (6)
OCCUPY : A double definition. People here is a verb and means to populate or ‘supply inhabitants for’.
22a Lines used by footballers after drink will lead to ruin (8)
DOWNFALL : A verb meaning to drink, then an association for footballers and the abbreviation for line, twice.
24a Journalist put onto one married couple did damage (8)
IMPAIRED : Start with the Roman numeral One, then the abbreviation for married, a word for a couple, and then a senior journalist.
25a High finish hurt feelings (6)
OFFEND : High in an unpleasant olfactory way and then a word meaning to finish.
7a Yes — runs on way for runner who won’t give up (6)
STAYER : Another word for yes is preceded by the abbreviation for a type of roadway, and followed by the cricket abbreviation for runs.
1d Sinister member of the Lords put up in empty cemetery (6)
CREEPY : A general word for a member of the House of Lords is reversed inside the first and last letters of cemetery.
2d Syndicate accepting bill — accountant right to get competitive transport (6,3)
RACING CAR : A syndicate or group of people includes the abbreviation for a bill, and then the abbreviation for a chartered accountant and R(ight).
3d Forced Unitarians to top the limit (10,5)
SATURATION POINT : An anagram (forced) of UNITARIANS TO TOP.
6d Term of employment that stinks if scene be changed (8,7)
SICKNESS BENEFIT : An anagram (changed) of STINKS IF SCENE BE.
7d Gather sign of beer must be oddly missing (5)
INFER : Starting with the second letter of the second word of the clue take every second letter.
8d Commercial seen in flight for a jolly adventure (8)
ESCAPADE : A word for a flight or breakout has the short word for a commercial plug inside it.
14d Feeling no one book should be promoted (7)
EMOTION : Promoted in a down clue means read the whole lot backwards. NO from the clue then the Roman numeral for One and a large book.
16d Typically maintain lady must be disheartened after maturity (9)
AVERAGELY : A word for maintain or state, then a three letter word for maturity and finally the first and last letters of lady.
17d The other side has answer for its first fitting (8)
APPOSITE : A substitution clue. Find a word meaning the other side and replace its first letter with the abbreviation for answer.
23d Shop held up by juvenile — deplorable (4)
DELI : And once again we conclude with a reversed lurker hiding in the clue.
We enjoyed unpicking the long anagrams and as we have to choose between them will go for 18a as our favourite.
Quickie pun wheeze + hills = weasels