Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28081
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
We are now home again and slotting back into our regular routines after an enjoyable and productive couple of weeks in the South Island. Since we last wrote a blog the seasons seem to have turned the corner. There was a definite nip in the air this morning and the river in front of our place was shrouded in mist. Our clocks were put back to GMT+12 last weekend which means that we can start our solving at 11 a.m. our time.
Jay has given us a gentle puzzle this week to get back into the swing of things.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Large company gathering in a root crop (11)
CORPORATION : An anagram (gathering) of IN A ROOT CROP.
10a A bishop caught in the sack is excluded (6)
BARRED : A from the clue and the letters representing the title of a bishop are inside a sack or sleeping place.
12a Two presents not to be found (7)
NOWHERE : Split the answer 3,4 to find two words meaning present – one concerning time and the other place.
13a High flier’s goal could be void? (4,3)
THIN AIR : What could be encountered by a pilot at high altitude, and where something that has vanished is said to go into.
14a A bit of passion as a lady shows such a tone (5)
NASAL : Our only lurker of the day, hiding inside the clue.
15a Delay due to unrest by lower socioeconomic groups (9)
DEFERMENT : Unrest or a state of agitation follows two letters that can be used to represent the fourth and fifth socioeconomic levels.
17a Villain‘s doctor welcomed by new counsel (9)
SCOUNDREL : An anagram (new) of COUNSEL includes an abbreviation for a doctor.
20a Bound to miss knight’s shoot (5)
SPRIG : A word meaning to bound or leap loses the chess notation for a knight.
22a Excited area staff accepting employment (7)
AROUSED : The abbreviation for area and a word for a staff or pole includes a word meaning employment or function.
25a Oriental, having missed the start, is at the back (6)
ASTERN : Remove the first letter from a word meaning oriental.
26a Judges and Unionist lawmakers full of anger (7)
UMPIRES : A three letter synonym for anger is inside the abbreviation for unionist and the lawmakers we elect to govern us.
27a These miners quarried for fragments (11)
SMITHEREENS : An anagram (quarried) of THESE MINERS.
2d One’s drilled as result of time off work, effectively (3,4)
OIL WELL : Find a word for hard work and remove the abbreviation for time from it, and then a word meaning effectively.
3d Demonstrated socialist revolutionary food for livestock (9)
PROVENDER : Demonstrated or shown to be true precedes the reversal of the colour representing a socialist.
4d Automaton that’s British in origin (5)
ROBOT : A word for an origin or source includes the abbreviation for British.
6d Work in the theatre? (7)
OPERATE : A cryptic definition. The theatre here is not the one used for a dramatic performance.
11d Go into parts designed for leading character (11)
PROTAGONIST : An anagram (designed) of GO INTO PARTS.
19d Developing when invested in new American coin (7)
NASCENT : A two letter synonym for when is inside the abbreviation for new and a small American (or even NZ) coin.
23d Impenetrable studies before end of course (5)
DENSE : A word for studies as types of rooms and then the last letter of course.
We liked 10a because of the chuckle it gave us from the surface reading, and for first thinking the initial letter was the bishop in the wordplay.
Quickie pun injure + dishes = injudicious