Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28105
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
The Met Office tells us that we have just had an April that was warmer than usual but we have still lit our fire three times in the last week. There is something very welcoming about having a cheery glow in the grate even if the heat is not really required yet.
Now for this week’s offering from Jay. We enjoyed it enough to give it four stars in that department.
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1a North America’s first exploit precedes a feeling of revulsion (6)
NAUSEA : The abbreviation for North, the first letter of America, then a word meaning exploit and A from the clue.
5a Begin hostilities after sack is given to writer on love (4,4)
OPEN FIRE : The elements of this one come in reverse order to how they appear in the clue. First the tennis score love, then a writing implement and then a word for sack or dismiss.
9a Self-restraint needed seeing cheek after altercation during meal? (5,5,3)
STIFF UPPER LIP : A four letter word for a minor altercation is inside an evening meal and then a word for cheek or insolence.
11a Puts one’s foot down and studies after start of term (6)
TREADS : The first letter of term and a word for studies at university.
12a A radio presenter working to include one neighbour (6)
ADJOIN : A from the clue and the abbreviation for a radio or disco presenter. Next, a two letter word meaning working has the Roman numeral one included.
14a A girl, ten, excitedly telling of events (8)
RELATING : An anagram (excitedly) of A GIRL TEN.
16a Pure manoeuvring, to cross street in the morning against the flow (8)
UPSTREAM : An anagram (manoeuvring) of PURE includes the abbreviation for street and then the two letters that signify in the morning.
19a Independent person elected to expose damage (6)
IMPAIR : The abbreviation for independent, a person elected to parliament and a word meaning expose or bring into the open.
21a Person who rules, for example, in lease (6)
REGENT : The two letters meaning for example are inside lease or hold a tenancy.
25a Innumerable? About a hundred that cannot be explained (13)
UNACCOUNTABLE : Innumerable or not able to be tallied includes A from the clue and Roman numeral for a hundred.
27a Face slump during struggle (6)
VISAGE : A word meaning slump is inside one meaning struggle or compete.
2d Sailor back East drops out to go absent without leave (7)
ABSCOND : One of our many abbreviations for a sailor and then a word meaning back or support with the abbreviation for East removed from it.
4d Wealth is a common disease in criminal surroundings (9)
AFFLUENCE : A from the clue and then somebody who deals in stolen goods surrounds a common winter ailment.
5d Theoretically, often heartless treatise (2,5)
ON PAPER : The first and last letters (heartless) of OFTEN and then a word for a treatise or tract.
6d Standing ruined broadcast after end of performance (5)
ERECT : The last letter of performance and then a word for what sounds like (broadcast) a word meaning ruined.
7d Trifle ruined, mine’s gone up in smoke! (6,3)
FILTER TIP : We are looking for part of a cigarette. An anagram (ruined) of TRIFLE and the reversal of another word for a mine.
8d Sculptor framing poet oddly gets volunteered (5,2)
ROPED IN : The creator of “The Thinker” has alternate letters of poet inside his name.
15d Transferable vote limit? It’s a recurring theme! (9)
LEITMOTIV : An anagram (transferable) of VOTE LIMIT.
17d Take for granted parking and carry on (7)
PRESUME : The abbreviation for parking and a word meaning carry on or start again.
20d Danger at sea — heartily sick diver should come up (7)
ICEBERG : The central two letters of ‘sick’ and the reversal of a variety of diving bird.
24d British ramblers regularly finding these in arms (5)
BABES : The abbreviation for British and alternate letters from the word ramblers.
Lots of nice clues from which to pick a favourite, but we’ll go with 10ac as it was our last one in.
Quickie pun sigh + kicks = psychics