Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28111
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Last weekend the duck shooting season started in New Zealand. This always has the effect of sending huge numbers of extra water birds to seek refuge in the estuary next to us which is a protected sanctuary. As we write this we have lots of mallards and especially Canada geese as noisy neighbours and even a handful of elegant black swans.
Jay in his usual good form this week.
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6a Voices disapproval of nameless benefits (4)
BOOS : Start with a word meaning benefits or windfalls and remove from it the fourth letter which is the abbreviation for name.
10a Not at work — ears oddly tender! (5)
OFFER : A word meaning not at work and then alternate letters of ears.
11a Awful noise, always ignoring volume — that’s criminal (9)
RACKETEER : A loud annoying noise, followed by a word meaning always where the abbreviation for volume has been removed.
12a Season — time enough possibly (7)
TOUGHEN : The abbreviation for time and then an anagram (possibly) of ENOUGH
14a Surprisingly, most earn full amount (5,7)
SMALL FORTUNE : An anagram (surprisingly) of MOST EARN FULL.
18a Time for a few words about oneself? (4,8)
LIFE SENTENCE : Time here is a period of incarceration. The wordplay alludes to what could be a very short biography.
24a Avant-garde artist stormed in drunk (9)
MODERNIST : An anagram (drunk) of STORMED IN.
25a Subject of note crossing border (5)
THEME : A word for the border of a fabric is inside one of the notes of the sol-fa scale.
26a Girl getting married has no right to wait (4)
BIDE : Remove the abbreviation for right from a girl getting married.
27a Plots succeeded initially with Conservative approaches (10)
STORYLINES : The first letter of succeeded, then a word for a Conservative and usually amorous approaches.
2d Arrival of popular fellow with light unit (6)
INFLUX : A two letter word meaning popular, then the abbreviation for fellow and a light unit of illuminance equivalent to one lumen per square metre.
3d Hatters top — form exceptional, mainly (3,3,4,4)
FOR THE MOST PART : An anagram (exceptional) of HATTERS TOP FORM.
4d A couple of roads up at home? This causes an increase in blood pressure (9)
ADRENALIN : ‘A’ from the clue, and then reverse both the abbreviation for road and a word for a country road. Follow these with a word meaning at home.
5d Vote in European swindle for one who’s served his time (2-3)
EX-CON : The abbreviation for European and the mark one puts on a voting paper to indicate one’s choice, and then a word meaning to swindle.
8d Put the accent on tense (8)
STRESSED : A double definition. The second meaning is under pressure.
9d Funding from seat of government supporting undertaking (7,7)
VENTURE CAPITAL : The word for a city that is the seat of government follows a word meaning an undertaking or enterprise.
17d On holiday, finished revealing hurt feelings (8)
OFFENDED : On holiday or not at work, and finished or completed.
19d Put down limits of damage, on average (6)
DEMEAN : The first and last letters of damage and one of the words that can indicate an average.
20d Resources needed by group on board a ship (6)
ASSETS : A synonym for a group is inside ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for steamship.
22d Sun king runs in it to go around (5)
SKIRT : The letters used to indicate sun and king and then the cricket abbreviation for runs is inside ‘it’ from the clue.
Our favourite this week is 16d because it gave us our biggest laugh.
Quickie pun aver + nigh + dear = have an idea