Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28117
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We are having a procession of squally, thundery showers passing over us today. Much more like the sort of weather we should expect at this time of the year. Tomorrow though, is forecast to be much like yesterday, fine and sunny with temperatures that are still unseasonably warm.
It seems that the run of gentler puzzles continues with today’s Jay offering, but perhaps, thanks to this site, we are all just getting better at solving and might have to adjust our individual assessments of how long an ‘average’ difficulty puzzle should take to complete.
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7a Serving American in pub is reasonable (7)
LOGICAL : The serving American is a soldier and is inside a word for a nearby pub.
10a Importance of report (7)
ACCOUNT : A double definition. The first definition can be used to describe someone with standing or prestige in a community.
11a Open in case of pecuniary hardship (7)
POVERTY : The case of pecuniary here means its first and last letters, and these enclose a word meaning open.
13a Warning heavy drinker after detailed damage (9)
HARBINGER : A synonym for damage is detailed by removing its last letter, and then a word for somebody who has bouts of heavy drinking.
15a Score century from the start in miserable game (5)
RUMMY : Start with a word meaning miserable or worthless and remove (score) the Roman numeral for a hundred from its beginning. You are left with a card game.
16a Raise the bar twice as high — that’s hypocrisy (6,9)
DOUBLE STANDARDS : A double definition. The first definition is a metaphorical way to make something more difficult.
21a Do talk about source of energy (5)
CHEAT : A word for informal talk includes the first letter of energy.
23a Criminal syndicate has priority to protect funds (4-5)
RING-FENCE : A word for a syndicate or circle of people precedes (has priority) a receiver of stolen goods.
25a Stuffy and bald, according to East Enders (7)
AIRLESS : How a Cockney could be heard to describe Kojak or Yul Brynner.
26a Allure of girl disheartened with love for Paris (7)
GLAMOUR : The first and last letters of girl and the French word for love.
28a Sales spiel used with northern model (7)
PATTERN : A salesperson’s talk and the abbreviation for northern.
1d Edges in wearing shoes — careless! (8)
SLIPSHOD : A word meaning wearing shoes surrounds edges or rims.
3d Person stopping for a lady’s top? (6)
HALTER : Double definition. The lady’s top is a garment held in place by a strap at the back of the neck.
5d Patron saint Rome stupidly covered with copper (8)
CUSTOMER : The chemical symbol for copper, the abbreviation for saint and an anagram (stupidly) of ROME.
8d Person who presents in here vigorously upended (5)
GIVER : The answer is reversed and hiding in the clue.
9d My face is fairly friendly (7)
CORDIAL : A three letter word that means ‘my’ or ‘goodness’ and an informal word for a face.
14d Fuel for American state leader of Senate (3)
GAS : The abbreviation for a south-eastern American state and the first letter of Senate.
17d Sort of income a Parisian made? (8)
UNEARNED : A French indefinite article and a word for made or ‘received as income’.
18d Girl needs a new name (3)
ANN : A from the clue and the abbreviations for new and name.
19d Expert must accept Botham, for example, being intransigent (7)
DEFIANT : Mr Botham’s first name is inside a word meaning expert or very capable.
20d Bad language from son? Exhausting (8)
SWEARING : The abbreviation for son and a word meaning exhausting or eroding.
21d Driver crossing river in a foul mood (6)
CRABBY : An informal word for a taxi driver includes the abbreviation for river.
22d Finish in effort to be with it (6)
TRENDY : An effort or attempt includes a word meaning to finish.
24d Shortly put up with last of wire rope (5)
NOOSE : Reverse a word meaning shortly and add the last letter of wire.
26d Look amazed as fruit runs out (4)
GAPE : Remove the abbreviation for cricket runs from the fruit usually used for making wine.
We had discussions over a favourite and couldn’t decide between 5d and 9d.
Quickie pun calf + hoarse + ale = car for sale