Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28135
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Greetings once again from Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud. The fine frosty weather that we spoke of last week is still with us and much appreciated. We are however keeping a weather eye on the storms that are wreaking havoc in parts of Australia at present. The usual pattern is that they will cross the Tasman Sea to be with us in a few days time.
Enjoy today’s Jay puzzle. We did.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on with it.
9a Light altercation about sack (3,4,2)
SET FIRE TO : Sack or dismiss from employment is inside a 3,2 phrase meaning an altercation.
10a Pretentious chap, note, expected back (5)
PSEUD : The two letter note that might be appended to a letter, and then a reversal of a word meaning expected.
11a Joint liability originally accepted by Delia for cooking (6)
ALLIED : The first letter of liability is included in an anagram (for cooking) of DELIA.
13a Colt perhaps backed to achieve gold (6)
NUGGET : Reverse what a Colt can be an example of and then a word meaning to achieve or obtain.
15a Annoying person one’s put in shade (8)
NUISANCE : The letter for the Roman numeral One and the ‘s from the clue are inside a word for overtone or shade.
19a Edicts from religious communities (6)
ORDERS : A double definition. We nearly got fooled into putting a word for belief systems in here.
21a Fruit‘s appearance in stone circle (8)
PIMIENTO : A literary word meaning appearance, air or bearing, is inside a word for a stone found in a date for example, and followed by the circle shaped letter. ( This name for the fruit was new to us and needed a bit of BRB investigation).
23a Thin fleece, navy on the outside (6)
SKINNY : A synonym for fleece used figuratively, and then the first and last letters of navy.
26a Title-holder‘s depressing experience, losing head (5)
OWNER : A word for a depressing experience loses its first letter.
1d Support South American volunteers at home (7)
SUSTAIN : Abbreviations for South, the United States and volunteer army, and then the word meaning at home.
2d Honour to be included in next Olympics (5)
EXTOL : The answer is hiding in the last two words of the clue.
3d Invaluable and totally absurd! (9)
PRICELESS : Double definition. The first means having a value not able to be measured.
4d Attention-seeker from area on border (4)
AHEM : The abbreviation for area, and a border usually of fabric.
5d Attractive form of competition (8)
KNOCKOUT : This form of competition gives no second chances.
6d Stagger around parking and drive off (5)
REPEL : A word meaning to stagger includes the abbreviation for parking.
7d Late shifts covering study course prepared this way? (2,5)
AL DENTE : An anagram (shifts) of LATE includes a word for a study.
8d String of words that could be fine in court? (8)
SENTENCE : If not fine it could be term of imprisonment or even execution.
16d People won’t work for such money (6,3)
STRIKE PAY : A cryptic definition of remuneration for people taking industrial action.
17d Heart’s no different — it’s this water (5,3)
NORTH SEA : An anagram (different) of HEART’S NO.
18d Ample evidence of debts to support policeman (7)
COPIOUS : The four letters used to supply evidence of debts follow an informal word for a policeman.
20d Slumps, accepting Chinese philosophy and maxims (7)
SAYINGS : The three letter Chinese philosophy that is usually paired with yang is inside a word meaning slumps.
22d Cash invested in amateur, ostensibly (5)
EUROS : Another lurker hiding in the last two words of the clue.
25d Cheese girl entering union with no end of speed (4)
BRIE : Remove the last letter of speed from a girl getting married.
1a gave us a good chuckle and set the tone for the puzzle so gets our vote today.
Quickie pun Styx + surround = sticks around