Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28141
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
At this time of the year a flock of Royal Spoonbills settles in the area of the estuary nearest to us. Over the last several days they have been joined by a couple of Kotuku or New Zealand White Herons. These graceful and elegant visitors add extra delight to our regular walking circuit.
Considering the pen-names of both setter and bloggers on a Wednesday it always seems appropriate to mention birds in our preamble.
Thanks for today’s puzzle Jay, we enjoyed it.
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1a Hard up masochist may have been this (8,3,4)
STRAPPED FOR CASH : Beaten or whipped, in return for a monetary payment. We decided not to put a picture for this one after a quick glance at what was available.
9a Covering letter containing a bit of a shock (7)
RINGLET : The answer is hiding in the first two words of the clue.
11a Moderate at A level revising to get in institute initially (9)
ALLEVIATE : An anagram (revising) of AT A LEVEL includes the first letter of institute.
12a Enthusiastic about one — not excited (4)
INTO : The Roman numeral One and an anagram (excited) of not.
13a Quiet retreat, possibly, in front of a French military ruler (6)
SHOGUN : A synonym for retreat is ‘go back’. Read this as an instruction and put these two letters inside a direction to be quiet and the French indefinite article.
15a Truth is greed, dropping love for English (8)
VERACITY : Take a word meaning greed and change its second letter, which is the tennis love, into the abbreviation for English.
18a Open University engineers getting advance (8)
OVERTURE : A five letter word for open or not hidden, then the abbreviation for university and military engineers.
19a Draw profit on short periodical (6)
MAGNET : The financial profit that is left after all costs and taxes have been paid follows an abbreviation for a periodical publication.
22a Charge rent (4)
TEAR : Double definition. The first is to proceed at a rapid pace.
27a Leaves one enthralled by prisoner captured by enemy (7)
FOLIAGE : The Roman numeral One is inside a slang word for a prisoner and all of this is inside a word for an enemy.
28a Powerful contributor towards retirement? (8,7)
ELECTRIC BLANKET : A cryptic definition of something we have more use of in the bedroom at this time of year than most of you do.
1d Butters produced by American farms? (7)
SPREADS : These butters are not goats or rams this time. A word that Americans sometimes use for their farms or ranches.
2d True about point relating to an organ (5)
RENAL : A word meaning true has a cardinal compass point inside it.
4d Seduce chap losing head over charge (6)
ENTRAP : A polite word for a chap loses its first letter and then an informal word for a criminal charge.
5d Made children obese here — diet’s beginning (8)
FATHERED : A word meaning obese, ‘here’ from the clue and the first letter of diet.
6d Door opens, holding cord (4)
ROPE : Our second lurker, again hiding in the first two words of the clue.
7d A strain on the ears, but this should be paid (9)
ATTENTION : ‘On the ears’ indicates a ‘sounds like’ and it sounds like a strain or a stress.
8d Hurt, only missing line for balance (7)
HARMONY : A word meaning hurt and then ‘only’ after the abbreviation for line has been removed.
14d Effective theatrical work, mostly a Lloyd Webber show sent up (9)
OPERATIVE : A theatrical musical work loses its last letter and is followed by the reversal of a Lloyd Webber show that is set in Argentina.
16d Unaccompanied is better in cooking paella (1,8)
A CAPPELLA : A word meaning better or outdo is inside an anagram (cooking) of PAELLA.
18d Reveal this person will accept company result (7)
OUTCOME : To reveal or bring from the closet, then the abbreviation for company and then a word meaning this person (the writer).
20d Political wing the Spanish trapped in robbery (3,4)
THE LEFT : Spanish definite article is inside a word for robbery or stealing.
21d House putting pressure on arbiter to meet a bishop (6)
PREFAB : The abbreviation for pressure, an arbiter in a football game perhaps, A from the clue and the chess notation for bishop.
24d Unfortunately need to support Austria (5)
ALACK : The IVR code for Austria and a word for a need or shortage.
We did like 1a once again but could not go past 26a for our absolute favourite today.
Quickie pun carry+Bing+ruse=Caribbean cruise