Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28147
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora once again from the other end of the planet. Our seasons are still behaving in a bizarre fashion. The shortest day of the year for us yet still warm enough to be out on the golf course in shirt-sleeves yesterday although the rain that has come in this morning will probably cool things a little.
Our Kotuku seem to have moved on to another location but the Royal Spoonbills are still in residence.
Jay has given us another top class puzzle today.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Alliance runs into trouble with gangster (11)
BROTHERHOOD : A word meaning trouble or a nuisance contains the abbreviation for cricket runs and then a four letter word for a gangster.
9a Quickly finished thing needing adjustment (9)
OVERNIGHT : Quickly as you like your courier deliveries to be. A word meaning finished or ended and then an anagram (needing adjustment) of THING.
10a First appearance cut short — good. Remove errors from programme (5)
DEBUG : Remove the last letter from a first appearance, perhaps on stage, and add the abbreviation for good.
11a Pass, as error by East (6)
ELAPSE : The abbreviation for East precedes a word for error or oversight.
12a Monitor avoiding extremes (8)
MODERATE : A double definition. The first is a verb, the second an adjective.
15a Air traffic controller‘s delight with son getting credit (8)
JOYSTICK : Not a person but a device on the flight deck. A word meaning delight, then the abbreviation for son and an informal word for credit or deferred payment.
18a Subtleties of French resort with connections (8)
NICETIES : The name of a Mediterranean resort and a word meaning connections.
19a Welcomes political activists having time for North (6)
GREETS : Substitute the abbreviation for time for the abbreviation for North in a party of ‘save the planet’ activists.
21a Engineer on metric telephone system (8)
INTERCOM : An anagram (engineer) of ON METRIC.
26a Register as retired single, keeping married at heart (5)
ENROL : A word meaning single or by oneself is reversed and includes the central letter (heart) of ‘married’.
27a Sit in a loo, uneasily, in solitude (9)
ISOLATION : An anagram (uneasily) of SIT IN A LOO.
28a Appeared to accept a troubled raider’s friendship (11)
CAMARADERIE : A four letter word meaning appeared surrounds A from the clue and an anagram (troubled) of RAIDER.
1d Finished term at university with no money to go on (5,2)
BROKE UP : A two letter word meaning ‘at university’ follows the condition of having no money.
3d The opportunity to understand sense supporting deer (9)
HINDSIGHT : One of the five senses follows a female deer.
5d Conventional old hot rod smashed times (8)
ORTHODOX : The abbreviation for old, then an anagram (smashed) of HOT ROD and the Maths symbol telling you to multiply.
6d Avoid sharp practice (5)
DODGE : Double definition.
7d Fund-raiser making tabloid sound feeble (3,4)
RAG WEEK : An informal word for a tabloid newspaper and a homophone of a synonym for feeble. We knew this as a time for having fun and needed BRB to confirm that in UK universities it is also a charity fund-raising time.
8d Very taken by new air base — that’s irritating (8)
ABRASIVE : An anagram (new) of AIR BASE includes the abbreviation for very.
14d Go after poor act I, saying little (8)
TACITURN : A word for a go or opportunity follows an anagram (poor) of ACT I.
17d Pleasure-seeking housewife disheartened — academic is married! (8)
HEDONISM : The first and last letters of housewife, then an informal title for an academic, ‘is’ from the clue, and the abbreviation for married.
18d Innocently and strangely alive in the Big Apple (7)
NAIVELY : The city known as the Big Apple surrounds an anagram (strangely) of ALIVE.
22d They’re licensed to store a bit of the past (5)
RELIC : Today’s lurker is hiding in the first two words of the clue.
24d Desiccant that is right — under the doctor! (5)
DRIER : One of the abbreviations for a doctor, then the abbreviation for a Latin phrase meaning ‘that is’ and the abbreviation for ‘right’.
25d Source of iron in the majority of cereal fibre (4)
COIR : A cereal that could possibly be the popping kind loses its last letter and includes the first letter of iron.
Once again 1a is our favourite this week. Jay makes a habit of starting us with a good clue.
Quickie pun nigh + trojan = nitrogen