Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28159
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Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
It is official Maori Language Week here in Aotearoa New Zealand so we thought it appropriate to once again greet you with a full formal greeting.
Enjoy today’s Jay puzzle.
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1a Issue a fine in accordance with the rules (6)
AFFAIR : ‘A’ from the clue then the abbreviation for fine and a word meaning in accordance with the rules or equitable.
9a Kent area is surrounded by secret viewers like this? (5-3)
CLOSE-SET : ‘Viewers like this’ is how eyes might be. The geographical area of the UK where Kent is found (or the bottom right if you prefer) is inside a word meaning secret or not revealed.
11a Pine for our island state (8)
MISSOURI : Pine or note the lack of, then ‘our’ from the clue and the abbreviation for island.
12a Darned two down’s first (6)
DEUCED : Darned here is a mild expletive. A word meaning two, (or forty-forty in tennis) and then the first letter of down.
13a Derivative film by two females on love (8)
OFFSHOOT : A verb meaning to film or take a picture follows the letter for love as a tennis score and a repeated abbreviation for female.
17a Identity of most of tissue returned (4)
SELF : A word meaning tissue or the meaty part of a body loses its last letter and what is left is reversed.
19a Aware opinion lacks dynamism, ultimately (8)
SENTIENT : A word for an opinion or a feeling has an ‘m’ (the last letter of dynamism) removed from inside it.
20a A love that’s burning (6)
AFLAME : ‘A’ from the clue and a girl or boyfriend, especially an old one.
21a Lumpy hooter’s terribly loud inside (8)
NODULOSE : The facial organ known as a hooter surrounds an anagram (terribly) of LOUD.
22a Horse’s one of five in eastern Spain (6)
EQUINE : A word for one of a set of five children is inside the abbreviation for eastern and the IVR code for Spain.
23a Thought of maiden bowled over American serviceman (8)
IMAGINED : An anagram (bowled) of MAIDEN includes the two letters denoting an American serviceman.
25a Sally, disheartened, shows agreement in church councils (6)
SYNODS : The first and last letters of Sally and then the head movements used to show agreement.
2d All too human tale covering the rise of trouble (8)
FALLIBLE : The sort of tale we associate with Aesop surrounds the reversal of a word meaning trouble or unwell.
3d Fools almost hurting valuer (8)
ASSESSOR : The animals used to typify fools and then a word meaning hurting loses its last letter.
4d Half refuse to change without a reorganisation … (9)
RESHUFFLE : An anagram (to change) of HaLF REFUSE after the ‘a’ has been removed.
5d … in spite of having no status! (15)
NOTWITHSTANDING : Split the answer 3,4,8 to get a phrase meaning having no status.
6d Clothes of independent workers kept by turncoat (7)
RAIMENT : The abbreviation for independent, and male workers are found inside a word for a turncoat or deserter.
8d Player not on pitch — what’s the reason? (4-4)
TONE DEAF : A cryptic definition. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s about cricket or football.
14d On grass, upset, gets into debt (9)
OVERDRAWS : A word meaning on or on top of and then the reversal of a poetic word for green turf.
16d Cheers a quiet student during interval (8)
APPLAUSE : The musical letter for quiet and the abbreviation for a student or learner are inside ‘a’ from the clue and a word meaning interval or interruption.
18d Release objective for unfinished business (5,3)
LOOSE END : Release or let free and then objective or aim.
19d Original tutorial group finally changing sides (7)
SEMINAL : Take a word meaning a tutorial group and change the last letter from right to left.
When we had finished the rest of the puzzle, 12a was still showing white squares and needed extra head-scratching so deserves to be our favourite this week.
Quickie pun sleep + hurry = slippery