Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28165
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Although you won’t notice when you read this as it will still be published on time, we are a few hours later working on the puzzle than usual. One of the team has been away in Wellington for a few days and had to be collected from Waikanae station which is as far as suburban trains go in our direction. So, once the solving and blogging team was re-united and at home (or IN if it were a crossword clue) we could deal with this enjoyable Jay puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
5a Surveillance post abroad (8)
STAKEOUT : A synonym for post and a word meaning abroad or not at home.
9a Intricately connected pair liable to suffer a mishap (8-5)
ACCIDENT-PRONE : An anagram (intricately) of CONNECTED PAIR. (This anagram took us much longer to sort out than, in retrospect, it should have.)
12a Soldiers in favour of mass change for the better (6)
REFORM : Engineering soldiers, then a word meaning in favour of and the physics abbreviation for mass.
16a Gut feeling that’s vague, when the DI goes missing (8)
INSTINCT : Find a word that means vague and remove from it the letters DI which happen to be the third and fourth letters.
19a Paces studies, on time (6)
TREADS : The abbreviation for time and then studies as one does at a university.
21a Almost nicked identity, showing no emotion (6)
STOLID : A word meaning nicked or purloined loses its last letter and then the two letter abbreviation for identity.
23a Union of a couple of students making a nice change (8)
ALLIANCE : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for student or learner repeated, and an anagram (change) of A NICE.
25a Unacceptable, but past help, ate out (6,3,4)
BEYOND THE PALE : A synonym for past or further on followed by an anagram (out) of HELP ATE.
26a Lumber that is of no use to employer (4,4)
DEAD WOOD : Double definition. The first is a description of what building timber actually is.
27a Submits financial returns (6)
YIELDS : Another double definition.
2d Superior-sounding business that’s clear, like glass (7)
HYALINE : A homophone of a word meaning superior accounts for the first three letters. Then a business or occupation one might be involved in.
3d Weaknesses of spokespersons lacking love (5)
VICES : A general word for spokespersons loses the letter for love in tennis.
5d Views welcoming the rise of Brown in legislative assemblies (7)
SENATES : Views or observes contains the reversal of a word for light brown.
7d Clear old flame on Ecstasy charge (9)
EXONERATE : The two letter word for an old flame or previous partner, ON from the clue, the abbreviation for the drug Ecstasy and a word meaning charge.
13d Unfashionable editor supporting drama excelled in game (9)
OUTPLAYED : Unfashionable or not ‘in’ and the abbreviation for editor surround a dramatic performance.
15d Firepower needed where there’s trouble in vessel (9)
ARTILLERY : A blood vessel has a three letter word for trouble inside it.
17d No mountain in South Africa is worthy of mention! (7)
NOTABLE : ‘No’ from the clue and the mountain that forms a backdrop to Cape Town.
18d Experienced in love? Quite the reverse, getting burnt! (7)
TOASTED : The round letter love is inside a word meaning experienced or sampled. ‘Quite the reverse’ is because love is inside experienced.
20d Prescribed act, accepting European credit (7)
DECREED : A word for an act includes abbreviations for European and credit.
24d A military establishment put to shame (5)
ABASE : ‘A’ from the clue and then a military home establishment.
The NW corner was the trickiest for us and from there we pick 10a as our favourite.
Next Wednesday we are going to be off the radar so you will have a ‘Mr Ron’ hinter to help with the puzzle.
Quickie pun bars + hull + owner = Barcelona