Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28177
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It is nice to be home again and back to our usual routine after a brief sojourn in the South Island. It is a good feeling to think,”Wednesday once more and another Jay puzzle to solve, blog and enjoy”.
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1a Scheme of theft by Tories (10)
CONSPIRACY : A four letter abbreviation for Tories or Conservatives and a word for theft of copyright material.
6a Round of applause for writing (4)
HAND : Double definition. The first is represented by the parts of the body used to applaud.
10a Mellow, going topless on so many occasions (5)
OFTEN : Take a word meaning to make mellow and remove its first letter.
12a Extend time spent in gaol (7)
STRETCH : A double definition. Split the clue as underlined above to see the two meanings.
13a Statesmen must make bets (7)
YANKEES : Double definition. These bets are multiple bets on four horses in four races.
14a Island country about to delay military base (12)
INSTALLATION : The one letter abbreviation for island and a word for a country or sovereign state contains a word meaning to delay or cause an interruption.
21a Remedy for lack of spirit across street? (7)
NOSTRUM : The abbreviation for street is inside a negative word and a spirit made from sugar cane.
23a Chap with assignation getting authority (7)
MANDATE : A synonym for a chap and a possibly romantic assignation.
26a Ferret circling European animal that’s hunted (4)
PREY : A word meaning to ferret or snoop contains the abbreviation for European.
27a Roughly revise unfamiliar test items from table (10)
SERVIETTES : Two anagrams put together, (roughly) REVISE and (unfamiliar) TEST.
1d Difficult to please, but house has snug covering (6)
CHOOSY : The two letter abbreviation for house is inside a word meaning snug.
2d Fundamental character of the forces that form the world (6)
NATURE : A double definition.
3d One sign suppressed by shamefaced prisons (14)
PENITENTIARIES : The Roman numeral One and the zodiac sign represented by a ram follow (‘suppressed by’ in a down clue) a word meaning shamefaced.
5d Shed tears about working for a mate (5)
CRONY : A two letter word saying that something is working is inside ‘to shed tears’.
7d Theoretical type at university (8)
ACADEMIC : Double definition.
8d Sauce that may be put on either of window tables? (8)
DRESSING : The answer can be used after ‘window’ to give superficial appeal, or before ‘tables’ to give bedroom furniture.
9d Takes no notice of potential blunder in Yeats (5,1,5,3)
TURNS A BLIND EYE : An anagram (potential) BLUNDER IN YEATS.
15d Musical device ruining movie title that’s unfinished (9)
LEITMOTIV : An anagram (ruining) of MOVIE TITLe after the final E has been removed.
16d Non-union business starts on hotel work (4,4)
OPEN SHOP : A synonym for starts or commences, the abbreviation for hotel and then a musical work.
17d Service function absorbing English manipulator (8)
MASSEUSE : A church service, then the abbreviation for English and a word for function or purpose.
20d Organs try suppressing test, oddly (6)
HEARTS : Try as might happen in a court of law and the first and third letters of test.
Our favourite today is 4d.
Quickie pun pour + keep + highs = porky pies