Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28189
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What are we going to talk about this week? The fresh snow, brought by the cold snap last weekend, that now blankets the hills to the east of us making them look like real moutains. Possibly the crispy white frosts of the last few days that have greeted us in the mornings, or perhaps the young seal that we came across on the beach that lolloped off across the sand back into the surf as we came along. No, we will just concentrate on the matter in hand and give our full attention to today’s delightful Jay puzzle.
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1a Food! Change course, grabbing food, for example on the way back (10)
VEGEBURGER: A four letter word meaning to change course or deviate contains an informal word for food and the abbreviation meaning ‘for example’, both or which are reversed.
6a Language from jumper getting undressed (4)
ERSE : This jumper is not a flea or a kangaroo but a knitted garment. It loses its first and last letters.
11a Uncontrollable urge isn’t a mark of identification (9)
SIGNATURE : An anagram (uncontrollable) of URGE ISN’T A.
12a High spirits of auntie, perhaps going topless (7)
ELATION : A word for what an auntie or even an uncle or cousin can be to you, loses its first letter.
18a Restore a Blairite? The changes! (12)
REHABILITATE : An anagram (changes) of A BLAIRITE THE.
21a Throw a sickie — in bed, on holiday (4,3)
BUNK OFF : This bed is usually found as part of a set and then a word meaning on holiday or not at work.
23a Managed returns merit recount (7)
NARRATE : A word meaning managed is reversed and then a synonym for merit as a verb.
24a Reuters arranged to cover a king’s finance officer (9)
TREASURER : An anagram (arranged) of REUTERS includes A from the clue and the one letter regal cipher.
25a Join fool in backing European Union (5)
UNITE : A synonym for a fool is inside the reversal of the initials for European Union.
26a Special Forces must cross east of enemy states (4)
SAYS : The last letter (east) of enemy is inside the abbreviation for the Special Air Service.
1d Ship‘s container (6)
VESSEL : Double definition.
2d Manager managing to absorb the language (6)
GERMAN : The answer is hiding in the first two words of the clue.
3d Wimp massaged legs, rubbing oils with no end of caution (3,5,6)
BIG GIRLS BLOUSE : An anagram (massaged) of LEGS RUBBInG OILS after the last letter of caution has been removed.
4d Bitter, but relaxed about two points (9)
RESENTFUL : A word meaning relaxed or calm contains two compass points. (East and North on this occasion).
7d Itineraries must incorporate popular acts (8)
ROUTINES : Itineraries or paths to travel contain the two letter word meaning popular.
8d Green is bad — source of emotional charge! (8)
ENERGISE : An anagram (bad) of GREEN IS and the first letter of emotional.
9d In transit, but approving hotel during depression (7,7)
PASSING THROUGH : A word meaning approving as an exam marker might be doing, then the abbreviation for hotel is inside a depression that could be used for feeding pigs.
15d Nasty accident — it’s touch-and-go (3-3-3)
HIT-AND-RUN : Words meaning ‘touch’ as in asking for a donation or loan and ‘go’ or escape to get this type of vehicle accident.
16d Attempts to box contrary to expectation will get testimonials (8)
TRIBUTES : A word for attempts surrounds (boxes) a conjunction meaning contrary to expectation.
19d Like some tyres artist set up (6)
RADIAL : An artist belonging to the Royal Academy and a word meaning set, as a table may be, is inverted.
20d Groups of fifty despatched by senior officer (6)
GENERA : We are looking for groups of plants or animals here. A senior military officer loses the last letter which is the Roman numeral for fifty.
Once again we are going to choose 1a as our favourite.
Quickie pun proper + teat + axe = property tax