Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28195
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Recently we, like many of you we guess, have been rather absorbed in the goings-on in Rio. We have been noting how well Team GB has been doing and have even found ourselves cheering them on at times. The big exception is of course when anyone in black strip with a fern on it is in the same event. We in NZ are feeling pleased with our own medal count to date and still have fingers crossed for a few more to come.
Despite all this distraction there was still time to solve, blog and enjoy this Jay puzzle.
Please leave a comment saying how you got on.
1a Delighted, seeing left of centre damaged (7)
CHARMED : The left of centre is its first letter and then a word meaning damaged or hurt.
5a Power failure across river causing indignation (7)
OUTRAGE : The abbreviation for river is inside a power failure.
10a Prison sentence and form will give such an existence (9)
LIFESTYLE : A prison sentence that theoretically is endless and then form or fashion.
12a Opera video shows backing singer (4)
DIVA : The answer is reversed and hiding in the clue.
18a Official announcement from soldiers in urge to rent (5,7)
PRESS RELEASE : Military engineers are inside a word meaning urge or push and a synonym for rent as a tenant might do.
21a Not at home, in a fashion (4)
AWAY : A from the clue and fashion or method.
22a Warning of cigarette scare (5,5)
SMOKE ALARM : A slang word for a cigarette and a word meaning scare or frighten.
26a Reflective royal’s drink (5)
LAGER : A word meaning royal is reversed.
27a Pacified state, outwardly old-fashioned (7)
SEDATED : State outwardly means its first and last letters and then a word meaning old-fashioned or passe.
28a Worried at a slur from the South (7)
AUSTRAL : An anagram (worried) of AT A SLUR.
1d Explosive accusation? (6)
CHARGE : Double definition. The accusation could be one laid in a law court.
3d Asian with money laid out for dressing (10)
MAYONNAISE : An anagram (laid out) of ASIAN and MONEY.
5d High break must be a remote possibility (3-6)
OFF-CHANCE : High or well past its use-by date, and then a word for a break or opportunity.
6d Call for an answer after tense undertaking (4)
TASK : The abbreviation for tense, then pose a question.
7d A terrible pity state of America’s not representative (8)
ATYPICAL: A from the clue, an anagram (terrible) of PITY and the three letter abbreviation for a West Coast US state.
8d Important to be given a rise (8)
ELEVATED : Double definition.
15d Nod, seeing chap cross line in fear (9)
DREAMLAND : Put the abbreviation for line inside a synonym for a chap and enclose this within a five letter word for fear.
16d Climbing mountains, the girl’s making headline stories in paper (8)
SPLASHES : Reverse (climbing in a down clue) a word for mountains and add a way of saying ‘the girl is’ using a personal pronoun.
17d Lunatic called into action (8)
DERANGED : Called or made a phone call is inside a word for an action.
19d Knife’s good for new threat (6)
DANGER : In a word for a knife substitute one of the abbreviations for good with the abbreviation for new.
20d Unprincipled Frenchman after a spoken test (6)
AMORAL : A from the clue, the French equivalent of Mr, and a spoken test or exam.
23d In the case of Kafka, weapon’s sealed fate (5)
KARMA : The first and last letters of Kafka surround a generic word for a weapon.
24d Could be Glaswegian way to keep company? (4)
SCOT : The abbreviation for company is inside the abbreviation for street.
We can’t decide whether we like 15d or 25a best today.
Quickie pun easy + garrets = e-cigarettes