Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28201
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
One member of our team is away in the capital meeting up with a friend of many years so it is a solo flight for KiwiColin today. After a run of clear sunny days, that gave some of our family fantastic skiing conditions last weekend, it has turned colder again. I bet Carol will be thankful for her warm coat in Wellington.
We have the usual generous ration of clever clues from Jay to keep us all amused once again.
Please leave a comment saying how you got on.
1a Good cast will accept a cut (6)
GASHED : The abbreviation for good, A from the clue and a word meaning cast as a snake’s skin might be.
5a Raised the sack, putting insect in (8)
BROACHED : The sack is where you might sleep and is found outside an insect for which we usually use a longer version of the name.
10a Authoritative book about poor dad being compliant (8)
BIDDABLE : The authoritative book for Christians includes an anagram (poor) of DAD.
12a Obstruction mainly by European nations originally acting as one unit (2,4)
EN BLOC : A word for an obstruction or hindrance loses its last letter and comes after the first letters of European and Nation.
14a Business needing to be more flexible about source of income (8)
SUPPLIER : The first letter (source) of income is found inside a word meaning more flexible.
16a Trials coming after prisoner disputes (8)
CONTESTS : An informal word for a prisoner and a synonym for trials or exams.
19a Continue to hold volunteers in check (6)
RETAIN : A check that might be use to control a horse is outside the abbreviation for volunteer soldiers.
21a Liaison of blonde chasing footballers from the East (6)
AFFAIR : Another word that could describe blonde as hair colour comes after the reversal (from the East) of a two letter abbreviation for official groups of footballers.
23a Church work must be duplicated quickly (4,4)
CHOP CHOP : The abbreviation for church and a musical or artistic work gets repeated.
25a Turn game around and show backs to be contentious (13)
ARGUMENTATIVE : Start with an anagram (around) of TURN GAME and follow this with the reversal of a musical with a South American setting.
26a Teaches Tom to wear polished suede (8)
EDUCATES : An animal that has a male called a tom is inside an anagram (polished) of SUEDE.
3d United shown in high definition, becoming polished (5)
HONED : The two letters for high definition are outside a word meaning united or no longer separate.
4d Disadvantages of support during ties (9)
DRAWBACKS : A four letter word meaning support is inside ties or games when the scores are equal.
5d Spreads complete in case of banks (7)
BUTTERS : Complete or totally is surrounded by the first and last letters (case) of banks.
6d Done time? That’s clear (5)
OVERT : A word meaning done or finished and the abbreviation for time.
8d The quality of Messi at heart — hence lacking height (7)
ESSENCE : The central three letters (at heart) of Messi and then hence once the abbreviation for height has been removed.
15d Punch admitted by goalkeeper for a team (9)
PERFORATE : Our only lurker of the day, hiding in the last four words of the clue.
17d Rude worker from France getting priority (7)
OFFHAND : Firstly a synonym for ‘from’, then the IVR code for France and a worker or employee.
18d Endorses merchandise that’s less than perfect (7)
SECONDS : A double definition.
20d Promises phosphorus-free new chemical compounds (7)
ISOMERS : An anagram (new) of pROMISES after the chemical symbol for phosphorus has been removed.
22d Scope of authority after turning clock back (5)
REMIT : When the answer is reversed a type of instrument of which a clock is an example will be found.
24d Cool youngster docked and left (5)
CHILL : A word for a young person has its last letter removed and replaced with the abbreviation for left.
The well hidden lurker at 15d was the last to yield so gets today’s top prize.
Quickie pun quay + pass + egret = keep a secret