Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28207
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from down-under. Our Spring officially starts tomorrow so that means that the little game we play on our regular walks of “Spotting the first duckling” will get under way. Expect that we will still have a few wintry episodes to come but the general trend towards warmer longer days is well under way.
Mr Consistency, Jay, has kept us amused once again.
Please leave a comment saying how you got on.
5a Holding supplies of a particular hosiery item (8)
STOCKING : Double definition.
9a Steep service charge after the first of March (8)
MACERATE : Start with the first letter of March, then a tennis service that is not returnable, and a word meaning a charge. Don’t be fooled into thinking that steep has anything to do with an acute angle.
10a Favouring attack, to gain an advantage (6)
PROFIT : Put together two three letter words, the first meaning in favour of and the second an attack caused by a medical condition.
11a Quiet dependable person going around in the morning for plant (8)
SHAMROCK : The two letter call to be quiet, then a descriptive word for a dependable person comes after the two letters meaning in the morning.
15a Part of leg that comes from a cow? (4)
CALF : A bovine offspring.
19a Sorry etc about one on track (8)
PATHETIC : Start with a synonym for a track and then split ‘etc’ with the Roman numeral One’
20a Father split his responsibility as such (6)
PARENT : An all in one clue. Divide the answer 2,4 to give an informal word for father and a word meaning split or tear.
21a Ranked in order before editor became angry (8)
DARKENED : An anagram (in order) of RANKED and the abbreviation for editor.
22a Looking embarrassed and inexperienced, make new sketch (6)
REDRAW : The colour one turns when embarrassed and a synonym for inexperienced or green.
23a Speed of free love — it’s within the bounds of curiosity (8)
VELOCITY : An anagram (free) of LOVE and then ‘it’ from the clue is bounded by the first and last letters of curiosity.
24a Trap a lie about bones like these? (8)
PARIETAL : An anagram (about) of TRAP A LIE.
25a Arab state welcoming last of various sycophants (3-3)
YES-MEN : The last letter of various is inside an Arab state that has borders on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
2d Answer after song about a bete noire (8)
ANATHEMA : A song of which ‘God Defend New Zealand’ is an example contains ‘A’ from the clue and is followed by the abbreviation for answer.
3d Nothing to go with strawberries? Take the best (5,3)
CREAM OFF : The classic accompaniment for strawberries is either well past its use-by date or not there at all.
4d Neighbours perhaps like this artist entertaining a church leader (4,5)
SOAP OPERA : A two letter word meaning ‘like this’ and a member of the Royal Academy include ‘A’ from the clue and a church leader found in Rome.
5d Hello — your ears must be burning! (5,2,3,5)
SPEAK OF THE DEVIL : A phrase that suggests that the person who has just arrived has come from an infernal place.
6d Fish eggs left company transport facility (3,4)
CAR POOL : A type of fresh-water fish, two copies of the letter shaped like an egg and then the abbreviation for left.
7d A student on grass? The other way round, but that’s unofficial! (8)
INFORMAL : ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for a learner follow (the other way round) a word meaning grass or tell on.
8d Manage okay, but delayed over wearing medal (3,5)
GET ALONG : A word for delayed (or even dead) is inverted and found inside an informal word for a medal.
14d Really on fire and really worried! (9)
LITERALLY : On fire or ignited and then an anagram (worried) of REALLY.
15d To applaud role coming up is nonsense (8)
CLAPTRAP : Applaud by putting one’s hands together and then a stage role is reversed.
17d Disciplines needed for scenes otherwise including the Channel Islands (8)
SCIENCES : The two letter abbreviation for the Channel Islands is inside an anagram (otherwise) of SCENES.
18d Worry, but nations together agree on terms (8)
UNSETTLE : Nations together gives us the organisation with headquarters in New York and then a word meaning to agree on terms and make a binding arrangement.
There were several answers in the North West that really appealed to us but we settled on 9a as favourite today.
Quickie pun stay + car + nail = steak and ale