Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28213
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Kia ora from down-under. We still haven’t seen our first ducklings but will keep looking. Spring is doing its usual Spring thing, totally variable. We’ve had a few fine days but another cold southerly blast is reminding us that winter woollies should not be put into storage just yet.
Enjoy today’s puzzle from Jay.
Please leave a comment saying how you got on.
1a Claim by would-be favourite American force (7)
IMPETUS : How one would say that he/she was the most preferred by a teacher, and the abbreviation for American.
5a Thingy or things that shoot across bobbin irregularly (7)
GUBBINS : A word for firearms surrounds the first, third and fifth letters of bobbin.
10a Stupidly copies friend of the bishop (9)
EPISCOPAL : An anagram (stupidly) of COPIES and a word for a friend.
12a Pack coming from point-to-point (4)
STOW : Two cardinal compass points with ‘to’ from the clue between them.
21a Go for a tool to break up rocks (4)
PICK : Double definition. The first could be make a selection.
22a Keeps time poorly, rooted to the spot (5-5)
STOCK-STILL : Keeps as a retailer might do, the abbreviation for time, and a word meaning poorly or out of sorts.
25a Condition requiring food supplies to be curtailed (9)
PROVISION : A word for food supplies has its last letter removed.
26a Prevent, say, those with no socks (5)
AVERT : A synonym for say or maintain, then a word for socks or stockings is removed from ‘those’ in the clue.
27a Going through religious instruction leads to affair (7)
RIFLING : The abbreviation for religious instruction in schools and then a word for a romantic relationship.
28a Put in cover, protected by sun’s heat here (7)
SHEATHE : Our only lurker today. It’s hiding in the last three words of the clue.
1d What consumer must do as a joke, we hear (6)
INGEST : A 2,4 phrase meaning ‘as a joke’ sounds like this answer.
2d Derisory effort after circuit of track going the wrong way (6)
PALTRY : An effort or attempt follows the reversal of a word for a circuit of a race track.
3d Point at lad ordered to prepare beans for cooking (3,3,4)
TOP AND TAIL : An anagram (ordered) of POINT AT LAD.
4d Small fruit — asparagus for example (5)
SPEAR : The abbreviation for small and then a type of pipfruit.
6d Resist responsibility that may be passed (4)
BUCK : Double definition. The first could also be how a horse would show resistance.
7d Poorly MEP taken in by Italian needing single shot for infection (8)
IMPETIGO : The abbreviation for Italian surrounds an anagram (poorly) of MEP, then the Roman numeral One and a shot or turn.
13d Son to fix room, showing this speed? (6,4)
SNAIL’S PACE : The abbreviation for son, then to fix probably using a hammer and a word for room or capacity.
15d Scrambled egg tonight — husband’s away being ambitious (2-7)
GO-GETTING : An anagram (scrambled) of EGG TONIGhT after the abbreviation for husband has been removed.
17d Nick‘s to stop working (5,3)
KNOCK OFF : Double definition. The first is an informal word meaning to steal.
19d Understand and set out to process food (6)
DIGEST : Understand using a word associated with hippy culture and an anagram (out) of SET.
20d Dress of clergy (English) (6)
CLOTHE : A collective word used to describe clergy and then the abbreviation for English.
23d Flogs walking aids (5)
CANES : Double definition.
24d Dress for the South of France (4)
MIDI : This dress comes somewhere between a mini and a maxi.
We rather liked the word in 5a, it’s not one that we’ve ever heard used in New Zealand, but the wordplay for 26a was the last for us to solve so we will nominate this one as favourite.
Quickie pun purge + hurry = perjury