Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28219
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Kia ora from down-under. On our regular walks on the beach we always take a look towards the NW horizon. If the conditions are perfect we can occasionally see Mt Taranaki (aka Mt Egmont). Sunday was such a day. From where we were standing on the beach the mountain appeared as a perfect triangular cone that seemed to rise straight out of the sea. With the early morning sun lighting up the snow covered slopes it was a magical spectacle.
Still no ducklings to report.
Jay entertains us again with this puzzle.
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6a Napoleon’s campaign must reveal this dirty trick (4)
SCAM : A lurker hiding in the first two words of the clue.
9a Took another form, subdued about a source of tension, (7)
MUTATED : A word for subdued or made quieter contains ‘A’ from the clue and the first letter of tension.
12a Recreated Versace vision, seeing these on pins (8,5)
VARICOSE VEINS : An anagram (recreated) of VERSACE VISION. The pins in the clue are legs.
14a Jiggery-pokery evidenced by Military Intelligence’s boss (8)
MISCHIEF : The abbreviation for Military Intelligence, the ‘S from the clue and a word for boss or head.
19a Detective’s characteristic — thinking of other things (8)
DISTRAIT : The abbreviation for a detective inspector with its ‘S, and then a word for a characteristic or peculiarity.
21a Items anathema to a vegetarian family (5,3,5)
FLESH AND BLOOD : Two things that would not be part of the diet of a vegetarian.
24a Gushed, seeing energy employed by two females (7)
EFFUSED : The abbreviation for energy, the repeated abbreviation for female, and then a word meaning employed by.
25a Canned outside hotel and diluted (7)
THINNED : The letter represented by ‘hotel’ in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet is inside a word for canned or preserved.
26a Only fools ultimately cheer in Spain (4)
SOLE : The last letter of fools and then the Spanish shout of approval.
27a Land Rovers? (6,4)
ESTATE CARS : An all in one. The first word is land or property and the second is what Rovers can be examples of.
1d British Unionist member’s minor collision (4)
BUMP : The abbreviations for British, Unionist and a member of parliament.
2d Doctor against breaking links gives reasons (7)
MOTIVES : A medical officer and then the one letter signifying against in sports matches or court cases, is inside links or connections.
3d Slow-to-be-expressed ideas, but time during pudding (13)
AFTERTHOUGHTS : An informal word for a course that follows the main includes a six letter word meaning but, and the abbreviation for time.
4d Took off in feat crossing channel (8)
DEDUCTED : A feat or action surrounds a channel or tube.
7d Commit prisoner on notice (7)
CONSIGN : A three letter convicted prisoner and then a notice imparting information or direction.
8d Examines financial status of tight-fisted international on board (5-5)
MEANS-TESTS : A word for close with one’s money or tight-fisted and then an international sports fixture is inside the abbreviation for a steamship.
11d Rebel, accepting gradual development, to make great changes (13)
REVOLUTIONISE : Gradual development as propounded by Charles Darwin is inside a word meaning to rebel.
13d Electronic devices that could make armies flip (10)
AMPLIFIERS : An anagram (could make) of ARMIES FLIP.
18d Essential massage is said to precede outbreak of flu (7)
NEEDFUL : An anagram (outbreak) of FLU comes after a homophone for a word meaning to massage or pummel.
20d Notice study with Russian’s affirmative supplementary notes (7)
ADDENDA : A two letter notice, then a three letter room used as a study and the Russian word for yes.
23d Poems soldiers regularly used (4)
ODES : The second, fourth, sixth and eighth letters found in ‘soldiers’.
Once again 1a set the tone for the puzzle and is our favourite this week.
Quickie pun honoured + hate = on a date