Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28237
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have been living a rather nomadic existence lately with school holidays precipitating calls from Wellington for grandparents to do custodial duties. School resumes next week so things should be back to normal again then. We’re right into Spring conditions here, changeable and windy with everything growing like mad.
The usual good Wednesday fun from Jay.
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5a Refusal to acknowledge sweeper out of form (5-3)
BRUSH-OFF : An implement used as a sweeper and a short word meaning not on form.
10a Butter up easily hurt cleaner (4-4)
SOFT-SOAP : Easily hurt or not hardened and a cleaner that is usually found as a cake in the bathroom.
11a Eradicating right to go relaxing (6)
EASING : Take a word meaning eradicating or rubbing out and remove the abbreviation for right.
12a Muggy day clinched the sale? (6)
CLOSED : A word used to describe muggy or humid and the abbreviation for day.
14a Person easily convinced to hang around after knocking back drink (8)
PUSHOVER : Reverse a three letter word meaning to take a drink, and then to hang around as a helicopter might do.
21a Fungal infection of right-winger backed by doctor (3,3)
DRY ROT : An abbreviation for a doctor and the reversal of a right wing political supporter.
23a Weight of a vast rig at sea? (8)
GRAVITAS An anagram (at sea) of A VAST RIG.
25a Suffering parental pariah has no time for such trappings (13)
PARAPHERNALIA : An anagram (suffering) of PARENtAL PARIAH after (T)ime has been removed.
26a Unease rose, yet sent back to take in sights (8)
EYESORES : A reversed lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue.
27a Do puzzle, heading off for daughter (6)
DIDDLE : A word for puzzle has its first letter removed and replaced with the abbreviation for daughter.
3d Highly skilled, but with no power to wield (5)
EXERT : The abbreviation for power is removed from inside a word meaning highly skilled.
4d Type of purchase made by brotherhood, one hears (4,5)
MAIL ORDER : The answer sounds like a religious community where women are excluded.
5d Music genre of Scot perhaps seen on American Dad (7)
BRITPOP : What a Scot or even a Welshman could be examples of, and an informal American word for a father.
6d Custom in mounting Pegasus (5)
USAGE : A reversed lurker hiding in the last word of the clue.
8d Intended to welcome new money (7)
FINANCE : A man intending to marry includes the abbreviation for new.
15d Taken to court about smear and suffered (9)
SUSTAINED : A synonym for a smear is inside a word for taken to court to recover damages.
17d How party without women sadly becomes degenerate (7)
ATROPHY : An anagram (sadly becomes) of HOw PARTY once the abbreviation for women has been removed.
20d Cut short attempt to be of help to Labour (7)
TRAVAIL : A three letter word for an attempt loses its last letter, and then a word meaning to be of help.
24d Did nothing, but lied about pinching diamonds (5)
IDLED : An anagram (about) of LIED and the abbreviation for diamonds as a card suit.
Our favourite today is 7d.
Quickie pun fore + sofa + bit = force of habit