Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28243
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We were wondering what to write about this week. The options were the things we spotted on our walk this morning such as the three new large families of ducklings, the pair of Kotuku or White Herons that appear to have become residents rather than occasional visitors, the flock of very hungry bedraggled Bar-tailed Godwits that have just arrived from their non-stop flight from Alaska, or even the unexpected spring shower that made us glad we had worn our raincoats. But then we opened up the blog website and found that our last contribution was number 99 under the 2Kiwis banner. If this were a cricket match, now is the time we would raise our bats in the air and wave them in acknowledgement to the crowd. Doesn’t time fly!
Plenty to enjoy again in Jay’s puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Undercover family needs it to change (11)
CLANDESTINE : A Scottish family group and then an anagram (to change) of NEEDS IT.
9a Lawyer meeting patient, maybe a carrier (9)
BRIEFCASE : An informal word for a lawyer, and then how a doctor’s patient might be described.
10a Material convinced on the radio (5)
SUEDE : A homophone of a word meaning convinced or influenced.
11a Perjurer ringing once oddly in a row (6)
Clue amended to read: Perjurer ringing once, oddly not involved in a row (6)
LINEAR : A four letter teller of untruths contains the second and fourth letters of once.
15a Left dance drunk after graduate fair (8)
BALANCED : A graduate with a bachelors degree, the abbreviation for left and an anagram (drunk) of DANCE.
19a Make up name to be assumed by popular doctor (6)
INVENT : A two letter word meaning popular and then an animal doctor contains the abbreviation for name.
21a Extend agreement to cover results over target range, initially (8)
PROTRACT : A four letter word for an agreement has inside it the starting letters of the fifth to eighth words in the clue.
23a Tipsy chef’s hidden spirit (6)
PSYCHE : A lurker hiding in the first two words of the clue.
26a Principle demonstrated by the empty grid (5)
TENET : ‘The’ is emptied by removing its H. Then a synonym for grid or lattice.
27a Lease revoked in disturbed client’s mind (9)
INTELLECT : An anagram (disturbed) of CLIENT surrounds the reversal of a word meaning lease or make available to rent.
28a Rotten practice with company of French driver’s rules (7,4)
HIGHWAY CODE : A word meaning rotten and smelly and then one for practice or method, the abbreviation for company and the French word for ‘of’.
2d Co-ordinate a policy broadcast (5)
ALIGN : ‘A’ from the clue and then a word that sounds like a policy or system of operation.
3d Costs incurred by scuffle during trades (9)
DEFRAYALS : A scuffle or minor skirmish is inside trades or financial transactions.
6d Try, seeing enemies losing heart, perhaps (5)
ESSAY : Remove all but the first and last letters from enemies and then a word meaning perhaps or for example.
7d Promised disheartened pal, getting nicked (7)
PLEDGED : The first and last letters of ‘pal’ and then nicked as in the game alluded to in the preamble.
8d Rather inferior cider some brewed with no end of apples (8)
MEDIOCRE : An anagram (brewed) of CIDER sOME after the last letter of apples has been removed.
14d Muzzle pug — not in buckles (8)
GUNPOINT : An anagram (buckles) of PUG NOT IN.
16d Relative’s friend is an easy target for criticism (4,5)
AUNT SALLY : A female relative, ‘S from the clue and then a friend or associate.
17d Attractive, feminine and making a deep impression (8)
FETCHING : The abbreviation for feminine and the craft of engraving.
18d Dump mainly serious adviser on course (7)
TIPSTER : A synonym for dump and then a word meaning serious or authoritarian loses its last letter.
22d Gag miserable specimen with no wife (5)
RETCH : Remove the abbreviation for wife from the beginning of a miserable specimen.
24d Belief system encountered in sacred orders (5)
CREDO : A lurker hiding in the last two words of the clue.
25d Cook‘s stitch in time? No — the other way round! (4)
STEW : The abbreviation for time is inside a word to do needlework (ie time is in stitch not stitch in time.)
The proliferation of fish makes 12a our favourite this week.
Quickie pun sigh + defects = side effects