Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28249
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have an overcast Wednesday here with a light drizzly rain to make everything damp and soggy. Just the weather to be sitting inside working on cryptic crosswords.
Jay continues the pattern for this week with a relatively gentle but still good fun offering.
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1a Popular flower used as avatar, perhaps (11)
INCARNATION : A two letter word for popular and a flower often known as a pink.
9a Fail to pay for fallback position (7)
DEFAULT : A double definition.
10a Plod‘s correct about Director-General! (6)
TRUDGE : The letters denoting a Director-General are inside a word for correct or real.
12a Personal promotion of European tour about to advance (3,4)
EGO TRIP : The abbreviation for European and a word for a tour or journey surround a small word for advance or move forward.
13a Fighting fund, etc, now no longer in use (7)
DEFUNCT : An anagram (fighting) of FUND ETC.
15a Protest at fitted carpet being dumped in river (9)
DEPRECATE : A river (take your pick whether it is the one in Wales or in Scotland) surrounds an anagram (fitted) of CARPET.
17a Quickly prepares to take stock and drink (7,2)
RUSTLES UP : A word to steal livestock and a verb meaning to drink.
22a Runs out due to error in case of employees (7)
ELAPSES : The first and last letters of employees surround a word for an error or slip.
25a Border — a record spinner no one backed (6)
Amended online clue – Border – a record spinner, with number turning to trap one
ADJOIN : Border here is a verb. ‘A’ from the clue, and a record spinner who might be at a disco, then the Roman numeral One is inside the reversal of ‘no’ from the clue. (We can’t see exactly how this works with the clue written in this way. Perhaps we have missed something.)
26a With penetrating look, hence changing formation (7)
ECHELON : A two letter word for look is inside (penetrating) an anagram (changing) of HENCE.
27a Half-heartedly passed a Merc stupidly conserving energy — one could be caught by it? (5,6)
SPEED CAMERA : To get the fodder for this anagram remove one of the S’s from the heart of ‘passed’ and add the abbreviation for energy. We then have an anagram (stupidly) of PASsED A MERC E.
2d Temperature found in nerve cell particle (7)
NEUTRON : The medical word for a nerve cell contains the abbreviation for temperature.
4d Took account of empty theatre in sign of agreement (5)
NOTED : How one moves one’s head to show agreement surrounds the first and last letters of theatre.
6d Soldiers new in Palestinian area must get material (7)
ORGANZA : Lowly ranked soldiers, then the abbreviation for new is inside a ‘strip’ area of Palestine.
7d Sign supporting mostly inauspicious opponents (11)
ADVERSARIES : The zodiac sign represented by a ram follows a word meaning inauspicious without its last letter.
8d Manage to pay for a car touring France (6)
AFFORD : The IVR code for France is inside ‘A’ from the clue and a popular make of car.
11d Agent at unit being treated is getting weaker (11)
ATTENUATING : An anagram (being treated) of AGENT AT UNIT.
16d A smoker’s fancy castle in Spain? (4,5)
PIPE DREAM : Double definition. Castle in Spain is a figurative way of describing this.
18d Miss a date with joker (5-2)
STAND-UP : This joker is a type of comedian who you would not expect to be in a chair.
19d A few, after fifty, will accept one’s able to move gracefully (7)
LISSOME : The Roman numeral Fifty, then how you would write “one’s” using the Roman numeral one, and a word for a few or several.
20d Ally‘s trouble about end of war (7)
BROTHER : The last letter of war is inside a word for a trouble or nuisance.
21d Flipping short leg’s silly complaint (6)
NIGGLE : A common type of alcoholic drink that could be called a short is reversed and then an anagram (silly) of LEG.
23d Young man in charge creates kind of boom (5)
SONIC : A male offspring and then the abbreviation for in charge.
Very obvious what we would pick for favourite this week – 3d of course.
Quickie pun myrrh + keep up = mucky pup