Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28255
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Since our last blog, crosswords have had to take more of a back seat as other activities have got in the way. A few months ago we had a couple of excursions to our son’s home for painting and paper-hanging duties. Now that our weather is getting warmer it is time to start the exterior painting part of the project and that is where we have been. Good progress was made and we are back now and ready to tackle another Jay puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Miss a festive occasion (4)
GALA : A dialect word for a young woman and A from the clue.
9a All the best gold rings perish (5)
ADIEU : The chemical symbol for gold surrounds (rings) a word meaning perish or expire.
10a Gradually supplies wimps welcoming sustenance (4-5)
DRIP-FEEDS : A synonym for wimps is outside sustenance or nourishment.
12a Girl Guides that could be stars of stage and screen? (7,6)
LEADING LADIES : Females who guide by going ahead.
14a Outrage after objective is put at risk (8)
ENDANGER : A word for outrage comes after an objective or goal.
15a Help out with game, oddly showing self-possession (6)
PHLEGM : An anagram (out) of HELP, then the first and third letters of game. (We decided not to put in a pic for this one.)
17a Flinch from engineers with wind (6)
RECOIL : Army engineers and then a word meaning wind or turn.
19a Prisoner found outside pub in the morning, kind of brown (8)
CINNAMON : A word for a pub or tavern, then the two letters denoting in the morning. All this is inside a word for a prisoner or convict.
21a Drastic pay cut helps the Queen to get stand-in tutor (6,7)
SUPPLY TEACHER : An anagram (drastic) of PAY CUT HELPS and then the regnal cipher for our queen.
24a Simple task for head coach sacking leader (2-7)
NO-BRAINER : A three letter slang word for a head and then a word for a sporting coach loses its first letter.
25a Excellent brief (5)
PRIME : Double definition. The second is a verb meaning to impart relevant information.
1d Endless free-for-all is fine in Glasgow (4)
BRAW : A free-for-all fight loses its last letter.
2d Got indignant — ‘Born Free’ was the first (7)
BRIDLED : The abbreviation for born, then a three letter word for free or dispose of and a word meaning was the first or went in front.
4d Men condescended to be heard, getting admitted to church (8)
ORDAINED : Men or ordinary soldiers and then a homophone of a word that means condescended.
5d Contemplating a share of money in general (5)
EYING : A lurker hiding in the last three words of the clue.
8d Masses sent millions to drop appraisal (10)
ASSESSMENT : Almost a lurker. Using the first two words, the abbreviation for millions is moved down six spaces.
13d Acts for theatre with grudges (10)
REPRESENTS : A three letter word for a type of provincial theatre and then a synonym for grudges as a verb.
16d Shambles as police inspector arrives, going inside perhaps (8)
DISARRAY : Detective Inspector, then the three letter abbreviation for arrives is inside a word for perhaps or for example.
18d First couple of pairs in line must be competent (7)
CAPABLE : The first two letters of pairs is inside a strong line or rope.
20d Rome’s worried about one hotel becoming addictive (7)
MOREISH : The Roman numeral one is inside an anagram (worried) of ROME’S, and then the letter that is represented by hotel in the phonetic alphabet.
23d View reversed after female charges (4)
FEES : The abbreviation for female and the reversal of view or observe.
A house where we used to live featured a magnificent 3d and we also spent several months on its eponymous Pacific island so that is our favourite today.
Quickie pun pine + tab + hear = pint of beer