Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28261
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A solo flight today as Carol is once again away in Wellington leaving me to hold the fort. Now that the UK has done the clock changing thing our solving time has been moved again and it is now an early afternoon activity instead of a late morning one but we can cope with that. Our weather continues to do its Spring thing and fluctuate hugely. We even had a late frost a couple of days ago which rather upset the keen gardeners that we know.
A nice puzzle again from Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Mutual respect’s beginning with police car going off (10)
RECIPROCAL: Firstly the initial letter of respect and then an anagram (going off) of POLICE CAR.
9a Criminal pair one found in sect (7)
CULPRIT: A two letter abbreviation for pair and the Roman numeral one are inside a sect or religious group.
10a Incapable of supporting oneself? (7)
LEGLESS: Literally not having supportive appendages.
14a Go and cover for person switching sides (8)
TURNCOAT: A go or a shot and cover as one could with paint perhaps.
17a A person elected by vicar to refurbish (6)
REVAMP: A from the clue and a member of parliament follow a three letter address for a vicar.
19a Criminal only disheartened with condition attached by judge initially (8)
JOYRIDER: Start with the first letter of judge, then the first and last letters (disheartened) of only and then a term for an attached condition to a contract or agreement.
21a Limp and miss a platform — I must go to California shortly (13)
LACKADAISICAL: A word meaning miss or be without, A from the clue, a raised platform, I from the clue and finish with a three letter abbreviation for California.
25a Gently boil outside with fish, for example (7)
SWIMMER: Insert the abbreviation for with into a word meaning gently boil.
27a Very popular, and completely sane, drinking a gallon (3,3,4)
ALL THE RAGE: Take a 3,5 phrase meaning completely sane and insert A from the clue and the abbreviation for gallon.
1d Loaded, but ridiculous (4)
RICH: Double definition. For the second definition the phrase “a bit xxxx” is the common usage.
2d State of tension seeing coward struggling across line (4,3)
COLD WAR: An anagram (struggling) of COWARD includes L(ine).
3d Maybe mum’s got people with her controlling organisation (6,7)
PARENT COMPANY: What a mum is an example of and a word that can mean ‘has got people with her.’
4d Exotic oil on tap, available as choice (8)
OPTIONAL: An anagram (exotic) of OIL ON TAP.
7d Parking on grass to get around parking twice, got ready (7)
PREPPED: We need to use the abbreviation for parking three times. Once at the beginning and then twice inside a word for a grass stem.
8d Desperate attempt to survive holiday centre (4,6)
LAST RESORT: A word for survive or endure and a place one might go for a holiday.
11d Doctors ring needing custom (5,8)
GROUP PRACTICE: A ring or collection of people and a word for a custom or usage.
13d Plots Conservative approach in the case of schools (10)
STORYLINES: Someone who is right-wing politically and an approach or direction is all enclosed by the first and last letters (case) of schools.
18d Governor‘s frailty, getting broody regularly (7)
VICEROY: A frailty or failing and the second, fourth and sixth letters of broody.
20d Predicament laid out over English military award (7)
DILEMMA: An anagram (out) of LAID contains the abbreviations for English and Military Medal.
23d Couple lacking source of cash for bank of Scotland (4)
BRAE: Remove the first letter of cash from inside a word for a pair. This pair is most commonly used for game birds.
I enjoyed putting all the pieces together for 21a so that is my favourite today.
Quickie pun jaw + nick + hash = Johnny Cash
I had to text Carol to sort that one out for me. Thanks Carol.