Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28267
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ****– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our usual time for going for a walk is in the morning. Yesterday, because the weather was awful, we postponed it until the evening. We just happened to be on the beach leg of the circuit in time to see a magnificent golden orange sunset over the Tasman Sea. Add to that the families of, now quite grown up, ducklings we had seen on the way to the beach and to top it all off, the pair of Royal Spoonbills placidly feeding in the estuary that we went past on our way home. Magic!
We found this a trickier than usual puzzle from Jay. Some of the extra stars for both difficulty and enjoyment came from the Quickie pun that put up quite a fight and then a huge penny-drop moment when we got it.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Such a worker houses journalist following murder (4-7)
SEMI-SKILLED : These houses are of a type between free-standing and terraced ones, then a word for to murder and a senior journalist.
9a Exchange parts of plan for rugby restart (4-3)
The answer could be an instruction to alter one of the elements in a diagram. (We’re not sure we have got the wordplay all sorted here. Perhaps someone has a better idea?
Find a synonym for a plan that has two syllables 3,4. Exchange these to make a 4-3 rugby restart. Thanks for help in sorting this one. Why could we not see that yesterday?
10a Standard officer in the United States navy (6)
ENSIGN : A double definition. The standard might be seen flapping at the top of a pole.
12a Making a profit from the web? (7)
NETTING : The web could be a mesh used to catch fish perhaps.
13a See code is broken and Enigma’s opening (7)
DIOCESE : An anagram (broken) of CODE IS and the first letter of Enigma.
14a Plants oddly displayed by former partner living abroad (5)
EXPAT : A two letter former partner is followed by the first, third, and fifth letter of plants.
15a Notice criminal hold out for majority (9)
ADULTHOOD : For notice here we need the two letter abbreviation for advertisement, and then an anagram (criminal) of HOLD OUT.
20a What may follow bride in coach? (5)
TRAIN : We are looking for the long flowing part of a bride’s gown for the first definition.
22a Colour of small slight cut (7)
SAFFRON : The abbreviation for small and then a word for a slight or insult loses its last letter.
25a Line appended to current agreement (6)
ACCORD : The abbreviation for alternating current and then a line or string.
26a Attitude shown by old-fashioned watch (7)
OUTLOOK : A short word for not in current fashion and then a word for watch or observe.
27a Buttonholes must have colour basis (11)
CORNERSTONE : A word meaning monopolises someone’s attention or buttonholes, and then a word that describes a shade of colour. The answer needs splitting 7,4 to give this wordplay.
2d Bighead, for example, exaggerated about dish discovered (7)
EGOTIST : The abbreviation for the Latin phrase meaning for example, then the three letters used to denote exaggerated or over the top. Inside this place the two letters that are left when the first and last letters of dish (the covers) are removed.
3d Join in — note pinched by thankless person (9)
INTEGRATE : One of the notes of the tonic sol-fa scale is inside a word for a thankless person.
5d Left a call to attack (4,3)
LASH OUT : The abbreviation for left, then ‘a’ from the clue and a loud vocal call.
8d Arch — that might be 16 (6)
INSTEP : Split the answer to 16d 5,4 to discover where this arch is to be found.
16d Junior to pay for being inconveniently in the way (9)
UNDERFOOT : Junior or subservient and then to pay for or take responsibility for settling a bill.
18d Skilful, holding account over, in effect (2,5)
DE FACTO : An abbreviation for account is inside a four letter word meaning skilful. Lastly, the abbreviation for a cricket over.
19d Nick largely untouched cut of meat (7)
PURLOIN : Start with a word meaning untouched or pristine and remove its last letter. Next we have a cut of meat taken from the lower part of an animal’s back.
21d A universal god or creator (6)
AUTHOR : ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviation for universal and a Norse god.
23d Miranda losing protection, unfortunately — it’s a low point (5)
NADIR : Remove the first and last letters from Miranda and make an anagram (unfortunately) of the remaining letters.
Lots of possibilities for favourite today and hard to pick just one so decided to be different and nominate the Quickie pun.
Quickie pun annas + tick + hold = a nasty cold