Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28271
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Now here is a surprise. Hints and tips from an earthquake shaken pair of Kiwis on a Monday. Miffypops emailed last week to say he would not be available today so we have the pleasure of blogging a Rufus puzzle for a change.
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1a If better times are coming, they won’t last (7)
RECORDS : These are something that top athletes strive to achieve.
9a Stiff and thoroughly wet (5)
STEEP : Double definition. Difficult or uphill for the first and soak for the second.
10a Language from Asia Frank translated (9)
AFRIKAANS : An anagram (translated) of ASIA FRANK.
11a Iago cursed, getting put off? (10)
DISCOURAGE : An anagram (getting) of IAGO CURSED.
14a Introduce objectives to achieve financial security (4,4,4)
MAKE ENDS MEET : One needs to use a synonym for objectives as the middle word in the answer.
21a Kind of short cut for some TV or film workers (4)
CREW : Double definitions. The first being a hair style.
25a Army command that has to be rigidly obeyed (9)
ATTENTION : This command instructs the subordinates to adopt a rigid posture.
26a Samuel’s teacher takes note of top class (5)
ELITE : The biblical priest acknowledged as Samuel’s teacher and then a note from the tonic sol-fa scale.
27a Concentrate in German city church (7)
ESSENCE : A German city and then the abbreviation for the Anglican church.
28a Beg for an adjustment in net rate (7)
ENTREAT : An anagram (for an adjustment) of NET RATE.
1d More’s ideal land in which to live (6)
RESIDE : A lurker hiding in the first two words of the clue.
3d Concerning wills they’re shameless (10)
REPROBATES : The two letters signifying concerning or referring to, and then a word for wills after they have been officially accepted by a court.
4d A step in the making of street song (5)
STAIR : The abbreviation for street and another word for a song.
5d Bluster and rage on car breaking down (9)
ARROGANCE : An anagram (breaking down) of RAGE ON CAR.
6d All right, see me about that donkey (4)
MOKE : The two letters that signify all right are inside ME from the clue.
7d Learners find bad weather in driving areas (8)
TRAINEES : The places where golfers take their first shot surround wet weather,
8d Pays heed to details (8)
RESPECTS : Double definition.
13d Men’s assets put in order for valuation (10)
ASSESSMENTS : An anagram (put in order) of MEN’S ASSETS.
15d Stress English pies and mash must be cooked (9)
EMPHASISE : The abbreviation for English is followed by an anagram (must be cooked) of PIES MASH.
16d I came over to get tea brewed and dry up (8)
EMACIATE : Reverse the words ‘I came’ and add an anagram (brewed) of TEA.
19d With passion rising during examination of the past, see red (6)
CERISE : A three letter word for passion is reversed inside a Certificate of Secondary Education.
20d Upgrade a perfume (6)
ASCENT : ‘A’ from the clue and then a word for perfume or odour.
24d A new number to be put up shortly (4)
ANON : ‘A’ from the clue then the abbreviation for ‘new’ followed by the reversal of a two letter abbreviation for ‘number’.
Quickie pun force + ache = forsake