Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28279
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The significant earthquake that we had about 10 days ago has probably disappeared from your news by now but is still very much occupying our attention here. We are having minor earthquakes at a frequency of about one every three minutes. Most of these are small enough that they go un-noticed but some can give us a bit of a wobble. Kaikoura, the town most affected, still has no reliable land access and depends on irregular military vehicle convoys for supplies. Helicopters or small boats are the other options. Wellington has started the demolition of a few multi-storey buildings that were irreparably damaged in the big shake. Where we are, life is going on pretty much as normal but we do feel for those whose lives have been thrown into turmoil.
Nice to be back in our regular Wednesday blogging slot and having this Jay puzzle to deal with.
When we were writing the hints we noticed a sort of theme in the wordplay for 11a, 12a, 27a and 28a.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a In bed is not as fortunate (7)
BLESSED : A word meaning ‘is not as’ or ‘not as much as’ is inside bed from the clue.
9a Defeat hearing defect (5)
FLOOR : To defeat someone by knocking them down is a homophone of a word for a defect.
11a Confirmed international tariff will include new event (10)
INVETERATE : The abbreviation for international and then an anagram (new) of EVENT and a word for a tariff .
12a Time in charge is fair (4)
FETE : The abbreviation for time is inside a word for a charge.
18a Plan to go and get X-ray set — it needs reordering (4,8)
EXIT STRATEGY : An anagram (needs restoring) of GET X-RAY SET IT.
21a Manage temperature for a little one (4)
RUNT : A word meaning manage or organise and then the abbreviation for temperature.
22a Out of bed and suffering — honest (10)
UPSTANDING : A two letter word for out of bed and then suffering or bearing.
25a Powerless, being suspended by radio operator (9)
HAMSTRUNG : An amateur radio operator and then a word meaning suspended from a hook perhaps.
26a Silly relation taken in by hollow invective (5)
INANE : A short informal word for a grandmother is inside the first and last letters (hollow) of invective.
27a Hurried returns deserve recount (7)
NARRATE : Reverse a word meaning moved quickly, and then a word for deserve or be worthy of.
2d Slowly change and pass on responsibility, ignoring leader (6)
EVOLVE : Take a word meaning to pass on or hand down responsibility and remove its first letter.
3d Examine small metal container during voyage at sea (10)
SCRUTINISE : The abbreviation for small, and then a sea voyage contains a three letter metal container.
4d Try to prevent grazing animals crossing top of track (5)
DETER : Grazing animals that often have antlers contain the first letter of track.
5d Second family? Mean with money and very clingy (4-5)
SKIN-TIGHT : The abbreviation for a second, a word for family generally and then not generous with money.
6d Love women with education to be outstanding (4)
OWED : The letter representing love as a score, then the abbreviation for women and the one for education.
7d Indulged in ridiculous pipe dream, with no source of income (8)
PAMPERED : An anagram (ridiculous) of PiPEDREAM with the first letter of income removed.
8d Touching lines created by blokes under effect of the sun (8)
TANGENTS : The colour one strives to achieve by sunbathing and then blokes or men.
15d EU partner’s terrible entrance (9)
ENRAPTURE : An anagram (terrible) of EU PARTNER.
16d Beat one’s opponents crossing ground, but become less convincing (4,4)
WEAR THIN : Ground or even our planet is inside a word meaning beat one’s opponents.
17d Unsuitable name, ‘Scrooge’, when hoarding no millions (8)
MISNOMER : ‘No’ from the clue and the abbreviation for millions are inside what Scrooge is an example of.
19d Cover up a case of these and expand (6)
DILATE : Reverse a word for a cover or cap and then the first and last letters of ‘these’.
24d Mountain within borders of Vietnam (4)
ETNA : A lurker hiding in the last word of the clue.
There are two twelve letter answers in the puzzle. We liked both of them and can’t pick between them for a favourite.
Quickie pun Mars + turf + hall = masterful