Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28285
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Here’s something for those who enjoy Googling places. Carol has just spent a few days on Matiu/Somes Island with a group of friends. This small island is right in the middle of Wellington harbour and has spent much of its history being a human or animal quarantine station and some as a war-time internment camp. In the last couple of decades it has been open to the public and is being developed as a wildlife sanctuary. It now even has a thriving colony of Tuatara. Despite windy conditions she and her friends had a great time.
A slightly harder Jay puzzle for us to blog today.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Gloomy American’s angry about graduate physician (6)
SOMBRE : An American word meaning angry or disgruntled surrounds a degree that a doctor may have.
4a Solicitor’s unexpected approach? (4,4)
COLD CALL : A cryptic definition for an uninvited approach by somebody selling something.
11a Female pinched by many in the air (5)
ALOFT : A 1,3 phrase for many includes the abbreviation for female.
12a Leader of Tories with excuse for disloyalty (7)
TREASON : The first letter of Tories and then a synonym for an excuse.
13a Synthetic hair worn by mother and daughter (3-4)
MAN-MADE : Hair as found on a horse or a lion surrounds a two letter informal word for mother and the abbreviation for daughter.
14a A famous actor runs to take the lead as religious follower (5)
RASTA : Start with ‘A’ from the clue and any famous actor and then move the last letter ‘R’ to the beginning.
18a Fancy it, say, with her neurotic disorder (8)
HYSTERIA : An anagram (fancy) of IT SAY HER.
20a Unable to sleep needing a wash (5)
AWAKE : ‘A’ from the clue and the wash created by a moving vessel.
26a Picture review printed within cover of issue (5)
IMAGE : A shortened form of a word for a printed review or periodical is inside the first and last letters of issue.
27a I need bill to be adjusted, but it’s fixed (9)
INDELIBLE : An anagram (to be adjusted) of I NEED BILL.
28a First part of site to be in leaf (4,4)
HOME PAGE : Where one is when one is said to be ‘in’, and a leaf as found in a book.
29a Coming a day before opening (6)
ADVENT : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for day and then an opening or slit.
1d Call for help interrupted by British politician’s tale of woe (3,5)
SOB STORY : The Morse code call for help includes the abbreviation for British and then a right wing politician.
2d People not satisfied with answer given in dodgy sermon (7)
MOANERS : An anagram (dodgy) of SERMON includes the abbreviation for answer.
3d Rave around sites for development is unaffected (9)
RESISTANT : An anagram (for development) of SITES is inside a synonym for rave.
5d Never look for mourners here (4,2,4,4)
OVER MY DEAD BODY : Where the setter could expect mourners to be at some time in the future. (A very very long time we hope)
6d Sketched river during daybreak (5)
DRAWN : A word for daybreak includes the abbreviation for river.
9d Saucy embellishment of haute couture? (6,8)
FRENCH DRESSING : The language of haute couture and what it concerns. (That was much easier to solve than it was to compose a hint!)
16d Screamed head off about tag and put a coat on (9)
ENAMELLED : Find a synonym for screamed or shouted and remove its first letter and inside this put a synonym for a tag or label.
17d Vagrant‘s gone round for policeman (8)
DEADBEAT : A word meaning gone or extinct and then a round walked by a policeman.
21d Heard beer includes acceptable offer turning up (7)
AUDIBLE : A type of beer includes the single letter signifying acceptable and the reversal of an offer that could be made at an auction.
22d Book is excellent — a source of happiness (6)
ISAIAH : ‘Is’ from the clue, then two letters signifying top quality, ‘A’ from the clue and the first letter of happiness.
24d Women needing assistance, seeing impudent young lad (5)
WHELP : The abbreviation for women and a word for assistance.
We particularly enjoyed working out 13a so that is today’s favourite.
Quickie pun gross + hurries = groceries