Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28291
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We seem to have been talking about significant shake-ups in New Zealand lately and we have had another one this week. It was not an earthquake this time but the unexpected resignation on Monday of John Key who has been Prime Minister for the last eight years. It seems to have taken everyone by surprise and the news media have been totally absorbed by it. There is much speculation now on who will be his successor and what effect it will have on next year’s elections.
Jay has given us plenty to keep us smiling once again.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Let off extra duties at first (6)
SPARED : The first letter of duties follows a word meaning extra or in reserve.
5a County game is cut short before reserve appears (8)
CHESHIRE : Remove the last letter from a board game and then a word meaning reserve or rent.
9a Politicians who can’t abide changes finish in Lords (6,7)
SHADOW CABINET : An anagram (changes) of WHO CAN’T ABIDE plus the last letter of Lords.
10a Abandon plane and sit back working (8)
JETTISON : A type of aircraft, then sit from the clue is reversed and a two letter word for working or in operation.
11a Ambush means gamble (6)
WAYLAY : A means or method and then a word meaning to gamble or place a bet.
12a Con trendy officer on board (6)
INMATE : A short word for trendy and then a senior officer on a ship.
14a Carrots perhaps in cooked pot roast? (8)
TAPROOTS : An anagram (cooked) of POT ROAST.
19a Get at person entitled to entertain bishop (6)
NOBBLE : A member of the peerage includes the chess abbreviation for a bishop.
21a Guard fuel, needing area for energy (6)
PATROL : The fuel known to Americans as gasoline has the abbreviation for energy replaced by the abbreviation for area.
25a Dinnertime is fixed, and tea flexible, not exactly fixed (13)
INDETERMINATE : An anagram with the fodder coming from (is fixed) DINNERTIME and (flexible) TEA.
26a Turn right in passage for ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, for example (8)
ALLEGORY : A passage or narrow street surrounds a two letter word for a shot or turn and the abbreviation for right.
27a Rise to welcome Queen in maroon (6)
STRAND : Rise or get to one’s feet surrounds the the one letter regnal cipher.
3d Joint in carpet (5)
ROAST : This joint may appear for Sunday lunch, and the second meaning is to berate.
4d Thresholds in approaches, journalistically? (9)
DOORSTEPS : How a journalist, seeking an interview, pesters someone.
6d Joint push (5)
ELBOW : This joint is found half way down your arm.
8d Withdraw religious education pamphlet (7)
RETRACT : The abbreviation for religious education and then a pamphlet or treatise.
15d Match in Naples fragmented, occasioning such kicks (9)
PENALTIES : An anagram (fragmented) of NAPLES surrounds a type of sporting match.
18d Well-behaved worker in hospital (7)
ORDERLY : Double definition.
20d Liberal changing recent stand in church (7)
LECTERN : The one letter abbreviation for Liberal and an anagram (changing) of RECENT.
22d Fortune to come from this game? (5)
LOTTO: A word for fortune or fate is followed by ‘to’ from the clue.
24d Preside over key and locks (5)
CHAIR : A musical key and the locks that grow on one’s head.
We can’t decide whether 5d or 26a is our favourite today.
Quickie pun reaper + rubble = repairable