Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28297
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Another Wednesday, another Jay puzzle. They do seem to come around quickly and we always look forward to them. Out the window we can see that it is raining again. We seem to be having more than our share of it lately but at least it is keeping all the gardeners and farmers happy. So as we write this, the house is filled with the wonderful smells of Christmas goodies being baked.
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1a Essential details provided by supporters — lots (5,5)
BRASS TACKS : The often encountered undergarment supporters and an informal word meaning lots or heaps.
6a Measure pace (4)
STEP : Double definition. The first definition could refer to a procedure taken to rectify a situation.
11a Start to pay a lease on mature stock (9)
PARENTAGE : The first letter of pay, then ‘A’ from the clue, a word meaning lease or hire and a word meaning mature or grow older.
13a Determined a time to employ staff after commercial (7)
ADAMANT : Start with a two letter word for a commercial, then ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for time surround a word meaning to employ staff.
18a Hear terror is spreading — some may replace locks (4,8)
HAIR RESTORER : An anagram (spreading) of HEAR TERROR IS.
21a Copy most of response, taking heart from vicar (7)
REPLICA : A synonym for a response loses its last letter and is followed by the three central letters (heart) of vicar.
23a Jack ultimately has age and can nail constituent (7)
KERATIN : The last letter of Jack, then a lengthy period of time and a can or container.
25a Black slime in drink (5)
BOOZE : The abbreviation for black and then slime or mud.
26a European source of energy after reversing cut (4)
POLE : Cut as you might do to a tree branch, is reversed and then followed by the abbreviation for energy.
27a Fellow twice taken in by patrolling sentries gets drinks (10)
STIFFENERS : The abbreviation for fellow is repeated and placed inside an anagram (patrolling) of SENTRIES.|
2d Beer to welcome supporter, say, in accusing manner (6)
ALLEGE : The supporter this time is a lower limb and is inside a type of beer.
3d Disorganised spread knocked on the head (14)
SCATTERBRAINED : Spread or disperse and an informal word for knocked on the head.
4d Evaluates a page and expresses approval (9)
APPRAISES : ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviation for page followed by expresses approval or lauds.
7d Drink most of time, welcoming a song (3,5)
TIA MARIA : The first three letters of time surround ‘A’ from the clue and then an operatic song. (Bet we weren’t the only ones searching for a type of tea.)
8d Standing of inebriated priest, say, on the up (8)
PRESTIGE : An anagram (inebriated) of PRIEST and then the abbreviation that means say or for example is reversed.
16d Stayed ahead after depositing gold in Slough (6,2)
SHORED UP : The heraldic word for gold is inside a word for slough or discard and then we have a two letter word meaning ahead.
17d Phone about second point of sale and removal (8)
DISPOSAL : How you used to phone in the days when there was a circular thing to turn around with your finger. Inside this we have the abbreviation for second and the three letter abbreviation for ‘point of sale’.
19d Perhaps butterfly‘s light touch (6)
STROKE : Double definition. The first might be seen in a swimming pool.
20d A new set point, darlings! (6)
ANGELS : ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviation for new, set as a jelly does and then a compass point.
22d A film role on its own (5)
APART : ‘A’ from the clue and a film role or character.
Lots of nice charades today. The one we enjoyed most was 16d.
Quickie pun ferret + hale = fairy tale