Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28303
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Today’s blog comes from Wellington where we are staying for a few days looking after eight year old grandson Sam. Sam says Hi to everyone. We are in the suburb of Miramar, probably best known to the outside world as the location of Peter Jackson’s film studio and also the headquarters of Weta Workshop, the special effects wizards.
Jay has given us a tougher than usual puzzle this week and we even considered giving it 4 stars for difficulty. He also has, without overdoing a theme, included a couple of seasonal clues to go with the Nina that we failed to spot when we were solving the puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Outrageous figures clad outrageously (11)
DISGRACEFUL : An anagram (outrageously) of FIGURES CLAD.
9a Entertain royal equerry, just needing introduction (6)
REGALE : A synonym for royal or relating to the monarch and the first letter (just needing introduction) of equerry.
10a Pictures mostly universal church returning and promoting unity (8)
ECUMENIC : The whole clue works as a reversal indicated by ‘returning’. Pictures is the place where you go to see movies. Remove its last letter then the one letter abbreviation for universal and the abbreviation for the Anglican Church’
14a Long golf shot topped (4)
ITCH : Find a golf shot that is usually used to propel a ball high into the air towards a green, and then remove its first letter (topped).
15a Dejected, seeing hundred others killed in battle (11)
CRESTFALLEN : The Roman numeral for hundred, then a word meaning others or the remainder and a descriptive word for war casualties.
21a Block promotion (4)
PLUG : Double definition. The first might be found in a kitchen sink.
25a Hungry and keen to join group (5-3)
SHARP-SET : A synonym for keen or having a good edge and then a group.
2d Gallons put on board before ship’s departure (6)
EGRESS : The abbreviation for gallons is put inside a three letter poetic word for before, and then the abbreviation for a steamship.
3d Cutting from heather, a keen gardener’s requirement (4)
RAKE : A lurker hiding in the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue.
4d Last of a cigarette, in true denial (8)
REBUTTAL : The last part of a cigarette that was left in the ashtray when such things existed, is inside a synonym for true.
5d Say you’ll diet about this time of year (8)
YULETIDE : A homophone (say) for ‘you’ll’ and an anagram (about) of DIET.
7d Intends to indicate wealth (5)
MEANS : A double definition. The second can be resources.
8d Pastry chef oddly featured in article in newspaper (5)
PIECE : The first and third letters (the odd ones) of chef
are inside follow a filled pastry dish.
13d See below part of mainframe (5)
INFRA : A lurker hiding inside the last word of the clue.
16d Strictly accurate equipment letting in water, though no opening (8)
RIGOROUS : A three letter word for equipment or gear, and then remove the first letter from a word that means letting in water or not waterproof.
17d South American rasta found outside old city in Florida (8)
SARASOTA : The abbreviation for South America and then the abbreviation for old is inside the word ‘rasta’. (By a strange coincidence the suburb where we are staying is also a city in Florida.)
19d A greeting from Spain reciprocates one from across the seas? (5)
ALOHA : We know this Spanish greeting from blogs by pommers. It follows A from the clue. Reverse this to get a greeting from a place in the Pacific.
23d Maitre d’hotel keeps blistering (3-3)
RED-HOT : A lurker hiding in the first two words of the clue.
24d Struggles to support the French taxes (6)
LEVIES : The French definite article and then a word for struggles or competes with.
26d Those people will be tense initially, on edge (4)
THEM : The first letter of tense and then a word for edge or rim.
We are going to respect the seasonal traditions and nominate 28ac as our favourite.
Quickie pun sorely + sitters = solicitors