Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28309
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We are home again now after living a nomadic existence for the last couple of weeks visiting various family members. It’s good to be back on familiar territory, and not having to cope with all the mad holiday traffic. We can also fully appreciate our pohutukawa trees, (New Zealand’s native Christmas tree) that are having a particularly spectacular blossoming this year.
We found this one to be at the gentler end of Jay’s spectrum.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a A county cricket club holds record: beat Spain, getting favourable reaction (10)
ACCEPTANCE : A from the clue, and then county cricket club gives us three C’s. Use two of them now, then a record that was played at 45rpm, next a synonym for beat or hit, then the C that we kept in reserve, and finish with the IVR code for Spain.
6a A military force backed at a distance (4)
AFAR : A from the clue and then the reversal of an airborne military force.
10a Takes part in training loyal reps at work (4-5)
ROLE-PLAYS : An anagram (at work) of LOYAL REPS.
12a Unprotected fund grew in value without recognition (13)
UNAPPRECIATED : The two central letters (unprotected) of fund, and a word meaning increased in value.
14a Broadcast source of malicious lies about old rewards scheme (3,5)
AIR MILES : A word meaning broadcast or publicise, then the first letter of malicious and an anagram (about) of LIES.
17a Family court proceedings admitting bishop (6)
TRIBAL : The chess abbreviation for bishop is inside a hearing in a criminal court.
21a Guess how film noir may have been produced? (4,2,3,4)
SHOT IN THE DARK : A literal translation of film noir should help you to understand this cryptic description.
25a Still at home — ends in strife after breakfast (5)
INERT : The two letter word for at home and then the final letters from the last three words of the clue.
26a Fat solidified across middle of cup (4)
SUET : Solidified as a jelly would be, includes the central letter of cup.
27a Brought up to date, way diners must change (10)
MODERNISED : A synonym for a way or method and then an anagram (must change) of DINERS.
1d Whispered comment dismissing second political adviser (4)
AIDE : A whispered comment often made on the stage loses the abbreviation for second (which also happens to be the second letter).
2d Overcome argument against short question (7)
CONQUER : A three letter word for an argument against any then a question or enquiry loses its last letter.
3d Adjusted pro rata invoice knocking off one zero causes quibbling (13)
PREVARICATION : An anagram (adjusted) of PRO RATA INVOICE after one of the O’s has been removed.
4d Shorter able-bodied man serving on game point, about given up (8)
ABRUPTER : The two letters for able-bodied men serving on a ship, then the national game of New Zealand, the two letter abbreviation for point and the reversal (up) of the two letters for ‘about’ or ‘concerning’.
7d Loud rave, sick at heart and agitated (7)
FRANTIC : The musical symbol for loud, a synonym for rave and then the central letters (at heart) of ‘sick’.
8d Houses team in new centres with no end of cost (10)
RESIDENCES : Another word for a team is found inside an anagram (new) of CENtRES , after the last letter of cost has been removed.
11d Government action, as it develops in hardship (13)
PRIVATISATION : A word for hardship or making do without contains an anagram (develops) of AS IT.
13d Supporter has time and gives help on the radio for make-up people (10)
FANTASISTS : The supporter is not a bra but an enthusiast, then the abbreviation for time and something that sounds like a word meaning ‘gives help’.
18d One complete fabrication about son’s hero-worship (7)
IDOLISE : The Roman numeral one, a short word meaning to complete or carry out, then a fabrication or untruth contains the abbreviation for son.
22d Ridiculously crossing borders for key capital (5)
TOKYO : The two external letters (borders) of ‘key’ are inside a word meaning ridiculously or overly.
23d Set fund using odds for stallion (4)
STUD : The first, third, fifth and seventh letters found in two words in the clue.
We enjoyed the two complicated charades in 1a and 4d today and the Quickie pun put up quite a fight too.
Quickie pun foray + know + fees = Foreign Office