Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28315
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our first post of 2017 so Happy New Year everyone.
Our Pohutukawa trees now have a carpet of red underneath them. Their spectacular Christmas display is only short-lived and the trees do not even observe the usual custom of waiting for Twelfth Night to remove their decorations. Our weather continues to be unseasonably variable. This morning’s forecast for the whole country even mentioned the possibility of snow in the far south. However we are getting some days of good summer holiday weather in the mix.
Enjoy today’s puzzle from Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Sound drunk after refreshing drink (10)
WATERTIGHT : The refreshing drink is sometimes called Adam’s Ale and is followed by an informal word for drunk.
6a Reversible raincoats? Must be a con trick (4)
SCAM : Simply reverse a common name that we use for raincoats.
10a Overall interest payable before working (5)
APRON : The abbreviation that is used for annual percentage rate, and then working or in operation.
11a Lob defender — a reminder of the old days? (9)
THROWBACK : Lob or toss and then a member of a sports team who is in a defensive position.
12a Learned people‘s strange rite in mostly dead language (8)
LITERATI : The language of the Romans loses its last letter and surrounds an anagram (strange) of RITE.
15a Gets off when holding torch, perhaps (7)
ALIGHTS : A two letter synonym for when encloses a word for a torch or lamp.
19a Gifted, but finish with nothing and get married (7)
ENDOWED : A word meaning finish or complete, then the letter that signifies nothing and a word meaning get married.
21a Part of parade to Gibraltar returned wearing blinkers? (7)
BIGOTED : A lurker that is reversed within the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue.
22a Demolish last of carrots and potatoes (5)
SMASH : The last letter of carrots, and potatoes when served in a pureed form.
24a Tea with no pretensions for this minister (8)
CHAPLAIN : An informal word for tea and then a word for having no pretensions or ordinary.
28a Hot air trap (5)
MOUTH : Hot air here means to deliver empty talk, and trap is an informal word for the organ that does this. (We’re not quite sure about this one. Any better ideas?)
30a Affection shown by extravagant chaps in hospital department (10)
ENDEARMENT : A word for extravagant or expensive and a synonym for chaps are inside the hospital department that deals with organs in one’s head and neck.
1d Deterioration in sport (4)
WEAR : A double definition. Sport here means to be dressed in.
2d Bound to admit mistake if in great fear (9)
TERRIFIED : A three letter word meaning make a mistake and IF from the clue are inside a word for bound or restrained.
3d Extent of anger about origin of news (5)
RANGE : The first letter of news is inside a word for anger.
4d Visibly upset, seeing current rents (2,5)
IN TEARS : A short word for current or fashionable and then rents or pulls apart.
5d The girl’s call — must be fish (7)
HERRING : A female possessive personal pronoun and then a telephone call.
7d Church voice and seat of authority (5)
CHAIR : The abbreviation for church and then to voice or publicise.
8d Madam’s keen to change and provide compensation (4,6)
MAKE AMENDS : An anagram (to change) of MADAM’S KEEN.
9d Women in trading as result of injury (8)
SWELLING : The abbreviation for women is found inside a word for trading or retailing.
14d Steals routine for reviews (5,5)
TAKES STOCK : Steals or removes without permission and then routine or run of the mill.
18d But a trite novel may show quality (9)
ATTRIBUTE : An anagram (novel) of BUT A TRITE.
20d Way of speaking of drug dependency without notice (7)
DICTION : Remove the two letters for a notice or advertisement from the beginning of a word meaning drug dependency.
23d Tree which, planted by man, would be official (5)
ALDER : If the word ‘man’ is added to this tree we can find a local government official.
26d Touch of humour around hospital (4)
WHIT : The abbreviation for hospital is inside humour or cleverness.
The meaning of sound in 1a had us confused for a while so 1a is again our favourite.
Quickie pun carries + horse = curry sauce