Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28321
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Jay had us scratching our heads for a little longer than is often the case and, as usual, we found plenty to enjoy in the puzzle.
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1a Acquisition of property that’s buy-to-let experiencing a turnaround? (4-8)
HIRE-PURCHASE : Take a word that means buy and another that means ‘to let’ or lease and give the answer a turnaround by putting the ‘let’ word first. We get a deferred payment means of acquisition.
9a Feeling fine at heart — before instruction (9)
INTUITION : Take the two central letters (at heart) of fine, and then instruction or teaching.
12a Distinction of artist thus initially ignored (8)
EMINENCE : Tracey is the first name of this artist, and then a word meaning thus or therefore loses its first letter. We’ve put in a picture relating to the wordplay rather than the answer for this one.
13a Queen must be put on second heart (6)
TICKER : A second or short period of time and Her Majesty’s royal cipher.
18a Single person‘s back shortly after outing in car (8)
SPINSTER : A pleasure trip in a car, and then the back of a ship loses its last letter.|
19a Electrician from recreation area on board ship (6)
SPARKS : The abbreviation for a steam ship surrounds a recreation area.
21a Something left out from old assignment (8)
OMISSION : The abbreviation for old and an assignment that James Bond might have undertaken.
23a Characteristic of group born in court action (6)
TRIBAL : A hearing held in a court contains the one letter abbreviation for born.
27a Sloth, for example, of dreary son at home (6,3)
DEADLY SIN : A word that can mean dreary or very boring, then the abbreviation for son and the two letter ‘at home’ word.
1d Bob, perhaps, is dry (and cold) in shed (7)
HAIRCUT : Inside a word for a shed or simple building we have a word to dry out and the abbreviation for cold.
2d Bad-tempered teetotaller covered in fish (5)
RATTY : The two letters signifying teetotal are inside a flat fish.
4d Manage to cross island devastation (4)
RUIN : The one letter abbreviation for island is inside a word meaning to manage.
5d Personally developed hotel with bonkers European (8)
HANDMADE : The letter that is hotel in the phonetic alphabet, then a synonym for ‘with’, next a word meaning bonkers or crazy and finish with the abbreviation for European.
6d Hairdresser’s a student cutting boy (5)
SALON : A boy or male offspring contains ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for learner.
7d Possible delusion that’s big in France and half of Europe (8)
GRANDEUR : A French word for big and then the first three letters of Europe.
8d Tears from quiet Liverpool fans (6)
SHREDS : An exhortation to be quiet and then a name for Liverpool fans based on the colour of their team’s strip.
14d Detached building for visiting doctors, by a lake (8)
CLINICAL : The place where you might go for medical attention, ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for lake.
17d Indebted blonde foolishly keeping the man up (8)
BEHOLDEN : A third person masculine pronoun is reversed inside an anagram (foolishly) of BLONDE.
20d Quiet — the French must be in because … (7)
SILENCE : The French definite article is inside a word for because or ‘seeing that’.
22d … noises on arrival will reveal sound equipment (5)
SONAR : A lurker hiding in the first second and third words of the clue.
24d Add liquid while cooking low, maintaining temperature (5)
BASTE : A synonym for low or ignoble contains the abbreviation for temperature.
25d This person’s turned up holding silver gift-carriers (4)
MAGI : ‘This person is’ can be expressed in a 1’1 form. Reverse this and put it outside the chemical symbol for silver.
We seem to have chosen 1a quite a lot as our favourite lately, so today we will go to the other end of the grid and choose 28a.
Quickie pun array + need + hay = a rainy day