Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28327
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It is Agapanthus flowering time. A reminder to us that a whole year has passed since we had a much enjoyed visit from Kath and Chris. We appreciate that Agapanthus is a species that is cherished and admired by UK gardeners. Here it is more in the nature of a ubiquitous weed and is even classified as an “environmental weed” or “restricted pest plant” in some areas of the country. But whether one loves them or hates them, they certainly make an impressive blue and white display at this time of the year.
No particular problems with today’s Jay puzzle though there were several clues where a bit of extra thought was required.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Last of traditionalists drives slowly, writes quickly (7)
SCRAWLS : The final letter of traditionalists and then drives slowly or creeps along.
10a Easily broken Scot, for example, let off (7)
BRITTLE : A shortened form of the nationality that a Scot or even a Welshman could claim, and an anagram (off) of LET.
12a Bore‘s medical condition (4,2,3,4)
PAIN IN THE NECK : A double definition. The medical condition affects the cervical region.
14a Kanu’s last sending off — not authorised (8)
UNSIGNED : The final letter of Kanu, and then an anagram (off) of SENDING.
17a Religious type delayed by old bishop (6)
OBLATE : The abbreviation for old, then the chess notation for bishop and delayed or not on time.
19a Cleaner has master’s degree and attractive personality (8)
CHARISMA : A ‘lady wot does’ and a 2,2 way of expressing ‘has a master’s degree’.
24a Abstainers embracing teetotallers after German backed meeting near the seaside? (7)
REGATTA : Reverse the three letter abbreviation for German and then the two letter abstainers’ organisation surrounds the abbreviation for teetotallers.
26a Wrong end of rack for a kitchen unit (4)
SINK : A wrong or evil deed and the last letter of rack.
27a Cunning mole-like creatures protecting loose ends (10)
SHREWDNESS : An anagram (loose) of ENDS is inside these mole-like creatures.
1d Keep quiet about a son in band (4)
SASH : A from the clue and the abbreviation for son are both inside a request to keep quiet.
2d By the way, when covering support, duck (7)
APROPOS : A two letter synonym for when surrounds a rigid support and the cricket score duck.
4d Signs of excitement in Australia (8)
AUSPICES : The IVR code for Australia is outside a word for excitement or zing.
7d Tyre trader relocating around end of June (7)
RETREAD : The last letter of June is inside an anagram (relocating) of TRADER.
8d Rest must have money to eat (5,5)
BREAK BREAD : A synonym for a rest or adjournment is followed by an informal term for money.
11d Gina undressed and felt raw (13)
INEXPERIENCED : Undress Gina by removing her first and last letters and then a word for felt or had the sensation of.
13d Under the weather, having no more classes? (3,2,5)
OUT OF SORTS : Classes here is a verb meaning organises or puts in order and comes after a phrase for having no more or depleted.
18d Telling porkies at home, and not getting up (5,2)
LYING IN : What somebody telling porkies is doing and then the usual short word for ‘at home’.
20d Sally loses heart, scarf and beat (7)
SYSTOLE : The first and last letters of Sally (loses heart) and then a type of scarf that is worn around the shoulders, and that was originally an ecclesiastical vestment.
22d Quite a character, keeping aboard train (5)
TEACH : A lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue.
23d Requests fool to entertain king (4)
ASKS : The chess notation for king is inside a fool or stupid person.
Quickie pun Powys + truck + chair = power structure