Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28333
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It is hard to find anything positive to say about the weather we have been having during the last week. It has been cold wet and windy. Floods in some areas, wind damage in others and even widespread dollops of snow in some parts of the country. Not at all what we expect in January when most people are taking their summer holidays. Everyone is hoping that it will settle down soon and we can get back to the beach and barbecue scene that is so much part of a Southern Hemisphere summer.
Unlike the weather, Jay is much more reliable and unfailingly delivers a high quality puzzle every Wednesday.
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1a Comes to accept first people on the make (10)
ARRIVISTES : Comes or reaches a destination, contains the three character designation for first.
11a Half of profit being given in cashback is criminal (9)
REPROBATE : A cashback or refund surrounds the first three letters (half) of profit.
12a Flourish, but seeing deprivation in return of Mafia (7)
BLOSSOM : A slang word for the Mafia is reversed and put outside a word for deprivation.
14a Bearing and status (12)
WITHSTANDING : A synonym for ‘and’ and then another word for status.
18a Acutely embarrassing group in church value prayers at heart (12)
CRINGEWORTHY : A group or circle is inside the abbreviation for the Anglican Church. Next, a word for value, and then finish with the central letter (at heart) of prayers.
23a Tact and art redesigned as lure (7)
ATTRACT : An anagram (redesigned) of TACT and ART.
24a Reportedly man on range gets such protection (5,4)
CHAIN MAIL : A synonym for range that is often applied to mountains and then a homophone of a word for a man’s sex. (No sniggering at this hint please).
25a Love stern reputation (5)
ODOUR : The tennis score love and then stern or serious.
26a College porter going after the fourth of July (4)
YALE : The last letter (fourth letter) of July and porter or beer.
27a Gun initially held by lunatic seen on the rocks (10)
Gun initially held by stranger seen on the rocks (10) (Newspaper version)
STONEHENGE : An anagram (lunatic/stranger) of SEEN ON THE contains the first letter (initially) of gun.
2d Minister is member of board with first two members sacked (6)
RECTOR : The first two letters are removed from the title for someone who is on a corporate board.
3d Where one loses sight or night vision, nap restlessly (9,5)
VANISHING POINT : An anagram (restlessly) of NIGHT VISION NAP.
5d Throw out former pupil following exercise (5)
EXPEL : The two letters meaning former, then physical exercise and a pupil or learner.
8d The cheapest accommodation is always accepted by coach (8)
STEERAGE : A poetic word for always is inside a coach that we associate with the Wild West.
9d Old hotel tonight — no different! (4,2,3,5)
LONG IN THE TOOTH : An anagram (different) of HOTEL TONIGHT NO.
15d Girl mostly following sailor for protection (9)
TARPAULIN : A three letter word for a sailor and then a girl’s name without its last letter.
16d Withdraw from event before end of relay, causing irritation (8)
SCRATCHY : A word meaning withdraw from an event that is often applied to racehorses and then the final letter of relay.
17d Sack everybody pinching women’s online protection (8)
FIREWALL : Sack or dismiss from employment, then the abbreviation for women and a word for everybody.
20d Leading actor emptied venue fast (6)
STARVE : The first and last letters (emptied) of venue follow a leading actor or screen idol.
22d Bill supporting former lover’s demand (5)
EXACT : The former lover that we met in 5d is followed by a parliamentary bill once it has been passed.
Our favourite is 18a. We thought it a fitting description of today’s Quickie pun too.
Quickie pun furrow + dime + sake = for old times sake