Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28345
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have just had a holiday long-weekend here for Waitangi Day. February 6th 1840 was the date of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi which is recognised as the founding document of our nation. Special events are held at the site of the signing and at several other venues throughout the country. Our weather was pretty much typical of what we have had lately. Wellington’s daily paper even ran a headline rhyming summer with bummer.
Jay has given us a feast of lurkers in today’s puzzle along with several good beak-scratching moments.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Stamp book (4)
MARK : Double definition. The book is the second of the Gospels.
10a Animal life supporter possessing universal answer (5)
FAUNA : The supporter is someone who enthusiastically backs a sports team or pop star, and includes the abbreviation for universal. Finally we have the abbreviation for answer.
11a Vessel from small island carrying post (9)
CAPILLARY : A three letter low islet is outside a post or supporting column.
12a Issue a note after return of important person (7)
EMANATE : Start with the reversal of a word for an important person, then A from the clue and one of the notes of the tonic sol-fa scale.
13a Media lecturer covers particular form of language (7)
DIALECT : Our first lurker, hiding in the first two words of the clue.
14a Data analyst seeing it is as intact after processing (12)
STATISTICIAN : An anagram (after processing ) of IT IS AS INTACT.
18a Short of cash receipts for tasks (12)
UNDERTAKINGS : A word meaning short of or below and one for cash receipts that a shopkeeper might accumulate.
21a Band touring borders of Wales becomes mature (5,2)
GROWS UP : The first and last letters (borders) of Wales are inside a band or collection of people.
23a Perfect a point disputed by university (7)
UTOPIAN : An anagram (disputed) of A POINT follows the abbreviation for university.
25a Anaesthetic used in gene therapy (5)
ETHER : Our second lurker, this time in the last two words of the clue.
26a Minimum energy expended — keep going (4)
LAST : Remove the abbreviation for energy from inside a word meaning minimum.
27a People in charge push for sudden increase in electricity usage (5,5)
POWER SURGE : To find the word play split the answer 6,4 to give a word for people in charge and then push or encourage.
1d Frequently suppressed by son’s temper (6)
SOFTEN : The abbreviation for son is followed by a word meaning frequently.
2d Impartial, with no time for dealing with nerves (6)
NEURAL : Find a word for impartial or detached and remove the abbreviation for time from within it.
3d Typical letter — one’s credit is curtailed (14)
CHARACTERISTIC : A letter or even a number perhaps, then the Roman numeral one with its ‘s’ and then an informal word for credit without its last letter.
7d Clubs in two areas planned to elevate scholarly life (8)
ACADEMIA : The card suit clubs is inside the repeated abbreviation for area, and then a word meaning planned or intended is reversed.
9d Politicians’ targets all at sea? (8,6)
FLOATING VOTERS : A cryptic definition of those people considered to crucially influence the outcome of an election.
15d Encourage last-minute changes, ignoring head of news (9)
STIMULATE : An anagram (changes) of LAST MInUTE after the first letter of news has been removed.
16d Precise as a well-rehearsed move in theatre? (8)
SURGICAL : The theatre here is not one where you would expect a stage performance.
17d Desperate Dan’s welcoming 24 hours in Paris and retires (8)
ADJOURNS : The French word for day is inside an anagram (desperate) of DANS.
19d Decline accompanying the Queen (6)
WITHER : A four letter word meaning accompanying and then our Queen’s regnal cypher.
We were spoilt for choice for a favourite today. 1a, 11a, 8d and 9d all had ticks as possibilities.
Quickie pun braked + answer = breakdancer