Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28351
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The komplication with the Ks kontinues. Yesterday we had a different 2Ks writing the blog and today we just have 1K instead of the normal twosome. The world of kryptic krosswords is such a komplex kommunity!
We are having one of those rare things for this NZ summer. A few consecutive days of calm, fine weather. Long may it last.
A bit hard to judge the difficulty with only half of the team here but it felt pretty much what we always get from Mr Konsistancy Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Professional defined by wartime dictionary (5)
MEDIC: A lurker hiding in the last two words of the clue.
10a Workers protected by a welcome understanding (9)
AGREEMENT: Start with A from the clue, then male workers are inside a word meaning to welcome or say hello to.
11a Mental detachment of people after a rest (10)
ALIENATION: A from the clue then rest in a prone position followed by a collective noun for people of one country.
14a Bloody-minded old boy found in front of new superstore (12)
OBSTREPEROUS: The abbreviation for old boy and an anagram (new) of SUPERSTORE.
21a Manufactured returns for Dutch product (4)
EDAM: Reverse a word that means manufactured to find this cheese.
22a Bug people who choose to be critics (10)
NITPICKERS: A bug or head louse egg and a description of ‘people who choose’.
25a Costing the earth? Absolutely not! (4,5)
DIRT CHEAP: A cryptic description of things that have a very low price.
26a Religious painting of two Greek characters (5)
PIETA: The two Greek characters are the 16th and 7th letters in the Greek alphabet.
28a Postpone outlay to accommodate American (7)
SUSPEND: The abbreviation for United States is inside a word to outlay or proffer money.
1d Regret doctor taking pulse? On the contrary (6)
BEMOAN: The abbreviation for a medical officer is inside a type of vegetable pulse.
3d After short time, be someone very good or not quite as good? (6,4)
SECOND BEST: The short time is one sixtieth of a minute. Next we have BE straight from the clue and a canonised person.
4d Right to take part in stupid sketch (5)
DRAFT: R(ight) is inside a word for stupid or not sensible.
5d Damage further inside of hall made from marble (9)
MARMOREAL: A three letter word for damage or harm, a word for further or in addition and the central two letters of hall.
6d Turns and leaves (4)
GOES: Double definition. The turns are as you might have in a board game.
7d Vote in right, working for part of 12 (8)
ELECTRON: A word meaning ‘vote in’, the abbreviation for right and a two letter word for working or in action. Alternatively it could be ” Make our mystery setter president”.
8d Make best use of work — time is flexible (8)
OPTIMISE: The two letter ‘work of art’ and an anagram (flexible) of TIME IS.
15d Perhaps watch grandfather supplying traitors (3-6)
TWO-TIMERS: Watch and grandfather are both examples of the second word of the answer.
17d Hearing score in cricket test (5,3)
TRIAL RUN: A hearing in a court of law and what a point scored in a game of cricket is called.
19d Cancel river crossing permit (6)
DELETE: The name of the river that geographers all round the world seem to have used when they had already covered the first three letters of the alphabet, surrounds permit or allow.
20d Key one’s left with? (6)
ISLAND: Last week we listed three useful little words to remember. Here is one of them as the definition. Roman numeral one with ‘s, L(eft) plus a word for ‘with’.
23d Tubes or fruit seeds full of energy (5)
PIPES: Fruit seeds as found in apples, pears etc include E(nergy).
24d Aggregate including cold film on liquid (4)
SCUM: Aggregate or total includes the abbreviation for cold.
Once again 1a set the tone for the puzzle and it talks about our side of the planet. Enough to score top spot in my reckoning.
Quickie pun ice age + heaves = “I say Jeeves”