Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28357
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Kia ora from Aotearoa and a special greeting with all our best wishes to the birthday boy.
At last we have the chance to be really positive about our summer weather. We are now getting warm sunny days with temperatures in the mid to high 20’s. It has been a long time coming this year which makes us appreciate it all the more. We won’t need to give a wildlife report this week as Mr Kitty supplied a beautifully illustrated one yesterday.
Enjoy today’s puzzle from Jay. We did.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Pay for alcohol producer making complete lack of progress (10)
STANDSTILL : Pay for or pick up the tab and a piece of equipment that is used to produce alcohol.
6a Parody, but avoid dismissing Queen (4)
SKIT : A word meaning avoid or ‘go round the perimeter’ loses the regnal cypher for a queen.
10a Develops classes (5)
FORMS : A double definition. These classes are found in a secondary school.
12a Snack keeping Olympic chiefs sweet (7)
TAPIOCA : A snack originating in Spain contains the three letter acronym for senior Olympic officials. (This sweet seems to be the favourite desert of anyone who experienced school meals.)
14a Of historic South American extraction, getting very heated (12)
INCANDESCENT : Relating to one of the historic South American races and a word for extraction or lineage.
18a Well-established pine substitute burning at last (4-8)
LONG-STANDING : A synonym for pine or ache for then a 5-2 substitute, and the last letter of burning.
21a Drivers sharing complain, ladies perhaps being rejected (3,4)
CAR POOL : A four letter word for complain or nag, and then reverse an informal word for what a ladies or gents may be.
24a Protest planned about European Commission is not to be disclosed (3,6)
TOP SECRET : The abbreviation for European Commission is inside an anagram (planned) of PROTEST.
25a The setter turned and encountered a tourist (5)
EMMET : A personal pronoun that Jay would use for himself is reversed, and then a word meaning encountered, give us this word used mainly in Cornwall.
26a Swell expected to swamp east of Ireland (4)
DUDE : The east of Ireland is its last letter and this is inside a word meaning expected.
27a View oddly depicted in heraldry, redesigned rarely (6,4)
HARDLY EVER : The first and third letters of view are inside an anagram (redesigned) of HERALDRY.
1d Security for instance covering most of fair (6)
SAFETY : A fair or carnival loses its last letter and is inside a three letter word meaning for instance.
2d Likely to keep book on rugby short (6)
ABRUPT : Likely or suitable surrounds the abbreviations for book and Rugby Union.
3d Considers touts floundering in such retail outlets (8,6)
DISCOUNT STORES : An anagram (floundering) of CONSIDERS TOUTS.
4d Best of the bunch becoming boss (3,6)
TOP BANANA : Double definition. The fruit should be pretty obvious from the clue.
7d Eager to finish early with mistress, collapse (4,4)
KEEL OVER : A word meaning eager finishes early by losing its last letter and then a mistress or paramour.
9d Coy nurse is worried with bank’s way of ending letter! (5,9)
YOURS SINCERELY : An anagram (worried) of COY NURSE IS and then a word meaning bank or depend on.
15d Committed theologian importing repackaged iced tea (9)
DEDICATED : The qualification that a theologian might hold surrounds an anagram (repackaged) of ICED TEA.
16d Brought out priest alluded to (8)
ELICITED : Crosswordland’s favourite biblical priest and then a word meaning alluded to or quoted.
17d Daring, popular, cool — about right! (8)
INTREPID : The two letter popular and cool (or even luke warm) contains the abbreviation for right.
20d Pastry with filling of hard deposit (6)
TARTAR : A pastry dish with an open top is followed by the central two letters (filling) of hard.
22d Bug found in popular vaporiser (5)
LARVA : And we finish with a lurker hiding in the last two words of the clue.
The SE corner was the last to yield for us with 20d putting up the biggest fight so we will make that one our favourite. The Quickie Pun was certainly in the running too.