Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28363
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty *– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We were not going to mention our weather again this week but it is so spectacularly wonderful at present that we could not ignore it. When we woke this morning there was almost zero visibility because of a thick fog from the river. Once the sun came up it soon burned this off and we have a calm, warm, sunny day once again. Summer has certainly been late coming this year but is making up for it now.
We fairly romped through this one without much to hold us up at all but, particularly when we were putting the hints together, we appreciated how clever so many of the clues are so have given Jay a big enjoyment score.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Expensive car dumped in dock is object of pursuit (6)
QUARRY : Dock is where a ship might be tied up and this surrounds the abbreviation for a luxury car.
4a Stand and train to use this pull-up? (8)
PLATFORM : This could be where a railway train stops for passengers.
9a Sets in wood perhaps, popular with amateur bowlers, ultimately (6)
INLAYS : A short word meaning popular, then a word meaning amateur or non-professional and the last letter of bowlers. (Knowing that the balls used by lawn bowlers are called woods adds to the cleverness of this clue.)
10a Group chased by big cat becoming a bundle of nerves (8)
GANGLION : The group could well be a group of criminals and the big cat is a top predator.
12a Reckless potholer grabbing hold of boxer (8)
CAVALIER : A potholer or speleologist includes the boxer who started life as Mr Clay.
15a Diner’s demand for pudding in perfect condition? (5-3,5)
APPLE-PIE ORDER : This could be what a diner requests the waiter to bring for dessert if she fancies something pomaceous.
20a Brexit starts with Conservatives getting optimistic (6)
BRIGHT : The first letter of Brexit and the political wing that the Conservative Party represents.
22a Falls back, seeing mistakes by engineers (8)
RELAPSES : Army engineers, and then mistakes or oversights.
24a A meeting covering European question is enough (8)
ADEQUATE : The one letter abbreviation for European and the two letter one for question are inside ‘A’ from the clue and a meeting that may have romantic connotations.
25a Stretch middle of weekend away (3,3)
EKE OUT : The central three letters from the word ‘weekend’ and then a synonym for away or not at home.
26a Swells up, being first after daughter finishes (8)
DISTENDS : The abbreviation for daughter and then the three letters that represent a way of writing first and a word for finishes.
27a My spirit is invested in American broadcaster (6)
CRUMBS : A spirit made from sugar cane is inside an American television network to give this expression of surprise.
2d Leave it out — supporting a student’s ease? (9)
ALLEVIATE : An anagram (out) of LEAVE IT follows (supporting in a down clue) ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for a learner.
3d Imperial Europe has changed, protecting old theatre in London (5,5,5)
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE : A word meaning imperial or relating to a ruler and then an anagram (change) of EUROPE HAS which includes the abbreviation for old.
5d Heavy metal‘s starring role (4)
LEAD : A double definition. These two definitions use different vowel sounds.
8d Sort of treatment provided by wild flower in Yorkshire (8)
MANICURE : A word for wild or demented and then a three letter Yorkshire river.
11d Evidence of having paid wrong price, including energy, on time (7)
RECEIPT : An anagram (wrong) of PRICE includes the abbreviation for energy, and then finish with the abbreviation for time.
14d Gaunt quietly moved by small degrees, (7)
PINCHED : The letter that in music means quietly and then a word that means moved by small lengths in the Imperial system.
17d Small taxi, shabby, turning up that’ll carry a weapon (8)
SCABBARD : A taxi or vehicle for hire and then a word meaning shabby or dowdy is reversed.
19d A model lies regularly, the way things are (2,2,2)
AS IT IS : ‘A’ from the clue, and then a verb meaning model or pose and then the second and fourth letters of ‘lies’.
21d Bride asked to reveal thoughts (5)
IDEAS : A lurker hiding in the first two words of the clue.
23d Heads of section talk up department boss (4)
STUD : The first letters (heads) of four words of the clue.
We liked the nicely disguised definition in 27a so that is our favourite today.
Quickie pun pass + suns + knows = parson’s nose