Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28369
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It had to happen. Our spell of perfect summer weather has taken a couple of days off so that farmers and keen gardeners can have a top up of their water requirements. We have only had a sprinkling here but hear on the news there is some flooding and power outages in more northern parts of the country. Carol has been away in Wellington for a few days but has just made it back in time for us to be able to do the blog together as usual.
This one took us almost exactly the same time as last week’s offering from Jay with some clever cluing to keep us amused.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a In a hurry to go after firm in financial difficulties (4-7)
HARD-PRESSED : A word meaning firm or solid and then one meaning in a hurry or forced to speed up.
9a Stress needing Junior to queue (9)
UNDERLINE : Junior or subservient to and then a queue of people waiting.
10a Names conditions (5)
TERMS : A double definition. The conditions could be the small print on a contract.
12a Bank subsidy about to disappear (8)
GRADIENT : A word meaning disappear or expire is inside a word for a subsidy or bequest.
13a Scratch session after game (3,3)
RUB OUT : New Zealand’s national game and a session of possibly boxing or wrestling.
15a Cruel but popular chap put in shade (8)
INHUMANE : The two letter abbreviation for popular and a synonym for a chap is inside a shade or colour.
18a Party people’s contribution (8)
DONATION : A two letter word for a party and a word for the people belonging to a country.
19a Comments overheard when accommodating team? (6)
ASIDES : A short word meaning when surrounds a sports team.
23a Billions invested in tired horses (6)
STABLE : The abbreviation for billions is inside a word meaning tired or past its use by date to give a collective word for a group of horses.
26a Daughter with scar brooded (5)
DWELT : The abbreviation for daughter and a word for a scar or raised ridge of skin.
27a Taking in and converting into cash (9)
REALISING : Double definition. Taking in here means understanding.
1d Arrogance of Mann shunning human nature perversely (7)
HAUTEUR : An anagram (perversely) of HUman nATURE after Mann has been removed.
3d Soldier on hill is of the greatest importance (9)
PARAMOUNT : An airborne soldier and a significant kind of hill.
4d No good in vaudeville (4)
EVIL : A lurker hiding in the last word of the clue.
6d Old-fashioned parent eats these without stuffing (5)
DATED : These without stuffing means the first and last letters of ‘these’ which are found inside a male parent.
7d Award for old crossword compiler, right to rise to the top (7)
ROSETTE : The abbreviation for old and then another name for a crossword compiler. Now move the last letter (R) to the front of the answer. (Top in a down clue).
8d ‘Carte blanche’ should be written this way? (8)
FREEHAND : The answer written as 4,4 is the entitlement of somebody who is given carte blanche.
16d Out of bed, scenery becomes disturbing (9)
UPSETTING : A two letter word meaning out of bed and scenery or background.
17d My quiet test for a member of the armed services (8)
CORPORAL : A word meaning ‘my’ as an expression of wonder, then the musical abbreviation for quiet and a spoken test.
18d Case of delicate fruity drink providing the final contest (7)
DECIDER : The first and last letters (case) of delicate and then a drink made from apples.
20d Manual dexterity of son with learner crew (7)
SLEIGHT : The abbreviations for son and learner followed by a rowing crew.
22d Lull, with lease finishing (3-2)
LET-UP : Lease or rent and then finishing or over.
Our favourite this week is 1d.
Quickie pun tin + kerb + hell = Tinkerbell