Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28375
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It is a busy day for us today. An eye clinic appointment for Colin had inconveniently been scheduled for the time we are usually working on the blog but we still have plenty of time to get it all together before it is due to be posted on line. We did still manage to fit in our estuary and beach walk earlier too and noted that the godwits, although they have probably got all their bags packed by now, still have not left for their annual long flight to Alaska. It must be due to happen fairly soon.
A quality puzzle once again from Jay.
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6a Argument of water suppliers rejected (4)
SPAT : Reverse a word for the water suppliers found over a sink.
11a Travel across west of Germany with European item of camping gear (9)
RIDGEPOLE : The first letter (west) of Germany is inside a word meaning travel on a horse perhaps, and then a person from a particular European country.
12a Case of cosmetic agreement (7)
COMPACT : A double definition. The second could be a mutual bargain.
18a Service outlets are unsettled after redevelopment (12)
LAUNDERETTES : An anagram (after redevelopment) of ARE UNSETTLED.
21a Note about fire-raising priests (7)
PARSONS : The two letters for a note added as an afterthought are separated and surround a word for the crime of fire-raising.
23a Tired and worn out, in summary (7)
RUNDOWN : We need to find a 3,4 phrase meaning tired and worn out and then put the two words together.
24a Outstanding features of stricken ghost ship (4,5)
HIGH SPOTS : An anagram (stricken) of GHOST SHIP.
25a Index tracker sheltering surplus (5)
EXTRA : Today’s lurker, hiding in the first two words of the clue.
26a Reversing a touch to get information (4)
DATA : Reverse A from the clue and a touch or very small amount.
27a Basic practicalities of supporters going to masses (5,5)
BRASS TACKS : The supporters here are items of women’s underwear and then a word for masses or large quantities.
1d Nervous reaction from bad speller after beginning of term? (6)
TWITCH : The first letter of term is followed by the sort of bad speller found in the opening scene of the Scottish Play.
2d A celebrity crossing lake makes one very excited (6)
AFLAME : ‘A’ from the clue and celebrity as a state of importance includes the abbreviation for lake.
3d Waste energy and try to sell Trigger? (4,1,4,5)
FLOG A DEAD HORSE : An informal word for try to sell and then the departed Trigger that we associate with Roy Rogers.
4d Custodian is a king lodging in ramshackle terrace (9)
CARETAKER : ‘A’ from the clue and the chess notation for king are inside an anagram (ramshackle) of TERRACE.
7d Starts wanting cash from sale (8)
PROCEEDS : Another double definition. Starts here means sets forth.
9d What people may seek, as a rule? (4-10)
SELF-GOVERNMENT : A cryptic definition of what many Scottish people are reported to be seeking.
15d Officially substantiates its reason for a change (9)
NOTARISES : An anagram (for a change) of ITS REASON.
16d Slide, wearing shoes, being careless? (8)
SLIPSHOD : A synonym for slide and then a word that describes somebody wearing shoes.
17d Dismissed legality without reservation (8)
OUTRIGHT : A cricket word meaning dismissed or no longer batting, is followed by a word for an entitlement within the law.
20d Records of non-u plants? (6)
ANNALS : Remove the letter U from plants that have a limited lifetime.
22d Clean comb (5)
SCOUR : A double definition. The second meaning is to search thoroughly.
It is amazing how often we go to the NW corner for a favourite. It is 1d today.
Quickie pun nose + hike + cling = no cycling