Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28381
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re about to start our time hopping season again. In a few days when UK Summer Time starts we will get the puzzles one hour earlier than at present and the following weekend we end our own Daylight Saving Time and move another hour. For us this means that our solving and blogging time changes from being an early afternoon activity to a late morning one. None of this makes the slightest difference to most of you though as the blogs will still be scheduled to appear at morning coffee time if that is what you have for elevenses.
Jay has given us a feast of enjoyable clues again with a few such as 9a that we liked especially.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
5a Inflates benefits to include everybody (8)
BALLOONS : A three letter word meaning everybody is inside a word for benefits.
9a Mostly firm rear — hard to express disapproval! (8)
HARRUMPH : A word meaning firm (that actually also occurs later in the clue) loses its last letter. Next we have a word for rear or hind quarters and the abbreviation for hard.
10a High-ranking officer dismissing line in groups (6)
GENERA : These are biological groups. Remove the abbreviation for line from a senior army officer.
12a Glutton needing long time to get responsibility (6)
PIGEON : The animal that we associate with gluttony and a long period of time.
13a Dramatic summoning by old flame (8)
EXCITING : The two letter word for a previous lover and then a word for summoning or legally calling to account.
17a Diplomatic approach sees bill on time (4)
TACT : This bill is not one that you pay but a parliamentary proposition. It follows the abbreviation for time.
20a The French will get fit for this sporting competition (6)
LEAGUE : The French definite article and another word from the French for a fit as a medical condition.
21a Church must accept shortly one’s to make saint (8)
CANONISE : The abbreviation for the Anglican Church surrounds a word for shortly or soon and ‘one’ written as the Roman numeral with the ‘S.
22a Gives a lift to American country folk full of love? (6)
HOICKS : The letter for love as a tennis score is inside an American equivalent of a yokel.
24a Sporting meet worried slimy cop (8)
OLYMPICS : An anagram (worried) of SLIMY COP.
25a Feel an aversion towards international following first couple of defeats (6)
DETEST : The first two letters of defeats precede an international sporting fixture.
3d One makes a killing twice regarding instrument that’s beaten up (8)
MURDERER : We need to work at this one from the bottom, clued by the word ‘up’. We have the abbreviation for regarding, or about, repeated and then the instrument that’s played by being beaten.
4d Firm with politician within the law, but sharing guilt (9)
COMPLICIT : The abbreviation for company or firm, then the one for a member of parliament and a word meaning within the law.
5d Posterior and chest seen, sadly in secret (6,3,6)
BEHIND THE SCENES : A word for posterior or rear and an anagram (sadly) of CHEST SEEN.
6d Liberal European circle supports end of inane ogling (7)
LEERING : Abbreviations for Liberal and European and the last letter of inane are all before a word fo a circle.
8d Inactive sort of party needing new worker (8)
STAGNANT : This sort of party signifies the end of bachelorhood, then the abbreviation for new and a worker insect.
14d Proposed to show agreement with poor inmate locked in (9)
NOMINATED : An anagram (poor) of INMATE is inside the head movement made to show agreement.
15d Times grabs a couple of students who heard commotion (8)
BALLYHOO : A two letter word that is the equivalent to ‘times’ in Maths surrounds ‘A’ from the clue and the repeated abbreviation for learners. Finally we have three letters that sound like ‘who’.
16d Financial check covering account year — that’s daring (8)
AUDACITY : A check of one’s finances surrounds the abbreviation for account and then the abbreviation for year.
17d Discharge business coaches with one missing turn (8)
TRANSACT : Coaches can be railway carriages or teaches (either meaning works here). Remove the Roman numeral one from this word and then a term for a turn as seen on stage.
19d Snobbish — and mystified at university (5-2)
STUCK-UP : Mystified or immobilised by confusion, and then a two letter word meaning at university.
We had ticks beside 9a, 22a, and 17d, and from that we picked 9a as favourite as it was our last one in.
Quickie pun parcel + owner = Barcelona