Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28387
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We do have to believe that it is autumn now. We are having a run of warm sunny days but the shortening daylight hours, colour change on deciduous trees and particularly the departure from the estuary of our special flock of godwits, all tell us that frosty mornings and cosy wood-fires in the evening are not too far away.
Jay has again delivered a quality puzzle for our Wednesday treat We found it a little trickier than the last few have been.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Person who rules eastern border going west (4)
EMIR : The abbreviation for eastern and the reversal (going west) of a border or edge.
10a Boys seen around new estates (5)
LANDS : A synonym for boys contains the abbreviation for new.
11a Coach taken in by others getting control (9)
RESTRAINT : A word for coach or educate is inside a word for others or the remainder.
12a Mop has gone to pieces, love – this’ll fix it! (7)
SHAMPOO : An anagram (gone to pieces) of MOP HAS and then the tennis score love. (Another clue for this could be sawdust behind a rocking horse).
13a Novel-sounding court case — not independent or impartial (7)
NEUTRAL : Three letters that sound like the word new and then a court case has the abbreviation for independent deleted.
14a Minimum requirement to generate reaction, revolutionary racist claims (8,4)
CRITICAL MASS : An anagram (revolutionary) of RACIST CLAIMS.
23a Walk indignantly away from fringe (7)
FLOUNCE : A double definition. The fringe could be found on a women’s dress.
24a Executive committee in favour of keeping nothing built badly (9)
POLITBURO : A three letter word meaning in favour of encloses the letter that signifies nothing and an anagram (badly) of built.
25a Foodstuff requiring journey east ? (5)
TRIPE : A word for a journey or excursion and the abbreviation for east. (Many people would question whether this should be described as a foodstuff at all).
26a Finally books a quiet band (4)
SASH : The last letter of books, then A from the clue and a request for silence.
27a Labour facing Tory inheritance (10)
BIRTHRIGHT : Labour that could be in the domain of a midwife, and the political wing of a Tory.
1d Appreciate dressing for dinner (6)
RELISH : This dressing for dinner is often made with tomatoes, onions and other goodies.
2d Affable senior officer taking one for the Queen (6)
GENIAL : A substitution clue. Start with a senior military officer and replace the Queen’s regnal cypher with the Roman numeral one.
3d Nick, married, is suitable (14)
MISAPPROPRIATE : The one letter abbreviation for married, then ‘is’ from the clue and a word meaning suitable.
4d Omitted all bar one of the team and lost (9)
FORGOTTEN : When the answer is split 6,3 we have a phrase meaning did not remember most of the members of a football or cricket team.
7d Mother with iron disorder — notice artery (4,4)
MAIN ROAD : A two letter informal word for mother, then an anagram (disorder) of IRON and a notice or advert.
8d Book girl, not as unforgiving (8)
RUTHLESS : An Old Testament book and then the wordplay implies that the eponymous character is missing. (We are not certain we have sorted out the wordplay correctly here. Any thoughts?)
16d I like that poet’s new elementary forms (8)
ISOTOPES : I from the clue, a two letter word meaning ‘like that’ and an anagram (new) of POETS.
17d Basic technique of a seamstress? (2-6)
NO-FRILLS : This possible technique of a seamstress is when she does not use the article encountered in 23a.
19d Boyfriend in Germany keeping close (6)
ENDING : A lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue. We spent ages trying to justify the first three letters as a boyfriend before the penny dropped.
20d House evacuated, surrounded by top command (6)
BEHEST : Evacuate house by removing all the central letters and then put what is left inside a verb meaning top or overpower.
22d Beautiful young woman appointed time on island (5)
HOURI : The appointed time is one of the 24 parts of a day and then the one letter abbreviation for island.
We are going to be boring and pick 1a as favourite once again but plenty of others also got ticks.
Quickie pun cull + chuck + lash = culture clash