Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28393
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Rain, rain and more rain! About a week ago a tropical cyclone hit Queensland in Australia and caused considerable damage and much flooding. The remnants of that weather system have now moved across the Tasman and we are getting day after day of drenching rain with some strong winds at times. Although the river in front of our place is running high with the floodgates upstream now open, we are unaffected and hunkering down indoors.
Jay has given us just the right puzzle for a rainy day.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Thoughtless charge following popular Conservative spin (13)
INCONSIDERATE : String together the two letter word for popular, the three letter abbreviation for Conservative, a word meaning spin or prejudice, and a word for a charge.
9a Highest level of pay corporation rejected (3,6)
TOP DRAWER : This one you have to read in reverse order (rejected). A six letter word for pay or recompense and the corporation that a middle-aged beer drinker might have.
10a Ready after engineers work on renewal (5)
REFIT : Army engineers, and then ready or able.
12a What 15 do, we hear, in ceremony (4)
RITE : A homophone of the activity of the answer to 15 across.
13a Island prisoner becomes object of veneration (4)
ICON : The one letter abbreviation for island and then a word for a prisoner.
17a Break a saucer in pieces? (7)
CAESURA : An anagram (in pieces) of A SAUCER.
20a Competent head of state assassinated (7)
SKILLED : The first letter (head) of state and assassinated or murdered.
21a Exclude all inhabitants of home city (4)
OMIT : The two central letters (all inhabitants) of each of the last two words of the clue.
22a Smile — spirit’s about right! (4)
GRIN : Mothers’ ruin contains the abbreviation for right.
26a Degree of intensity in effort to sell (5)
PITCH : A double definition. An effort to sell is known as a sales *****.
28a Cleaner reprimands person in tears (6-7)
CARPET-SWEEPER : Reprimands or puts on the mat, and then someone who is crying.
1d Protesting sure changes those sharing special objectives (8,6)
INTEREST GROUPS : An anagram (changes) of PROTESTING SURE.
2d Managed fish, eating gutted plaice (5)
COPED : Plaice is gutted by removing all of the inside letters, and what is left is inside another type of fish.
4d Direction where nurses’ responsibilities lie? (7)
INWARDS : Split the answer 2,5 to find the places where nurses usually work.
5d Reinvention of Cartier is unpredictable (7)
ERRATIC : An anagram (reinvention) of CARTIER.
6d A wife getting lines wrong (4)
AWRY : ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviation for wife and railway lines.
7d Left cafe excited about university producing the intended result (9)
EFFECTUAL : An anagram (excited) of LEFT CAFE contains the abbreviation for university.
8d Leader of movement‘s regular support with regard to uprising (8-6)
STANDARD BEARER : A word meaning regular or customary, then one meaning support or carry, and finish with the reversal of the abbreviation meaning with regard to.
14d Half of oxygen may produce such a shape (10)
SEMICIRCLE : The chemical symbol for oxygen when cut in half will produce this geometric figure.
16d It is clear playing is natural (9)
REALISTIC : An anagram (playing) of IT IS CLEAR.
19d For example, a wagon must reverse a certain distance (7)
YARDAGE : Another clue to be explained in reverse order. The abbreviation meaning for example, then ‘A’ from the clue and a horse-drawn freight wagon.
20d Boys welcoming a thankyou for compositions (7)
SONATAS : Male offspring includes ‘A’ from the clue and the two letter informal thank you.|
25d Vehicle fuelled by hydrogen is cleaner (4)
CHAR : A motor vehicle includes the chemical symbol for hydrogen.
We like the two backward clues today, 9a and 19d.
Quickie pun quay + pan + iron = keep an eye on