Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28405
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The 2K household is a very busy place at present so this blog was put together in bits and pieces interspersed with other activities. It is school holiday time here. Sam 8, one of our grandkids has been staying with us for a few days and today was joined by two of his cousins, Alice 13 and Ollie 15 who will also be with us until the weekend. It is a real pleasure to have them. The weather has improved considerably since we last reported so outdoor activities can be part of the programme.
The ‘right stuff’ once again from Jay.
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1a Shortages damage large towns (10)
SCARCITIES: A word for damage or a mark left after an injury, then large towns or municipalities.
12a Lead actor set to return for new business venture (5-2)
START-UP: A principal performer and the reversal of a word meaning set or place.
13a Left to cover start of cricket, energised (7)
EXCITED: Left or went out the door contains the first letter of cricket.
14a Physical outcome for which runners perhaps pay? (8,4)
ATHLETES FOOT: This physical outcome is a medical condition. People of whom runners are one example and then a word meaning to be responsible for settling a bill. We decided not to use a pic for this one.
18a The tar developed during cooking is overwhelming (12)
BREATHTAKING: The type of cooking we associate with Mary Berry surrounds an anagram (developed) of THE TAR.
23a Tangoes wildly in front of the audience (2-5)
ON-STAGE: An anagram (wildly) of TANGOES.
24a Protector ultimately failing a new supporter’s pledge (9)
GUARANTEE: Remove the last letter (ultimately failing) of a protector or warden, then A from the clue, the abbreviation for new and a supporter used for a golf ball.
25a Bury‘s at home — they’re missing regulars (5)
INTER: The short word for at home and the first, third and fifth letters of they’re.
26a Discard from East, covered by spades, hearts and diamonds (4)
SHED: Four abbreviations are in play here. The three card suits, in order, enclose the direction.
27a Shuts short road after hospital’s lucky escape (5,5)
CLOSE SHAVE: A word meaning shuts and then the shortened form of a word for a tree-lined road follows the abbreviation for hospital.
1d Hack crossing Portugal gets place on front page? (6)
SPLASH: A word for hack or cut carelessly contains the IVR code for Portugal.
2d Come onto the scene in a contemporary broadcast (6)
APPEAR: A homophone (broadcast) that sounds like a member of the same age group.
3d Walk through the law (14)
CONSTITUTIONAL: A double definition. The walk is a description we often use to describe our regular beach and estuary walk.
4d Sanctimonious bunch suppressed by international high-flier (4,5)
TEST PILOT: Start with the international which is a sporting fixture between nations, then a two letter word meaning sanctimonious and a bunch or many.
5d Leak from former lover you heard? Desperate, showing no heart (5)
EXUDE: The two letter former lover, the single letter that sounds like you (you heard), and the first and last letters (showing no heart) of desperate.
7d Varied options must include one job (8)
POSITION: An anagram (varied) of OPTIONS contains the Roman numeral one.
8d Transparency of woman hugging loveless idiot (8)
LUCIDITY : The woman the Beatles described as being in the sky with diamonds contains the word idiot with the ‘o’ removed.
9d Fishing-boat’s single mistake, foregoing Southern relish (6,4,4)
SMACKS ONES LIPS : A type of fishing boat with the ‘s; a word for a single unit; next, a mistake or error. All of this preceding (foregoing) the abbreviation for southern. [ It seems to us that the wordplay leads to ‘relishes’ rather than ‘relish’. Any thoughts on this?]
15d Accept fans going topless for such commercial putsches (9)
TAKEOVERS : Accept or grasp and then a word for ardent fans loses its first letter.
16d A card game needing small contracts (8)
ABRIDGES : ‘A’ from the clue, then a common card game and the abbreviation for small.
17d Look up drink in Japan as memento (8)
KEEPSAKE : The reversal of a word for a sneaky look and then a Japanese alcoholic drink.
19d Refrain from mounting pictures in support of staff (6)
MANTRA : The reversal (mounting) of a word for pictures collectively is placed below (in support of) staff or to supply workers.
20d Reduce without a second order (6)
DECREE : Find a word meaning to reduce or make less and remove from inside it ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for second.
22d Old crowd rises to offer praise (5)
EXTOL : Old or former and then the reversal of a word for a crowd or many.
Quickie pun ore + sunk + hart = horse and cart