Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28411
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just one Kiwi on blogging duty this week. We have both been away in Wellington assisting with our daughter’s house moving. This was completed yesterday without too much drama (it was only a short distance so multiple car trips achieved most of it) and I came home last evening. Carol has stayed on to help with the sorting out and finding a place for everything. I think that doing the blog is the much softer option, certainly more fun.
It felt pretty much like a typical Jay puzzle to me and he has sent us all a cheery greeting with his Quickie pun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Hard to accept end of summer, causing depression (6)
TROUGH: A word meaning hard or difficult contains the final letter of summer.
10a Films like this will be rejected after struggle to accept daughter (6)
VIDEOS: A two letter word for ‘like this’ is reversed and placed after a word meaning to struggle which has the abbreviation for daughter inserted.
12a Revealed to be signed up (10)
REGISTERED: A double definition. (I found it a bit tricky to find a sentence where one could transpose the answer and ‘revealed’ and came up with “Her face ********** surprise”, which seems to fit the bill.)
13a Emotions of this stranger in turmoil (12)
HEARTSTRINGS: An anagram (in turmoil) of THIS STRANGER.
16a Investment leaving highlander so transformed? (12)
SHAREHOLDING: An anagram (transformed) of HIGHLANDER SO.
20a Magic broomstick? (10)
WITCHCRAFT: When the answer is split 5,5 you could find a vehicle for a coven member.
21a Raised dough with no advice, initially (4)
BRED: What dough becomes when it is baked, loses the first letter (initially) of advice.
22a One is kept in farm buildings for kids (6)
BAIRNS: Large farm buildings contain the Roman numeral one.
23a See drain burst here if in car? (8)
NEARSIDE: An anagram (burst) of SEE DRAIN. The wordplay explains where one would be in a car to be close to a drain.
24a Scrooge-like, ignoring core of all unhappiness (6)
MISERY: The core of all is its central letter. Remove this from a word that describes Scrooge.
25a Well up in poetry? (6)
VERSED: How poetry is usually formatted.
1d Parts of American farms subject to start of tenancy (8)
TRANCHES: The first letter of tenancy is in front of what Americans call farms.
2d Fellow nervously accommodating person with title deed (5)
OWNER: A lurker hiding in the first two words of the clue.
3d Good cookers will incorporate right controls (7)
GOVERNS: The abbreviation for good and cookers that are used for baking contain the abbreviation for right.
5d Admits defeat but survives, leaderless, in spirit (5,2)
GIVES IN: The spirit that is usually flavoured with juniper berries contains a word meaning survives or exists that had lost its first letter.
6d Directed commercial in costume? (9)
ADDRESSED: A two letter commercial and a word for in costume or attired.
14d Others curse where there’s a late change, getting such treatments (4,5)
REST CURES: A synonym for others or the remainder and then the word curse has a late change by having its last two letters reversed.
15d Designated home care for needy oddly cancelled (8)
INTENDED: The two letter ‘at home’, a word meaning care for and the second and fourth letters of needy (oddly cancelled).
17d Prosecutor‘s bill underwritten by Conservative employer (7)
ACCUSER: A two letter abbreviation for an account or bill, the one letter abbreviation for Conservative and an employer.
18d Dated fashion shock (7)
OUTRAGE: Dated or no longer popular, and a fashion that is adopted enthusiastically.
19d Win over new barmaids, not given first degree (6)
DISARM: The word barmaids contains two arts degrees. Remove the first one and make an anagram (new) of the remaining letters.
21d Last of granite laid in deep foundations (5)
BASES: The final letter of granite is placed inside a deep singing voice.
Prize for the day goes to 20a.
Quickie pun Havana + stay = Have a nice day