Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28417
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Winter has arrived here. A cold blast from the South has been enough to persuade us that a cosy wood fire in the evenings is a good idea and we have lit one on the last few nights. We’re both home again now so the regular team is putting together the hints for today’s Jay puzzle. He has given us an exceptionally excruciating Quickie pun today.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Sort of loaf around quietly — and get married (7)
SPLICED : The sort of loaf for which you don’t need your own knife contains the musical notation for quietly.
5a Inspiration found in most of top puzzles (7)
BEMUSES : The inspiration from a Greek mythological being is inside a synonym for top that has lost its last letter.
10a Handling speech about evacuation of Prague (9)
OPERATION : Evacuate Prague by removing all but the first and last letters and put these inside a formal speech.
11a Rest, seeing two score 1,000 in victories (5,5)
FORTY WINKS : The number that is two score is followed by a word meaning victories which contains one of the abbreviations for a thousand. (The one that represents kilo….. )
12a Football team ultimately lacking incentive (4)
SPUR : The familiar name for the football team that comes from Tottenham loses its last letter.
14a Poet’s trembling after damn lad loses cool (5,4,3)
BLOWS ONE’S TOP : A mild expletive that can be used instead of ‘damn’, then a word for a young male and an anagram (trembling) of POETS.
18a Mechanic‘s musical brother with the old-fashioned backing (6,6)
GREASE MONKEY : The musical that starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, then a brother in a religious order and the reversal of an old fashioned version of ‘the’.
25a Precedents set in cricket trials? (4,5)
TEST CASES :
We have three parts for this one. Two definition precedents and trials. The word play gives a synonym for set inside international cricket matches. (BRB uses ‘pistols’ as the example for this synonym of set.) A word for an international cricket match followed by one that describes court trials. (Thanks Jay for popping in and putting us right .)
26a Showing a tendency to be lying (5)
PRONE : A double definition. Lying here has nothing to do with falsehoods, but being in a resting posture.
27a Insensitive Opposition leader with American chasing visit (7)
CALLOUS : The first letter of Opposition and the abbreviation for United States follow a word meaning visit.
28a Disgusting display following outside broadcast (7)
OBSCENE : The two letter abbreviation for an outside broadcast and then a display or view.
2d Left one extremely irritable (6)
LIVERY : The abbreviation for left, then the Roman numeral one and a word meaning extremely.
5d Analyse sudden failure to work (9)
BREAKDOWN : Double definition. The second is what we do not like to experience with our motor vehicles.
6d Mare rears up, taking in energy drink (4)
MEAD : Another word for a female horse is reversed (rears up) and includes the abbreviation for energy.
7d Bargains will include favourite pieces (8)
SNIPPETS : A word for favourite or a domestic animal perhaps is inside an informal word for bargains.
8d Stars must welcome role turning up in such hot spots (8)
SUNTRAPS : Stars like the one that our planet orbits contains the reversal (turning up) of a role in a dramatic production.
13d Signals get her pals to change (10)
TELEGRAPHS : An anagram (to change) of GET HER PALS.
15d Chap is beset by troubles and has casual affairs (9)
WOMANISES : A word for a chap and ‘is’ from the clue are inside a word for troubles.
16d Carol upset during a nervous reaction? Don’t know (8)
AGNOSTIC : ‘A’ from the clue and a nervous reaction surround the reversal of a musical piece of which carol can be a Christmas version.
17d Voting system is set in genuine retaliation (8)
REPRISAL : The voting system here is the abbreviation for Proportional Representation and is followed by IS from the clue. This is all found inside a word meaning genuine.
19d Resign or expect to take cut (6)
IGNORE : A lurker, once again in the first three words of the clue.
20d A former girlfriend’s rumoured extension (6)
ANNEXE : This word sounds like (rumoured) how one could refer to a former girlfriend.
24d Trace ring (4)
ECHO : Double definition. The first is the signal generated on a radar or sonar screen by a scanned object and the second describes what is left after an initial sound has gone.
We rather liked 18a so it gets our vote for top spot today.
Quickie pun Amin + dumb + Annie = I’m in the money