Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28423
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last weekend was the start of the duck shooting season here so the estuary and bird sanctuary near us is more crowded than it is for the rest of the year. Lots of ducks of course, but the most prominent birds, and certainly the noisiest, are the Canada Geese. We are right into cooler autumn weather now so appreciate having a wood fire most evenings.
Another enjoyable puzzle from Jay this week and a Quickie pun that relented more quickly than last week’s.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Very dry, yet welcoming the end of winter (4)
BRUT : A synonym for yet includes the last letter of winter.
9a Loud American taken in by genuine rejection (7)
REFUSAL : The musical notation for loud, and the two letters for United States are inside a word meaning genuine or true.
12a Doggedness seen in argument with superior in error (5,5,3)
STIFF UPPER LIP : A word for an argument or minor altercation and a word for superior or above are inside an error or indiscretion.
15a Soldiers hand out painful experience (6)
ORDEAL : Lowest ranked soldiers and ‘hand out’ as one does with a pack of cards.
17a Popular commercial vehicle carries one to no avail (2,4)
IN VAIN : The two letter word for popular and a type of vehicle includes the Roman numeral one.
19a Track information on love and cause of disease (8)
PATHOGEN : A track or walkway is followed by the letter for love as a tennis score and then a word for information.
24a Home team resistance shows the person with the lowdown (7)
INSIDER : The two letter word for at home, then another word for a team and the letter denoting electrical resistance.
25a Incorporated approach for bank (7)
INCLINE : The three letter abbreviation for incorporated and word for approach, often used in relation to courting.
26a Horse backed in front of good crowd (4)
GANG : Reverse an informal word for a horse and then the abbreviation for good.
27a Looking back with honour to accept the origins of this royal office (10)
RETROSPECT : The first letters of ‘this royal office’ are inside a word meaning to honour or hold in high regard.
1d Type looked for on the radio (4)
SORT : A homophone (on the radio) of a word meaning looked for.
3d Thin disguise failed and Democrat saw the difference (13)
DISTINGUISHED : An anagram (failed) of THIN DISGUISE and then the first letter of Democrat.
4d Slandered if I must be taken in by poor devil (8)
VILIFIED : If and I taken directly from the clue are inside an anagram (poor) of DEVIL.
5d Accumulated some homespun articles on the way back (3,2)
RAN UP : A reversed lurker taken from the fourth and third words of the clue.
7d 12 about to work out (7)
RESOLVE : The answer to 12a is the definition. The two letters representing about and then a word meaning to work out as one does with a crossword.
11d Gain on the cards and get ready for action (5,3,5)
CLEAR THE DECKS : Gain or net profit, ‘the’ from the clue and then a word for full sets of cards.
13d Few getting hint after super drops regulars (10)
SPRINKLING : Start with the first, third and fifth letter of ‘super’ and then a hint or suggestion of an idea.
18d Elects to offend after challenging veto (5,2)
VOTES IN : An anagram (challenging) of VETO and a word meaning offend or commit a wrong.
22d Bottle opener vet stocks (5)
NERVE : A lurker hiding in the second and third words of the clue.
23d Exploit energy in adipose tissue (4)
FEAT : The abbreviation for energy is inside adipose tissue.
We put ticks beside 1a, 19a, and 27a.
Quickie pun place + surround = plays around