Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28435
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We might be on the other side of the world but we still feel deeply moved and saddened by the horrendous events in Manchester. Our hearts go out to all those individuals and families who are suffering.
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1a Ground Force applied to get coveted position (5,2,5)
PRIDE OF PLACE : An anagram (ground) of FORCE APPLIED.
9a Wheelwright’s representative? (9)
SPOKESMAN : A person working with wheels could be so described by referring to the things that connect the rim to the hub.
12a Look like dropping soldiers for a small rally (8)
ASSEMBLE : Start with a word meaning look like, then remove the two letters for engineering soldiers and replace these with ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for small.
13a Day’s beginning sooner than expected, at great cost (6)
DEARLY : The first letter (beginning) of day’s and a word meaning sooner than expected.
18a Youth is naked and prone to be distant (8)
OUTLYING : Remove the first and last letters (is naked) of youth, and then a word meaning prone or horizontal.
19a I do one chapter that’s much admired (6)
ICONIC : ‘I’ from the clue, then a three letter word meaning do or cheat, the Roman numeral one and the single letter abbreviation for chapter.
21a Struggle, seeing Tory beaten soundly by female (8)
CONFLICT : A three letter abbreviation for a member of the Conservative party, the abbreviation for female and a homophone (soundly) of an informal word for beaten or defeated.
26a Things put back in cosmetics? (5)
ITEMS : A reversed lurker (or rekrul) is in the last word of the clue.
27a Free beer on site, but no seconds, is an anathema (4,5)
BETE NOIRE : An anagram (free) of BEER ON sITE after the abbreviation for seconds is removed.
28a Quarter European, say newspapers (6,6)
FOURTH ESTATE : A quarter expressed as a fraction, then the abbreviation for European and say or utter.
1d Submitted, being sent across island (7)
POSITED : The one letter abbreviation for island is inside a word meaning sent or mailed.
3d Oriental that’s abandoned as partner for ever (9)
ETERNALLY : A synonym for oriental has ‘as’ from the clue removed from it, and then a partner or confederate.
4d Celebrity footballers appearing on covers of magazine (4)
FAME : Two letters for a footballers’ organisation, and then the first and last letters (covers) of magazine.
5d Outsider pants, feeling effects of exertion (4,4)
LONG SHOT : The answer is split 5,3 to give the wordplay. Pants or yearns for, and then the temperature one feels after exercise.
6d Deliver brief US state victory over East (5)
CALVE : The three letter abbreviation for a West Coast US state and then the abbreviations for victory and East.
7d Persistent objections must be raised and initiated (8)
STUBBORN : Reverse (raised) a word meaning objections or doubts and follow this with a verb meaning initiated or given birth to.
8d English encounters rising regard (6)
ESTEEM : The abbreviation for English, and then the reversal (rising) of a word meaning encounters.
14d Turned up, being inclined to follow a team’s leader (8)
ATTENDED : ‘A’ from the clue and the first letter of team precede a word meaning inclined or liable too.
17d Fast food ban here? Never! (5,3)
SNACK BAR : An all in one clue. Light food taken in a hurry and then a ban or veto.
20d My supporter must incorporate grand retinue (7)
CORTEGE : An informal word for ‘my’ or ‘blimey’ and a supporter for a golf ball includes the abbreviation for grand.
24d Behold — there’s black gold in Virginia! (5)
VOILA : Black gold, or even Texas tea is enclosed by the abbreviation for Virginia.
25d Carve a design in sailing vessel when king’s disembarked (4)
ETCH : A two-masted sailing vessel has the chess abbreviation for king removed.
Favourite clue today was 18a.
Quickie pun forest + heart = for a start