Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28441
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
This time next week we will be on our way to Australia so there will be someone else doing the Wednesday Hints and Tips for the next three weeks. The main purpose of our holiday in Oz is to do a trip on The Ghan. This is the railway journey from Adelaide in South Australia, through Alice Springs to Darwin in the tropical far north. The journey takes 3 days and after this we will be exploring the national parks near Darwin. We’re really looking forward to the experience.
We found Jay a bit trickier than usual today so it took us right to the top of our three star diffculty rating.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Avoid women after scheme losing millions in error (6)
ESCHEW : An anagram (in error) of SCHEmE loses its abbreviation for millions and is followed by the abbreviation for women.
5a Lives with mother — getting cleaner at first offers appeal (8)
CHARISMA : Start with (at first) a cleaning lady, then a two letter word for lives or exists and an informal word for mother.
9a Reward thoughtfulness (13)
CONSIDERATION : A double definition.
10a Threatening, as most of wine is rejected (8)
SINISTER : A flavoured Greek wine loses its last letter, then IS from the clue. All of this is reversed.
14a Announced theologian to cover English and Irish county (8)
DECLARED : The abbreviation for a Doctor of Divinity surrounds the abbreviation for English and a West Coast Irish county.
19a Lower profit by being linked with that woman (6)
NETHER : The profit that is left after costs and tax are paid, and then a personal pronoun for that woman.
23a Dry humour and energy in crowd (8)
WITHERED : A three letter word for humour or cleverness, then the abbreviation for energy is inside a crowd possibly of cattle.
25a Revolutionary Iran, or ancient religious belief (13)
REINCARNATION : An anagram (revolutionary) of IRAN OR ANCIENT.
27a If touched, this may sting or irritate (6)
NETTLE : Double definition.
3d Language used by Spanish Indians (5)
HINDI : A lurker hiding in the last two words of the clue.
4d Hesitate to be seen around Ascot clumsily wearing this (9)
WAISTCOAT : “This” is an item of clothing indicated by “wearing”. An anagram (clumsily) of ASCOT is inside a word meaning hesitate or delay.
5d Got over being freed of blame (7)
CLEARED : Double definition. Got over could be used to describe the success of a hurdler.
6d Accumulate a source of material when head of state (5)
AMASS : Four separate little pieces make up this answer. ‘A’ from the clue, the first letter of material, a synonym for when and the first letter of state.
7d I can rave, touring East as traveller (9)
ITINERANT : ‘I’ from the clue then a can that could contain baked beans, the abbreviation for East and a synonym for rave.
8d Authority one’s given crew on engagement? (7)
MANDATE : Crew or supply staff for, then an engagement or amorous appointment.
13d Confess, supporting number one and making a list (9)
ITEMISING : Confess or own up under duress comes after (supporting in a down clue) a number or performance and the Roman numeral one.
17d Go too far in possibly maiden race? (7)
OVERRUN : A maiden is one of the possible types of this series of six balls, and then a race or canter.
18d Say scaredy-cat shrank back (7)
COWERED : A homophone of a word for a scaredy-cat.
20d Unchanging scene latterly with seabird on a lake (7)
ETERNAL : The last letter (latterly) of scene, then a four letter seabird, ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for lake.
22d Permitted army officer to shelter here in France (5)
LICIT : The French word meaning here is inside a junior army officer.
24d Live way out across end of suburbs (5)
EXIST : The sign that indicates a means of egress contains the last letter of suburbs.
We liked the 16a 21a combination today.
Quickie pun thumb + arch + air = The March Hare