Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28465
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It feels good to be back to writing the Wednesday blog after our most enjoyable mid-winter break in Australia. Thanks Shropshire Lad for so ably filling in for us.
Travelling by train from Melbourne to Adelaide and then the classic Adelaide to Darwin trip on The Ghan reminded us what a vast and empty place Australia is. This was followed by a few days in some of Northern Territory’s National Parks. We had a really marvelous time and we have sneaked a couple of pics into the blog just to make you all a little bit jealous.
Another enjoyable puzzle from Jay to come back to.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Pub bore’s first aggressive remark (4)
BARB : A pub or drinking establishment is followed by the first letter of bore.
10a Hooligans may be good kept in like this (5)
THUGS : A word meaning like this includes the abbreviation for good.
11a Road’s always up here? (9)
UNDERPASS : A cryptic definition of a structure or tunnel that goes beneath a carriageway.
13a Game quietly cancelled, so leave quickly (4,3)
RUSH OFF : The two letters for New Zealand’s national game, then an instruction to be quiet and a word meaning cancelled.
14a Ignore loch’s odd rule after swimming (4-8)
COLD SHOULDER : An anagram (after swimming) of LOCH’S ODD RULE.
21a Target wild mice native to a particular area (7)
ENDEMIC : A word for a target or aim is followed by an anagram (wild) of MICE.
26a Order that’s downright offensive to the nose (4)
RANK : A double definition.
27a Informer shows support for fundamental principles (5,5)
GRASS ROOTS : A police informer and then a word meaning shows support for or barracks.
1d Lead on East, with diamonds to support no-trumps (6)
ENTICE : The abbreviation for East, and then an informal word for diamonds as gemstones not cards, is below (supporting) the bridge players’ abbreviation for no-trumps.
2d In the Guardian perhaps it’s socially desirable to be a have-not! (6)
PAUPER : The one letter meaning socially acceptable is inside what the Guardian or even the Telegraph is an example of.
3d Detective’s engagement must be a let-down (14)
DISAPPOINTMENT : The abbreviation for a detective inspector, with its possessive ‘s, precedes an engagement or employment position.
4d What fake news may be for the Oval Office? (7-2)
TRUMPED-UP : The word play implies a possible source of fake news at present.
5d Soldiers on the German command (5)
ORDER : The two letters for lowest rank soldiers and the German definite article.
8d A problem for Australia‘s president on top of foreign anger? (8)
BUSHFIRE : You have two ex-presidents to choose from, either the father or the son, then the
abbreviation for first letter (top of) foreign and a word for anger.
9d Kitchen item for overworked chef? (8,6)
PRESSURE COOKER : A double definition. The second meaning can describe a food preparer under stress.
15d Very popular residences offering nurseries (9)
HOTHOUSES : A three letter word meaning very popular and residences or places for people to live,
16d Burn the Queen’s banner (8)
STREAMER : Burn here is a Scottish word for a small watercourse, and then the Queen’s regnal cypher.
19d Pretentious note on European Union party (6)
PSEUDO : A note added at the end of a letter, then the abbreviation for European Union and a party or gathering.
20d Book thieves finally trapped in trees (6)
PSALMS : Trees that one associates with tropical islands contain the last letter of thieves.
22d Singers wanting sheets of paper for the audience (5)
CHOIR : A homophone of a word for one-twentieth of a ream of paper.
We rather liked the image of Nigella Lawson in a flap that came to mind for 9d so that is our favourite today.
Quickie pun tube + hacker = Chewbacca (A much loved character from Star Wars)