Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28471
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
At present our country is swarming with people wearing red clothing, often travelling in motor-homes and drinking lots of beer. They all seem to be behaving themselves and are very welcome. We even had some turn up at the golf course last week and they were amazed at how accessible and affordable the game is here. We were secretly quite pleased that they had something to celebrate last weekend at ‘The Cake Tin’ in Wellington but there is no doubt about what team we will be supporting in Auckland in a few days.
Enjoy today’s puzzle from Jay, we did. We found it a little trickier than usual.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Touch millions caught consumed by hatred? (7)
MODICUM : The abbreviation for millions, and then the cricket abbreviation for caught is inside a word meaning hatred or intense dislike.
5a Look closely at label designed to take you in (7)
EYEBALL : An archaic version of the pronoun ‘you’ is inside an anagram (designed) of LABEL.
9a Vehicle loaded on board ship showing signs of damage (5)
SCARS : The abbreviation for a steamship surrounds a road vehicle.
10a Trouble with allowance, love? (9)
ADORATION : A three letter word for trouble and then an allowance or allocation.
11a Officially sanctioned writer is shamed, lacking pretence (10)
AUTHORISED : A word for a writer, then ‘is’ from the clue and what is left when a synonym for pretence is removed from ‘shamed’.
12a Courage that’s needed to deal with winter conditions? (4)
GRIT : We are looking for the stuff that is spread on roads in icy conditions.
18a Perhaps London spirit’s limiting a potential tax liability (7,5)
CAPITAL GAINS : What London (or in our case Wellington) is an example of, and then a colourless alcoholic spirit with its ‘S encloses ‘a’ from the clue.
21a Vessels unloading the first crop (4)
OATS : Remove the first letter from vessels used on water.
25a Saved ladies having gone astray, welcoming charity (4,5)
LAID ASIDE : A synonym for charity or assistance is inside an anagram (having gone astray) of LADIES.
28a Down is way back for such cruel people (7)
SADISTS : Down or emotionally depressed, then ‘is’ from the clue and the reversal of a way or thoroughfare.
1d Lose roadkill seen in two parts (6)
MISLAY : We need to split roadkill into two words and find synonyms for each. The road is an important motorway and then a four letter synonym for kill.
2d Sketches from a newspaper stocked by doctor’s (6)
DRAFTS : ‘A’ from the clue and the pink newspaper are inside the abbreviation for doctor with its ‘s.
4d US city area crossed by motorway twice (5)
MIAMI : The motorway we met in 1d appears twice here, separated by the abbreviation for area.
5d Expert set up to keep Tories spinning unusual items (9)
ESOTERICA : An expert, (or the one in cards), is reversed and surrounds an anagram (spinning) of TORIES.
6d Times? European, and impetuous for the most part (4)
ERAS : The abbreviation for European, then a word for impetuous or foolhardy loses its last letter.
7d A police squad getting tipple down, an ugly shower (4,4)
ACID RAIN : ‘A’ from the clue and a police squad responsible for solving crimes are followed by a word for which ‘tipple down’ is an informal expression. (This use of ‘tipple down’ is something we had not encountered before).
8d Stretch student with English afterwards (8)
LENGTHEN : The one letter used for a student or learner, then the three letter abbreviation for English and a word for afterwards.
13d Eastern city editor may be impressed (10)
SHANGHAIED : Impressed here has the meaning of forced against one’s will. A city in China and the abbreviation for editor.
15d Shouting about inside of bowl becoming discoloured (9)
YELLOWING : A synonym for shouting encloses the central two letters of bowl.
16d Trained fish in group with backing of French (8)
SCHOOLED : A group of fish and then the reversal of the French word for ‘of’.
17d Flight destination (8)
UPSTAIRS : A cryptic definition for where a series of treads and risers might take you.
20d Soldiers love to be involved in raising game (6)
TROOPS : The tennis score love is inside the reversal (raising in a down clue) of a word for a game, or games generally.
The mental picture of Mary Berry on a bicycle that came to mind with 22a makes this our favourite today.
Quickie pun key + sand + hell = kiss and tell