Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28477
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We are having a rather nasty wintry storm system moving up the country at present. It has already dumped significant snow in many parts of the South Island and is now moving towards us. Many roads have been closed and ferry sailings across Cook Strait have been cancelled because of the conditions. This is a rare occurrence. We are booked to do the crossing on Friday so have our fingers crossed that the worst is over by then. We are just going to be away for one Wednesday this time.
We found this enjoyable puzzle from Jay a little more gentle than last week’s.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Did the butterfly show on the outside in the morning? (4)
SWAM : Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an insect. The first and last letters (outside) of show and the two letters denoting before noon.
9a Excited lad coming into dollar fortune such as this (3,4)
BAD LUCK : An anagram (excited) of LAD is inside an informal word for a dollar.
10a Number, for example, found in Bury? (7)
INTEGER : The two letter abbreviation meaning for example is inside a synonym for bury. The capitalisation is just there to mislead you.
12a Less than the cost of transporting part of plane? (13)
UNDERCARRIAGE : A word meaning less than or below and another word meaning cost of transporting.
14a Circle inscribed in the name alongside slate monument (8)
PANTHEON : Start with a word meaning slate or criticise, then ‘the’ from the clue, the circle-shaped letter and the abbreviation for name.
15a Flutter around unfriendly accommodation for the military (6)
BILLET : A flutter or wager includes unfriendly or not well.
17a Sort of bag used for eggs (6)
CLUTCH : A double definition. The second is a collective word for a number of eggs.
21a Prancing horse on stilts came a cropper after a flutter (4,4,5)
LOST ONES SHIRT : An anagram (prancing) of HORSE ON STILTS.
24a One ponders, having weak King with Queen (7)
THINKER : A word meaning weak, then the chess notation for king and Her Majesty.
25a Chose to cross line blind drunk (7)
PICKLED : A word meaning chose or selected contains the abbreviation for line.
1d Order will come after leader’s first rounded projection (4)
LOBE : The first letter of leader and an order that might be given out in the New Year’s Honours list.
2d Travelling people‘s place for sleeping — nothing posh at home (7)
BEDOUIN : A piece of furniture where one sleeps and the letter signifying nothing, then the letter signifying posh and the two letter word for at home.
3d Where working hands must be on the move constantly (5,3,5)
ROUND THE CLOCK : These working hands are to be found on a timepiece.
4d Film shot on river with ducks needing time to become established (4,4)
TAKE ROOT : A word for a film shot or sequence for a movie, then the abbreviation for river, cricket score ducks (two of them) and the abbreviation for time.
5d Missing starter, characteristic area dish with curry (5)
RAITA : A word for a characteristic loses its first letter, and then the abbreviation for area.
8d Warm to Kent after moving — Cranbrook perhaps (6,4)
MARKET TOWN : An anagram (after moving) of WARM TO KENT.
11d Changing group for the shortest round trip (7,6)
TURNING CIRCLE : A word for changing or rotating and then another word for a group.
13d Copper that’s invested in dodgy pet deals took a risk (10)
SPECULATED : The chemical symbol for copper is inside an anagram (dodgy) of PET DEALS.
16d Attacks group working to support drink (4,4)
SETS UPON : A three letter group, a word meaning drink or consume and a two letter word for working or in use.
18d University note victory and good economic recovery (7)
UPSWING : The abbreviation for university, a note added to the end of a letter, a word for victory and the abbreviation for good.
22d Mistake made by English bishop over gold (5)
ERROR : The abbreviation for English, then the abbreviation for the title of a bishop and the heraldic symbol for gold.
We liked the use of butterfly once and flutter twice in the clues so nominate these 3 for special mention.
Quickie pun summer + highs = summarize