Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28489
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We are back home again, the huge pile of accumulated washing is now dealt with and we are settling back into the usual routines of daily life which includes the recurrent dose of crossword activities. Almost get withdrawal symptoms without the regular fix.
We did notice that the grid that Jay has used is exactly the same one as yesterday’s puzzle and even has the same answer in 22d but clued totally differently. Plenty to keep us smiling as usual.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a South American rebel group’s means of avoiding duty (10)
CONTRABAND : A member of a right-wing rebel organisation active in the 1980’s and 1990’s and then another word for a group.
6a Useful quality dismissing the good in adverts (4)
PLUS : A synonym for adverts or promotions has the abbreviation for good removed from it.
11a Militant type working to be accepted by friendly German (9)
WARMONGER : A word meaning friendly or amiable, then the two letter word meaning working and the three letter abbreviation for the German language.
12a Demanding information contained in Exodus (7)
EXIGENT : A word for exodus or way out contains an informal three letter word for information.
18a Just southern right-wingers will welcome the end of party lies (5,7)
FAIRY STORIES : A synonym for just or equitable, next the last letter (end) of party, then the abbreviation for southern and political right-wingers.
23a Think this person should join game played outside at home (7)
IMAGINE : A first person singular pronoun, then an anagram (played) of GAME surrounds the short word meaning at home.
24a Musical works coming from speaker with single thus reversed (9)
ORATORIOS : A person speaking, then a single number and the reversal of a two letter word meaning thus.
25a Restaurant that has bars (5)
GRILL : The bars here are not drinking places but what a series of bars or rods can make up.
26a Regular form of rugby with no wingers (4)
EVEN : The form of rugby that has eight players per team fewer than normal loses its first and last letters.
27a Saving argument against being of use (10)
CONSERVING : A three letter word for an argument against, then a word meaning being of use.
1d Secret stores church found in case, possibly (6)
CACHES : An abbreviation for church is inside an anagram (possibly) of CASE.
2d Drop off family item used at table (6)
NAPKIN : Drop off or have a quick Zzzz, and then a word for family in general.
4d Setter’s barking following bend in London road (3,6)
BOW STREET : An anagram (barking) of SETTER follows a word for a bend or curve.
7d Illusionist’s look for mother — a straight-thinking individual (8)
LOGICIAN : Find a word for an illusionist and replace an informal word for a mother at the beginning of it with a short word meaning look.
8d Flipping salesmen around famous hotel for a drink (8)
SPRITZER : The name of a famous London hotel is inside the reversal (flipping) of a word for sales representatives.
16d Not working — the listener’s certainly at sea (8)
OFFSHORE : A three letter word for not working and then a (somewhat dodgy we thought) homophone of a synonym of certainly.
17d Copy one Greek letter inscribed in tile (8)
SIMULATE : Another word for a tile, possibly one to write on, includes the Roman numeral one and the twelfth Greek letter.
19d International wearing right dress for an Italian resort (6)
RIMINI : Start with the abbreviation for right, then the one for international and a type of dress that was popular in the 1960’s.
20d Physical consequence, being let out in fast car? (3,3)
JET LAG : An anagram (out) of LET is inside the abbreviated name for a brand of fast car.
Our favourite today is 14a, especially as we saw how neatly ‘wave’ would have fitted in as the second word before we twigged the answer.
Quickie pun nigh + funf + hawk = knife and fork