Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28495
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our very wet winter continues. Everything seems to have been in a state of sogginess for months and we are all looking forward to the gradually increasing day lengths to help the drying process as our spring approaches.
Nothing too complicated from Jay this week and the usual generous helping of good fun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Doing sentry duty in rocky ground screening west of airport (2,5)
ON GUARD : An anagram (rocky) of GROUND includes the letter from the west (left hand side) of airport.
10a Pleasant-sounding doctor takes look inside (7)
MELODIC : A five letter informal word for a doctor has a short word meaning to look inside it.
11a Gave up hope, seeing legal document cut by second couple (9)
DESPAIRED : The abbreviation for second and a word for a couple are inside a type of legal document that shows ownership.
12a Very dry beast with no tail (4)
BRUT : A synonym for a beast loses its last letter.
18a Most of planet consumed in flood (8)
SATURATE : Remove the last letter from one of the planets of the solar system, and then a word meaning consumed or devoured.
19a Prayers of star embracing nurse (6)
NOVENA : The two letters that stand for an enrolled nurse are inside a star that suddenly increases in brightness.
22a Range of a record signing, initially (4)
ALPS : ‘A’ from the clue, then a record that used to play at 33 rpm and the first letter of signing.
23a Frank returns carrying material for board covers (5,4)
PLACE MATS : A delicate type of material is found inside the reversal of a word meaning frank or impress with an image.
28a Decisive stage when investments become unprofitable? (5,2,2,6)
POINT OF NO RETURN : Split the clue after its second word to find this double definition.
2d What ancients wore to speak at length? (5)
TOGAS : ‘To’ from the clue and a word meaning speak at length or ramble on.
3d Blast area for sculpting stone (9)
ALABASTER : An anagram (for sculpting) of BLAST AREA. (An appropriate anagram indicator to use here.)
4d Target on river in Yorkshire is bear (6)
ENDURE : A word for a target or aim and a three letter Yorkshire river.
5d Try to impress — call doctor before work (4-4)
NAME DROP : Call or entitle, then one of the two letter abbreviations for doctor and an artistic work.
6d This fruit bug lives to a limited extent (4)
UGLI : A lurker hiding in the third and fourth words of the clue.
8d Chinese money protecting tiger maybe in part of Mexico (7)
YUCATAN : The standard monetary unit of China encloses the group of animals to which a tiger belongs.
16d Bizarre request — go in confusion (9)
GROTESQUE : An anagram (in confusion) of REQUEST GO.
17d Son heads on holiday and calls on the way (5,3)
STOPS OFF : The abbreviation for son, then a word for heads or highest parts and a word for on holiday or not at work.
20d Stay away from salt dye (7)
ABSTAIN : For salt we want one of the abbreviations used for a seafarer, and then a word meaning dye or mark with colour.
21d Hide mark from shabby stuff as well (6)
TATTOO : A word for shabby stuff and then one meaning as well or also.
24d Commercial on independent group of countries is so long (5)
ADIEU : A commercial plug, then the abbreviation for independent and the group of countries that the UK is moving away from.
25d Waste time penning instruction to printer (4)
STET : And we finish with another lurker. This one is found in the first and second words of the clue.
We rather liked the clues with nicely disguised definitions, so have put 23a, 4d and 21d on our podium this week.
Quickie pun brake + sit + ear = Brexiteer