Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28501
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Rain, rain and more rain. We even suspect that the power outage that caused us to have a candlelit evening recently was caused by water getting into part of a transformer where it should not have been. This sort of weather causes disruptions to all sorts of activities but luckily cryptic crosswords can still be appreciated and enjoyed.
Jay delivers the goods once again, a little towards the trickier end of the spectrum we thought, and a real groan provoking Quickie pun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a This is why broadcast is unacceptable opinion (6)
HERESY : We have a 4’1 synonym for ‘this is’ and the letter that sounds like (broadcast) why.
4a City beach element that is to disappear (3,5)
SAN DIEGO : A four letter word for what is usually found on a beach then the two letters signifying that is and a short word meaning disappear or leave.
9a Look undaunted, seeing that man sent back inside (6)
BEHOLD : The personal pronoun for ‘that man’ is reversed inside a word for undaunted or brave.
10a Scheme of church to welcome new prison (8)
CONSPIRE : The abbreviation for the Anglican Church surrounds an anagram (new) of PRISON.
12a Lethargy during court case? (8)
INACTION : Split the answer 2,6 to understand why it means during a court case.
18a Liberal lad bit upset, seeing cannons shot here (8,5)
BILLIARD TABLE : An anagram (upset) of LIBERAL LAD BIT.
20a Shabby-sounding and singular complement to mince (6)
TATTIE : We are looking for a Scottish name for the vegetables we associate with mince. The singular version of this sounds like something shabby.
22a List dyes for repacking treated artificially (8)
STYLISED : An anagram (for repacking ) of LIST DYES.
24a Drink part of profit — I repaid after getting a return (8)
APERITIF : A reversed lurker hiding inside the fourth, fifth and sixth words of the clue.
26a Turn, oddly reluctant to cross (8)
TRAVERSE : The first and third letters of turn (the odd ones) and then a word meaning reluctant.
27a Inventor‘s lack of affectation rejected (6)
EDISON : Reverse the answer and split it 2,4 to find the lack of affectation.
2d Tries again to pre-empt a student’s dry run (9)
REHEARSAL : Tries again as in a law court, then ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for a learner.
3d It’s frowned upon by some purists but one is to happily cohabit (5,10)
SPLIT INFINITIVE : A cryptic description of a grammatical construct commonly exemplified by the introduction to the Star Trek programmes.
5d Excitedly eager to know more since the opening of gallery (4)
AGOG : A word meaning since or some time in the past and then the first letter of gallery.
6d Bemused, blame doubt developing after dance party (15)
DISCOMBOBULATED : A dance party popular in the 1970’s and then an anagram (developing) of BLAME DOUBT. (One of our all-time favourite words)
7d Be first to support old flame (5)
EXIST : ‘First’ written as the Roman numeral one and two letters, follows (supports in a down clue) a word for a previous partner.
8d Take manual control of extra attraction at fairground (8)
OVERRIDE : Extra or more than required is followed by a type of fairground attraction like a merry-go-round.
11d Conflict in river crossing at the front (7)
FORWARD : A military conflict is inside a way of crossing a river where there is no bridge.
14d A church gallery’s visual aid material (7)
ACETATE : ‘A’ from the clue, then the Anglican Church and a well known South Bank Gallery.
16d Hates to maintain lads must eat one (9)
AVERSIONS : Maintain or state, then lads or male offspring includes the Roman numeral one.
19d Unusual issue that’s likely to succeed (4-2)
ODDS-ON : A word meaning unusual and the same issue we met in 16d.
23d Appreciates somewhere to stay (4)
DIGS : Double definition.
It took us a long time for the penny to drop with 3d so that is our favourite today.
Quickie pun sores + hedges = sausages