Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28507
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Another rainy week here.
It took us a little while to get a toehold on this one and we enjoyed the challenge so we have given it good ratings for both difficulty and enjoyment.
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1a Loving and loyal, but disenfranchised? (7)
DEVOTED : If the answer is split 2-5 we get what could be a negation of the right that Emmeline Pankhurst and others campaigned for.
9a Excessive returns by Home Counties creating argument (3-2)
SET-TO : The geographical area of England, defined by compass points, where we find the Home Counties, then the reversal of the three letters meaning excessive or over the top.
11a What the cobbler did after spring, being flush (4-6)
WELL-HEELED : A synonym for a spring or water source and then what a cobbler might have done to part of a shoe.
14a Cover pan with a lid, mostly for this dish (6,6)
JACKET POTATO : A word for a cover or outer garment, then a cooking pan, ‘A’ from the clue and the first two letters of a word for a lid.
18a Go in quietly, getting up daring (12)
ENTERPRISING : A word meaning go in, then the letter used in musc indicating quietly, and getting up.
21a Nation working around higher degree qualification (4)
OMAN : A Master of Arts qualification is inside working or in action.
22a Belief man is so put out (10)
ASSUMPTION : An anagram (out) of MAN IS SO PUT.
26a Lights perhaps out — school’s ending on the 2nd of March (5)
OFFAL : A word for out or not working, then the last letter of school follows the second letter of March.
27a Supervision that leaves people in the dark? (3,4)
DAY CARE : A cryptic definition of the type of looking after that does not apply overnight.
28a Beams, seeing post delivered in the outskirts of Ravenglass (7)
RAFTERS : A word meaning post or at a later time is found inside the first and last letters of Ravenglass.
1d Refuse to acknowledge racket pinching pig (6)
DISOWN : A racket or loud noise surrounds a female pig.
2d East European lifts and carries Italian organs (6)
VITALS : The abbreviation for Italian is inside the reversal of an East European people.
6d Shed tears, seeing little parking (4)
WEEP : A three letter word for little and then the abbreviation for parking.
7d Word for word heard along the coast (8)
LITTORAL : A homophone of a word that means word for word.
13d Bar racket giving healthy measure of alcoholic strength? (10)
SOUNDPROOF : Bar racket here is a verbal phrase. Healthy or robust and the scale for describing alcoholic strength.
15d Repair broken set that’s set by the road (9)
KERBSTONE : An anagram (repair) of BROKEN SET.
16d Left during action, and despatched overseas (8)
DEPORTED : Left as applying on board a ship is inside a word for an action.
17d In pen, tabloid girl with no heart is rambling (8)
STRAGGLY : A pen where you might find a pig is outside a derogatory word for a tabloid newspaper and the word girl without its central two letters.
19d Two females occupying country mansion? Nonsense! (6)
PIFFLE : The abbreviation for female is repeated inside a word for a substantial country house.
23d Guide from America is standing on there without protection (5)
USHER : The abbreviation for the United States and then the word ‘there’ without its first and last letters.
24d A run on first-class when promoted for a song (4)
ARIA : ‘A’ from the clue, then the cricket abbreviation for run and the reversal of the two letters signifying first class.
It took us a while to correctly identify the definition in 13d so that is today’s favourite.
Quickie pun sigh + fund + doff = siphoned off