Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28519
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A solo flight today as my co-blogger is away in Wellington for a few days.
We have general elections coming up in a few weeks so our media is full of all the madness and invective that seems to be part of it all. I am actually getting a couple of weeks employment from it as I will be working in an Advanced Voting Place before election day and then a long day on the official polling day. I did this for the last elections three years ago and enjoyed it then. Besides, it will give us some spending money for India.
A nice puzzle again from Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Intends to circle island in poor health, getting uninterrupted progress (5,7)
PLAIN SAILING: A word meaning intends contains the one letter abbreviation for island and then a word for in poor health or ill.
9a Simple boxes or empty case for ceramic ware (9)
PORCELAIN: Or from the clue and the first and last letters (empty) of case are inside (being boxed by) a synonym for simple or unadorned.
10a Pulls a face, seeing weapons across river (5)
GURNS: The abbreviation for river is inside weapons or firearms.
11a With detectives chasing, managed to get off! (6)
RANCID: The branch of the police force that detectives belong to follows a word meaning managed.
12a Daily newspaper’s millions — a force of attraction! (8)
CHARISMA: The daily is a cleaning lady, then a one letter abbreviation for a UK newspaper that in now only published on-line, the ‘S from the clue, the abbreviation for millions, and finally A from the clue.
15a Ship carrying cargo of loose ginger produces snorts (8)
SNIGGERS: The two letters that signify a steamship surround (carry as cargo) an anagram (loose) of GINGER.
19a Fine performer’s important part (6)
FACTOR: The abbreviation for fine and a stage performer.
21a Previously finished quick examination (4-4)
ONCE-OVER: Previously or at some time in the past and finished or ended.
23a Qualifier‘s against cutting new beard (6)
ADVERB: An anagram (new) of BEARD contains the letter that signifies against in court cases or sporting fixtures.
27a Skinny artist (9)
TATTOOIST: Skinny points to the surface where the artist’s work can be seen.
28a What might be instrumental in legislative assembly notes? (7,5)
CHAMBER MUSIC: Another word used for a legislative assembly in many countries and what notes collectively make up.
2d Overall interest payable before working (5)
APRON: The three letters for Annual Percentage Rate and a short word for working or in operation.
3d Doctor sees end in poverty! (9)
NEEDINESS: An anagram (doctor) of SEES END IN.
4d Pseudonym one’s forgotten, unfortunately (4)
ALAS: Remove the Roman numeral for one from a false or assumed name.
7d Panorama may be in favour of religious group seizing power (8)
PROSPECT: A three letter word meaning in favour of, then the abbreviation for power is inside a religious group.
8d Analyses a second and speaks (6)
ASSAYS: A from the clue, abbreviation for second and a word for speaks or utters.
14d Germany have players low in spirits (8)
DOWNCAST: The IVR code for Germany, a word for have or possess and a collective word for players who appear on stage.
16d Develop a drug with revolutionary fix for cell (9)
GUARDROOM: An anagram (develop) of A DRUG and the reversal of a word meaning fix that could be used in relation to attaching a vessel to a wharf or buoy.
17d Impetus gained from minute show of hesitation (8)
MOMENTUM: A minute or short period of time and a sound that could be made by someone hesitating.
18d The last character cutting copra concocted something for depression (6)
PROZAC: The last letter of the alphabet is found in an anagram (concocted) of COPRA.
20d Old boy’s on unlimited notice to support Queen — it’s automatic (7)
ROBOTIC: Start with the one letter designation for a queen, then the abbreviation for old boy and the four inside letters (unlimited) of notice.
22d Power specs and speed (5)
OOMPH: A letter that when doubled looks like a pair of glasses and how speed is expressed in imperial units.
24d Set out to cover team departures (5)
EXITS: An anagram (out) of SET includes the number of players in some sports teams expressed as a Roman numeral.
25d A bit of nasty ear infection (4)
STYE: And another lurker to finish off. Hiding in the fourth and fifth words of the clue.
The Quickie pun put up quite a fight until I realised it involved three answers so I’ll go for that as today’s favourite.
Quickie pun solace + east + hem = solar system