Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28525
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back to a team of two for this week’s Jay puzzle.
Spring has officially started here but we do need the calendar to tell us that as it still feels decidedly wintry on many days lately.
A number of clues that needed some thinking about with this one which stretched the solving time a little for us.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a A day off? Yes and no! (6)
SICKIE : An informal word originating in our part of the world, for when being unwell is given to the boss as a reason for not being at work. (We think that ‘yes and yes’ would also have worked here.)
4a Model European member of parliament left in gallery (8)
TEMPLATE : The abbreviations for European, a member of parliament and left, are all inside a gallery on the Thames South Bank.
10a Judgment of relations enveloped in obsession (8)
THINKING : A word for relations generally is inside an obsession or particular fad.
13a Disappear — like a commercial vehicle? (6)
VANISH : Resembling a type of commercial vehicle often used for deliveries.
15a Like-minded individual, loving wine and whisky, say (7,6)
KINDRED SPIRIT : A word for loving or generous, then a type of wine identified by its colour and the sort of drink of which whisky is an example.
18a Promote boss’s best products? (6,7)
MARKET LEADERS : Promote or subject to a sales campaign, then a boss or manager and the ‘s from the clue.
22a Local area parasite must drink meths regularly (8)
ALEHOUSE : The abbreviation for area and a parasitic insect surround the second and fourth letters of ‘meths’.
25a Represents good person joining staff in recession (6)
ENACTS : The abbreviation for a good or pious person and then a flexible staff or rod all gets reversed (in recession).
26a Cutting last of remarks before trial (8)
SHEARING : The last letter of remarks and a trial in a court of law.
27a Comments from assistants besieging head of security (6)
ASIDES : The first letter of security is inside a word for assistants.
1d Community also developed outside Channel Islands (6)
SOCIAL : Community here is an adjective. The abbreviation for the Channel Islands is inside an anagram (developed) of ALSO.
2d Temporary manager‘s oddly keen in frantic rat race (9)
CARETAKER : The first and third letters of keen are inside an anagram (frantic) of RAT RACE.
3d Cool African party breaking into safe with poorer person providing cover (9,6)
INSURANCE BROKER : A word for cool or trendy, then the African party of Nelson Mandela is inside a synonym for safe or definite, and then a word meaning poorer or having less money.
5d Ring back? (4)
ECHO : Nothing to do with telephones. A cryptic description of a sound that gets returned to you.
7d A politician once needing independent defence in law (5)
ALIBI : ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviation for a political party that was dissolved in 1988 and finally the abbreviation for independent.
11d Smile in confusion about sport and poor governance (7)
MISRULE : The abbreviation for New Zealand’s national game are inside an anagram (in confusion) of SMILE.
14d In the best case, island truly needs to replace leader with daughter (7)
IDEALLY : The one letter abbreviation for island and then a word meaning truly has its first letter replaced by the abbreviation for daughter.
16d Provided support, but surly about cutting grass (9)
RESOURCED : A word for surly or sullen and the one letter meaning about or approximately are inside a hollow-stemmed grass.
17d Reclaim it at establishment admitting copies (8)
IMITATES : Our only lurker of the day, hiding in the first four words of the clue.
23d Floor enthusiasts given a lift (4)
STUN : An informal word for enthusiasts is reversed (given a lift in a down clue).
3d is our favourite today. Initially we got a bit held up here by trying to justify a different second word in the answer.
Quickie pun thus + more + lours = the small hours