Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28531
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’ve had some rather large Spring tides over the last few days, so on our walk this morning we noticed the newly sculpted bases of the sandhills and the redistributed patterns of driftwood on the wide wave-swept beach. On the river section of the walk we met several dedicated whitebaiters standing in the cold water in their waist-high waders, hoping for a shoal of the elusive little delicacies to swim into their nets. Then back home to print out, solve and enjoy another clever Jay puzzle.
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6a Henry following daughter’s vegetarian recipe? (4)
DHAL : The abbreviation for daughter and a short nickname for Henry.
Vegetarian dish sees boy back outside hospital
The abbreviation for hospital inside the reversal of a word for a boy.
10a Come clean, either way (5)
LEVEL : The answer here is a palindrome.
11a Keep quiet about new plot before king gets access to ship (9)
GANGPLANK : A three letter word meaning to keep quiet or muffle includes the abbreviation for new, then a synonym for plot or design and the chess designation for a king.
13a Work is scheduled across Germany for the poorest city area (4,3)
SKID ROW : The IVR code for Germany is inside an anagram (scheduled) of WORK IS.
18a How a free port must work to provide elementary protection? (12)
WEATHERPROOF : An anagram (must work) of HOW A FREE PORT.
21a Trouble returns in so stormy a relationship (7)
LIAISON : A three letter word for trouble is reversed and followed by an anagram (stormy) of IN SO.
23a Well-bred chap confronting devious character (7)
GENTEEL : A devious or slippery character follows a synonym for a chap or man.
24a Shy type may be home and dry when dog’s collared (9)
INTROVERT : Start with the two letter word meaning at home, and then the archetypal dog’s name is inside the letters that denote a non-drinker.
25a Such language skill must incorporate work (5)
ARGOT : A short word meaning work or operate is inside skill or craft.
26a Ropes in blokes (4)
GUYS : Double definition. The ropes could be attached to a tent.
27a A decent red fermenting, bang on target (4,6)
DEAD CENTRE : An anagram (fermenting) of A DECENT RED.
2d Reverse order, still welcoming victory (6)
INVERT : The abbreviation for victory is inside a word meaning still or not moving.
3d In a chaotic state, crazily has to help welcoming mistress? (3,4,3,4)
ALL OVER THE SHOP : A mistress or paramour is found inside an anagram (crazily) of HAS TO HELP.
4d Manager of revolutionary region as source of rumours (9)
ORGANISER : An anagram (revolutionary) of REGION AS and the first letter (source) of rumours.
5d Numbers thrown out of station in Essex (5)
NINES : A lurker hiding in the last three words of the clue. (We didn’t need to use our UK geography knowledge after all.)
7d Support Reds, playing in high temperature (8)
HEADREST : A word for high temperature includes an anagram (playing) of REDS.
8d Cool book on fighting millions (8)
LUKEWARM : The book is a New Testament gospel, then large scale fighting and the abbreviation for millions.
15d Detracted from French staff outside entrance (9)
DEROGATED : The French word for ‘from’ and then a staff or stick includes an entrance to a field or yard perhaps.
17d Holiday worker left before end of day, without paying attention (8)
VACANTLY : A three letter informal word for a holiday, then a worker insect, the abbreviation for left and the last letter of day.
19d Importance of women on crew (6)
WEIGHT : The abbreviation for women and a rowing crew.
20d Bishop settled on that man being unconcerned (6)
BLITHE : The chess abbreviation for bishop and then a word meaning settled or landed and a personal pronoun for that man.
22d French resort accommodating English relative (5)
NIECE : A French city on the Mediterranean includes the abbreviation for English.
We did seem to be writing the word anagram quite a lot but they are good ones so no complaints from us.
Quickie pun carp + aid + yam = carpe diem (seize the day)