Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28537
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Despite what the weather is telling us, Spring has arrived. The duck ponds we pass on our regular walk have large clutches of newly-hatched cute little ducklings obediently clustering around their mothers. On the tidal mud-flats of the estuary we found that the bar-tailed godwits had recently arrived after their non-stop flight from Alaska. They will stay with us now for our summer.
Jay amused us again today as he never fails to do.
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6a Responsibility, having advantage but losing the lead (4)
ONUS : A word for an advantage or extra payment loses its first letter.
9a Feel concern about victory appearing in court division (5-2)
CARVE-UP : The letter signifying victory is included in a word for feel concern and then a two letter word meaning appearing in court.
10a Inflammatory European rationale (7)
EMOTIVE : The abbreviation for European and then a word for rationale, or reason for doing something.
12a Nobody let off Labour association (3,3,7)
OLD BOY NETWORK : An anagram (off) of NOBODY LET and then a word for labour. (The capitalisation is only there to mislead).
14a Quiet footballers in company providing breeding ground for schools (4,4)
FISH FARM : The two letters used to invoke silence and the administrative body for footballers are inside a word for a company or business.
15a Frozen? It helps to cover top (6)
ZENITH : A lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue.
17a Listen in rage, lost, crossing central London district (6)
EARWIG : An anagram (lost) of RAGE includes the London district that takes in Mayfair and Soho.
19a Heart, perhaps, is initially eager and direct (8)
ORGANISE : What the heart is an example of and then ‘is’ from the clue and the first letter (initially) of eager.
21a Successful run of king after life (metaphorically) in turbulent water (7,6)
WINNING STREAK : The metaphorical word for life comes from cricket. This is inside an anagram (turbulent) of WATER. Then finish with the chess annotation for king.
24a Income generated by engineers replacing start of tree-lined road (7)
REVENUE : Take a word for a tree-lined road and replace its first letter with the two letters for army engineers.
25a Ruin fun and stagger, showing force out of habit (7)
UNFROCK : An anagram (ruin) of FUN and then a word meaning stagger or wobble.
26a Type like this vacuous recruit (4)
SORT : A word meaning ‘like this’ and then the first and last letters (vacuous) of recruit.
27a Popular item of underwear intended, reportedly, for capital (10)
INVESTMENT : The two letter word meaning popular, then an item of underwear worn on the torso and a homophone of a word meaning intended.
1d Have a punt on other side (4)
BACK : The alternative to this side is front.
2d Contracts speeded up arguments (7)
NARROWS : Reverse (up in a down clue) a word meaning speeded and then arguments or tiffs.
3d Criminal soon vilified by female’s spatial perception (5,2,6)
FIELD OF VISION : Start with the abbreviation for female and then an anagram (criminal) of SOON VILIFIED.
5d Evenly poached — ain’t much water (5)
OCEAN : The alternate letters taken from the second and third words of the clue.
11d Apparently where hands must work round the clock … (2,3,4,2,2)
ON THE FACE OF IT : A cryptic description of where the hands of the clock are to be found.
13d … then, behind parts of hospital (10)
AFTERWARDS : A word for behind or following and then parts of a hospital where patients are to be found.
16d Stick out rubbish hoarded by strait-laced type (8)
PROTRUDE : A word for a strait-laced person surrounds rubbish or garbage.
18d Summarised article pinched by hobo (3,4)
RAN OVER : A hobo or itinerant includes the version of indefinite article that precedes a vowel.
20d Annoying a few, supporting church with no roof (7)
IRKSOME : The church here is a Scottish one and loses its first letter (roof in a down clue). Below this (supporting) is a word for a few.
23d Go around with no end of paper for sketch (4)
SKIT : Remove the last letter of paper from inside a word for go around, sidle or detour .
It took us a while to realise there were two metals in 4d so that is today’s favourite.
Quickie pun putter + tease = put at ease