Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28543
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Well what’s new in our part of the world since we last wrote.
We have had a General Election which involved one of us with a few days work in an Advance Voting Place and then a marathon 14 hour day issuing and then counting votes on Saturday, the official Polling Day. Now we have to wait a couple of weeks while one of the minor parties negotiates with both of the major parties to sort out who will actually govern the country for the next three years.
We also put our clocks forward at the weekend so longer evenings for us from now on. It does mean that access to the puzzles is an hour later than it has been over our winter but that is not a problem.
Jay delivers the goods once again.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a In going before board, unionist revolutionary shows defiance of authority (15)
INSUBORDINATION: IN from the clue followed by an anagram (revolutionary) of BOARD UNIONIST.
9a School actors for internet service (7)
PODCAST: The school could be a group of cetaceans and then the collective word for the actors in a stage or film production.
10a Tyre, oddly, has more than enough tread (7)
TRAMPLE: The first and third letters of tyre and a word meaning more than enough or plenty.
12a Determination of women suffering (4)
WILL: The abbreviation for women precedes a word for suffering or ailing.
13a Excellent, for each will be protected by advance on wages (6)
SUPERB: A three letter word meaning ‘for each’ is inside an informal word (that was new to us in this usage) for an advance on wages.
15a Magazine rejected hotel — a case of rancid fish (8)
PILCHARD: Reverse a word for an ammunition container, so named for the way it attaches to a firearm, next the letter represented by hotel in radio communication, A from the clue, and the first and last letters (case of) rancid.
18a Close friend of prisoner hiding note (8)
INTIMATE: One of the notes from the sol-fa scale is inside a word for someone in prison.
23a To start off, it’s roughly covered by home attendance (9)
INSTIGATE: The short word for ‘at home’, an anagram (roughly) of ITS and then a word used to express the attendance at a sporting or other such event.
26a Top expert on breakers (7)
SURFACE: The breakers are what we see on our regular beach walks. This is followed by a synonym for an expert.
27a Popular range giving link to president? (3,4)
HOT LINE: Double definition. The second is the link between Moscow and Washington that was set up after the Cuba missile crisis of the 1960s.
1d Independent agreements encompassing mass strikes (7)
IMPACTS: The abbreviation for independent, the physics symbol for mass and a word for agreements or treaties.
2d Teams with spin bowlers all out bar the tail-ender (5)
SIDES: A word meaning spin or bias and the letter that remains from bowlers after all the preceding ones are discarded.
3d Part of car was very hot around front of radiator — strange! (5,4)
BRAKE DRUM: A word meaning ‘was very hot’ or ‘cooked dry in an oven’ includes the first letter of radiator, then a word for strange or odd.
4d No one is up supporting double-crosser getting allowance (6)
RATION: The rodent used as a metaphor for a double-crosser is followed by the reversal (up in a down clue) of NO and the Roman numeral one.
5d Courageous international agent needs passport, for example (8)
INTREPID: The three letter abbreviation for international, an agent or salesperson and how a passport can be described as one’s ‘papers’.
6d Nearly open for a drink? (4)
AJAR: ‘A’ from the clue and an informal term for a glass of beer.
7d Involve mischievous child with tall story about pet (9)
IMPLICATE: A three letter mischievous child, then a tall story or untruth surrounds a feline pet.
8d Wanted to cross line, annoyed (7)
NEEDLED: A word meaning wanted contains the abbreviation for line.
16d Made up arguments against planned diets (9)
CONSISTED: The arguments against are the opposite of ‘pros’ and then an anagram (planned) of diets.
17d Loudly assertive step, clamping down on National Trust (8)
STRIDENT: A step or pace and the abbreviation for the National Trust.
20d Transfixes second people in line for broadcast (7)
SKEWERS: The abbreviation for a second and a homophone of a word meaning people lined up to receive some service.
21d Complaint from motoring organisation about street followed by Her Majesty (6)
ASTHMA: An organisation of vehicle owners contains the abbreviation for street and the literal abbreviation for Her Majesty. Not ER in this instance.
25d Oddly, team lick white powder (4)
TALC: Every alternate letter (oddly) from team lick.
One member of our team took ages before the penny dropped for 20a so that gets our vote for favourite.
Quickie pun wry + tusk + ramp = writer’s cramp