Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28555
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It is all go for us this week. It is still school holidays here and we’ve had groups of grandkids and their friends staying with us for a few days each. While all this has been going on we have also been getting ourselves organised and packed for our trip to India. We leave early on Sunday morning and will be away for three weeks so there will be other bloggers having the pleasure of writing the hints for Jay puzzles.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
5a Independent group following worker’s protection against infection (8)
ANTIBODY : Firstly a worker insect, then the abbreviation for Independent and a group or organisation.
9a Sadly many pensioners will have no answer for sources of income (5-8)
MONEY-SPINNERS : An anagram (sadly) of MaNY PENSIONERS, after the abbreviation for answer has been removed.
10a Sophisticated girl coming out on song (8)
DEBONAIR : The three letters for a young woman ‘coming out’, then ‘on’ from the clue and another word for a song.
11a Contents of wordy article printed by popular decree (6)
ORDAIN : The three central letters (contents) of wordy, then the indefinite article and the two letter word for popular.
12a Hit, and unable to move across river (6)
STRUCK : The abbreviation for river is inside a word meaning unable to move or firmly wedged.
14a End of promotions should come after flogging lots (8)
LASHINGS : The last letter of promotions follows a word for flogging with a whip. (We always associate the answer with Enid Blyton and ginger beer.)
16a Managing director reveals someone owed a debt (8)
CREDITOR : An anagram (managing) of DIRECTOR.
23a Left section in action (8)
DEPARTED : A four letter word for an action surrounds a section or portion.
26a Cut down on relaxation after December — right? (8)
DECREASE : The three letter abbreviation for December, the abbreviation for right and then a word for relaxation.
27a Speaks about system of voting for wets (6)
SPRAYS : The letters for a proportional representation system of voting are inside a synonym for speaks.
3d Fast bowler’s second is slow (5)
LENTO : ‘Fast’ as a time of not eating. This is followed by the second letter of bowler.
4d Bread wrapper taken from work? (3,6)
PAY PACKET : A cryptic definition of the means by which wages might be delivered.
5d Dress is concerning, held in disgust (7)
APPAREL : A two letter word meaning concerning is inside a verb meaning to disgust.
7d Engineers employed by poor business may be on this, financially (9)
BREADLINE : An all in one clue. Army engineers are inside a three letter word for poor and then a synonym for business.
8d Smart dogs regularly fed with a cut of beef (7)
DASHING : The first and third letters from dogs surround ‘A’ from the clue and a cut of beef often used for making soup.
13d Slip perhaps reporting to battle full of energy (9)
UNDERWEAR : Reporting to or subservient to, and then the abbreviation for energy is inside a prolonged period of fighting.
15d Station crowd gets breaking news (4,5)
STOP PRESS : A word for a station, possibly on a rail line, and then crowd or push together.
17d Strangely asleep after run, showing setback to recovery (7)
RELAPSE : The abbreviation for run and then an anagram (strangely) of ASLEEP.
20d Too full of themselves at first, for all to see (7)
OVERTLY : A word meaning ‘too full of’ includes the first letter (at first) of themselves.
24d Chap that’s understood? (5)
ROGER : Double definition. The second is used in radio communications.
Our favourite today is the one that needed most head-scratching, 4d.
Quickie pun arise + mile = a wry smile