Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28573
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Kia ora from South Warwickshire
Wednesday is usually a Jay puzzle decrypted by the Two Kiwis, Colin and Carol. Jay is here as usual but Colin and Carol are celebrating fifty years of marriage on a long trip to India. Congratulations to them both.
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1a Rough guides for those needing a lift? (5,2,5)
RULES OF THUMB: A guiding set of principles, perhaps (hence the question mark) for those who may be attempting to hitchhike.
9a Giant injured groin with sumo wrestling (9)
GINORMOUS: An anagram (injured) of GROIN is followed by a second anagram (wrestling) of SUMO
10a Understood source of interest in diplomacy (5)
TACIT: The initial letter of the word interest is to be placed inside a noun meaning diplomacy
11a A mistake, vacuously chasing crazy Frenchwoman (6)
MADAME: The letter A is gifted from the clue and followed by the outer letters (vacuously or empty) of the word mistake. These three letters are placed after (chasing) an adjective meaning crazy or insane
12a Saying that’s popular within total golf (8)
UTTERING: Place our usual crosswordland word indicating popular inside an adjective meaning complete or absolute and the abbreviation for golf
13a Greeting mother, regrettably coming back (6)
SALAAM: This greeting is common in Arabic and Muslim countries. It can be found by returning (coming back) an informal endearment for one’s Mother and an exclamation used to express grief pity or concern
15a Critics of these often found on the door (8)
KNOCKERS: Persons who continually find fault are also objects hinged to doors and rapped by visitors to attract attention and gain entry
18a Wealth of guild regularly viewed in old money (8)
OPULENCE: The odd numbered letters of the word GUILD are contained within the abbreviation for old and the smallest denomination of English currency
19a Poles must anticipate urge to grass (6)
SNITCH: The abbreviations of the two poles are followed by an urge or desire (possibly after seven years)
21a The girl’s in a depression, being a follower (8)
ADHERENT: Find a singular word meaning belonging to a female. Use the letter A from the clue and a noun meaning a sight hollow in a hard even surface. Place the female somewhere inside those two words. (The girl in a depression)
23a Enough to satisfy head of Interpol before power boost (6)
FILLIP: Begin with a word meaning enough to satisfy ones hunger perhaps. Add the initial (head of) letter of Interpol and the abbreviation for power.
26a Good communist limits Eastern hunger (5)
GREED: . . . And keeping on the hunger theme … Begin with the abbreviation for good. Add our colour associated with communism. Wrap these letters around (limits) the abbreviation for Eastern
27a Person who shares Spooner’s dislike of rodents? (9)
HOUSEMATE: Begin with a small rodent often chased by a cat. Find another word meaning to dislike or detest. Swap the first letters of each in the style of The Reverend Spooner and join the two new words together.
28a Pair (English) confronting extravagant forward (12)
PRESUMPTUOUS: Use the common abbreviation for a pair. Add the letter E representing English and add an adjective meaning extravagant, lavish or splendid and expensive looking
1d Resort merges restricting island systems (7)
REGIMES: An anagram (resort) of MERGES is placed around (restricting) the abbreviation for island
2d Curtains may be so connected with no end of work (5)
LINED: Find a word meaning connected as a chain is connected perhaps. Remove the letter K (end of work)
3d Second offence will include periodical brawl (9)
SCRIMMAGE: Use the abbreviation for second. Add an offence punishable by law. Include within these letters a three lettered journal such as the Saturday and Sunday supplements in this newspaper.
4d Fellow left work a failure (4)
FLOP: The first three words of this clue are all old favourites. Use the abbreviations for fellow and left and add another abbreviation this time of opus which is a musical work
5d The man’s Italian and worker’s uncertain (8)
HESITANT: Begin with a male pronoun to which we have added the letter S from the plural in the clue. Add the abbreviation for Italian and our regular worker insect.
6d Time in simple measure (5)
METRE: Place the abbreviation for time within an adjective suggesting simplicity or insignificance
7d Chance of Ant and Dec being relocated around the Channel Islands? (8)
ACCIDENT: An anagram (being relocated) of ANT and DEC is placed around the abbreviation for Channel Islands
8d Street’s houses get old steps (6)
STAGES: Use the usual abbreviation for Street’s including the apostrophe S. Place inside these three letters (houses) a word meaning to get old
14d This may be canned and used as medicine, proverbially (8)
LAUGHTER: Proverbially this is the best medicine. Also Proverbially he who does this last will do it longest. The reference to canned refers to the practice of adding a recording of this to the soundtrack of a comedy programme
16d Happy to cross one new area of our planet (9)
CONTINENT: Place an adjective meaning happy around the letter that looks like the number one and the abbreviation for new.
17d A container like this is needed for prickly plant (8)
ACANTHUS: Use the letter A from the clue. Add a three lettered container (not a tin but similar) Now add an adverb that means like this.
18d Fruit and duck on kitchen stove (6)
ORANGE: Begin with the letter that looks like the cricket score referred to as a duck. Add a large kitchen stove
20d Unfortunate student in poor shape finishes at last (7)
HAPLESS: Place the usual letter denoting a student or learner inside (in) an anagram (poor) of SHAPE. Add the last letter (at last)of the word finishes.
22d Horseman‘s answer ignored by attacker (5)
RIDER: This horseman or horsewoman can be found by removing (ignored) the letter A (answer) from a word meaning an attacker
24d Partly fill an order that’s plain (5)
LLANO: Our only lurker of the day. Hidden within the words of the clue and indicated so by the word partly
25d Stick around a Pacific island (4)
GUAM: Place a word meaning to stick or fasten around
My favourite clue was 20 down. What was your’s?
Quickie Pun. THUS+HOOP+REAMS=THE SUPREMES