Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28579
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back home again after an amazing three weeks in India. We spent most of our time in Delhi staying with family and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of this huge teeming city but did make two trips to other places. The first one was to Shimla which is up in the foothills of the Himalayas and is where, in the days of the Raj, the seat of government was located during the hot Delhi summers. The second trip was to Agra, specially to be at the Taj Mahal for our 50th wedding anniversary. What a truly awe-inspiring place it is. Everyone knows from photos what the Taj looks like but the experience of actually being there is just so much more.
It is nice to be back home now and we have lots of wonderful memories to cherish.
Thanks to the fellow bloggers who kept our seat warm while we were away. We did have internet access for most of the time so were still able to do many of the puzzles and did some sneaky lurking just to make sure you were all behaving yourselves.
Jay has supplied another fun puzzle this week.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Doctor imprisoned by a king out of control (4)
AMOK : The abbreviation for an army doctor is enclosed by ‘A’ from the clue and the chess notation for a king.
10a Alarm caused by article about photo? On the contrary (5)
PANIC : The article is one of the variants for the indefinite article. It is surrounded by an abbreviation for a picture. ‘On the contrary’ is there as the rest of the clue implies the photograph is inside the article.
11a Object to test (9)
CHALLENGE : A double definition. Object here is a verb and not a ‘thing’.
14a Sharpe conceivably offering way of expressing things? (4,2,6)
TURN OF PHRASE : A reverse anagram. The first two words of the answer instruct you what to do with SHARPE to give you the answer.
18a Fool — he’s covering small business supplying dryers (7,5)
CLOTHES LINES : A synonym for a fool and then ‘he’s’ from the clue surrounds the abbreviation for small and a word for business (as in what xxxx are you in?).
21a Traveller sees Prime Minister hugging single girl, shaken (7)
PILGRIM : The abbreviation for Prime Minister surrounds (is hugging) the number represented by single and an anagram (shaken) of GIRL.
23a Business custom is to share accommodation (7)
COHABIT : The abbreviation for a company (business) and a word for custom or usual behaviour.
25a Appearing in court, group may be distressed (5)
UPSET : A two letter word meaning appearing in court and then a synonym for a group.
26a Belt of lava with sulphur at the head (4)
SASH : The chemical symbol for sulphur and effluvia from a volcano. (We think this clue is not quite right, as lava is discharged in a molten form).
27a Servers with first-class locks (10)
WAITRESSES : The abbreviation for with, then the two letters denoting first class and locks of hair.
1d Offers must incorporate exercises for people, perhaps (6)
BIPEDS : The abbreviation for physical exercises is found inside offers that may be placed at an auction.
2d This, if ignoring his approach, is a mess (6)
TANGLE : The first four words of the clue is a long way of giving us a single letter. This is followed by a word meaning approach or viewpoint.
3d Council putting writer in place (5,9)
LOCAL AUTHORITY : A word for a writer is included in a word for a particular place.
4d Support workers making plays in court (9)
BACKHANDS : A word meaning support or sponsor and then workers or employees.
5d Gets close to answer, resolved to avoid women (5)
NEARS : An anagram (resolved) of ANSwER after the abbreviation for women has been removed.
7d Details of independent article in ‘Time’ (8)
MINUTIAE : The abbreviation for independent and an indefinite article are inside a time that is one sixtieth of an hour.
8d Heavily involved with requirement in castle (4-4)
KNEE-DEEP : A word for a requirement is inside another word for a castle or stronghold.
9d Southern Comedy Store is a shambles (14)
SLAUGHTERHOUSE : The abbreviation for southern, then the response that comedy elicits and a word meaning store. (If you haven’t encountered this definition of shambles before it is worth a quick dictionary check).
15d Insolence, interrupting fine talk about Republican in part of presentation (4,5)
FLIP CHART : Start with the abbreviation for fine, then a three letter word for insolence or cheek. Next the abbreviation for Republican is inside a word for idle talk.
16d Circle regularly selects requirements for mountaineers (3,5)
ICE PICKS : The second, fourth and sixth letters of circle (regularly) and a word meaning selects. (BRB doesn’t support this definition. The following pictures might elucidate things).
17d Criminal types may be terribly slow to accept prison sentence (8)
LOWLIFES : An anagram (terribly) of SLOW surrounds a long prison sentence.
19d Humiliates military settlements, under attack at the outset (6)
ABASES : The first letter (at the outset) of attack and then military settlements.
20d Standing of university in branch of maths (6)
STATUS : The branch of maths that Mr Kitty uses to inform and entertain us includes the abbreviation for university.
We selected 12a, 1d and 3d for special mention but will have to go with 12a as favourite because we were so recently there.
Quickie pun thumb + oust + rap = The Mousetrap