Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28597
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We seem to have mentioned weather quite a lot lately but it really is quite phenomenal. After a very wet winter it has now become extremely dry with temperatures that we do not usually see until much later in the summer. It looks like November is about to set an unbeatable record for rainfall in our district with a zero score for the whole month.
Today’s Jay puzzle went together a little more easily for us than last week’s but with all the usual smiles and chuckles.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Stay true (7)
STAUNCH : A double definition. Stay is in the sense of to stem the flow.
10a Confirm drink left on board (7)
SUPPORT : A three letter word meaning to drink and then the maritime word for left.
14a At home, authorise first-class returns, getting badges (8)
INSIGNIA : Our usual two letter ‘at home’, then to authorise by writing one’s name and the reversal of the two letters denoting top quality.
17a Thrill old lover with quote (6)
EXCITE : The two letter old lover and then a word meaning to quote.
19a Heart broken by ‘X’, bully (8)
THREATEN : An anagram (broken) of HEART and then the number expressed in Roman numerals as X.
21a In grammar he, for example, needs to make firm declaration (13)
PRONOUNCEMENT : The part of speech of which ‘he’ is one example and a way to make firm or stick together in a construction sense.
24a Electronic circuits and leads regularly being passed (7)
ELAPSED : The abbreviation for electronic, then circuits that might be part of a race and the second and fourth letters of leads.
25a Abandon hope as a spider runs out (7)
DESPAIR : An anagram (runs out) of A SPIDER.
26a Achieved a target, retaining information (4)
DATA : A lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue.
1d Authorise advance (4)
PASS : A double definition. The advance is usually of the amorous kind.
2d Views covering African organisation’s meetings (7)
SEANCES : The organisation that we most commonly associate with Nelson Mandela is inside a word for views or looks at.
3d Folds, once ratings go badly (13)
CONGREGATIONS : An anagram (badly) of ONCE RATINGS GO. (It took us a little while to twig the required meaning of folds.)
5d Plans right employment laws at last (5)
RUSES : The abbreviation for right and then employment or application. Finally (at last) the last letter of laws.
7d Women anticipating skipper’s lie (7)
WHOPPER : The abbreviation for women and a skipper or somebody jumping, usually on one foot.
8d Almost deserved to be set up in lease giving privacy (10)
RETIREMENT : A word that means deserved or ‘was worthy of’ loses it’s last letter and is reversed inside a word meaning to lease.
11d Urge free seconds as handouts for journalists (5,8)
PRESS RELEASES : A word meaning urge or force, then a seven letter word meaning to free and the abbreviation for seconds.
13d Extra butter, say, in general (10)
WIDESPREAD : One of the deliveries in cricket that qualifies as an extra and what butter (or even margarine) is an example of.
18d Co-worker clamps over line that’s added to engine (7)
COOLANT : ‘Co’ from the clue and a worker insect contain (clamps) the abbreviations for over and line.
22d Jog naked around back of building (5)
NUDGE : The last letter of building is inside naked or undressed.
23d Forward should avoid hot garments (4)
BRAS : A word meaning forward or crass loses the abbreviation for hot.
The clue where we started, 1a, is a top qualifier for favourite, but 13d was our last one in and also a strong contender.
Quickie pun braise + once + elf = brace oneself