Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28603
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our weather continues to be hot and dry with today’s temperature getting close to 30 degrees C again. Our pohutukawa trees are just starting to display their scarlet flowers so Christmas cannot be far away.
Jay was in gentle mood again today . It was the Quickie pun that was our biggest sticking point as we kept trying to use the first three words.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Pure terror, no mistake, during hunt (6)
CHASTE : Remove a word meaning a mistake from the word terror and place the one letter that’s left inside a word for a hunt or pursuit.
5a Bound to protect soldiers in ranks (6)
TIERED : Bound or held with string surrounds engineer soldiers.
12a Well-mannered chap left beyond the outskirts of Eastbourne (7)
GENTEEL : A chap or man, then the first and last letters (outskirts) of Eastbourne and finally, the abbreviation for left.
13a Emerging name with a fragrance (7)
NASCENT : The abbreviation for name, then ‘A’ from the clue and a fragrance.
14a Composure required if dragon’s to be disturbed (4-5)
SANG-FROID : An anagram (to be disturbed) of IF DRAGONS.
19a Bug advanced carrying one likely to cause disease (9)
PESTILENT : A bug or nuisance, and advanced in the financial sense are separated by the Roman numeral for one.
21a Drunken rake should welcome a fine form of entertainment (7)
KARAOKE : An anagram (drunken) of RAKE contains ‘A’ from the clue and a two letter way of showing fine or acceptable.
25a Crooked advertiser — I held out and negotiated (9)
TRAVERSED : An anagram (crooked) of ADVERTiSER once the letter ‘i’ has been removed.
26a Gas area on the west of Oregon (5)
OZONE : The west of Oregon is its first letter and then an area or region.
27a Single line found in smooth traffic-free area of street (6)
ISLAND : Single gives us the Roman numeral one and then the abbreviation for line is inside a word to smooth by rubbing with an abrasive paper.
28a Two ways to be humble (6)
MODEST : The first way can be a style and the second is an abbreviation for a type of road.
3d Chatted in favour of being romantically attached? (6,3)
SPOKEN FOR : Chatted or verbalised and then ‘in favour of’.
4d Applaud European vote on quota raised (5)
EXTOL : The abbreviation for European, then the mark put on a voting paper and the reversal of a quota or allocation.
6d Spirit stifled by cabinet hostility (5)
ETHOS : A lurker hiding in the last two words of the clue.
7d Heroic hospital department about to become focus of disturbance (9)
EPICENTRE : A word meaning heroic or classic, then a hospital department and the two letters meaning about or with reference to.
8d Co-ordinates of signal readjusted (6)
ALIGNS : An anagram (readjusted) of SIGNAL.
15d Africans shifting earnings across Italy (9)
NIGERIANS : An anagram (shifting) of EARNINGS that includes the IVR code for Italy.
16d Downtrodden and in a hurry to underpin work (9)
OPPRESSED : An artistic work, is on top of a word meaning in a hurry or being rushed.
17d Cover eyes, having difficulty accommodating student congregation (9)
BLINDFOLD : The abbreviation for a learner or student is inside a word for a difficulty, then a word for a congregation in its pastoral sense.
18d Develop a liking for scene with couple on the radio (4,2)
TAKE TO : A motion picture usage of a word for a scene and a word that sounds like (on the radio) a couple.
20d After time, quietens kids (6)
TEASES : The abbreviation for time and then quietens or becomes less severe.
22d Area report’s written up to include performance on stage (5)
OPERA : A reversed lurker hiding in the first two words of the clue.
23d Spoilt young woman married the first man (5)
MADAM : The abbreviation for married and then the Bible’s first man.
24d Images of prisoner held by discontented interrogators (5)
ICONS : Interrogators are dis-contented by removing all but the first and last letters. These surround a word for a prisoner.
Quickie pun wall + hoard = warlord