Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28609
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our thoughts go out to all of you who are coping with the bitterly cold weather. Meanwhile we have conditions at the opposite end of the spectrum. Still no rain and day by day everything is getting drier and drier with temperatures around the 30C mark. Our pohutukawas are getting redder and redder each day, we’ll put in a photo of them next week.
A few curly ones in here but basically a relatively gentle, good fun puzzle from Jay once again.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
10a Follow Master of Arts principle (5)
DOGMA : Follow or tail and then the letters denoting a Master of Arts.
11a Understanding the ability to resist pain (9)
TOLERANCE : Double definition. The first is understanding or forbearance.
14a Showing pleasure after trip, but too gung-ho? (7-5)
TRIGGER-HAPPY : A word meaning trip or set off and then one meaning showing pleasure or delighted.
18a Feeling full, runs into this silly pompous ass (7,5)
STUFFED SHIRT : The feeling one has after over-eating and then the cricket abbreviation for runs is inside an anagram (silly) of THIS.
21a Computer images a sailor’s found linked to the Bible (7)
AVATARS : The letters representing the Authorised Version of the Bible, then ‘A’ from the clue and one of the words for a sailor with its attached ‘s.
23a Steal the limelight from leading coach (7)
UPSTAGE : A short word for leading or ahead and the type of coach we associate with the wild west.
24a Eight pints not on? Then four with soldier and run around for fun (9)
GALLIVANT : The liquid measure equivalent to eight pints loses ‘on’, then the Roman numeral four and a soldier insect.
25a Keen on covering Queen’s opening bars? (5)
INTRO : A colloquial expression for keen on contains the abbreviation for Regina.
26a Job request following termination of employment (4)
TASK : The final letter of employment and a word meaning request.
1d Perversion is welcomed by unhappy male (6)
SADISM : A word for unhappy, then ‘is’ from the clue and the abbreviation for male.
2d Government, for example, finding itself constricted by frost (6)
REGIME : The letters signifying for example are inside a word for frost or frozen dew.
4d Alienated journalist full of rum (9)
ESTRANGED : The abbreviation for a senior journalist surrounds (is full of) a word meaning rum or peculiar.
5d Set aside a great deal for the audience (5)
ALLOT : A homophone of a (1,4) phrase for a great deal.
7d Rising role adopted by stars in hot spots (8)
SUNTRAPS : Stars like the one at the centre of our solar system surround the reversal of a role in a stage or screen production.
8d Covers, but hams it up ignoring head of production (8)
OVERLAYS : Find a word meaning hams it up and remove the first letter of production from the centre of it.
15d Worn out as he taxed us horribly (9)
EXHAUSTED : An anagram (horribly) of HE TAXED US.
17d Well-made goods from Germany and Belarus ordered (8)
DURABLES : The IVR code for Germany and an anagram (ordered) of BELARUS.
20d Give up bad habits seeing case of reserve on bench (6)
REFORM : The first and last letters (case) of RESERVE and a bench or wooden seat.
22d Step from prison to accept first of awards (5)
STAIR : A colloquial term for prison contains the first letter of awards.
The two long clues 3d and 9d get our vote for top clues today.
Quickie pun pose + toffees = Post Office