Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28615
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
As this will be our last blog before Christmas we want to wish all the setters, Phil’s team at the Telegraph, fellow contributors to the blog and all the thousands of followers of the site a very happy festive season. Merry Christmas everyone.
At the bottom of the hints we have put in a couple of photos taken this week of New Zealand’s special Christmas tree, the pohutukawa, which puts on its short-lived brilliant display every December. This one is beside the estuary, just across the road from us.
Once again Jay brings joy to all his appreciative solvers.
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9a First animal to be identified in Oxford? (8)
AARDVARK : A cryptic definition. Instead of Oxford, the setter could have said Chambers or Webster. (We considered all sorts of footwear and locations before we had this one sorted).
10a Object to work attitude (6)
OPPOSE : A two letter artistic work and then an attitude or stance.
11a History and memory anticipating the writer’s beef dish (8)
PASTRAMI : The time period that relates to history and one of the types of computer memory are followed by a personal pronoun that the writer would use referring to himself.
12a Flinch from east wind on run (6)
RECOIL : Start with the abbreviation for run, then the one for east. Follow these with a word for twist or wind.
13a Person losing faith with a job brewing tea (8)
APOSTATE : ‘A’ from the clue, then a job or situation and an anagram (brewing) of TEA.
15a Cast the female lead in drama (4)
SHED : A personal pronoun for a female and then the first letter of drama.
17a Woman oddly going missing in air raids (4)
IRIS : Alternate letters (only the even ones) in the last two words of the clue.
19a Roman army unit must welcome a tense mission (8)
LEGATION : A Roman army unit of between three to six thousand soldiers includes ‘A’ from the clue and the grammatical abbreviation for tense.
21a Two for eight, perhaps — it’s a factor (4,4)
CUBE ROOT : Two for eight is one example, three for twenty-seven would be another.
23a Oblivious of danger developing in a fraud (8)
UNAFRAID : An anagram (developing) of IN A FRAUD.
24a Harsh pace, not without love (8)
STRIDENT : A pace or long step and the word ‘not’ once the tennis score love has been removed.
25a Avoids cunning wheezes (6)
DODGES : A double definition.
3d Model debates origin of designer frame (8)
BEDSTEAD : An anagram (model) of DEBATES and the first letter of designer.
5d Consider fool should be on time meeting old relation (4,4,7)
TAKE INTO ACCOUNT : A (4,2) phrase meaning to fool, then the abbreviations for time and old and a ‘relation’ or telling of a story.
7d One may require a second for puzzle (8)
PROPOSER : A word meaning for or in favour of and a puzzle or conundrum.
8d Bristles and beards ultimately must be unnecessary (8)
NEEDLESS : A word for bristles or fine spikes and the last letter of beards.
15d Issues for people ruled by a monarch (8)
SUBJECTS : Double definition. The issues could be those tackled by school pupils.
16d Product designed to define viewers (8)
EYELINER : A cryptic definition of a cosmetic preparation.
17d Such photography has popular female artist looking embarrassed (8)
INFRARED : The two letter word meaning popular, then the abbreviation for female, an artist from the Royal Academy and the colour associated with embarrassed.
18d Independent person elected to lie badly, being insolent (8)
IMPOLITE : The abbreviation for independent, then a person elected in a general election and an anagram (badly) of TO LIE.
19d Look for understanding in conversation (3-4)
LIP-READ : A cryptic definition of how a hearing-impaired person might gain understanding.
Our top clues today are 1a and 9a.
Quickie pun thud + hark + aegis = the dark ages