Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28620
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
This is the time in New Zealand when everyone is on holiday except for retail stores. The climate gods have responded to this by sending in a southerly (which means cold here) spell of weather. We even had some rain that although it is very welcome, is not appreciated by those wanting to spend time at the beaches. It is not expected to last long and we should be back to warm sunny days by New Year.
Enjoy today’s puzzle from Jay.
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1a What Spanish viewed in strange dream as deception (10)
MASQUERADE : The Spanish word for ‘what’ (that we all learned from Fawlty Towers) is inside an anagram (strange) of DREAM AS.
6a Supporters left, say, before the end of this (4)
LEGS : The abbreviation for left, then the two letters for say or ‘for example’ and the last letter of ‘this’.
10a Cast lose on purpose (5)
THROW : Double definition. The lose on purpose relates to a sporting fixture.
11a Low temperature needed by popular filling casserole is a contentious issue (4,5)
MOOT POINT : Low is a bovine utterance, next the abbreviation for temperature, then the two letter word for popular is inside a vessel for cooking a stew.
12a Go too far, having finished marathon? (7)
OVERRUN : A word meaning having finished and then the question mark tells us that marathon is an example of this type of activity.
13a Provide assistance for person taken in for broadcast (7)
SUCCOUR : We have a homophone (for broadcast) of what we might call a person taken in or duped.
14a International match depicted in medal — not unusual in ancient books (3,9)
OLD TESTAMENT : An anagram (unusual) of MEDAL NOT has an international sporting fixture inside it.
18a Menaces independent easily frightened, protected by people (12)
INTIMIDATION : Start with the single letter abbreviation for independent, then a word meaning easily frightened is inside a people or sovereign state.
21a What might afford leverage with lawyers following Conservative argument? (7)
CROWBAR : The abbreviation for Conservative, then a word for argument or disagreement and a collective term for lawyers.
24a Small garden tool with spikes? Boots may have them (9)
SHOELACES : The abbreviation for small, then a garden tool used for weeding and spikes as a verb meaning adulterates.
26a Clears area for cricket practice (4)
NETS : A double definition. Clears is used in a business finance sense.
1d Second note concerning proposal (6)
MOTION : A two letter word for a second, then one of the notes of the tonic scale and a word for concerning or relating to.
3d Taking off and leaving the Joneses behind? (8,6)
UPWARDLY MOBILE : The Joneses here are the people one must keep up with in the well-known expression.
4d Contemplated strong drink at home before arranged date (9)
RUMINATED : Strong drink made from sugar cane, then the two letter ‘at home’ word and an anagram (arranged) of DATE.
5d Medic overlooking things people have in hospital sinks (5)
DROPS : An abbreviation for a medical person and then the things people might have in the surgical department of a hospital.
7d Sanctimonious volumes written in support of European models (8)
EPITOMES : Starting from the top we have the abbreviation for European, a short word meaning sanctimonious and then volumes or large books.
8d Settled university fee that’s steep (8)
SATURATE : Settled as one might have on a chair, then the abbreviation for university and a fee or charge.
15d Takes the mickey out of modelled flowers (9)
SATIRISES : Modelled or posed and the flowers sometimes referred to as flags.
16d See leader’s once said to have changed (8)
DIOCESAN : An anagram (to have changed) of ONCE SAID. ‘See leader’s’ can be paraphrased as ‘belonging to the person in charge of a group of parishes’.
17d Ran for election elsewhere, and excelled (5,3)
STOOD OUT : Ran for election or was a candidate and then elsewhere or not at home.
20d Young ladies in ecstasy, wearing rings? (6)
BELLES : The letter used as a shorthand for the drug ecstasy is inside cast metal objects that produce ringing sounds.
22d Expert in pricey car? Possibly (5)
RACER : An all in one clue where an expert or adept is inside a prestigious luxury car.
Lots of good ones to choose from today but we’ll nominate 3d and 11a for top honours.
Quickie pun high + toff + aim = height of fame