Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28626
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Happy 2018 everyone.
As we predicted last week our colder snap did not last long and we are back to dry warm conditions. Many of the houses around us are holiday homes so January is the time of the year when we have to share our environment with many more people than usual. This sort of weather suits them well and we console ourselves with the thought that they will all go back to their other homes soon.
Good fun again from Jay.
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1a Unusual to capture house and river close-up (5-5)
SHORT-RANGE : The two letter abbreviation for house and the single one for river are inside a word meaning unusual.
9a Where a mountaineer’s often found time to travel? (3-4)
OFF-PEAK : Where mountaineers are to be found when they are either on the way up or on the way down.
10a One new reason, it’s said, for anger (7)
INCENSE : The Roman numeral one, the abbreviation for new and a homophone of a word meaning reason or intelligence.
14a Go round dog and leg it (4,4)
TURN TAIL : A word for go round and then dog used as a verb.
15a Queen’s song makes worker on edge (6)
ANTHEM : A worker insect and then an edge, usually found on a fabric.
19a The French will be taken in by gentle touch, being inattentive (8)
CARELESS : A gentle touch surrounds one of the French definite articles.
21a Space for a 180 — or roundabout? (7-6)
TURNING-CIRCLE : Double definition. The first describes an area in which a vehicle can go in the opposite direction without having to do a three-point turn and the second could describe a rotating disc-shaped object.
24a Lots of you heard adolescent grabbing politician (7)
UMPTEEN : The letter that sound like the word ‘you’, then a member of parliament and an adolescent.
26a Friends hot on equipment? (4)
KITH : The letter that denotes hot on a tap follows a word for equipment.
1d Work to support quiet retail outlet (4)
SHOP : An instruction to be quiet and an artistic work.
2d Volunteer to take in unprotected sick policeman (7)
OFFICER : The central two letters (unprotected) of sick are inside a word for volunteer or put forward.
3d One night I let off last of explosive, being compliant (6,3,4)
TOEING THE LINE : An anagram (off) of ONE NIGHT I LET plus the final letter of explosivE.
4d All oak? I’d planned organic compound (8)
ALKALOID : An anagram (planned) of ALL OAK ID.
5d Medal welcoming Italy’s departure (5)
GOING : An informal word for a medal includes the IVR code for Italy.
7d Wish his broadcast could be extended, to an extent (7)
LONGISH : A word for wish or desire and then an anagram (broadcast) of HIS.
11d Restrict soldiers before battle, producing series of events (5,8)
CHAIN REACTION : Restrict by using linked metal bindings, then engineering soldiers and a battle or affray.
13d In awe of Sun’s commercial transport (4-6)
STAR-STRUCK : A heavenly body that the sun is an example of with its ‘S from the clue, and then a commercial road vehicle.
16d To swing the lead is normal in Germany, to a limited extent (8)
MALINGER : A lurker hiding in the sixth seventh and eighth words of the clue.
18d Trooper goes over favourite line of defence? (7)
PARAPET : An airborne soldier and a favourite.
20d Kind of complex vote in Iran excluding outsiders (7)
ELECTRA : Vote in or democratically put into office and then the central two letters of Iran.
23d Network needing golf free? (4)
GRID : The letter represented by golf in international radio communications and then free or do away with.
Quickie pun purr + leaking = pearly king