Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28632
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our dry spell has been broken and we have at last had some rain. Just a moderate amount where we are but some parts of the country have had a lot more than they wanted. A storm came down from the tropics and, boosted by the abnormally high sea temperatures, really slammed several parts of the country. Extremes seem to be the normal pattern these days.
Enjoy today’s Jay puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Confirmation pleasure’s no good? (12)
RATIFICATION : Find a synonym for pleasure that starts with the abbreviation for good and remove this letter.
10a Use a cover for the audience (5)
AVAIL : ‘A’ from the clue and then what sounds like (for the audience) a cover a bride might wear.
11a Sort of job behind bars? (6)
INSIDE : This sort of illicit job could have interested parties involved.
12a Famous person’s heartless haste (8)
CELERITY : Remove the centremost letter from a synonym for a famous person.
13a A source of friction — just business (6)
AFFAIR : ‘A’ from the clue, the first letter of friction and a word meaning just or equitable.
15a Experienced a bit of abuse, as one does (8)
SEASONED : A lurker hiding in the last words of the clue.
18a At home and tense, big returns being essential (8)
INTEGRAL : The two letter ‘at home’, the abbreviation for tense and the reversal of a word meaning big.
21a It’s clear the man is protected by company lease (8)
COHERENT : A male personal pronoun is surrounded by the abbreviation for company and lease or hire.
23a Puts steps across lake (6)
PLACES : The abbreviation for lake is inside steps or strides.
26a Flash American’s disadvantage (5)
MINUS : A flash or a shortened form of a word for a fraction of an hour, and the abbreviation for American.
27a Ring off — that’s a lucky escape (5,4)
CLOSE CALL : Ring off or terminate the telephone connection.
28a Bit sticking out on pub terrace needs fixing (12)
PROTUBERANCE : An anagram (needs fixing) of ON PUB TERRACE.
1d Quietly sneaked into saint’s memorial, a copy (7)
REPLICA : A word used to describe a saint’s memorial contains the musical letter signifying quietly, and finally ‘A’ from the clue.
2d Checks jokes, having time for intro (5)
TESTS : A synonym for jokes has its initial letter replaced by the abbreviation for time.
3d Baby left in establishment (9)
FOUNDLING : The whole clue gives the definition. The abbreviation for left is in a word meaning establishment or setting up.
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4d Talk about bowler, say (4)
CHAT : The letter meaning about or approximately and what a bowler can be an example of.
6d Love and admire discourse (5)
ORATE : The tennis score love and admire or hold in high regard.
7d Spoke badly of head of Mafia dealing crookedly (8)
MALIGNED : The first letter of Mafia and an anagram (crookedly) of DEALING.
8d Gambolled or gambled on (6)
PLAYED : A double definition.
14d Going to get attractive? (8)
FETCHING : ‘Going to get’ as Jack and Jill are doing in the nursery rhyme.
17d Panel of women popular within racecourse (8)
WAINSCOT : The abbreviation for women, and then a short word for popular is inside the racecourse where the
Grand National Gold Cup is held. (Our apologies for getting locations muddled)
18d Immigrant losing right to get revenue (6)
INCOME : Remove the abbreviation for right from the end of a synonym for an immigrant.
20d Decide to work out the answer again (7)
RESOLVE : What you would have to do if you filled in this grid incorrectly.
22d A step up from manager is error (5)
RISER : Our second lurker. Again, it’s hiding in the last words of the clue.
24d Feature running across a mountain range (5)
CHAIN : A facial feature contains ‘A’ from the clue.
The all in one nature of 3d makes it our favourite today.
Quickie pun falls + snooze = false news