Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28638
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We should really be called 3Kiwis this week as grandson Ollie has been part of the team with this one. We have been using this on-going spell of fine weather to take care of a painting chore and Ollie is with us for that team too.
We all enjoyed this Jay puzzle.
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1a Fish around Isle of Man may be source of energy (7)
BIOMASS : The initials that identify the Isle of Man are inside a fish that sounds like a deep voice.
10a People having scruples about origin of trees (7)
MORTALS : The first letter (origin) of trees is inside scruples or worthy characteristics to live by.
11a Insinuation of popular sister taking Ecstasy before party (8)
INNUENDO : The two letter word for popular, and the letter used for Ecstasy is inside a religious sister, then finally a party or get together.
12a Buddy left gold showing a lack of colour (6)
PALLOR : A buddy or close friend, then the abbreviation for left and heraldic gold.
16a Generic shifts observed by company caretaker (9)
CONCIERGE : The abbreviation for company and an anagram (shifts) of GENERIC.
21a Opportunity to purchase small beer (4)
SALE : The abbreviation for small and a type of beer.
24a Championships appearing in TV credits (6)
TITLES : Double definition.
25a Lab equipment trial with London Underground (4,4)
TEST TUBE : A synonym for a trial and the common name for the London Underground.
27a Persuasive talk from Liberal in argument (7)
BLARNEY : The single letter abbreviation for Liberal is inside an argument or ruckus.
28a Learned from two journalists accepting a cut criminally (8)
EDUCATED : Two senior journalists are placed either side of an anagram (criminally) of A CUT.
29a Agents in Laos unhappily shunning company (7)
ASOCIAL : Agents who do espionage work for the USA are inside an anagram (unhappily) of LAOS.
2d Mislaid details about head of Olympics being quarantined (8)
ISOLATED : An anagram (mislaid) of DETAILS contains the first letter of Olympics.
3d London police in charge, kettling everybody — that’s harsh (8)
METALLIC : The London police (not Scotland Yard, the other ones) and the abbreviation for in charge are enclosing (kettling) a word for everybody.
5d Depressed, out of action, drink (4)
DOWN : A clue type we don’t see very often, a triple definition.
6d Scrape involving right messy sort (6)
SCRUFF : Scrape or roughly abrade contains the abbreviation for right.
7d Most of dwelling accommodating a German is atrocious (7)
HEINOUS : A type of dwelling loses its last letter and encloses the German indefinite article.
8d Courage, as the girl’s love is married (7)
HEROISM : ‘The girl’s’ gives us a feminine possessive personal pronoun, then the tennis score love, ‘is’ from the clue and the abbreviation for married.
11d Complicated at home, worried after endless deception (9)
INTRICATE : The two letter at home, then remove the last letter of a word for a deception, and end with worried as a dog might have done with a bone.
14d Goes and covers roof and points of entry (10)
TURNSTILES : Goes or opportunities and puts a specific type of covering on a roof.
17d Mysterious English boozer to the north of Morecambe (8)
ESOTERIC : The abbreviation for English and a heavy drinker are to the north of (on top of in a down clue) the first name of Mr Morecambe.
18d A mistress full of energy needs a special cosmetic ingredient (4,4)
ALOE VERA : This answer starts and finishes with A’s from the clue. Between these we have a mistress or paramour with the abbreviation for energy inside.
19d Suppress son and parent (7)
SMOTHER : The abbreviation for son and a maternal parent.
26d Fostered source of rancour in graduate teacher (4)
BRED : The first letter of rancour is inside the degree held by many school teachers.
Our favourite today is 18d.
Quick crossword pun pope + hurry = potpourri