Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28650
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Schools are getting started this week so for much of the population the holiday season in over. On our regular walks now most of the people we greet are also locals and the ones who could be called grockles, or emmets in the SW of your nation, (two words we have learnt from crossword puzzles) have now departed. Meanwhile our phenomenal weather continues. Day after day of scorching hot weather that is breaking records in many parts of the country. We’re not used to having it this hot for this long.
We think Jay has been gentle with us this week, but all the regular cleverness and fun is there.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Model firm’s source of material for programme (6)
SITCOM : A word for model or pose for a picture, then the abbreviation for firm or company and the first letter (source) of material.
5a Call during session for release (5,3)
BRING OUT : A session that could be a period of ill health encloses call on the phone.
9a Argument against team allowance is a factor (13)
CONSIDERATION : The argument against is the opposite of ‘pro’, then another word for a team and allowance or allocated portion.
11a Sweeteners offered by South American taking kid back (6)
SUGARS : Kid or tease is reversed inside the abbreviations for south and the United States.
12a Make a mistake with little job (6)
ERRAND : A word meaning make a mistake plus a synonym for with.
14a Watered and fed at last after the yard gets tidied (8)
HYDRATED : An anagram (gets tidied) of THE YARD is followed by the last letter of ‘fed’.
16a Engineers study module, getting help that’s available (8)
RECOURSE : Army engineers and a study module or series of lessons.
21a Stop others following a river (6)
ARREST : Others or remainder comes after ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for river.
23a Manoeuvred wagons to secure opposite directions in last hurrah (8)
SWANSONG : Two opposite compass directions are inside an anagram (manoeuvred) of WAGONS.
26a Pressure skilled worker, being biased (8)
PARTISAN : The physics symbol for pressure and a skilled manual worker.
27a Leave affected by case of dengue (6)
DECAMP : The case of dengue gives us its first and last letters, and then ‘affected’ as a performer might be in the style of Kenneth Williams.
2d Zinc is organic in part, providing bit of a bite (7)
INCISOR : A lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue.
4d Millions suffer with religious community making such a purchase (4,5)
MAIL ORDER : The abbreviation for millions, then a word for suffer and a religious community possibly of nuns or monks.
5d Extent of wind across Germany (7)
BREADTH : The IVR code for Germany is inside a word for a wind that could be exhaled.
6d Claim Amsterdam must welcome religious leaders (5)
IMAMS : A lurker hiding in the first two words of the clue.
7d Enter opening to grab right price normally (5,4)
GOING RATE : A 2,2 phrase meaning enter, and then an opening to a field perhaps contains R(ight).
8d Forces of peace with courage are disconcerting (7)
UNNERVE : The forces of peace are from the organisation with headquarters in New York, and then courage or bottle.
13d Reparation, note, meant changes (9)
ATONEMENT : An anagram (changes) of NOTE MEANT.
15d Gave up hope, seeing second couple in action (9)
DESPAIRED : A word for an action is split 50/50 to surround the abbreviation for second and a couple or duo.
17d Landmass and sea air swirling, full of uranium (7)
EURASIA : The chemical symbol for uranium is inside an anagram (swirling) of SEA AIR.
22d Catches on small branches (5)
TWIGS : A double definition. Catches on here means understands.
24d Offspring in charge of such a boom? (5)
SONIC : A male offspring and the two letters signifying in charge.
After much discussion we decided to go with 23a as our top clue.
Quickie pun rubber + sheep = rubbish heap