Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28656
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Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
Greetings, greetings, greetings to you all.
As yesterday was Waitangi Day for us we have given a more formal Maori introduction than our usual cheery Kia ora. The largest of the gatherings to celebrate what is regarded as New Zealand’s founding day, was at the site in the far north of the country where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. It was a very joyful, peaceful occasion (it hasn’t always been) held in ideal sunny conditions.
Once again Jay has given us a delightful clever puzzle, and in what seems to be a pattern this week, a little trickier than they often are.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
9a Sandown empty and a Grand National winner that gets beaten! (5,4)
SNARE DRUM : The first and last letters (empty) of Sandown, ‘A’ from the clue and, probably the most famous horse to win the Grand National.
10a Pace of study after tea being delivered (5)
TREAD : Tea ‘being delivered’ gives us a homophone of a letter that sounds like the drink and then study a subject at a university.
11a Changes the last word — ‘dust’, oddly (6)
AMENDS : The word that is used to end a prayer and then the first and third letters of dust.
15a Plant a parliamentarian in county (8)
Newspaper version: Plant a representative in county (8)
SAMPHIRE : ‘A’ from the clue and a parliamentarian are inside a county or even a place that hobbits call home.
18a Fools rest, covered in burns (8)
CHARLIES : A three letter word for rest or be prone is inside a word for burns or singes.
19a Starting late, imagine tricky puzzle (6)
ENIGMA : An anagram (tricky) of (i)MAGINE once you have ignored its first letter.
21a Determination shown by ‘X’, a population centre (8)
TENACITY : We’re used to seeing written numbers giving us Roman numerals, this time we see a Roman numeral giving us a written number. Then ‘A’ from the clue and a population centre such as Wellington.
23a Unpleasant experience of gold trade (6)
ORDEAL : The heraldic symbol for gold is followed by trade or bargain.
27a One plying craft made of log going after fish (9)
CARPENTER : Log or record in a ledger follows a freshwater fish.
28a Factor in school session with European journal (12)
INTERMEDIARY : String together ‘in’ from the clue, one of the sessions that the school year is divided into, the abbreviation for European and a journal like the one kept by Samuel Pepys.
1d Melody making cast end in chaos? (7)
DESCANT : An anagram (in chaos) of CAST END.
2d Offer a service collecting excise (5)
ERASE : A lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue. (We spent time looking for a tax).
3d Plant rush successfully (9)
SPEEDWELL : Rush or move quickly and then successfully or in an accomplished way.
4d A right to be in US city? Never! (4)
NARY : ‘A’ from the clue and R(ight) are inside a US city situated on the Hudson River.
5d Capital Italian island with a new following from another country? (8)
ROMANIAN : Put together; somebody from Italy’s capital city, the one letter abbreviation for island, ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for new.
7d Attractive engraving with female head (8)
FETCHING : The abbreviation for female precedes an art work formed by engraving.
8d Stick diamonds in a present! (6)
ADHERE : The card suit diamonds is surrounded by ‘A’ from the clue and present or in this place.
14d Stand still, seeing a gun unloaded in Texas, perhaps (8)
STAGNATE : What Texas is an example of surrounds ‘A’ and gun without its central letter.
16d Corral beast grabbing Republican correspondent (3,6)
PEN FRIEND : Corral or put in an enclosure and then a beast or evil being contains the abbreviation for Republican.
18d Farm stock let out by lion? (6)
CATTLE : An animal of which a lion is an example and then an anagram (out) of LET.
20d Cause of reaction that’s largely violent (7)
ALLERGY : An anagram (violent) of LARGELY.
22d How one might come for confession? (5)
CLEAN : An all in one clue that leads us to a 4,5 phrase meaning make a confession.
24d Surplus old paintings put up (5)
EXTRA : Old as a former partner is often described, then reverse a word for paintings or creative works.
We felt spoilt for choice for a favourite today so will leave the field open for you to pick from.
Quickie pun axes + hurries = accessories