Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28662
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our summer weather pattern has changed a bit lately. After being hot and dry for several weeks, it has now become hot and wet. Some of the rain we have had has been torrential and the forecasters tell us that the cyclone that caused such devastation in Tonga a few days ago could also give us an extra soaking but nothing like the intensity further north.
As we have come to expect, clever clues from Jay again.
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1a Feeling of panic produced by variable speed limit (11)
DESPERATION : An anagram (variable) of SPEED and a limit or allocated amount.
10a Moderate anger (6)
TEMPER : A double definition. The first is to make less severe.
12a Sound around the centre of Rome is offensive (7)
NOISOME : A synonym for a sound includes the two central letters of Rome.
14a Make certain, ignoring right result (5)
ENSUE : A word that means make certain has the abbreviation for right removed from within it.
17a Left on board, finished forecast (9)
PORTENDED : The nautical word for left and then finished or completed.
20a Go away from Sweden and study intensively (5)
SCRAM : The IVR code for Sweden and then study intensively, usually for imminent exams.
22a Engineers fathom echo (7)
RESOUND : Army engineers and then fathom or measure the depth of.
25a Credit facility that needs smoothing over? (6)
CREASE : The abbreviation for credit and then facility or capability.
26a Suppose this person gets hair cut by American soldier (7)
IMAGINE : A first person singular pronoun and then the hair that you would find on a lion or a horse contains (is cut by) an American soldier.
27a Mimic having no spare time for preparation (11)
IMPERSONATE : An anagram (for preparation) of NO SPARE TIME.
2d Investigate former leader of party’s traditional knowledge (7)
EXPLORE : The prefix denoting former, then the first letter of party and traditional knowledge or customs.
3d Had to be under a spell (9)
POSSESSED : A double definition. Under a spell could be under the influence of invading spirits.
4d Ceremonies requiring legal freedoms on the radio (5)
RITES : A homophone of a word for legal freedoms.
6d Finished with time to pack a cold ham (7)
OVERACT : A word for finished, ‘A’ from the clue and the letter on a cold tap, then finally T(ime).
7d Equivalent role supporting bar (11)
COUNTERPART : A role in a dramatic production comes after (supporting in a down clue) a bar or surface where drinks are served.
8d Flight of celebrities across north of Italy (6)
STAIRS : The North of Italy is its first letter and this is found inside celebrities of stage and screen.
16d Introduce changes for cut in capacity (9)
REDUCTION : An anagram (changes) of INTRODUCE.
18d Run out and play the guitar, seeing stage (7)
ROSTRUM : The two letters for one of the ways a cricketer can be dismissed, and how to play chords on a guitar.
19d Australian runner delayed delivering copy (7)
EMULATE : We have a feathered Australian runner, then delayed or not on time.
21d Radio broadcast key for member of crew (6)
ROADIE : An anagram (broadcast) of RADIO and a musical key.
23d Performers expected tips, but not taking single penny (5)
DUETS : A word meaning expected, and then what is left of the word tips after one penny has been removed.
Quickie pun test + tea + many = testimony