Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28680
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It’s official. The summer that is just drawing to a close has, throughout the country, been the hottest on record. In contrast, today is cooler than usual with lots of rain.
We’re back to our two person team again.
When we looked at the clock as we finished we found we had solved the puzzle in two star time but it had felt a bit trickier than that whilst we were doing it.
The quickie pun is worth a look. Jay has given us one of his specialties, a real ‘groaner’ this week.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Document required for transferring estate car? (10)
CONVEYANCE : Two definitions. The second describes what a car is used for.
6a Check containers on the way back (4)
STOP : The answer reversed gives containers that could be used for cooking.
12a Advertise concert, anticipating on-target earnings (7)
PROMOTE : A kind of orchestral concert held annually in London and then
the first letters (anticipating) of the last three words of the clue. the abbreviation for on-target earnings. (Thanks Gazza)
18a Gives approval for bit of bridge needing impressions (6-6)
RUBBER-STAMPS : The bit of bridge is a series of the card game, and then ‘impressions’ can be imprints.
21a 22‘s doctor needing season to start late (7)
DRUMMER : An abbreviation for doctor, and then the season that is coming to an end for us, loses its first letter.
23a Mass-market power with uranium found in Arctic environment (7)
POPULAR : The abbreviation for power and the chemical symbol for uranium are inside a word that locates the arctic environment.
25a Landowner left daughter taking in broadcast (5)
LAIRD : The abbreviations for left and daughter surround broadcast or make public.
26a Votes against hooter being sounded (4)
NOES : Being sounded indicates a homophone of what can be commonly called a hooter.
27a Happy to accept son is dependable (10)
CONSISTENT : The abbreviation for son and IS from the clue are inside a word meaning happy.
1d Vices shown by person elected in short order (6)
CLAMPS : Somebody elected to parliament is inside an order or group that is shortened by having its last letter removed.
3d Improve and take lad off for a drink (10,4)
EVAPORATED MILK : An anagram (off) of IMPROVE and TAKE LAD.
4d Bill locks ladies in green room, perhaps (9)
ACTRESSES : The two letter abbreviation for a bill and then locks as may grow on one’s head.
5d Check weapon for magnetism (5)
CHARM : The chess abbreviation for check and a general word for a weapon.
7d Story after count will be revealing (8)
TELLTALE : Count as the bank employee from 11a might do, and then a synonym for a story.
15d Couple propping up the bar at football? (9)
GOALPOSTS : A cryptic definition of the upright parts of the target structure in several forms of football.
16d Takes unfair advantage of Democrat taken in by jittery senator (6,2)
TRADES ON : An anagram (jittery) of SENATOR includes the abbreviation for Democrat.
17d Stubborn, and planning bad route (8)
OBDURATE : An anagram (planning) of BAD ROUTE.
19d Plant a tree across lake (6)
ALPINE : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for lake and a tree that probably has needles.
20d Accept honour (6)
CREDIT : Double definition.
We usually start with 1a but we needed several checkers before that one fell for us so it becomes our favourite.
Quickie pun water + pull + lava = what a palaver