Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28686
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A definite autumnal feeling in the air now. Significantly for us, the bar-tailed godwits that have been happily feeding on the mudflats of the estuary for the last months have been departing for their breeding grounds in Alaska. They tend to leave in groups of about 20 or so birds and several of these groups left in the last week. The ones that are still here, about 100 of them, are showing signs that their departure is not far away.
A quality puzzle again from Jay.
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1a Reach end of session consumed by anger (5)
RANGE : The last letter of session is inside a synonym for anger.
9a Man needs grain that’s ground periodically (9)
PIECEMEAL : This man could be found on a board, and then what is produced by grinding grain (usually not wheat).
10a Bill has no time for such an exhibitionist (5)
POSER : A bill that is used for advertising has the abbreviation for time removed from within it.
11a Country church estate on the west of Italy (7)
Firstly the IVR code for Start with the first letter (west) of Italy, then the abbreviation for the Anglican Church and finally, estate or property.
12a Looked across river and took the lead (7)
STARRED : The abbreviation for river is inside looked intensely.
13a One source of neglect in French house fire (6)
IGNITE : The Roman numeral one, then a French farmhouse or cottage contains the first letter of neglect.
15a Generation gap sees gang returning in sulk (5,3)
POWER CUT : A four letter word for sulk surrounds the reversal of a word for a gang or ship’s company.
18a Awful shame appearing in short robe for programme (4,4)
GAME SHOW : A word for a robe or dress loses its last letter and surrounds an anagram (awful) of SHAME.
23a Remarkable postscript about the Spanish being infiltrated by US agency (7)
SPECIAL : Postscript about is an instruction to reverse the initials for something added to the end of a letter. Then the Spanish definite article surrounds the US intelligence service.
24a Settler needing help to protect new queen maybe on the way back (7)
ANTACID : A word for help or assistance is outside the abbreviation for new and the reversal of the animal that is sometimes referred to as a queen.
26a Band involved in aggro, upset (5)
GROUP : A lurker hiding in the last two words of the clue.
28a This may require one to be patient (9)
TREATMENT : A cryptic definition of medical attention.
29a Patriotic prince perhaps initially changing sides (5)
LOYAL : A word for the status of a prince or his close family has its first letter changed from one side or hand to the other.
1d Fixing coupling overlooked by engineers (9)
REPAIRING : Army engineers and then joining together as a twosome.
2d Relative from city on the Med being reported (5)
NIECE : A homophone of a city on the French Riviera.
3d Smart worker supports the French on the rise, for example (7)
ELEGANT : A worker insect is below (supports) a reversal of the French definite article and the two letters signifying for example.
5d No one gets over following sick American fantasy (8)
ILLUSION : Sick or unwell, the United States and then the reversal of NO from the clue and the Roman numeral one.
6d Make amends for former buccaneer ignoring queen (7)
EXPIATE : The prefix for former and then a synonym for buccaneer loses the single letter signifying a queen.
7d Takes works of Picasso, say (9)
ABSTRACTS : A general word that describes many of Picasso’s art works.
8d Feeling fatigue but bound to welcome runs (5)
TIRED : The cricket abbreviation for runs is inside bound or restrained.
14d First officer‘s best-seller? (6,3)
NUMBER ONE : A double definition. The first officer is the next in command to a ship’s captain.
16d Routine part of tyre on motorway — outwardly lethal (9)
TREADMILL : The part of the tyre that is in contact with the road, then a significant motorway in the UK and the first and last letters (outwardly) of lethal.
19d Fixes up favourite for scrap (7)
SNIPPET : The reversal of fixes or attaches and then a favourite that could be an animal.
21d Start shortly with lines to generate more business (7)
OUTSELL : A word for a start or beginning loses its last letter and then the repeated abbreviation for line.
22d Fish rest regularly, finding cover (6)
CARPET : A freshwater fish is followed by the second and fourth letters (regularly) of rest.
23d Sense good deal (5)
SIGHT : A double definition. The second could be a great many.
25d Friend may be appearing during call (5)
CRONY : A word for ‘appearing’ in a theatrical sense is inside a call or shout.
We felt spoilt for choice with such good clues and could not decide between 9a, 15a and 24a for favourite spot.
Quickie pun havoc + Russian = have a crush on