Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28692
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just one of us in the blogging chair again this week. This means that it is all put together with ‘hunt and peck’ typing which, although it is quite appropriate for a kiwi, does rather slow down the process. It is a good thing that because of the time differences we are not under pressure with deadlines.
On my walk this morning I encountered one of the researchers who is monitoring the godwit departures and learnt that there are still about 40 birds yet to leave. They can’t put it off much longer.
Mr Consistency Jay has delivered the goods once again including a rather good quickie pun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
10a Good deal, but hard work if starting late (4)
RAFT: Good deal here means a significant amount. A word for hard work loses its first letter.
13a Divulging secrets, and leaving (9)
SPLITTING: Double definition. The second is an informal word for leaving or departing.
15a Best dress given to engineers for industrial plant (8)
REFINERY: Army engineers and a word used to describe one’s grandest clothes.
16a Complete agreement sees son in marriage (6)
UNISON: The abbreviation for son is inside a marriage or joining together.
18a Statistician — or a knowledgeable boxing type who’s socially inept (6)
ANORAK: A lurker hiding in the first four words of the clue.
20a Coaches wear them out! (8)
TRAINERS: Another name for coaches and also the type of footwear they might be expected to wear.
23a Letters left with house in Westminster (9)
LANDLORDS: The abbreviation for left, a synonym for ‘with’ and the Upper House at Westminster.
24a Good copy, but yawn! (4)
GAPE: The abbreviation for good and copy or emulate.
27a Dish for passengers at sea? (4,6)
MAIN COURSE: A cryptic definition. The first word is a somewhat poetic one for the sea.
28a Only the French like this to have precedence (4)
SOLE: The French definite article follows a word meaning ‘like this’.
29a Films by spies worried prophets of doom (10)
PESSIMISTS: An anagram (worried) of SPIES and then films or clouds.
1d Faith invested in Telegraph operatives (4)
HOPE: A lurker found in the final words of the clue.
2d Censure concerning degree of alcohol (7)
REPROOF: The two letters that mean concerning and how strength of alcohol mixtures in often expressed.
3d Such theatrical demands caught everyone in the end (7,5)
CURTAIN CALLS: A word that is metaphorically used to signify ‘the end’, surrounds the cricket abbreviation for caught and a word for everyone.
4d Ambassador‘s neglect during bad year (8)
EMISSARY: An anagram (bad) of YEAR surrounds a word for neglect or overlook.
5d Balloons considerably on board ship (6)
SWELLS: Inside the abbreviation for a steamship we have considerably or ‘very much’.
7d Letters inclined to favour the right (7)
ITALICS: A cryptic description of the font that is used in the paper version but not in the online version of the QUICK CROSSWORD to help solvers with the daily pun.
8d Adversary who’s not against revolutionary (10)
ANTAGONIST: An anagram (revolutionary) of NOT AGAINST.
11d Temporary worker in stable gets limited accommodation (8,4)
STANDING ROOM: Split the answer (5,2,5) to discover this temporary worker in stable.
17d Newspapers should cover hospital department awards (8)
PRESENTS: A word for newspapers generally, encloses a specialised department in a hospital.
19d Private log — a terrible mistake (3,4)
OWN GOAL: Private or belonging to the speaker and an anagram (terrible) of LOG A.
21d Former lovers must accept rent that’s rising comes to an end (7)
EXPIRES: A four letter word for former lovers surrounds the reversal of rent or tear apart.
22d Scholar can expect to be keeping secret (6)
ARCANE: A lurker to be found in the first three words of the clue.
25d Kid won’t finish these drinks (4)
TEAS: A word for kid or josh loses its last letter.
Several good ones to choose from for favourite but will plump for 23a as it took longer than it should have to read the right letters.
Quickie pun star + term + hauteur = starter motor