Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28710
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Winter has arrived with a rush. A series of storms has moved onto the country with strong winds, thunder and lightning, lots of rain, snow to low levels and plummeting temperatures. It’s been a time for digging warmer clothes out of the wardrobe and last night we even lit our first fire of the season. All this happened on the day that it was officially announced that our summer had been the hottest on record.
We found a few tricky spots in today’s Jay puzzle that held us up a little. Enjoy the solve.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Weigh up defence’s case and set free (10)
DELIBERATE : The first and last letters of the word defence make its case, and then a word meaning set free.
6a Measure that’s too expensive to lose heart (4)
STEP : Remove the central letter (heart) of too expensive or too high a price.
12a Makes fun of date disheartened with fairground attractions (7)
DERIDES : Remove the two central letters of date and then fairground attractions that carry people.
14a Offence of men renting if thrown out (12)
INFRINGEMENT : An anagram (thrown out) of MEN RENTING IF.
18a Eastern firm employed by a French communist is open to all (12)
UNRESTRICTED : The abbreviation for Eastern and a word meaning firm or exacting are inside the French indefinite article and the colour that describes a communist.
21a Office of monarch ignoring government’s fellow feeling (7)
KINSHIP : An abbreviation for government is removed from a word that describes the office of a male ruler.
23a European articles will come after a second apart (7)
ASUNDER : A French indefinite article and a German definite article both follow ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for second.
24a The people‘s vote in Ohio worried head of industry (3,6)
HOI POLLOI : A word for a vote or referendum is inside an anagram (worried) of OHIO and finally the first letter (head) of industry.
25a Something that blows over, giving great enjoyment (5)
GUSTO : Something that the wind produces and the cricket abbreviation for over.
26a Separate skill required after parking (4)
PART : The letter used to indicate parking and then skill or ability.
27a Angry about rescheduled event being confirmed (10)
INVETERATE : A synonym for angry surrounds an anagram (rescheduled) of EVENT.
1d Share identification in club with a poor reputation (6)
DIVIDE : The two letters used for identification papers are inside a nightspot of ill repute.
2d People who fail in ambitious resolutions turning up (6)
LOSERS : A reversed lurker hiding in the clue.
4d Doctor from Bognor perhaps starts to treat rheum after rhinoplasty (9)
REGISTRAR : The second part of the full name for Bognor and the first letters of the last four words of the clue.
5d Cosmetic surgery to tensor with no end of problems (5)
TONER : An anagram (surgery to) TENsOR once the last letter of problems has been removed.
7d Shows nervousness seeing the Yorkshire charmers (8)
TWITCHES : Firstly, the way that people from Yorkshire are inclined to abbreviate the definite article, and then the sort of charmers found in the opening scene of Macbeth.
8d Signs left on board sent off (8)
PORTENTS : The nautical word denoting left and an anagram (off) of SENT.
9d Big city‘s argument against Mediterranean island forest (8,6)
CONCRETE JUNGLE : The argument against that is the opposite of pro, then a Mediterranean island and the, (now out of favour), word for what is called a rainforest.
16d Food outlet folds before spring (4,4)
TUCK SHOP : A word for folds or pleats and then spring or jump on one foot.
17d Weather feature that is on river edge (8)
FRONTIER : A weather feature like the cold one we are currently experiencing, then the two letters for ‘that is’ and the abbreviation for river.
20d Furrow, seeing circle in wood (6)
GROOVE : The letter that is circle-shaped is inside a wood or copse.
Our favourite this week is 11a.
Quickie pun mark + eats + tall = market stall