Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28716
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
At the usual time we logged in to the Telegraph site and happily printed off the puzzles. It only took a few seconds to realise that we had seen all these clues before. It was still Tuesday’s puzzles. We need not have panicked as 1 hour later the correct ones all popped up. It appears that during the maintenance yesterday the clock reset to GMT instead of BST.
We found a word in the clue for 8d that was new to us but not hard to work out what Jay had in mind. Good Wednesday fun once again.
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4a Highly-charged vote in ruins if counted at first (8)
ELECTRIC : A word meaning ‘vote in’ and then the first letters of ruins if counted.
9a Note to follow strait-laced grooms (6)
PRIMPS : A note added to the end of a letter follows strait-laced or fastidious.
12a Managing to get copper band after store emptied (8)
SECURING : Empty store by removing its inner three letters, then the chemical symbol for copper and a band or circle.
13a A record backed by a new nation (6)
ANGOLA : The two ‘A’s from the clue become the first and last letters. Inside these we have the abbreviation for new and the reversal of a record or diary.
15a Favouring trial on it as fresh objections (13)
PROTESTATIONS : A short word meaning favouring, then a synonym for a trial and an anagram (fresh) of ON IT AS.
20a One in high church position of responsibility (6)
OFFICE : High here implies well past its use-by date. Next comes the Roman numeral one and the Anglican Church.
22a Symbol found in expensive-sounding sort of gear (8)
DESIGNER : A homophone of a synonym for expensive surrounds a symbol or indication.
24a Fashion Dior et al made to measure (8)
TAILORED : An anagram (fashion) of DIOR ET AL.
25a Way a sibling creates state of inactivity (6)
STASIS : The abbreviation for street (way), then ‘A’ from the clue and a female sibling.
1d Times approve such an operation (6)
BYPASS : A two letter word equivalent to times in multiplications, and then approve or sanction.
2d Reproduce special about work of a bishop (9)
EPISCOPAL : An anagram (reproduce) of SPECIAL contains the two letters for a work of art.
3d Good leaders — they offer no resistance (15)
SUPERCONDUCTORS : Split 5,10 we have extra good, and then leaders who might be holding batons.
5d Yob from university coming into fortune? (4)
LOUT : The abbreviation for university is inside a fortune or large amount.
6d Men cite Britain’s troubled politician (7,8)
CABINET MINISTER : An anagram (troubled) of MEN CITE BRITAINS.
7d Treasure-trove keeps evoking the past (5)
RETRO : A lurker that is hiding in the clue.
8d Endless resource underpinning cold cleric’s scissure (8)
CREVASSE : The abbreviation for cold and then the three letter title for a cleric. These are followed by a resource once its last letter has been removed.
11d Clues with no beginning may keep listener visibly upset (2,5)
IN TEARS : Remove the first letter from the type of clues that appear in the title to this blog. Inside this we have a facial feature that could be called a listener.
16d How church music should be arranged? (9)
ORGANISED : The first part of the clue points to the usual instrument of church music.
17d Accompanied from secret do in a tizzy (8)
ESCORTED : An anagram (in a tizzy) of SECRET DO.
19d Emergency situations created by increase in vacant chalets (6)
CRISES : The first and last letters of chalets surround a word meaning increase or go up.
21d Wife ignores boxing act (5)
FEIGN : A lurker to be found in the first two words of the clue.
Our favourite today is 10a
Quickie pun cell + bide + hate = sell-by date