Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28722
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Today is Anzac Day in our part of the world. It is the equivalent of what most of you would understand as Remembrance Day. The date was chosen as it was the day our troops landed on Gallipoli in WWI. This was when the name Anzac was first used. The observance of the day was declining in the 1960s and 70s but in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest, particularly by younger people, and commemorative services, both the ones at dawn and the later ones, are now well attended.
But despite all that, puzzles go on as usual, so we have another enjoyable Jay offering to deal with.
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1a Engagement that produces misgiving (11)
RESERVATION : To paraphrase this double definition it could read ‘booking that produces doubt’.
9a Costs incurred as result of wear during transactions (9)
DEFRAYALS : The result of wear that might be seen on the end of a cord is inside a word for transactions or business arrangements.
10a Body time, roughly (5)
TORSO: The abbreviation for time and then a 2,2 phrase for roughly.
11a Retaliation may be the solution (6)
ANSWER : Double definition.
13a Break away from predecessors in retreat (6)
SECEDE : A reversed lurker hiding in the longest word of the clue.
15a Cause for social event (8)
OCCASION : Double definition. The first is a verb meaning to cause or make happen.
19a Bill has drink and misbehaves (4,2)
ACTS UP : What a parliamentary bill becomes when it passes into law and then a verb meaning to drink.
21a A great amount of prayer that includes god (8)
PLETHORA : A prayer or invocation contains a Norse god.
26a Model only new material (5)
NYLON : An anagram (model) of ONLY and the abbreviation for new.
27a Run down gradient exploding with energy (9)
DENIGRATE : An anagram (exploding) of GRADIENT plus E(nergy).
28a Boil with anger before match, maybe, but understand (3,3,5)
SEE THE LIGHT : A six letter word for boil with anger, and the match could be of use to a smoker.
1d Tyres, perhaps with spokes (7)
RADIALS : Double definition. These tyres are so named because of the alignment of their reinforcing mesh.
4d A glass container left open? (4)
AJAR : ‘A’ from the clue and then a glass container that might be used for preserving.
5d Fashionable posture adopted, for example (8)
INSTANCE : A two letter word for fashionable and then posture or bearing.
6d Celebrated school raised doubts initially (5)
NOTED : The reversal (raised) of a famous public school and then the first letter of doubts.
8d Illegal acts of family in sabre-rattling? (5-3)
BREAK-INS : An anagram (rattling) of SABRE contains family or relations generally.
16d Financial backer to support a run on church port (9)
ARCHANGEL : ‘A’ from the clue and the cricket abbreviation for run, then the abbreviation for church and a backer who might finance a theatrical venture.
17d Time for breakfast possibly (8)
PORRIDGE : We are looking for the classic Scottish breakfast that is slang for a prison sentence.
18d Bit of a shock for the best granny, say (7)
TOPKNOT : A word meaning ‘the best’ and what a granny or even a clove hitch might be an example of.
20d Sharp chap follows play on words (7)
PUNGENT : A play on words as found across the top of the Quick Crossword and then a chap or man.
22d Suggestions of strikes about direction (5)
HINTS : A cardinal compass direction is inside strikes or raps.
24d Made a call after parking accident (5)
PRANG : The abbreviation for parking and then made a telephone call.
23a is our favourite today.
Quickie pun squirm + aisle = square mile