Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28728
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A beautiful, clear, calm autumn day in our corner of the world. We had the threat of winter a couple of weeks ago but since then it has been remarkably mild for most of the time. Certainly no complaints from us.
Jay up to his usual form with today’s puzzle. Not too taxing and good fun.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Labour, say, must accept independent equality of status (6)
PARITY: The abbreviation for independent is inside what Labour is an example of in political terms.
4a Conceals sources of organic black sausages and kippers (8)
OBSCURES: The first letters (sources) of three words in the clue then kippers as a verb for a way to preserve fish.
11a Search through corrupt file on origin of radiation (5)
RIFLE: An anagram (corrupt) of FILE follows the first letter of radiation.
12a Entertainer needing skill with one’s empty theatre (7)
ARTISTE: A synonym for skill, then ‘one’s’ gives us the Roman numeral one with its ‘S and finally the first and last letters (empty) of theatre.
13a Affair sees the girl report (7)
SHEBANG: A third person feminine pronoun and a report that could be made by a firearm.
14a Ale with no head — that is strange (5)
EERIE: Remove the first letter (head) from a synonym for ale and then the two letters, from a Latin phrase, that stand for ‘that is’.
15a Following and falling behind, growing weary (8)
FLAGGING: The abbreviation for following and a word meaning falling behind.
20a Posh bloke? The French count, perhaps (5)
NOBLE: An informal word for a posh bloke or toff and a French definite article.
23a Collects service points after ace (7)
AMASSES: The letter that represents an ace playing card, a church service and two cardinal compass points.
27a Change in the morning, and finish with time to welcome workers (9)
AMENDMENT: The two letters that signify before midday, a synonym for finish, and then the abbreviation for time comes after a word for male workers.
28a Unidentified lad holding key for a person of consequence (8)
SOMEBODY: Unidentified or not precisely specified amount, then a musical note is inside a word for lad.
29a Periods with editor completely removed from memory (6)
ERASED : Long periods of time and the abbreviation for editor.
3d Passing test, ran in drunk! (9)
TRANSIENT : An anagram (drunk) of TEST RAN IN.
5d Support rider as vet treated unwelcome passenger (4-4,6)
BACK-SEAT DRIVER : A word for support or sponsor and then an anagram (treated) of RIDER AS VET.
6d Swear, seeing study module drop core of sport (5)
CURSE : The core of sport is its central letter. Remove this from a study module at an education establishment.
7d Stay away from whistle-blower and rule soundly (7)
REFRAIN : A whistle blower from a sporting contest and then a homophone of the sort of rule that a monarch has.
8d Make offensive remarks to son on shelf (6)
SLEDGE : The abbreviation for son and then a shelf or sill.
9d Insist fats in dark meat must be refined (4,1,4,5)
TAKE A FIRM STAND : An anagram (must be refined) of FATS IN DARK MEAT.
16d Explosive stuff in magazine (9)
GUNPOWDER : The magazine is not a publication but a storage facility.
19d Blend of Malaga poured out on top of Madeira (7)
AMALGAM : An anagram (poured out) of MALAGA with the first letter (top) of Madeira.
21d Agents cracked, with Russians discontented (7)
BROKERS : A word for cracked or smashed and then the first and last letters of Russians (the contents having been removed).
24d Cancel credit in advance (5)
SCRUB : The abbreviation for credit is inside an advance or loan.
Plenty to enjoy, but we were not able to sort out one for special mention today.
Quickie pun lay + safe + hair = laissez-faire