Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28734
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1a Scrapes part of sleeve in case of shingles (6)
SCUFFS : The case of shingles gives us the S’s that start and finish shingles. These are about the part of a sleeve that is sometimes turned up.
5a Boss of kitchen finishes early, admitting a problem (8)
HEADACHE : Start with a 4,4 title for a senior cook. Put ‘A’ from the clue between these words and then remove the last letter.
9a Go in feeling jittery about other ranks in military unit (7,6)
FOREIGN LEGION : An anagram (jittery) of GO IN FEELING includes the abbreviation for ordinary soldiers.
10a Person who goes over fault with unprotected work (8)
DEFECTOR : A fault or imperfection and the central two letters (unprotected) of work.
11a Rejection of trade across Northern Ireland (6)
DENIAL : Trade or a business agreement includes the abbreviation for Northern Ireland.
12a Remains with mineral deposit on dry land (6)
ASHORE : The remains left after a fire and a mineral deposit from which metals are obtained.
14a Fans of referendum among rejected children (8)
DEVOTEES : A referendum or election is inside a reversal of a word for children or the answer to 13d.
16a Prisoner joined out of order (8)
CONFUSED : A three letter informal word for a prisoner and then joined or combined.
19a Run in hose — it’s needed by firemen (6)
LADDER : Double definition. The hose in the first definition is not the one that we usually associate with a fireman.
23a Under an obligation, actually accepting telephone company (8)
INDEBTED : The abbreviation for British Telecommunications is inside a word meaning actually or certainly.
25a Endless rancour, with European smartness (4,3,6)
SPIT AND POLISH : Remove the last letter from a synonym for rancour, then a word meaning ‘with’, and the adjective pertaining to the country which has Warsaw as its capital.
26a Leave the country for golf in Dubai, say (8)
EMIGRATE : The letter that is signified by golf in the International Radio Communications Alphabet is inside the type of state that Dubai is an example of.
3d Pressure exerted on behalf of the church (5)
FORCE : A word meaning on behalf of and then the Anglican Church.
4d Lazy, and lacking a work pattern (9)
SHIFTLESS : The work pattern that is made up of rostered hours and then lacking or without.
5d ‘Ton‘ that was once part of a county? (7)
HUNDRED : Historically this word was a part of a county named for the number of families who lived in it.
6d Improve notice when employing workers (5)
AMEND : Male workers are inside a notice or poster.
7d Disaffected foreigner on date getting confused (9)
ALIENATED : A foreigner, often exemplified by ET, and an anagram (getting confused) of DATE.
18d In cold wind leaves get smaller (7)
DWINDLE : A lurker hiding in the clue.
20d Organs stolen may be visible within this (7)
EYESHOT : The organs of sight and an informal word for stolen or illegally obtained.
22d Excitement caused by whisky with a chaser? (5)
DRAMA : A portion of whisky followed by ‘A’ from the clue.
When we were solving we put a big tick beside 5a so that is our favourite today.
Quickie pun fasten + eight = fascinate