Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28746
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Winter has arrived. At present we are having cold days with strong winds bringing a succession of squally showers some of which are thundery and others bringing hail. Further south they are expecting snow. Just the weather for hunkering down and enjoying a Jay cryptic puzzle.
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9a Shifty character is keeping very quiet and cheating (5,8)
SHARP PRACTICE : An anagram (shifty) of CHARACTER IS contains the musical notation for very quiet.
10a Vogue must carry traditional fashion business (3,5)
RAG TRADE : An informal word for a vogue or trendy style surrounds a shortened form of traditional.
11a Last up ordered to admit state due to too much booze (6)
STUPOR : A lurker hiding in the first three words of the clue.
14a Drink milk before restaurant employee? One’s thrown out (3,5)
TAP WATER : Milk here is a verb meaning extract liquid from. We need a synonym for this. Then remove the Roman numeral one from a restaurant employee.
16a Suppress what’s given to baby out of bed (6,2)
BOTTLE UP : The container used to feed a non-breastfed baby and then a short word for out of bed.
19a Only ten of team present for unique occasion! (3-3)
ONE-OFF : The wordplay tells up how a football team or cricket fielding side can become ten.
21a Vacant space filled by tour band (6)
STRIPE : Vacant space gives us the first and last letters of space. These are filled by a synonym of tour or journey.
23a Suggestion open zones should lose cover (8)
OVERTONE : A synonym for open or public and the central letters (uncovered) of zones.
25a Nasty secret led hack to prepare for action (5,3,5)
CLEAR THE DECKS : An anagram (nasty) of SECRET LED HACK.
26a Like actor on stage may be till food is cooked (8)
FLOODLIT : An anagram (is cooked) of TILL FOOD.
27a Very much on the contrary (6)
RATHER : Double definition.
2d A way to be covered by pay for natural loss (7)
WASTAGE : ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for a street (way) are inside pay that is made at an hourly rate.
3d Criticise cook(5)
ROAST : Double definition. This way to cook is using dry heat.
5d Hill workers with temperature, suffering (7)
TORMENT : String together a hill or promontory, male workers and the abbreviation for temperature.
6d Misses careless broadcast (5)
LACKS : A homophone (broadcast) of a three letter word meaning careless.
7d Provoke mimic pinching last of profit (9)
STIMULATE : The last letter of profit is inside a word meaning mimic or copy.
15d Stock of food established revolutionary communist (9)
PROVENDER : Established or authenticated, and the reversal of the colour used to describe a communist.
17d Drink dispenser needing a line of sight (7)
OPTICAL : The drink dispenser that all crossword solvers get to know is followed by ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for line.
20d Financial penalties needing case of subtle flair (7)
FINESSE : Financial penalties often applied by the courts and then the first and last letters (case) of SUBTLE.
22d Register only raised to include voter’s right (5)
ENROL : A word for only or unaccompanied is reversed and includes the letter from the extreme right of the word ‘voter’.
24d Implied this article can interest them all at the front (5)
TACIT : The first letters (at the front) of five words in the clue.
Quickie pun foray + nurse = foreigners