Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28752
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
During winter we like to make a distinction between bleak cold and crisp cold. Last week we had grey skies and strong winds — bleak cold. This week we have clear skies and calm days with frosty mornings — crisp cold. There is no doubt at all which of these conditions we prefer but we are rather envious of the warmer temperatures that many of you mention in your comments.
Good Jay fun once again. We felt we were working quite hard when we were solving but a check on the clock when we finished showed we were still within our two star time.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Irrepressible new nurse underwent instruction (12)
UNRESTRAINED : An anagram (new) of NURSE and then a word meaning underwent or received instruction.
9a Adopt an offensive attitude seeing conservative high (6,3)
SQUARE OFF : Conservative or non-trendy and high in the sense of rotting or decomposing.
11a Means business providing a service (6)
AGENCY : Another double definition. The business could be one that assists with a transaction in property or travel for example.
13a Language somewhat lost on guests (6)
TONGUE : A lurker hiding in the clue.
18a Took stock of sheep in drive, upset (8)
REVIEWED : A female sheep is inside an anagram (upset) of DRIVE.
19a Loves a party, with others finishing early (6)
ADORES : ‘A’ from the clue then a two letter party or function and then a word for others, or remainder, loses its last letter.
23a A drink after court doesn’t work (4,2)
ACTS UP : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for court and then a verb meaning to drink.
26a Appointments put back by district attorney (5)
DATES : The abbreviation for a district attorney and then the reversal of a word for put or place.
27a Credit virtue (9)
ATTRIBUTE : A double definition. The two meanings are distinguished by where the emphasis is placed by a speaker.
28a Cool prison venues to be redesigned (12)
UNRESPONSIVE : An anagram (to be redesigned) of PRISON VENUES.
1d Social climber drinks headless bitter (7)
UPSTART : Drinks as a verb loses its first letter and then bitter or sour.
2d Wake up, seeing deception about love (5)
ROUSE : A synonym for a deception contains the tennis score love.
3d Criticism of framework, with university going for independence (9)
STRICTURE : Start with a word for a framework, then the first time the abbreviation for university occurs replace it with the abbreviation for independence.
5d Find out about unusual part of spectrum (8)
INFRARED : An anagram (out) of FIND surrounds unusual or uncommon.
6d Set me up with graduate teacher! (5)
EMBED : Reverse the word ‘me’ and follow it with the university degree a teacher may have.
14d Entrance subject to flipping Russian pilot (8)
NAVIGATE : Invert a well-known Russian man’s name and then an entrance to a property or field.
16d Reckoning to cover carbon dependency (9)
ADDICTION : Reckoning or a simple arithmetical calculation contains the chemical symbol for carbon.
17d Exquisite lace tied in knots (8)
DELICATE : An anagram (in knots) of LACE TIED.
18d Prepared to have me for a cure (6)
REMEDY : Start with a synonym for prepared and replace its central ‘A’ with the word ‘me’.
20d Best perfumes should be developed without France (7)
SUPREME : Remove the IVR code for France from an anagram (developed) of PER(f)UMES.
22d Location in Germany turning up during one’s search (5)
ESSEN : A reversed lurker hiding in the clue.
24d Small car, one from the Middle East (5)
SAUDI : The abbreviation for small and then a brand of German car.
25d Close store, needing time for hotel
STOP : A store where goods are sold has an abbreviation for hotel replaced by the one for time.
Again difficult to pick a favourite. 1a, 9a and 12a were all contenders.
Quickie pun earl + heed + haze = early days