Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28758
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Since we last blogged the weather in NZ has been decidedly unfriendly. In the north there have been some areas of very heavy rain with associated flash-flooding while in the South Island there has been heavy snow to low levels. While all this has been going on, we, pretty much in the centre of the country, have had relatively dry settled conditions. Fingers crossed it stays this way. However it is definitely bleak cold here today. We lit the fire early before we sat down to work on this Jay puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Incitement to gush endlessly (4)
SPUR : Remove the last letter from a synonym for gush or flow copiously.
11a Important sign to American after end of creationism (9)
MOMENTOUS : Start with the last letter of creationism, next a sign that could be a harbinger of trouble, then ‘TO’ from the clue and finally, the United States.
13a Visibly upset from severe scolding on time (7)
TEARFUL : The abbreviation for time and then an informal word for a thorough telling off.
14a Familiarity of old-fashioned African party welcomed by expert (12)
ACQUAINTANCE : Inside a three letter word for an expert or adept we have a synonym for old-fashioned or twee and the African party we associate with Nelson Mandela.
21a Look offended, rejected by a dispenser under pressure (7)
AEROSOL : Start with ‘A’ from the clue and then the rest of the word works from right to left. We have a short word for look, most common in the phrase ‘xx and behold’, and then offended or hurt.
24a Job with South African province following delivery (9)
POSTNATAL : A job or situation and a former South African province. (This area ceased to be a province in its own right in 1994).
25a Switching sides, chap is ruined (5)
BROKE : Another word for a chap has the abbreviation for left changed to the one for right (switching sides).
26a Touch and run (4)
DASH : A double definition. The touch is a small amount.
27a Resolution strangely met no need outside university (10)
DENOUEMENT : An anagram (strangely) of MET NO NEED contains the abbreviation for university.
1d Attacks and defeats, full of energy (6)
BESETS : A word for defeats or overcomes has the abbreviation for energy placed inside it.
2d On air, broadcast covering Democrat’s decree (6)
ORDAIN : The abbreviation for Democrat is inside an anagram (broadcast) of ON AIR.
3d Cheating at duplicate bridge? (6-8)
DOUBLE-CROSSING : Duplicate or increase two-fold and a bridge or way of getting from one side to another.
4d Radio operator, suspended, will be frustrated (9)
HAMSTRUNG : An amateur radio operator and then suspended or dangled.
5d Holidaymaker‘s problem — meticulous clothes (5)
EMMET : A lurker, hiding in the clue. This word seems to be mainly used in Cornwall but we did know it.
7d Making watertight tiles, say, under pressure (8)
PROOFING : The abbreviation for pressure and then tiles are an example of this covering.
8d Worked out commitment on debt initially (8)
RESOLVED : Commitment or determination and then the first letter of debt.
15d Confusing situation created by revolutionary oil rig mob (9)
IMBROGLIO : An anagram (revolutionary) of OIL RIG MOB.
16d Wanting money to be beaten (8)
STRAPPED : A double definition. Wanting money is usually heard in ‘xxxxxxxx for cash’.
19d The setter’s model is exact (6)
IMPOSE : How the setter would say I exist, and then model perhaps for a portrait.
22d Move like a snake casting skin, being supple (5)
LITHE : Remove the first and last letters (the skin) from a word that describes the movement of a snake.
As if often the case with Jay, 1a set the tone for the puzzle and is our favourite.
Quickie pun eggs + odours = exodus