Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28760
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
No it is not Wednesday again. Just our turn to fill in for Deep Threat and write the blog for a Giovanni puzzle.
We think it is the first time we have done this. We made sure we had our BRB close to hand but did not have to use it very often today. Precisely written clues as we expect from this setter and a pleasure to work on.
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9a Excellent band broadcasting (6)
AIRING : The letter and number that denote excellent and a band or circlet.
11a A new job (not exciting one) daughter secured (8)
ANCHORED : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for new, an onerous task, and finally, the abbreviation for daughter.
12a Tense? Things will never get better! (7,7)
PRESENT PERFECT : To paraphrase the wordplay, ‘now is as good as it could ever be.’
15a A very old wife making one swear (4)
AVOW : ‘A’ from the clue and abbreviations for the next three words.
17a Just fine (5)
RIGHT : A double definition. Fine in the sense of OK.
19a Untruth provided by female willingly (4)
LIEF : An untruth, and then the abbreviation for female.
23a I act with Tory somehow to expose this cruelty (8)
ATROCITY : An anagram (somehow) of I ACT TORY.
27a Part of the meal lacking refinement reportedly (6)
COURSE : A homophone of a word that means uncouth or lacking refinement.
28a Tot restricted by grown-ups, little boy exasperated (8)
MADDENED : A word for tot or tally is inside adult males and, finally, an abbreviated boy’s name.
1d PM gets round part of Ireland (4)
MAYO : Your current PM and then the round-shaped letter.
2d House with crazy exterior is let-down (6)
BATHOS : The abbreviation for house is inside a word for crazy that alludes to flying mammals.
3d Woman offering half-truth (4)
VERA : The first half of an eight letter word meaning truth.
6d Woman from the past in an Anglican church leading to tension (10)
ANCESTRESS : ‘An’ from the clue, the two letters for the Anglican Church and then a synonym for tension.
13d A victor, one involved in act of annulment (10)
REVOCATION : An anagram (involved) of A VICTOR ONE.
14d Live in squalid conditions as American soldier in hole (3,2)
PIG IT : A hole or mine shaft contains the common appellation for an American soldier.
16d Arms tired, having carried piano on (8)
WEAPONRY : A synonym for tired includes the music abbreviation for piano (soft) and ‘on’ from the clue.
18d Disquiet ultimately about a delinquent youth given indulgence (7)
TREATED : The last letter (ultimately) of disquiet, then the two letters signifying about, then ‘A’ from the clue and a delinquent youth from the 1950s.
26d Energetic person in game, top lady (4)
GOER : The game is an ancient board game originating in the Far East and the top lady is Her Majesty.
Perhaps because we’re feeling in a blissful mood, our favourite today is 12a.
Quickie pun beast + wrong = be strong