Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28764
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A dampish grey day here so we took our raincoats on our walk this morning. As it turned out, they were certainly needed and are now drying in the garage. Still glad we went though.
Another top quality puzzle from Jay for us to work with soon after we arrived home.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
7a Did he act badly in front of press chief? (7)
CHEATED : An anagram (badly) of HE ACT and then the abbreviation for a senior newspaper person.
8a Excavate part of Peru near this (7)
UNEARTH : A lurker, hiding within the clue.
10a Get round and try to reach a compromise (9)
NEGOTIATE : A double definition.
11a Suggestion to adopt wife’s tone of voice (5)
TWANG : A suggestion or subtle flavour contains the abbreviation for wife.
15a A son beset by hunger will be lubricated (7)
GREASED : ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for son are inside hunger or rapacity.
17a Hard group tracking American partner (7)
HUSBAND : String together the abbreviation for hard, the United States, and a group or ring.
18a Person who won’t indulge reserved seat in bar (9)
ABSTAINER : An anagram (reserved) of SEAT IN BAR.
21a Picture the setter’s maturity (5)
IMAGE : A short way that the setter would describe his existence (1’1) and then a word for maturity or advanced years.
25a Awfully vain yet showing innocence (7)
NAIVETY : An anagram (awfully) of VAIN YET.
2d Representation from nation hoarding uranium (6)
STATUE : The chemical symbol for uranium is inside a nation or country.
3d Submitted and made progress (8)
ADVANCED : A double definition. Submitted here is a synonym for proffered.
4d Game’s up, with lover outside office (6)
BUREAU : A word from the French for a lover includes the reversal of the initials for New Zealand’s national game.
5d Develops conditions after case of gangrene (8)
GESTATES : The first and last letters (case of) gangrene and then conditions or ways of being.
7d Fire Tory and draw attention to allowance (13)
CONFLAGRATION : The three letter abbreviation for the party a Tory belongs to, then a word meaning draw attention to and an allotted portion.
9d Arrogant — spaced out and hit gym drunk (4,3,6)
HIGH AND MIGHTY : An informal word for spaced out or drugged, ‘and’ from the clue, plus an anagram (drunk) of HIT GYM.
14d Questioned lines on Spain in altered environment (10)
CHALLENGED : A synonym for altered surrounds (supplies the environment for), the repeated abbreviation for line and the IVR code for Spain.
16d Cut of meat as per cooked on bone (5,3)
SPARE RIB : An anagram (cooked) of AS PER and the bone from which Eve was said to have been made.
17d Uncompromising but mostly unlucky (8)
HARDLINE : With an extra letter on the end and then split 4,5 the answer could mean unlucky or unfortunate.
19d Complaint, seeing two grand thrown into river (6)
NIGGLE : A river in northern Africa contains the repeated abbreviation for grand.
20d Scientific type‘s unwell at home after onset of botulism (6)
BOFFIN : Start with the first letter of botulism, then a word for unwell or out of sorts and the two letter ‘at home’.
Our favourite today is 20a, but the quickie pun ran a close second.
Quickie pun cough + hiccups = coffee cups