Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28770
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A beautiful winter’s day for us. Clear blue sky and barely a breath of wind. A light frost this morning but all signs of this were gone well before puzzle blogging time.
A few tricky clues from Jay to unpick in today’s selection so we have given it 3 stars for difficulty. Good fun as usual.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
10a Manages expectations — initially arrested by police (5)
COPES : A slang word for police contains the first letter of expectations.
11a Looking at call to include adjustment of grade (9)
REGARDING : Call on the telephone, surrounds an anagram (adjustment of) GRADE.
12a Nominate European member worried by Germany (8)
DELEGATE : To put these in the order they appear in the answer, start with the IVR code for Germany, then the abbreviation for European, next a member as an appendage, and a synonym for worried or consumed.
13a Measures of energy in sleep (5)
DOSES : A word meaning to sleep in makeshift conditions contains the abbreviation for energy.
15a Discontented organiser confronting a politician’s skill at address (7)
ORATORY : The first and last letters of organiser (dis-contented) then ‘A’ from the clue and a right wing politician.
19a The start of this strange ritual is nominal (7)
TITULAR : The first letter of this and an anagram (strange) of RITUAL.
21a Place behind loud American person always worrying (7)
FUSSPOT : The musical letter for loud, the United States and then a particular place.
22a Message team regularly and suffer (5)
EMAIL : The second and fourth letters of team and then a word meaning to suffer.
24a Work party (8)
FUNCTION : A double definition. Work here is a verb meaning to be in operation.
27a Unusually fine act of warmth (9)
AFFECTION : An anagram (unusually) of FINE ACT OF.
28a Intimate just has to ignore leader (5)
IMPLY : Remove the first letter from a word meaning just, or in a basic manner. To understand the definition you need to say intimate with the emphasis on the last syllable.
1d Hotel given exemption from surprise strike (4)
SOCK : ‘Hotel given exemption’ is an instruction to remove the letter H. Do this from a synonym for surprise.
3d Make certain to reject right result (5)
ENSUE : Remove R(ight) from within a word meaning make certain.
4d Willing to support a student so soon (7)
ALREADY : ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for learner precede willing or prepared.
7d Left affected behaviour in places of refuge (5)
LAIRS : The abbreviation for left and then affected behaviour often coupled with graces.
8d Judge needing first with merit following regular issue? (10)
MAGISTRATE : For ‘regular issue’ we require the short name for a periodical publication, then the three letters that imply first and finally, merit or grade.
9d Good puzzles for cooks (8)
GRIDDLES : An abbreviation for good and then enigmatic puzzles.
16d Works topless to beat pollution (3,5)
OIL SLICK : Remove the first letter from a word meaning works or labours and then a four letter word for beat or overcome.
18d I’m on time but unprotected and with no preparation (9)
IMPROMPTU : ‘IM’ from the clue then a word meaning ‘on time’ and the central letter (unprotected) of but.
20d Dashing from school after service (7)
RAFFISH : The school relates to sea creatures and the service relates to flying people.
21d One promised to keep new backing (7)
FINANCE : The abbreviation for new is enclosed in a prospective marriage partner.
23d Legally permissible to start late, but offensive (5)
AWFUL : Remove the first letter from a word meaning legally permissible.
25d Temperature raised seeing a bit of leg? (5)
THIGH : The abbreviation for temperature and then raised or in an elevated position.
We liked 1a, 21a and 8d today. How about you?
Quickie pun affair + retail = a fairy tale