Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28776
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Another cool, calm, clear day here with a moderate frost to greet us when we woke up. The high country snow that has been falling in the last few days before the weather cleared, has left the Tararua Ranges to the east of us looking like real mountains once again. On our walk this morning they presented a postcard-like background for the wading birds reflected in the smooth waters of the estuary.
Jay well up to standard again with today’s puzzle.
If you are like us and printed off the puzzle early from the website, there was a problem with the clue for 15d which has now been fixed.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Greece in search of a hard worker (7)
GRAFTER : The IVR code for Greece and a word meaning in search of or looking for.
5a Soldiers foot the bill for sanctuary (7)
RETREAT : Engineering soldiers and then foot the bill as a favour to somebody else.
9a Blair regularly taken to task for being free of social constraints (9)
LIBERATED : The second and fourth letters of Blair and then a word meaning taken to task.
10a Order a business broadcast (5)
ALIGN : ‘A’ from the clue and a homophone (broadcast) of a business or sphere of commercial operation.
11a Signs one’s worried about source of money (5)
OMENS : The first letter of money is inside an anagram (worried) of ONES.
12a Behaviour of European base in grim surroundings (9)
DEMEANOUR : The abbreviation for European and then a word for base or inferior are inside a synonym for grim.
13a Picture one working after South American’s suggestion (9)
SUSPICION : Start with the abbreviation for South then add the one for United States. Next add the short form of picture, the Roman numeral one, and a short word for working or in operation.
17a Make amends with a tincture (5)
ATONE : ‘A’ from the clue and then tincture or slight shade.
23a This prisoner would be the devil outside University College (5)
LIFER : When the abbreviation for University College is placed after the first letter of the answer we get an alternative name for the devil.
25a Basic ingredients may include this in cake (5)
ICING : A semi all-in-one clue where the answer is lurking in the first two words of the clue.
27a Small, small attachment, dear (7)
SWEETIE : An abbreviation for small, then a synonym for small and lastly, an attachment.
28a Each short sleep is most comfortable (7)
EASIEST : The two letter abbreviation for each, and then remove the last letter from (shorten) a daytime sleep.
1d Type of humour okay in case of girls (7)
GALLOWS : The first and last letters of girls surround a word to okay or authorise.
2d A doctor seen on the French promenade (5)
AMBLE : ‘A’ from the clue, a doctor’s degree and then the French definite article.
4d Assessed time invested in overpriced revolutionary (5)
RATED : Reverse a word for overpriced or expensive and place within it the abbreviation for time.
5d First principles of game hazy — sent off! (9)
RUDIMENTS : New Zealand’s national game, then a synonym for hazy or dull and an anagram (off) of SENT.
7d Dodgy oil trade involving international leader (9)
EDITORIAL : Include the abbreviation for international in an anagram (dodgy) of OIL TRADE.
14d Second approach will conceal right-wing plot (9)
STORYLINE : The abbreviation for second, a right-wing politician and then an approach a suitor might use.
15d Some win cap — a bleary-eyed drunk! (9)
INCAPABLE : A lurker hiding in the clue. (The original clue on the puzzles website had a letter missing. We don’t know about the newspaper version.) (A later edit — We can confirm that the paper clue is still incorrect.)
16d Declares in favour of applications (9)
PROCLAIMS : A word meaning in favour of and then applications or assertions of ownership.
17d A fine carnival’s concerns (7)
AFFAIRS : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for fine and then a carnival with its ‘S.
21d Man on board loses head in dark (5)
NIGHT : Remove the first letter from a chess piece.
24 Set up for a bit of snooker (5)
FRAME : A double definition. The first is to divert responsibility for a criminal act.
We found two possible answers for the Quickie pun, one more quixotic than the other, so we will make that our favourite for today.
Quickie pun servant + tease = seventies or Cervantes