Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28800
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Perhaps a week of no crosswords at all had slowed our thought processes but we were quite slow to get started with this one. Once we had the first few in though, it did start to flow more smoothly for the rest of the solve.
We keep hearing on the news of the extreme summer conditions many of you have been suffering. Meanwhile we are in the depths of our winter but reassuring ourselves that the days are slowly getting longer.
Plenty to keep us smiling once again from Jay.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Extremely short journeys — walks! (7)
STRIDES : The first and last letters of short (its extreme letters) and then journeys possibly on a horse.
5a Promote more (7)
FURTHER : A double definition. The first is a verb, the second either an adjective or an adverb.
9a Depressed by a student grant (5)
ALLOW : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for learner or student and then a synonym for depressed.
10a Go too far, seeing 24 in public (9)
OVERSHOOT : The answer to 24d is inside a word meaning public or out in the open.
11a Characteristic of a man to be very quiet in water (5,5)
ADAMS APPLE : A somewhat poetic expression for water (4’1,3) contains the musical notation for very quiet.
22a Almost missed call, being captain (10)
SKIPPERING : A word meaning missed or bypassed loses its last letter and then call on the telephone.
25a Fall in love and despair! (4,5)
LOSE HEART : A double definition.
27a Ledger shows father with new boy fine (3,4)
DAY BOOK : A familiar or dialect word for father, an anagram (new) of BOY, and the two letters signifying fine or acceptable.
1d Compromise a manager securing rating (6)
SEAMAN : A lurker hiding in the clue.
2d Cargo coming after soldiers charge again (6)
RELOAD : Engineering soldiers and then a synonym for cargo.
3d Stops working in Irish county seats (5,5)
DOWNS TOOLS : Split the answer 4,6 to discover the Irish county and the seats.
4d Exclusive company taken in by concession (5)
SCOOP : The abbreviation for company is inside a concession or appeasement.
5d Independent European country importing fish (9)
FREELANCE : A fish with a snake-like body is found inside the country that is just across the Channel.
6d Regret adopting son’s cunning plan (4)
RUSE : The abbreviation for son is within a synonym for regret.
7d Troublemaker in gaol sadly supporting house (8)
HOOLIGAN : The two letter abbreviation for house and an anagram (sadly) of IN GAOL.
13d Put one’s foot down seeing expert cover Electra complex (10)
ACCELERATE : An anagram (complex) of ELECTRA is inside an expert or adept.
15d Reject drink (5,4)
KNOCK BACK : Double definition.
17d Times will support seating areas for spectators and is ready to act (6,2)
STANDS BY : A synonym for times when it is used for an arithmetical function follows structures built to accommodate spectators.
20d A long time entertaining National Trust representatives (6)
AGENTS : The abbreviation for National Trust is inside a word for a long time.
23d Heads eat out in case of parents (5)
PATES : The first and last letters (case) of parents surround an anagram (out) of EAT.
24d Go away and film endlessly (4)
SHOO : Remove the last letter from a word meaning to take pictures.
Our favourite today is 14a.
Quickie pun shoe + cough = shook off