Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28806
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have a plant pot close to our back door in which we planted a handful of daffodil bulbs. In the last couple of days they have opened in full bloom. The pine trees that we passed on our morning walk are loaded with small male cones that are packed full of ripe pollen that very soon will be coating the ground and all the puddles with yellow. Both signs that reassure us that Spring is on the way.
All the usual fun from Jay. We had a bit of a struggle with the Quickie pun until we realised that another synonym also fitted the checkers for the second word.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Company taken in by cunning university official and cleric (10)
ARCHDEACON : A word for cunning or sly, then a university official includes the abbreviation for company.
9a Article held in trust exceptionally for players out of form (7)
TRUANTS : The two letter indefinite article is inside an anagram (exceptionally) of TRUST.
10a Beginning to talk and walk like ducks? Nonsense! (7)
TWADDLE : The first letter of talk and the way ducks move on land.
12a Earth-shattering volte-face? (6,2,5)
CHANGE OF HEART : A reverse anagram. The first two words of the answer tell you how to deal with the third word to give you EARTH.
17a Desire must come before soldiers shine (6)
LUSTRE : Engineering soldiers follow a strong, often sexual, desire.
19a A clan involved in plot must be fair (8)
BALANCED : The sort of plot a gardener might tend surrounds an anagram (involved) of A CLAN.
21a His old gran? She lost these investments (13)
SHAREHOLDINGS : An anagram (lost) of HIS OLD GRAN SHE.
24a RADA, say, needs a friend with millions (7)
ACRONYM : ‘A’ from the clue, then a word for a friend or close associate and the abbreviation for millions.
25a Something that makes you cry about sanctimonious belief (7)
OPINION : A two letter word for sanctimonious is inside the vegetable that makes your eyes sting.
26a Concludes dispatch moving leader to the Far East (4)
ENDS : A word meaning dispatch has its initial letter moved to become the last letter.
1d Type of degree offered by topless roles (4)
ARTS : Remove the first letter from dramatic roles.
2d Local authority advice needing to be heard (7)
COUNCIL : A homophone of a word for advice.
4d Appointed in the role of token journalist (8)
ASSIGNED : A two letter word meaning ‘in the role of’, a synonym for token or indication and then a senior journalist.
5d Get the better of some, without doubt (5)
OUTDO : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
8d Son shed tears before a team is dismissed (5,5)
SWEPT ASIDE : The abbreviation for son and a word meaning shed tears, then ‘A’ from the clue and a sports team.
11d Sarah prepared father escargots, but very tough (2,4,2,5)
AS HARD AS NAILS : Start with an anagram of Sarah, then a dialect form of father (the one we met last week) and the English word of escargots.
13d Underwear with lace designed to be of limited size (5-5)
SMALL-SCALE : A six letter informal word for underwear and an anagram (designed) of LACE.
18d Afraid to cross river with evidence of injuries (7)
SCARRED : The abbreviation for river is inside afraid or frightened.
23d Responsibility, but it’s our treat (4)
ONUS : Split the answer 2,2 to understand the wordplay.
The one that took us longest to solve and gets our vote for favourite is 24a.
Quickie pun fizzy + shun = physician