Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28812
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We were treated to a brilliant red sky as the sun came up this morning. It looks like the forecast for rain later in the day is going to be true. Temperatures are creeping up now, we even got to a maximum of 18 Celsius yesterday and there is the feeling that all growing things are girding their loins for the big Spring effort. Or to be a bit pessimistic, back to regular lawn mowing duties again.
There are a couple of weather clues in today’s puzzle which relate much more to the weather in this part of the world than the scorching conditions most of you have had lately.
Jay had us scratching our heads over a couple of clues, but in the end, it all came together without too much resistance.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Crucial — and Kitty has the last word, with story unfinished (11)
FUNDAMENTAL : This Kitty is not our fellow blogger, but a pool of money. Next is the last word often used in church services, and finally a synonym for story loses its last letter.
9a Tasteful number without a name? (9)
AESTHETIC : Remove ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for name from the beginning of a number of which ether is an old example.
12a Weather when fish will take line and bite? (4,4)
COLD SNAP : A variety of fish contains the abbreviation for line, and then bite or speak tartly.
13a Tried very hard to wander, by the way (6)
STROVE : ‘Way’ gives us the abbreviation for street and this is followed by a word meaning to wander.
18a Careless mistake with wearing shoes (8)
SLIPSHOD : A mistake or an indiscretion and then a word that means wearing shoes.
19a Praises army officers after cut back (6)
EXALTS : The abbreviation for lieutenants follows the reversal of a word meaning to cut that is named for the cutting tool.
23a Suffering at home, with company (6)
INFIRM : The two letter ‘at home’ word and then a company or business.
27a Suggests prisoners should swallow note (9)
INTIMATES : A note from the sol-fa scale is contained in a word for prisoners.
28a Bar in Cricket Club records intellectual (6,5)
CLEVER CLOGS : The abbreviation for Cricket Club surround a bar used as a tool and then records or diaries.
1d Shows off apartments housing a Parisian (7)
FLAUNTS : The French indefinite article is inside another word for apartments.
2d Detected rising attitudes one shows (5)
NOSED : A reversed lurker (rising) hiding in the clue.
3d Tacky substances he’s found in adult nightclubs (9)
ADHESIVES : ‘He’s’ from the clue is inside the abbreviation for adult and then rather seedy nightclubs.
4d Warms up, removing top for food (4)
EATS : Remove the first letter from a word meaning warms up.
5d Idle as credit gone (4,4)
TICK OVER : An informal word for credit and then gone or finished.
6d Tempted, but left university looking embarrassed (5)
LURED : The abbreviations for left and university and the colour associated with embarrassment.
7d Dictionary (American) incorporating one page for this complex character (7)
OEDIPUS : The three letter initials for a well-known dictionary and then the abbreviation for United States contain the Roman numeral one and the abbreviation for page.
8d Go off with dog and escape (4,4)
TURN TAIL : Go off, deviate or deteriorate as milk that is no longer fresh can do, (Thanks Gazza) and then a verb meaning to dog.
16d The sort of grouping that’s not expensive, with duty to replace European Commission (9)
TAXONOMIC : Start with a word meaning not expensive and replace the abbreviation for the European Commission that starts the word with a duty collected by what we in NZ call the IRD.
17d Bad, if one turns out to be genuine (4,4)
BONA FIDE : An anagram (turns out to be) of BAD IF ONE.
22d Fundamental degree (intentionally so) (5)
BASIC : A Bachelor of Arts degree and then a Latin word for intentionally so or thus.
24d Opening bars — popular with half of troops (5)
INTRO : The two letter word for popular and the first three letters of troops.
25d Infection prominent during past years (4)
STYE : Another lurker hiding in the clue.
For some reason 28a made us laugh so that is our favourite this week.
Quickie pun maw + sully + hum = mausoleum