Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28818
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A real mixed bag of weather for us this week. We have had a couple of gloriously fine days, a light frost one morning, and now we are getting cold blustery winds with showers. The average temperatures are creeping up though which is a good thing.
We had a discussion about whether we should give this 2 or 3 stars for difficulty and settled for the ‘by the clock’ time rather than the gut feeling. Good fun as ever from Jay.
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9a Room that’s a credit, mostly — about time (5)
ATTIC : ‘A’ from the clue, then the abbreviation for time and an informal word for credit loses its last letter.
11a Nut mostly found on reels for fish (4,6)
ROCK SALMON : This nut, which loses its last letter here, is one that is a special treat when scorched and covered with chocolate. It follows a synonym for reels or wobbles.
12a Handle line during strike (4)
HILT : Strike or assault contains the abbreviation for line.
14a An idiot getting upset about quiet process of producing alcohol (12)
DISTILLATION : A word meaning quiet or placid is inside an anagram (getting upset) of AN IDIOT.
21a Many schemes must ignore parking (4)
LOTS : Remove the letter signifying parking from schemes or subterfuges.
22a Device that scans a person afraid of motor vehicles? (4,6)
CARD READER : Split the answer 3,7 to find the person afraid of motor vehicles.
26a Prepare for the best (5)
PRIME : A double definition. We associate the best here with Miss Jean Brodie.
27a Making a profit from open-weave material (7)
NETTING : Another double definition.
28a Ruin one short story of marriage (7)
MARITAL : A three letter word meaning ruin, then the Roman numeral one and a story loses its last letter (short).
1d Agree to change after millions becomes inadequate (6)
MEAGRE : The abbreviation for millions and an anagram (to change) of AGREE.
2d Review advice that’s given at work? (6)
NOTICE : A double definition. The review could well refer to a theatrical performance.
3d Support teams accepting student reverts to type (10)
BACKSLIDES : Support or sponsor and a synonym for teams contains the abbreviation for learner.
4d Second unlikely delay (5)
STALL : The abbreviation for second and then unlikely as a Munchausen story might well be.
5d Book written to make money on grass heating unit (9)
POTBOILER : For grass we need an alternative common name for marijuana, and then a heating unit that might be found in a basement.
6d Slump, seeing money is short (4)
LOLL : Remove the last letter from a slang word for money.
15d Follows a gang, lost in disarray (4,5)
TAGS ALONG : An anagram (in disarray) of A GANG LOST.
16d Asked to go naked, revealed frame (8)
SKELETON : Remove the first and last letters (to go naked) of asked and then a 3,2 phrase meaning revealed.
17d Order coach (8)
INSTRUCT : A double definition.
20d Nightmare of poor grades in exam (6)
ORDEAL : The letters denoting fourth and fifth grades are inside an exam that is not a written one.
23d Dean regularly absorbed by obscure material (5)
DENIM : The second and fourth letters of dean are inside a word for obscure.
24d Bond’s rumoured nationality? (4)
THAI : A homophone (rumoured) for a bond or attachment.
We’ve picked our favourites from alternate corners of the puzzle today, 8d and 16d.
Quickie pun watts + forty = What’s for tea?