Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28824
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It seems that the weather gods have had a meeting and decided that we were getting too many gloriously fine days in our spring mix. These have now been removed and replaced with more wet and windy ones. Perhaps they will relent for next week.
Grandmother duties in Wellington means that it is a solo blogging effort from me this week .
All the usual fun from Jay once again.
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5a Issues summit discuss regularly (6)
TOPICS: A synonym for a summit is followed by the second , fourth and sixth letters (regularly) of discuss.
11a Private meal with no end of food (5)
INNER: The last letter of food is removed from the beginning of the main meal of the day.
12a Credit almost consumed — cause a furore (6)
CREATE: the abbreviation for credit and all but the last letter (almost) of a word meaning consumed.
13a Withdrew material prior to broadcast (8)
REPAIRED: A three letter type of corded material and broadcast or made public.
15a Check flower for new life (13)
REINCARNATION: A check that could be used to control a horse and a flower of the genus Dianthus.
18a Wonder about European crossing border for scam (7,6)
PYRAMID SCHEME: String together a)the structures that make one of the ancient world’s wonders, b)the single letter abbreviation meaning about, c)a synonym for border and d)the abbreviation for European.
22a Principled person‘s haze about exam (8)
MORALIST: A type of exam that is not written is inside haze or fog.
23a Spell name to be kept in touch (6)
TRANCE: A touch or very small amount contains the abbreviation for name.
26a The top of carpet pile must be tacky (5)
CHEAP: The first letter of carpet and a pile or mound.
27a Programme a religious leader and artist put on like this (4,5)
SOAP OPERA: ‘A’ from the clue and the religious leader from the Vatican come between a word meaning ‘like this’ and the notation for a Royal Academician.
28a I may be a red, for example (6)
SETTER: Put the word red before the answer to get a canine example of this answer.
2d Information about school of painting, say (5)
GENRE: A word for information and the two letter abbreviation for about or with reference to.
3d Material confronting some surgeons? (7)
PLASTIC: The answer can be put before surgeons to identify those who do restorative tissue work.
4d Tissue-type full of fat? (4)
SUET: A lurker hiding in the clue.
7d One caring about unfamiliarity (9)
IGNORANCE: An anagram (about) of ONE CARING.
8d Casts off, crossing river for scraps (6)
SHREDS: Casts off or doffs contains the abbreviation for river.
10d Custodians or cooks pinching a case of red (8)
STEWARDS: Cooks by prolonged boiling contains ‘a’ from the clue and the first and last letters (case) of red.
14d Building bases for discussion (8)
PREMISES: A double definition.
16d Seconds may be this tense (9)
IMPERFECT: These seconds could be sold in what we call ‘Outlet Stores’ in NZ.
17d Languish in love? Get a teacher (8)
VEGETATE: A well disguised lurker hiding in the clue.
19d Fall back and soldiers leap off, surrounding son (7)
RELAPSE: Engineering soldiers and then the abbreviation for son is inside an anagram (off) of LEAP.
20d Eat away, seeing bar in centre (7)
CORRODE: A bar or pole is inside a centre, possibly of an apple.
24d Requirements of daughter employed in topless joints (5)
NEEDS: The main joints found in a leg lose their first letter (topless) and surround the abbreviation for daughter.
I got the biggest smile of the day from 18a.
Quickie pun law + leap + hops = lollipops