Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28842
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It started off as a glorious Spring day here. The cold spell that we have been having lately appears to have come to an end and although there is fresh snow on the distant hills, we have clear blue skies and warming sunshine. We even met our first ducklings of the season a couple of days ago. A clutch of fourteen little fluff balls frantically paddling after their proud, anxious mother.
Good Wednesday fun once again from Jay.
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1a Turn it up intermittently — speed gives notable success (7)
TRIUMPH : Alternate letters in the phrase ‘turn it up’ and then the abbreviation for miles per hour.
5a Analysed a test-market stocking drugs (7)
SEDATES : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
9a Shock a friend welcoming pressure (5)
APPAL : ‘A’ from the clue and then friend or mate contains the abbreviation for pressure.
11a Newly-developed African oil state (10)
CALIFORNIA : An anagram (newly developed) of AFRICAN OIL.
12a Discreet attention seeker? (4)
PSST : A cryptic definition of the sound made to discreetly attract attention.
14a Aching to incorporate seating area, getting established (4-8)
LONG-STANDING : A seating area found at a sports ground is found inside a word for aching or yearning.
18a Extended prison term in exposed environment? (12)
OUTSTRETCHED : Exposed or made public encloses an informal word for a prison term.
21a European article adopted in case of dispute (4)
DANE : The two letter indefinite article is surrounded by the first and last letters (case) of dispute.
25a Adulterous couple should confront this regularly ignored dynasty (3-6)
TWO-TIMING : The number represented by a couple, then the first and third letters of ‘this’ and a Chinese dynasty.
27a Hooligan sport enthusiast embracing Formula One (7)
RUFFIAN : A sport enthusiast is an avid supporter of our national game and this includes Formula One when expressed as a single letter and number.
28a Argued violently after son gets sweet (7)
SUGARED : The abbreviation for son and then an anagram (violently) of ARGUED.
1d One’s heart is in touch for a spell (6)
TRANCE : A touch or very small amount contains the central letter (heart) of one.
2d Forces smile awkwardly absorbing pressure (6)
IMPELS : The abbreviation for pressure is inside an anagram (awkwardly) of SMILE.
5d Artistic city’s redesigned around tip (9)
STYLISTIC : An anagram (redesigned) of CITYS surrounds tip or lean to one side.
6d Benefit of lies oddly underpinning party (4)
DOLE : The first and third letters of ‘lies’ come after a short word for a party.
7d Vet finally has joint settlement (8)
TOWNSHIP : The last letter of vet, then a word meaning has or possesses and the joint at the top of the leg.
8d Plan great changes in animal enclosure (8)
STRATEGY : An enclosure where a pig might be found surrounds an anagram (changes) of GREAT.
13d Junior to enter grovelling initially suffering (10)
UNDERGOING : Junior or subservient, then a 2,2 phrase meaning to enter, and finally the first letter of grovelling.
17d Insist, and offer to keep deadlock (5-3)
STAND-OFF : A lurker, hiding in the clue. (It took us a while to spot this one.)
20d Announce the lady’s mistreated lad (6)
HERALD : A personal possessive pronoun for ‘the lady’s’, and then an anagram (mistreated) of LAD.
23d Bought on the way up when seeing such garments (5)
TOGAS : The reversal (on the way up) of bought or obtained and a synonym for when.
24d Part of problem in ironing dress (4)
MINI : And another lurker to finish.
As 27a has our national game we will go for that one as today’s favourite.
Quickie pun burly + nurse = Berliners