Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28848
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
New Zealand has been having very strange weather this week. The far north has had lots of persistent rain, the lower part of the South Island has had the heaviest dump of snow that it has had all year, while we, in the middle of the country have had warm sunny Spring days that have even lured shorts out of the wardrobe for use on beach walks and the golf course. Heaps of ducklings in evidence now but no clutches as big as the one of 14 that opened the season last week.
Nice puzzle from Jay once again, towards the tricky end of his spectrum we thought.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a News hits out about married poet, perhaps (9)
WORDSMITH : A synonym for news or information and an anagram (out) of HITS containing the abbreviation for (M)arried.
10a Dares to go out of the theatre this way? (5,4)
STAGE DOOR : An anagram (out) of DARES TO GO. The whole clue gives the definition.
11a Go in using jemmy, being resourceful (12)
ENTERPRISING : A word meaning go in and then the action taken when using a jemmy or crowbar.
16a Simple and effective angle developed in case of export (7)
ELEGANT : The first and last letters of export enclose an anagram (developed) of ANGLE.
17a Habitual response to gum without protection? (3)
TIC : A verb meaning to gum or adhere loses its first and last letters.
20a Modern entrepreneur‘s European fashion, reportedly (1-6)
E-TAILER : The abbreviation for European and then a word that sounds like to make clothing or fashion.
22a Company people must welcome company getting verification (12)
CONFIRMATION : The abbreviation for company and then a people or country surrounds a different word for a company or business.
26a Lapse in supervision (9)
OVERSIGHT : A double definition.
27a Slim girl’s first obsession (5)
THING : A synonym for slim and the first letter of girl.
28a Material that acted as substitute? (5)
SATIN : Split the answer 3,2 to understand ‘acted as substitute’.
29a Naval officer‘s been on rum, drunk (6,3)
NUMBER ONE : An anagram (drunk) of BEEN ON RUM.
1d Clean coat used by painter (4)
WASH : A double definition. Clean here is used as a verb.
2d Fear losing head for study (4)
READ : Remove the first letter from a word meaning fear or anxiety.
3d Hurried up after house discussion group (7)
SEMINAR : A type of house that is joined to another and then the reversal (up) of a word for hurried.
4d Contentious topic for children (5)
ISSUE : A double definition.
5d Some armour needed for the man with a daughter and gun in America (9)
HEADPIECE : A personal pronoun for a man, then ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for daughter and an American term for a firearm.
6d English weakness after credit for crack (7)
CREVICE : The abbreviation for credit, then the abbreviation for English and a weakness or sin.
7d Rewarding suitable answer in endless puzzle (10)
PROFITABLE : A word meaning suitable for purpose and the single letter abbreviation for answer are inside a puzzle or conundrum that has lost its last letter.
8d Insulting doctor or aged Conservative (10)
DEROGATORY : An anagram (doctor) of OR AGED and then a right winger.
13d The achievement of a teetotaller isn’t commonly welcoming people (10)
ATTAINMENT : ‘A’ from the clue and the letters denoting a teetotaller, then a slang way of saying ‘isn’t’ surrounds male people.
19d Dons may be working after mistakes (5,2)
SLIPS ON : A short word for working or in operation follows mistakes or indiscretions.
24d Agents must have nothing for so long (4)
CIAO : These agents are American spies and are followed by the letter denoting nothing.
25d Fit is imprecise, very lacking (4)
AGUE : Remove the abbreviation for very from imprecise or waffly.
We had trouble deciding on an absolute favourite from among several of the long answers. 11a, 12d and 13d were all in the running.
Quickie pun syrup + dishes = surreptitious