Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28854
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
On our walk on Saturday, before we had even got as far as the duckling ponds, we spotted a flock of recently arrived birds. They are the front runners of our regular flock of Bar-tailed Godwits and had just arrived after a non-stop flight from their breeding grounds in Alaska. They will stay with us now until the end of summer.
All the usual fun from Jay once again.
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10a Live close to region developed with hub (9)
NEIGHBOUR : An anagram (developed) of REGION and HUB.
11a Called boy attending bride perhaps starting to doubt (5)
PAGED : The male equivalent of a flower girl at a wedding and then the first letter of doubt.
12a Women enveloped by strain may be able to move fast (5)
SWIFT : The abbreviation for women is inside strain or sieve.
13a Spring pudding as butt of joke? (5,4)
APRIL FOOL : A month that most of you (but not us) associate with Spring, and then a pudding often associated with gooseberries.
15a Boxer during break must be a practical type (7)
REALIST : The world’s best known heavyweight boxer is inside a break or time off.
17a Cuts speech oddly in pieces (7)
BISECTS : The first third and fifth letters of speech are inside pieces or parts.
20a Children may be a bone of contention (5)
ISSUE : A double definition.
21a Stung by soldiers finding range (5)
ORBIT : Lowest ranking soldiers and then stung, possibly by the insect from 7a.
24a Not working after notice, and stop claiming benefit (4,3)
SIGN OFF : A three letter word for not working follows a notice that might be displayed on a post.
25a Relation with a right to be less than explicit (7)
UNCLEAR : A male previous generation relative plus ‘A’ from the clue and R(ight).
1d Take in a smile as it develops (10)
ASSIMILATE : An anagram (develops) of A SMILE AS IT.
3d Unenlightened Italian bloke losing head with worker (8)
IGNORANT : Remove the first letter from a title equivalent to Mr for an Italian man, then a worker insect.
4d Flatmate may be more alert, ignoring parking (6)
SHARER : Remove the letter designating parking from a word for more alert or more astute.
5d Struggles, seeing Greek tech company succeeded (8)
GRAPPLES : The abbreviation for Greek as a language, then the tech company who produced the IPad and the abbreviation for succeeded.
7d Car stops outside north of Rugby for service given (13)
MINISTRATIONS : A small car from the 1960’s and then stops found on a railway line include the first letter of Rugby.
14d Provoked editor after incident (10)
OCCASIONED : An incident or happening and then the short term for an editor.
16d Independent people welcoming clubs’ lack of movement (8)
INACTION : The abbreviation for independent and then people or race contains the card suit designation for clubs.
17d Try very hard except being occupied by 6 and university (4,1,3)
BUST A GUT : A three letter word for except surrounds U(niversity) and the animal from 6d.
19d Slight case of reserve in front of enthusiast (6)
REBUFF : The first and last letters of reserve and then an enthusiast or expert.
20d Charge defined by Latin dictionaries (6)
INDICT : Today’s only lurker hiding in the clue.
22d Sacks reserves (4)
BAGS : Double definition. The sacks are containers and an informal verb for reserves.
Quickie pun Paris + heights = parasites