Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28860
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last weekend we put our clocks forward. The main difference this makes for us, apart from the longer evenings, is that we now need to wait an extra hour before we can download, solve and write the hints for the Jay puzzles. It all happens at noon instead of the 11 am start that we have had all through the winter. Not that this will affect us much in the near future as we will be taking a break from the blogging seat for the next 4 Wednesdays as one of us (Colin, who does the computer stuff) is going to be away in India until the end of October.
A quality Jay puzzle once again that we thought a bit tricky in places.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Moral determinant that’s against genetics, say? (10)
CONSCIENCE : A three letter word for against and then what genetics is an example of. Other examples could be chemistry, biology or physics.
10a Leave son needing stuff (5)
SCRAM : The abbreviation for son and then stuff or tightly fill.
11a Scan Times in order to find such study of language (9)
SEMANTICS : An anagram (in order) of SCAN TIMES.
12a Valedictory international bill on English stage (7)
ELEGIAC : String together the abbreviation for English, a stage as a portion of a race or journey, and then the abbreviations for international and an account.
14a People mature — or it’s a disastrous sort of relationship (6,1,5)
MENAGE A TROIS : Male people, then a verb for mature or get older and an anagram (disastrous) of OR ITS A.
18a Fail to arrive, having run into a policeman (4,1,7)
COME A CROPPER : A word meaning to arrive, ‘A’ from the clue, then an informal word for a policeman includes the cricket abbreviation for a run.
21a Rule reportedly after artist reversed charge (7)
ARRAIGN : Reverse the notation for a royal academician and then a homophone for a rule by a monarch.
23a Courageous, crossing line for sweetheart (7)
DARLING : The abbreviation for line is inside a synonym for courageous.
24a Scathing words with name for Conservative original (9)
INVENTIVE: start with a term for scathing or insulting words and change the abbreviation for Conservative to the abbreviation of name.
26a Agreeable gestures from daughter hugged by lad on the way back (4)
NODS : the abbreviation for daughter is inside the reversal of a male offspring.
27a Hamlet‘s resolution? (10)
SETTLEMENT : A double definition. Don’t be fooled by the capital H. Hamlet here is not the Shakespearean character.
1d Gets money in return for cold remains (6)
CASHES : The letter that designates cold on a tap and then the remains left by a fire.
3d European allowances underpinning trainee chef’s sympathies (14)
COMMISERATIONS : A word from the French for a trainee chef is followed by the abbreviation for European and then allowances or allotted portions.
7d Flying first-class, accommodating five people without leader (8)
AVIATION : The letter and number denoting first class surround the Roman numeral five, then a word for a people or country loses its first letter.
8d Spread out terribly impressed, having lost millions (8)
DISPERSE : An anagram (terribly) of ImPRESSED once the abbreviation for millions has been removed.
15d Practical divorcee exercises with nuts originally in regimen (9)
EXPEDIENT : A divorcee or former partner then the two letters for physical exercises, and then an eating regimen contains the first letter of nuts.
16d Grounds for affair? (8)
OCCASION : A double definition.
17d Film regularly shown got better (8)
IMPROVED : The second and fourth letters of film and then shown or demonstrated to be true.
19d Run through newspaper article about resistance (6)
PIERCE : The physics symbol for resistance is inside a newspaper article.
20d Shocked husband in story turned up on time (6)
AGHAST : The abbreviation for husband is inside the reversal of an epic tale, and finally, the abbreviation for time.
22d Green water in France is on the up (5)
NAIVE : The reversal of a brand name of a French mineral water.
Quickie pun mince + hoarse = mint sauce