Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28890
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It feels good to be back in the Wednesday blogging chair again. Thanks to all those who kept the seat warm for us while I (Colin) was away. I had an amazing time on a bus tour in northern India, travelling with a group of people, many of whom have been close friends for thirty odd years. It is nice to be back now with Carol and all the familiar things of home. One of those familiar things is of course the Jay puzzles and we have another fine example of his craft today.
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1a Verify angry European broadcast (10)
CROSSCHECK: A word for angry or annoyed, and a homophone of the nationality of somebody from a particular European republic.
12a President with hotel must accept one notable success (7)
TRIUMPH : Include the Roman numeral one in, yes, that president and finish off with the abbreviation for hotel.
13a Poles covered by characteristic passage (7)
TRANSIT : A synonym for a characteristic contains the magnetic poles.
14a A couple of million swallowed by rising prices may be a cause of pain (12)
INFLAMMATION : The repeated abbreviation for million is inside the economists’ word for rising prices.
21a Profile Royal Marines by answer and weapon (7)
SIDEARM : Profile, or the part of a head shown on a coin, then the abbreviations for answer and Royal Marines.
23a Repugnant prospect offered to old boy (7)
OBSCENE : The abbreviation for old boy and then a prospect or vista.
24a Amazed — area seemed to protect them initially (9)
ASTOUNDED : The abbreviation for area, then the first letter of ‘them’ is included in a word meaning seemed or audibly resembled.
26a Bring in listener before end of bulletin (4)
EARN : The organ of hearing and then the last letter of bulletin.
27a Stationed last of troops in turbulent Rio Grande (10)
GARRISONED : The final letter of troops is included in an anagram (turbulent) of RIO GRANDE.
2d Appoint minister by name after radio broadcast (6)
ORDAIN : An anagram (broadcast) of RADIO plus the abbreviation for name.
3d Important case developed about university is a bit of an exaggeration (5,2,1,6)
STORM IN A TEACUP : An anagram (developed) of IMPORTANT CASE includes the abbreviation for university.
4d Carers from hospital composed poems about Hades mostly (4,5)
HOME HELPS : Start with the abbreviation for hospital and then three of the four letters of another name for Hades are included in an anagram (composed) of POEMS.
7d Origin of this personal transport for urban area (8)
TOWNSHIP : The first letter of this and then a 3,4 phrase for personal sea transport.
9d Beer goes on board ship after permission for trade events (9,5)
CLEARANCE SALES : Start with a word meaning permission or lack of hindrance and then the abbreviation for a steamship surrounds a synonym for beer.
15d Type of purchase made by man reportedly having class (4,5)
MAIL ORDER : A homophone of a word describing the gender of a man and then a class or biological category.
16d Staff ego unfortunately not visible to the audience (3-5)
OFF-STAGE : An anagram (unfortunately) of STAFF EGO.
19d Engineers currently unknown may find fame (6)
RENOWN : Army engineers, a word meaning currently or at present plus an unknown number.
20d Precursor of some peripheral devices (6)
HERALD : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
22d Communication channels raising target to incorporate education (5)
MEDIA : The abbreviation for education is inside a reversed target or goal.
We liked 25a. It took us a while to get the finer points of the wordplay sorted.
Quickie pun reverse + ticks = River Styx