Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28896
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A beautiful sunny day here as we write this. So good that we could now almost call it early summer. On our walk this morning we came across two Royal Spoonbills happily sifting through shallow water gathering their breakfast. What a pity we did not have our camera handy as it was a very memorable peaceful scene. Makes us really appreciate the part of the world where we live.
We thoroughly enjoyed this Jay puzzle too.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
5a Like a loo can be extravagant! (6)
LAVISH : A three letter suffix meaning 'similar to' follows a different slang word for a loo.
10a Condition of king during takeover (5)
CROUP : The regnal cypher for a king is inside a takeover of a regime.
11a Soldiers with stress reported ability to remember (9)
RETENTION : Engineering soldiers and then the rest of the answer is a homophone for a synonym of stress.
12a Sadly drops out, forgetting daughter – and moves on? (7)
UPROOTS : An anagram (sadly) of dROPS OUT once the abbreviation for daughter has been removed.
13a Fancied hotel client in audition (7)
GUESSED : Another homophone. This one sounds like somebody staying in a hotel.
14a The height of joy, welcoming European victory? (9)
ELEVATION : The abbreviations for European and victory are inside a word meaning joy or happiness.
17a Pads from tyres that can’t be used (5)
FLATS : These tyres can't be used because there is no air in them.
18a Itinerary revealed in case of resistance (5)
ROUTE : A word meaning revealed or in the open is enclosed by the first and last letters of resistance.
19a Away orbiting the globe, able to take it all in (9)
ABSORBENT : A three letter word for a globe is inside away or not present.
25a Bilbo got a wrong instruction for a musician (9)
OBBLIGATO : An anagram (wrong) of BILBO GOT A.
26a Crime is a primarily rational issue (5)
ARSON : 'A' from the clue, then the first letter of rational and a male offspring.
2d Answer and almost lament affair (5)
AMOUR : The abbreviation for answer and then lament for the passing of somebody loses its last letter.
3d Discount welcoming professional person rejected by God (9)
REPROBATE : The three letter shortened form of professional is inside a discount or refund.
4d View a restaurant stocking merchandise (5)
WARES : A lurker hiding in the clue.
5d Giant list developed for people taking legal action (9)
LITIGANTS : An anagram (developed) of GIANT LIST.
6d Chosen location means dropping leader (5)
VENUE : Remove the first letter from a means or way of achieving a goal.
7d Trim mould around joints (9)
SHIPSHAPE : Joints found at the top of legs are inside a verb meaning to mould.
9d Those taking charge needing oxygen in mountains? (6)
ANODES : A South American mountain range includes the chemical symbol for oxygen.
15d Just calm about it (9)
EQUITABLE : 'It' from the clue is inside a word meaning calm or amiable.
16d Popular listeners after arrival may be overdue (2,7)
IN ARREARS : The two letter word for popular and then the three letter abbreviation for arrival precedes hearing appendages.
17d Troublemaker shot eating breakfast cereal (9)
FIREBRAND : Shot or discharged surrounds the breakfast cereal reputed to bring you 'inner health'.
22d Redeveloped Thai island republic (5)
HAITI : An anagram (redeveloped) of THAI and the abbreviation for island.
23d Australia working with energy and gas (5)
OZONE : A slang word for Australia then a short word meaning working or in operation and the abbreviation for energy.
Lots of great clues today so we won't single out any one of them for special mention.
Quickie pun havoc + Russian = have a crush on