Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28902
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Just one Kiwi in the blogging chair this week as Carol is away on her “overseas” trip. She did not get to anywhere as distant and exotic as India, but has been spending a few days with a group of friends visiting Great Barrier Island. It is a remote and seldom visited place about 100km north-east of Auckland city. It is one of the few relatively unmodified parts of the country that most NZers have heard of, but very few have been to. Worth Googling if you’re interested.
Meanwhile Jay has worked his magic once again.
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1a Attribute correct sources of tax yearly (8)
PROPERTY A word for correct or seemly and the first letters of the words tax and yearly.
5a A club oddly needing workers to show discernment (6)
ACUMEN ‘A’ from the clue, then the first and third letters (oddly) of club and lastly male workers.
11a Selects actors seeing son featured in musical (5)
CASTS: The abbreviation for son is inside a feline themed musical.
15a Planned limited rides across area that’s free of armed forces (13)
DEMILITARISED An anagram (planned) of LIMITED RIDES which includes the mathematical symbol for area.
18a Out of form? (7,6)
PLAYING TRUANT The form here is a classroom.
22a Work possibly available in the long run? (8)
OVERTIME This work takes place outside the normally allocated hours.
23a Fever seeing capital changing sides? (6)
PLAGUE Start with the capital of Czech Republic and change the letter representing one hand to one representing the other.
27a Servant rumoured to be after money is immediately available (5-4)
READY-MADE A slang word for cash money and a homophone of a name for a female domestic servant.
28a Moderate, generally after start of summer (6)
SOFTEN The first letter of summer and generally or frequently.
2d Up in London, a growing newspaper, for example (5)
ORGAN A reversed lurker hiding in the clue.
3d Doctor learnt about hospital transport (7)
ENTHRAL An anagram (doctor) of LEARNT contains the abbreviation for hospital.
4d Dog brush (4)
TAIL Double definition. Dog is used as a verb and the brush is associated with a fox.
7d Public communications service aimed for reform (4,5)
MASS MEDIA A church service plus an anagram (for reform) of AIMED.
8d Moving slowly, issue raised at home beginning to grate (6)
NOSING Reverse the word for a male offspring or issue, add the short ‘at home’ word and the first letter of grate.
10d Jokes about boy and right things to wear for best (4,4)
GLAD RAGS Jokes or one-liners surround a word for a boy and the abbreviation for right.
17d Heavenly ale brewed around the outskirts of Rome (8)
ETHEREAL An anagram (brewed) of ALE surrounds THE from the clue and the first and last letters of Rome.
19d Entertainer‘s energy supporting painter (7)
ARTISTE The physicist’s symbol for energy comes after (supports in a down clue) a painter.
20d Broadcast shown again without pressure (7)
RELAYED Remove the abbreviation for pressure from within a word that could describe a TV programme that is shown again.
21d Bags of nameless pasta (6)
OODLES Remove the abbreviation for name from a word for a common form of pasta.
25d Duty one has to provide transport (4)
TAXI A duty or tariff and the Roman numeral one.
Hard to pick a favourite once again but I’ll go for 29a as it took a while to get the right game.
Quickie pun warts + forty = What’s for tea?