Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28908
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We’re back to our full team again this week.
Rather unsettled weather recently. A series of active frontal systems have been moving across the country giving variable and changeable conditions. Pretty typical for this time of the year. Despite some cooler days everything in the garden is growing fast, so one of us has been out trimming trees this morning.
Another delightful puzzle from Jay again this week.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Still wearing specs to take in constant opportunities for learning (7,7)
EVENING CLASSES : A synonym for still and a 2,7 phrase meaning wearing specs includes the letter indicating a constant.
10a Part of Vermont — an awful state (7)
MONTANA : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
11a Just beat seed (3)
PIP : A double definition. The seed could be found in an apple perhaps.
12a Almost doomed by family secret (11)
CLANDESTINE : Start with a family from Scotland and then doomed or fated loses its last letter.
14a Queen once rejected after struggle for city in Europe (6)
VIENNA : Reverse a queen from earlier times after a word meaning struggle. (This wordplay appears to give us an extra e that we can’t account for. Any ideas?)
15a Cadge from miser, importing one in France for nothing (8)
SCROUNGE : The famous Dickens miser has one of the letters representing nothing replaced by the French word for one.
19a Unusual Monday person full of energy (6)
DYNAMO : An anagram (unusual) of MONDAY.
22a Church collecting ancient stone, gold and silver in abeyance (4,7)
COLD STORAGE : The abbreviation for the Anglican Church surrounds a synonym for ancient, the abbreviation for stone weight, heraldic gold and the chemical symbol for silver.
23a People in line for audience must be prompt (3)
CUE : For audience tells us this is a homophone. The answer sounds like people in line.
26a Military man disposed of one facing Her Majesty (7)
SOLDIER : Disposed of for a financial return, then the Roman numeral one and the regnal cypher.
27a Officer’s examination papers? (6,8)
SEARCH WARRANTS : A cryptic definition. The officer here is not a military one.
2d Obscure magazines imported by eastern European (7)
ECLIPSE : The abbreviations for eastern and European surround the magazines containing ammunition for rifles.
3d Once I’m up I set on American, having little or no money (11)
IMPECUNIOUS : An anagram (set) of ONCE I’M UP I plus the abbreviation for the United States.
4d World travel, crossing line on Beagle, intermittently (6)
GLOBAL : The abbreviation for line is inside travel or depart and then the first, third and fifth letters of Beagle.
6d Notice abandoning good for evil (3)
SIN : Remove the abbreviation for good from a notice.
7d High spirits of nephew, say, losing head (7)
ELATION : Remove the first letter from what a nephew is one example of.
8d Go if desperate — a spread such as this! (4,2,4,4)
PATE DE FOIE GRAS : An anagram (spread) of GO IF DESPERATE A. (‘Spread’ seems to be functioning as an anagram indicator and also part of the definition).
13d Second right-wing counter of votes may be a liar (11)
STORYTELLER : The abbreviation for second, then a political right-winger and a counter of votes.
16d Last on is hardly concealing shock (8)
ASTONISH : Our second lurker of the day.
18d University officer taken in by remedy for society (7)
CULTURE : The abbreviation for university and an army officer are inside a remedy or something that makes you better.
21d A benefit adopted by North America produces disgust (6)
NAUSEA : ‘A’ from the clue and benefit or avail are inside the abbreviation for North America.
25d Voice impression (3)
AIR : A double definition. Voice here is a verb.
We enjoyed the complicated charade of 22a but there are plenty of others we could have chosen as favourites.
Quickie pun inner + ears = in arrears