Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28920
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
There are many flax plants in the area where we live and they are now in full bloom. The spikes that carry the flowers shoot up about three or four metres and make a spectacular display at this time of the year. Nectar feeding birds just love them.
Nice puzzle again from Jay.
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3a Back victory with Germany’s renewed energy (6,4)
SECOND WIND : Back or support, then a victory or first place and the IVR code for Germany.
9a Time nobody finishes early? (4)
NOON : A synonym for nobody loses its last letter.
11a Palestine ordered to release an ancient letter (7)
EPISTLE : Remove the letters of ‘an’ from an anagram (ordered) of PaLESTInE.
13a What a carpenter may make of a good deal? (7)
SAWDUST : A cryptic definition. Don’t be fooled into thinking that deal is a trading arrangement here.
18a Tough newspaper editor threatened by severe competition (4-7)
HARD-PRESSED : A word meaning tough, then a collective term for newspapers and the abbreviation for editor.
22a Father has unusual items offering interest (7)
PASTIME : A short familiar word for father and an anagram (unusual) of ITEMS.
24a Country post may see liberal moving to the west (4)
MALI : Start with post as in letters delivered and move the abbreviation for liberal one space to the left.
25a Lead, say in hard rock? (5,5)
HEAVY METAL : A double definition. The second refers to music.
26a Give way, leaving space deferentially (4)
CEDE : A lurker hiding in the clue.
1d Offer incentives after prisoner’s scorn (8)
CONTEMPT : A slang word for a prisoner and then offer incentives or entice.
2d Rebuilt hip bistro must ignore small bar (8)
PROHIBIT : Remove the abbreviation for small from an anagram (rebuilt) of HIP BIsTRO.
4d English team lose, having no heart for enforced absence abroad (5)
EXILE : The abbreviation for English, then the number of players in a cricket or football team expressed as a Roman numeral and the first and last letters of ‘lose’.
6d Stevedores to cut rows about welcoming king and Queen (4,7)
DOCK WORKERS : Cut as one might do to shorten a lamb’s tail, then an anagram (about) of ROWS contains the chess notation for king and Her Majesty’s regnal cypher.
8d Study suppressing on-target earnings is mean (6)
DENOTE : This study is a room, and this is on top of (suppressing) the acronym for on-target earnings.
12d Doctor may keep oath as reward for one’s labour (4-4,3)
TAKE-HOME PAY : An anagram (doctor) of MAY KEEP OATH.
15d Rent subject to Sky — or new division in England (9)
YORKSHIRE : A word for rent or lease is underneath (subject to) an anagram (new) of SKY OR.
16d Reckon European nation must absorb one million (8)
ESTIMATE : The abbreviation for European and then a nation or country contains the Roman numeral one and the abbreviation for million.
17d The man’s in a club that’s tacky (8)
ADHESIVE : The man’s written using a personal pronoun is inside ‘a’ from the clue and a seedy club.
19d Rowing crew beginning to hurry just a fraction (6)
EIGHTH : The number of people in a rowing crew and the first letter of hurry.
20d Family will go from mistaking terrible shame (6)
STIGMA : Remove a three letter word for family from ‘mistaking’ and make an anagram (terrible) with what you have left.
The two clues that pushed our solving time into 3 star territory were 10a and 15d. It’s hard to see now why they should have done so. These were our favourites this week.
Quickie pun hearse + praise = hair sprays