Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28926
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Carol is away on grandparent duties again so a lone Kiwi blogger today.
The pohutukawa trees have now joined the flax plants by producing masses of brilliant red flowers. A definite sign that Christmas is not far away.
I found this Jay puzzle quite tricky, especially in the bottom half, and good fun as ever.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Graduate teacher’s furniture items? (4)
BEDS : The qualification that a graduate teacher might have and the possessive S from the clue.
12a Sink fuel container (7)
SCUTTLE : A double definition. The first meaning is a verb and the second could be found beside a fireplace.
13a Fancying and cooking stew with one (5,2)
SWEET ON : An anagram (cooking) of STEW and ONE.
14a Mark felt differently, always suffering from this (7,5)
SCARLET FEVER : A mark left by a wound, an anagram (differently) of FELT and a word meaning always.
18a Hard coat produced by processing cast iron unit (12)
INCRUSTATION : An anagram (produced by processing) of CAST IRON UNIT.
21a Furious tabloid in terrible need (7)
ENRAGED : An anagram (terrible) of NEED surrounds a derogatory term for a tabloid newspaper.
24a Fighter freed irregular, almost capturing student (9)
GUERRILLA : An anagram (freed) of IRREGULAr once the last R has been removed, but we need an extra L and this comes from the abbreviation for learner (student).
25a Love stay in Scotland — such colour (5)
OLIVE : The tennis score love and a word for stay or exist. (I was surprised to see that the BRB says that this synonym for stay is Scottish or Sth African usage)
26a Homer’s expression, holding onto son for money (4)
DOSH : The Homer giving us the expression is not the classical Greek one. The abbreviation for son is added inside the expression.
27a An all-rounder’s chance is here, no matter what happens (2,3,5)
IN ANY EVENT : Where a multi-disciplined competitor might achieve success.
1d This one’s off before reckless party (6)
THRASH : Start with the word THIS from the clue. Remove ‘one’s’ written as the Roman numeral and S from it. Now comes a word meaning reckless.
2d What in Madrid coming after university is incomparable (6)
UNIQUE : A three letter abbreviation for university and the Spanish ‘what’ that we all learnt from Fawlty Towers.
3d Work in the theatre, creating an appearance (7,7)
PLASTIC SURGERY : A cryptic definition. This theatre is not one used for staging dramatic performances.
4d Classified source of energy found in new crop test (3,6)
TOP SECRET : An anagram (new) of CROP TEST contains the physics symbol for energy.
7d European in motion to accept English court is optional (8)
ELECTIVE : The abbreviation for European and ‘in motion’ or ‘as it happens’ contains the abbreviations for English and court.
15d Create a diversion in harbour (9)
ENTERTAIN : Double definition.
16d Conned crossing threshold, conflicted (8)
DIVERGED : A short word for conned or tricked encloses a threshold or brink.
17d Runs from moaner on board ship (8)
SCARPERS : A moaner or whinger is contained by the letters signifying a steamship.
19d Stick around at home for the dog (6)
CANINE : The two letter ‘at home’ is within a stick that used to be used for school punishment.
20d Arrival of express after a day (6)
ADVENT : ‘A’ from the clue, the abbreviation for day and express, publish or utter. (We had to have one seasonal clue)
22d Body language revealing Nobel prize winner (5)
DYLAN : Our second lurker of the day. (I bet our Monday blogger got this one very easily.)
A new expression we learnt last week in a cryptic turns up today as the Quickie pun so that has to be my favourite.
Quickie pun bill + dusty = builder’s tea