Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28931
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It is a bit late to say Merry Christmas again and a bit early to say Happy New Year so guess that a simple “Compliments of the Season” would be the most appropriate salutation for today.
We are having a really busy time. All our family are in New Zealand at present which is quite a rare occurrence these days so we are having lots of quality grandparent times. Yesterday was a wet Christmas Day for us but the sun has come back today so summer outdoor things are all happening.
Jay has given us a smattering of seasonal clues to enjoy in today’s puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
6a Trunk sent back with diamonds and precious metal (4)
GOLD : The first seasonal clue. Reverse a tree trunk and then the diamond card suit abbreviation
10a Chap employed in oil, mostly — must be one from the Middle East (5)
OMANI : The first two letters (mostly) of oil surround a chap.
11a Superficial application made by players after water shortage discovered (9)
ROUGHCAST : Remove the first and last letters (dis-cover) from a water shortage and then a group of theatrical players.
18a Put on openers — absurdly easy, pinching runs for ages (7,5)
DONKEYS YEARS : Put on clothing, then openers for things that are locked and an anagram (absurdly) of EASY contains the abbreviation for cricket runs.
21a Current offering (7)
PRESENT : A double definition. The first one is here and now and the second is seasonal.
23a A sign of excitement after 6? (7)
AUSPICE : 6 gives us the chemical symbol for the answer to 6ac, and then excitement or piquancy.
24a Open one looking embarrassed and needing sleep (9)
OVERTIRED : A word meaning open or exposed, then the Roman numeral one and the colour associated with embarrassment.
26a Fill in forms at elections (4)
SATE : A lurker hiding in the clue.
27a Money paid to people at bar for drinks (10)
REFRESHERS : A double definition. The people at the bar are lawyers. (We struggled a bit with this one as we had forgotten the first definition.)
1d Immediately suspicious of supporting voting system (6)
PRONTO : A preposition that is sometimes written 2,2 that means suspicious follows the abbreviation for proportional representation.
2d Heavy metal, Queen and ‘The Boss‘ (6)
LEADER : Heavy metal with the atomic number 82 and the regnal cypher.
3d Backups needing check because of seals (14)
REINFORCEMENTS : String together a check used to control a horse, a three letter word meaning ‘because of’ and then seals or glues together.
4d Traders in French sea shanties (9)
MERCHANTS : The French word for sea and then shanties or melodic verses.
7d Addresses allowances under head of organisation (8)
ORATIONS : The first letter of organisation and allowances or allocations.
8d Hesitated, conned about time in this place (8)
DITHERED : A three letter word for conned or tricked encloses T(ime) and then ‘in this place’.
15d I reportedly cast aspersions on European (9)
ICELANDER : ‘I’ from the clue and then a homophone (reportedly) of a word meaning cast aspersions on.
17d When Christmas arrives part of hospital becomes unseemly (8)
INDECENT : A 2,3 phrase giving us the month containing Christmas, and then the hospital department that deals with respiratory and hearing conditions.
19d Intense fire spread over church (6)
FIERCE : An anagram (spread) of FIRE and then the Anglican Church.
20d The man in confusion gets engaged (6)
MESHES : A word for confusion or untidiness contains a male personal pronoun.
22d Short and stressed needing change of heart (5)
TERSE : Change the central letter of a word meaning stressed or anxious.
We enjoyed finding the seasonal clues today.
Quickie pun eyesore + quay = ice hockey