Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28943
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
The Met office has just told us that 2018 was the second warmest year since records started. With the temperatures we are having at present it feels as if 2019 has already taken up the challenge to do even better.
We found a couple of clues, mainly in the NE that stretched our solving time somewhat so have upped our usual difficulty rating for a Jay puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Skill of journalists covering centre of town (7)
PROWESS : The central two letters of town are in a collective name for journalists.
9a May must accept European sovereignty, being blue (8)
CERULEAN : A synonym for ‘may’ or has the ability/authority encloses the abbreviation for European and a word meaning sovereignty.
10a Cooked lamb, say, will be awful (7)
ABYSMAL : An anagram (cooked) of LAMB SAY.
11a View offered by soldiers in Hispanic republic (8)
PANORAMA : Lowest ranking soldiers are inside a Spanish speaking Central American republic.
12a Upset, cancelled dispatch, ignoring son (6)
OFFEND : Two three letter words for the wordplay. The first meaning cancelled and for the second, remove the abbreviation for son from a word meaning dispatch.
21a Former morning paper (4)
EXAM : A prefix meaning former and then the two letters signifying morning.
22a Makers of shorts may be quiet during bumpy rides (10)
DISTILLERS : Quiet or unmoving is inside an anagram (bumpy) of RIDES.
24a Nation occupying borders of huge sandy bay (6)
UGANDA : The inside letters (occupying borders) of three words in the clue.
25a Various items from right-wingers on newspaper (8)
SUNDRIES : A tabloid newspaper and then an informal name from the Thatcher era for right-wingers.
28a Service odds good after performing? (8)
EVENSONG : A paradoxical word for some betting odds, then a two letter word for performing and the abbreviation for good.
29a Weapon‘s journey north in case of target (7)
TRIDENT : A journey, perhaps on horseback and the letter for north are surrounded by the first and last letters (case) of target.
2d Nude lying in grass must be rejected (8)
REBUFFED : A hollow-stemmed grass encloses an informal word for nude.
4d Stoppage pays for work on the land (10)
STANDSTILL : A word meaning pays for or ‘picks up the tab’ and then work on the land or cultivate.
5d Excellent answer after lifting diamond, say (4)
MEGA : The reversal of what a diamond can be an example of is followed by the abbreviation for answer. (It took us a long time to see this one)
6d Put phone down on copper needing time away (3,3)
CUT OFF : The chemical symbol for copper, the abbreviation for time and then away or not at work.
8d Promised to be busy (7)
ENGAGED : A double definition. Promised as a fiancee is and busy like a telephone.
11d Looters stumble on the way up, drinking beer (9)
PILLAGERS : A type of beer originally brewed in Germany is inside the reversal of a word to stumble.
17d Withdrew accountant involved in new tender (8)
RECANTED : The initials for a chartered accountant are inside an anagram (new) of TENDER.
18d Bureaucrat will be protected by them — and a ringleader (8)
MANDARIN : Quite a sneaky lurker hiding in the clue.
19d Goodbyes as sexy regularly producing such a journey (7)
ODYSSEY : Alternate letters found in the first three words of the clue.
20d Nudes frolicking in a river — separately (7)
ASUNDER : ‘A’ from the clue and the abbreviation for river surround an anagram (frolicking) of NUDES.
23d Sudden influx of popular crowd having missed the start (6)
INRUSH : The two letter word for popular and then a crowd or press loses its first letter.
We had lots of ticks on today’s puzzle – 4d, 5d and 9a all deserve a mention.
Quickie pun fissure + foul = fish or fowl