Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28955
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
It is still fine and warm here but we have had several very windy days lately which we could well do without. We’ve avoided the beach on our regular walks so we don’t get sand-blasted.
Have fun at the Birthday Bash at the weekend. We are very envious.
Nice puzzle from Jay once again.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a An idea, however tense (7)
THOUGHT : A word meaning however or yet and then the grammatical abbreviation for tense.
9a A moan about stories making exceptions (9)
ANOMALIES : An anagram (about) of A MOAN and then stories or untruths.
10a Hold back source of feed eaten by ruminants (5)
DEFER : Ruminants that often have antlers contain the first letter (source) of feed.
12a Charge for barrel of fruit recently stolen? (9)
GRAPESHOT : The fruit used for making wine plus an informal word for recently stolen.
17a Golfer‘s row about golf (5)
TIGER : The letter represented by golf in the phonetic alphabet is surrounded by a row or rank.
18a Doctors offer these measures, accepting gain wrongly (9)
DIAGNOSES : An anagram (wrongly) of GAIN is inside measures that could be prescribed by a doctor.
23a Bad-tempered youth’s first after examination (5)
TESTY : The first letter of youth follows an examination or assay.
25a Working fairs endlessly broadcasting (2,3)
ON AIR : A two letter word for working or in operation and then remove the first and last letters (endless) of fairs.
26a Transparency by nation must give an overwhelming victory (9)
LANDSLIDE : The transparency that often featured in a show of holiday pics follows a nation or country.
27a Tory regularly involved in mass meeting will be treated thus (7)
ROYALLY : The second and fourth letters of Tory are found in a mass meeting.
28a Leaves sweets for the audience (7)
DESERTS : A homophone (for the audience) of sweets, puddings or afters.
3d United taken over by horribly arrogant underwriter (9)
GUARANTOR : An anagram (horribly) of ARROGANT contains the abbreviation for united.
4d Hooligan exchanging uniform for popular obsession (5)
THING : Start with a word for a hooligan and replace the one letter abbreviation for uniform with a two letter word for popular.
6d Peak journey across capital of Germany (5)
RIDGE : A journey possibly on horseback contains the first letter of Germany.
7d Not working on films or derivatives (9)
OFFSHOOTS : A three letter word meaning not working and then films or records motion pictures.
8d Improvised score (7)
SCRATCH : A double definition. Score is to mark with a sharp instrument.
14d Famous stage ready for transformation around November (9)
LEGENDARY : A stage or section of an event or journey, then an anagram (for transformation) of READY contains the letter represented by November in international radio communications.
15d Reduce stress on subordinate to compete (9)
UNDERPLAY : Subordinate or below and then compete in a game.
16d Disinfects bad stain that is covering small spades (9)
SANITISES : Start with an anagram (bad) of STAIN, next the two letters signifying ‘that is’ surrounding the abbreviation for small and finally the card players’ abbreviation for spades.
19d Line for hotel in reserve? That’s cunning (7)
SLYNESS : Another substitution clue. Start with reserve or reticence and replace the abbreviation for hotel with the one for line.
22d Easy, no doubt, to take in a church council (5)
SYNOD : Our second lurker of the day, hiding in the clue.
24d Sport exponent‘s foolish risk, imbued with ecstasy (5)
SKIER : An anagram (foolish) of RISK contains the letter commonly used for the drug ecstasy.
Several of the longer answers in the North East corner stood out for us. Which ones appealed to you?
Quickie pun mate + ready = maitre d’