Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28973
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Our long hot summer continues. Too hot and dry in some areas. In the Nelson district, where we used to live in our orcharding days, there have been huge bush fires raging for over a week. Whole towns have needed to be evacuated but luckily property damage has not been as bad as it might have been. The fires look to be almost under control now and there is a 25 km encircling ring that should limit further outbreaks although the risk will continue until there is a significant rainfall.
We found today’s Jay puzzle a bit trickier that usual, particularly in our normal starting place, the NW corner which was the last to get sorted.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
5a Women must have complete authority (7)
WARRANT : The abbreviation for women and then complete or downright.
10a Outlaw lost speed — runs with difficulty (9)
DESPERADO : An anagram (lost) of SPEED, then the cricket abbreviation for runs and a difficulty or bother.
12a Talk daily needing time for resistance (4)
CHAT : A daily cleaning person needs the abbreviation for resistance replaced by the one for time.
14a Detective with feeling about pressure for immunity (12)
DISPENSATION : A detective inspector and then the abbreviation for pressure is contained within a feeling or impression.
18a Sign on delivery for reference books (12)
DICTIONARIES : Delivery or way of speaking and then one of the zodiac signs.
21a Attack from journal mostly rejected (4)
RAID : The reversal of most of the type of journal we associate with Samuel Pepys.
25a Arrogant Independent politician — critical but not initially (9)
IMPERIOUS : The abbreviation for independent, a member of parliament, and then a word for critical or important loses its first letter.
27a Happy without line, understands devices (7)
GADGETS : Remove the abbreviation for line from happy or pleased, and then understands or twigs.
28a Defer and pay out after American flipped (7)
SUSPEND : Flip the two letters indicating American and then pay out money.
1d Taste shown by veneer covering article (6)
PALATE : A veneer or thin layer contains an indefinite article.
2d Welcome statute stifling church power (6)
ACCEPT : A statute passed by parliament contains the Anglican Church and the abbreviation for power.
3d It permits a new mood in the group (4,6)
TEAM SPIRIT : An anagram (new) of IT PERMITS A.
5d One from Los Angeles perhaps seen in type of film genre regularly (9)
WESTERNER : A type of film typified by John Wayne and the second and fourth letters (regularly) of genre.
6d Swim in river with fish (4)
REEL : The abbreviation for river and then a long slimy fish.
15d Poor writer on novel losing head (9)
PENURIOUS : A writing implement and novel or bizarre without its first letter.
16d Liking to protect new decking (8)
ADORNING : Liking intensely contains the abbreviation for new.
17d Succeeded — then folded and made severe economies (8)
SCRIMPED : The single letter meaning succeeded and then folded into pleats.
19d Run through new recipe (6)
PIERCE : An anagram (new) of RECIPE.
20d Approved sort of ox put back in old herd every now and then (6)
OKAYED : Inside the abbreviation for old and the second and fourth letters of herd we have the reversal of an ox found in the Himalayas.
24d Lake Ireland viewed from the south? (4)
ERIE : The reversal (viewed from the south in a down clue) of an alternative name for Ireland.
1a had us working hard, with a real d’oh moment when we understood it, so that is our favourite today.
Quickie pun bray + key + toff = break it off