Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28985
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BD Rating – Difficulty ****– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We have had a few colder days this past week, just a prior warning that summer doesn’t last forever. However we will be making the most of what is left by going away for two weeks. Early tomorrow morning we will be driving to Wellington to catch the ferry to Picton. We plan to slowly make our way down the west coast of the South Island, camping in our little tent eventually getting to Fiordland, where neither of us has ever been, and where we have booked an overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound. We are looking forward to it.
Jay has waved us off with a puzzle that we found trickier than usual so we have given it 4 stars for difficulty.
For the next couple of Wednesdays there will be a different blogger doing the honours.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
3a Pays off one pound during evening shifts (10)
LIQUIDATES : The Roman numeral one and a slang word for a pound sterling are inside an informal word for evening work shifts.
9a Orderly approach needing time for leader of remainers (4)
NEAT : Find a word meaning approach or get close to and replace the first letter of remainers with the abbreviation for time.
10a Powerful and dynamic, he got China worried (4-6)
HIGH-OCTANE : An anagram (worried) of HE GOT CHINA.
18a Reshuffled cabinet’s URL is difficult to understand (11)
INSCRUTABLE : An anagram (reshuffled) of CABINETS URL.
22a Contemplate missing first of these once will be moderate (7)
MEDIATE : The first letter of ‘these’ occurs twice within a word meaning contemplate. Remove the first one.
23a Unpopular international in obvious hospital case (3-7)
OUT-PATIENT : A word for unpopular, then the abbreviation for international is inside a synonym for obvious.
25a Equity is one such idea on turn, disturbingly (5,5)
TRADE UNION : An anagram (disturbingly) of IDEA ON TURN.
26a Run in rain (4)
PELT : A double definition. To rain like this, it is falling heavily.
1d Victory — before Germany just beat European airline (8)
WINDPIPE : A three letter word for victory, then the IVR code for Germany, a word meaning just beat by a small margin, and the abbreviation for European.
2d Shortness of supply of organised trips, say (8)
SPARSITY : An anagram (organised) of TRIPS SAY. (This answer is often clued as a homophone of Bath).
4d Freezing from anaesthetic in general? (5)
ICING : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
6d Spain alerted to change after last month and slowed down (11)
DECELERATED : Start with the shortened form of the last month of the year. Next, the IVR code for Spain, and finally an anagram (to change) of ALERTED.
7d Stumps politician taken in by endless nonsense (6)
TRAMPS : A word for nonsense or rubbish loses its last letter and surrounds a Member of Parliament.
8d Uses dispatches to seize power (6)
SPENDS : The abbreviation for power is inside dispatches or issues.
12d Drug counter snapped on universal charge (11)
BARBITURATE : A counter that might be in a pub, then snapped as with the teeth, then the abbreviation for universal, and lastly, charge or cost.
15d Thing of beauty initially on meeting (9)
OBSESSION : The first letters of the second and third words in the clue plus a meeting or gathering.
16d Irritating new air base must secure victory (8)
ABRASIVE : An anagram (new) of AIR BASE contains V(ictory).
17d Come round to describe museum’s material (8)
RELEVANT : Come round or give in surrounds (describes) the two letter abbreviation for one of the famous London museums.
19d Speak at length about right to develop (6)
SPROUT : The abbreviation for right is inside a colloquial word for speak at length.
20d German trader’s oft repeated stock phrase? (6)
MANTRA : A lurker, hiding in the clue. (It took us ages to see this one).
We are spoilt for choice for favourites today but will go with 20d for the penny-drop moment it gave us.
Quickie pun grave + heat + rain = gravy train