Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29428
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Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A wildlife report this week.
The NZ dabchick that was a highlight of our walks during lockdown must have decided that it was time to find a new pond. We miss him.
We were walking on Sunday with some visitors and there was a juvenile fur seal on the main beach. It was right at the water’s edge playing in the small waves and did not seem at all spooked by the strollers who stopped to admire.
This morning there was a group of variable oyster catchers having noisy encounters on an exposed sand bar near the river mouth.
We feel very privileged to have all of this so close to where we live.
Good fun again from Jay with plenty to tickle the taste buds. Apart from some hesitation with 11a it all slotted together smoothly for us.
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10a A lot must be upset about management buyout being a lottery (7)
TOMBOLA : The three letter abbreviation for management buyout is inside an anagram (must be upset) of A LOT.
11a Near disastrous time invested in Virgin transport (9)
ENRAPTURE : An anagram (disastrous) of NEAR and then virgin or unsullied contains T(ime).
12a At the outset, such things even promote progress (4)
STEP : Initial letters, indicated by ‘at the outset’, of four words in the clue.
15a Do nothing, say about a gun being unloaded (8)
STAGNATE : ‘A’ from the clue and the word ‘gun’ without its central letter are inside say or aver.
18a Quiet and strong, showed indifference (8)
SHRUGGED : A two letter instruction to be quiet and then strong or craggy.
19a Maintain a lock must be sent back (6)
ASSERT : ‘A’ from the clue and then the reversal of a lock of hair.
22a Style adopted by Michelangelo (4)
ELAN : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
26a Warning troubled dictator after daughter goes missing (4,3)
RIOT ACT : An anagram (troubled) of (d)ICTATOR after D(aughter has been removed.
28a Boy read brightly about such extortion (8,7)
DAYLIGHT ROBBERY : An anagram (about) of BOY READ BRIGHTLY.
2d Going north nowhere is open supplying coppice material (5)
OSIER : A reversed lurker, hiding in the clue.
3d High season for the children? (9)
OFFSPRING : High, or decomposing and then the season that we in NZ are heading towards.
4d A favela harbouring Yankee finding refuge (6)
ASYLUM : ‘A’ from the clue and another word for favela contain the letter represented by Yankee.
5d Request access, needing to take food inside (8)
ENTREATY : Access or ‘way in’ contains a word meaning to take food.
6d Units that show resistance working for the government (4)
OHMS : Double definition.
8d Former politician drowning in beer, for instance (7)
EXAMPLE : The prefix meaning former and a Member of Parliament is surrounded by a synonym for beer.
14d Ordeal of a Conservative supporting band set up without love (9)
PURGATORY : ‘A’ from the clue and a familiar word for Conservative follow the reversal of a band once the tennis score love has been removed.
16d Top grub as served here? (9)
GASTROPUB : An anagram (served) of TOP GRUB AS. The whole clue gives the definition.
17d Send off — case of damage and small repair (8)
DESPATCH : The first and last letters of damage, then S(mall) and repair or mend.
18d Stripped organ found in outhouse (7)
SHEARED : An outhouse often found in a garden contains an auditory organ.
20d Those people may accept charge for treatment (7)
THERAPY : A pronoun signifying ‘those people’ contains a slang word for a criminal charge.
21d Real support on English right (6)
PROPER : A support or strut and the abbreviations for English and right.
24d Push for access to house (5)
DRIVE : A double definition. The access to the house might be a tree-lined one.
Our last one in that also earned a special chuckle from us was 11a.
Quickie pun hide + ranges = hydrangeas