Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30128
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
Last Monday was a holiday here. We took advantage of the long weekend to celebrate a significant birthday for our daughter by having a family gathering in Greytown in the Wairarapa. A good time was had by all with lots of talking, eating, walking and playing games. However solving crosswords tended to be neglected for a few days. We’re back home again now and getting back to our usual routine. Suspect that we are back to our usual Wednesday setter too with Jay doing the honours with this one.
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5a Annoying people and soldiers when protecting church (7)
MENACES : A term for soldiers generally, then a synonym for ‘when’ contains the Anglican Church.
9a Relief obtained from backing dispute likely? (3-2)
LET-UP : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
11a & 12 This may be given by Sioux after losing protection (10,4)
PROMISSORY NOTE : Remove the outer letters of Sioux and sound out the letters remaining to understand the answer.
12a See 11 Across
14a What the overcharging assassin might do? (4,1,7)
MAKE A KILLING : The clue can be read in two ways. One relates to overcharging and the second relates to an assassin’s intention.
18a Temporary stablehand should get limited accommodation (8-4)
STANDING ROOM : Split the answer 5-2, 5 to find the temporary stablehand.
21a Wrong, as it happens going west (4)
EVIL : Reverse (going west) a word meaning as it happens, often applied to a TV broadcast.
22a Face doubts, upset and confused (10)
OBFUSCATED : An anagram (upset) of FACE DOUBTS.
26a Speak of charge applied to oxygen (5)
ORATE : The chemical symbol for oxygen and another word for charge.
27a Brave, crossing line for sweetheart (7)
DARLING : Brave or risk-taking contains L(ine).
28a Improve contents of menu and fortune with leader gone (7)
ENHANCE : The two central letters of menu and then fortune or luck with the initial letter removed.
1d Dad’s keeping half of ugly growths (6)
POLYPS : A familiar alternative word for Dad with the ‘S surrounds the last two letters of ugly.
2d Place requiring no bill to return cream (6)
LOTION : Start with a word meaning place or site and remove from within it the reversal of the two letters for a bill or invoice.
3d Censures proper answer in tears (10)
REPRIMANDS : Tears or rips surrounds a synonym for proper and A(nswer).
5d Pal may keep Turkish spirit mostly for such a journalist (4-5)
MUCK-RAKER : A slang word for a pal (which we did not know) contains a Turkish alcoholic spirit with the last letter removed.
6d Time of celebration may be held up by little ones (4)
NOEL : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
7d Broadminded member of church (8)
CATHOLIC : A double definition.
13d What cleaner needs to baffle the clergy? (10)
FLOORCLOTH : Baffle or astound and a general descriptive word for the clergy.
15d Raising last couple of children without jewellery? (9)
ENNOBLING : The final two letters of ‘children’ then a 2,5 phrase that could be a colloquial way of saying ‘without jewellery’.
16d Respected, as some guide meets everybody on the way up (8)
ESTEEMED : Another reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
17d Put it on and stay to support mother (8)
MALINGER : Stay or loiter follows a short familiar term for mother.
19d Stress line of descent (6)
STRAIN : A double definition. The line of descent could be a pedigree.
20d Stick had broken before (6)
ADHERE : An anagram (broken) of HAD and then a poetic word meaning before.
23d Bones from land oddly captured by Emirates (5)
ULNAE : The three letter title for what is commonly called the Emirates surrounds the first and third letters of land.
The combination 11 and 12a clue gets our vote for favourite.
Quickie pun sure + tons + wheat = short and sweet