DT 26005

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26005

Let’s all play charades

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

If you enjoy playing charades, then this is the puzzle for you.  For the rest of us it was an average puzzle apart from the one or two new words.

You can add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.

Across
1a I object to a certain course of action (7)
{MEASURE} – a charade of ME (the objective form of I) A and SURE (certain) gives this course of action

5a Father, leases, with mother as well (7)
{PARENTS} – PA (father) and RENTS (leases) make up this charade for father and mother

9a Is ‘engloom’ a newly coined word? (9)
{NEOLOGISM} – an anagram (newly coined) of IS ENGLOOM gives a word meaning precisely that, a newly coined word – this all-in-one only gets 9 out of 10 because of the padding

10a Lowest degree for trainee getting the point (5)
{LEAST} – the lowest degree is another charade, this time L (learner / trainee) and EAST (compass point)

11a Request quiet guide (5)
{PLEAD} – continuing our game of charades, to request comes from P (piano / quiet) and LEAD (guide)

12a Worries about assignments (9)
{EXERCISES} – a double definition …

13a Amuse host (9)
{ENTERTAIN} – … followed by another

16a Reveal you are a little immature (5)
{VEALY} – hidden inside reVEAL You is a word meaning a little immature that was unknown to me, and to the spellchecker

17a Vegetable tea brewed by Rural Dean (5)
{CHARD} – a vegetable that is made up from CHA (tea brewed) and RD (Rural Dean – a new abbreviation for me)

18a I will, for example, collaborate feloniously (9)
{ILLEGALLY} – time for another charade! – ILL (I’ll / I will) EG (e.g. / for example) and ALLY (collaborate) give a synonym for feloniously

20a Shoe carer prepared a Grand National runner (9)
{RACEHORSE} – the ridiculous expression SHOE CARER should tell you very quickly that it is an anagram (prepared) of a Grand National runner, or any other horse race for that matter

23a Article about a knight who was the King’s companion (5)
{THANE} – put THE (definite article) around A and N (knight in chess notation) to get a King’s companion in days of yore

25a There’s nothing green, just plain (5)
{OVERT} – why not have another charade? – O (nothing) and VERT (green) give a word meaning plain or obvious

26a The celebrity panel is on the right (9)
{STARBOARD} – STAR (celebrity) and BOARD (panel) give us the right-hand side of a ship

27a Little eagles start to rest in their eyries for cuddles (7)
{NESTLES} – put L and E, the initial letters (start) of Little Eagles, inside (to rest in) NESTS (eyries) to get a word meaning cuddles

28a Created an upstanding journalist (7)
{ERECTED} – finishing the across clues as we started, we have a word meaning created which comes from a charade of ERECT (upstanding) and ED (editor / journalist)

Down
1d Pin back centre of masculine vestment (7)
{MANIPLE} – put PIN reversed inside MALE to get an antiquated vestment

2d Compensate a heavyweight Earl (5)
{ATONE} – a synonym for to compensate comes from A TON (a heavyweight) and E(arl)

3d Startled deer do run when not organised (9)
{UNORDERED} – an anagram (startled) of DEER DO RUN gives a word meaning not organised, and one of the better clues

4d The aristocracy are regularly well-birthed (5)
{ELITE} – to get a description of the aristocracy take the even letters (regularly) of wElL-bIrThEd

5d Flower worn by a colourful hero? (9)
{PIMPERNEL} – a cryptic definition, or just a definition?

6d Antique contents were licensed (5)
{RELIC} – a synonym for antique is hidden inside (contents) weRE LICensed

7d Tell Satan to muck out the cowshed! (4-5)
{NEAT-STALL} – an anagram (muck out) of TELL SATAN gives a cowshed – regular cruciverbalists will, by now, know all about neat cattle!

8d Convince to pay in full (7)
{SATISFY} – a double definition that should need no explanation

14d Ex-PM’s roofers (9)
{THATCHERS} – likewise this one

15d A sanctimonious group of timeless artists keep bees (9)
{APIARISTS} – combine A PI (sanctimonious) and AR(T)ISTS (Timeless artists) to get people who keep bees – while both definition and wordplay are obvious, the clue just doesn’t work

16d Food the vet and beagle both chewed (9)
{VEGETABLE} – a food that is an anagram (chewed) of VET and BEAGLE

17d Illustration of box containing nothing (7)
{CARTOON} – an illustration that comes from CARTON (box) containing O (nothing)

Leonardo - St. Anne cartoon

Leonardo - St. Anne cartoon

19d Badly dyed lei was cropped (7)
{YIELDED} – another very obvious anagram (badly) of DYED LEI gives a word meaning cropped

21d Enraged — the Spanish find a place to stay (5)
{HOTEL} – our game of charades finishes with a run of three  – first HOT (enraged) and EL (the Spanish) give a place to stay

22d Raise the spirits of the Earl recently (5)
{ELATE} – second, to raise the spirits of fron E (Earl, again) and LATE (recently)

24d Look for a delay (5)
{AWAIT} – finally, thank goodness, to look for is A WAIT (a delay)

Well, did you enjoy the game?  Or did you, like me, get tired of it well before the end?

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12 Comments

  1. Roger
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I learnt a couple of new words that I doubt I will ever use again. Perhaps I am just a bit vealy for this crossword.

  2. bigboab
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    RUBBISH!!!

    • Posted August 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Wait until you do the Toughie, and then you will appreciate that this one isn’t all that bad!

      • Libellule
        Posted August 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

        A “vealy” bad day in crossword land.

  3. Barrie
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Nice puzzle today, particulary liked 5d.

  4. Pixie
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t like await as a synonym for look. And never heard of vealy.

    Otherwise it was all straight forward.

    • gazza
      Posted August 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Pixie
      Await is a synonym for ‘look for’ rather than ‘look’.

  5. newtocryptic
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Bigboab (I’m pleased to admit!), apart from two new words that I’m going to immediately forget not much to enjoy

  6. Hugh
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Never heard of the word VEALY before but found it in an old (1930’s ?) dictionary I own. The meaning is given as ” like veal; immature”

    • Libellule
      Posted August 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      Neither had I, and I then had to look it up in Chambers. Perhaps this was the last bit of the crossword that the setter filled in, and it was the only word that would fit? Hmm on checking I think I might be right :-)

  7. pianydd
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Not too impressed.

  8. Little Dave
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Contrary to the above I quite enjoyed this puzzle but again 16a was a new word for me (and for others it seems). A nice one to round off a day’s work. See you tommorow folks – I anticipate 26,006 will present greater challenges.