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DT 26062

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26062

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

I thought this was quite an easy puzzle, but there were a few clues that generated queries last weekend. My only real complaints were the use of “from” to indicate an anagram and the American term for a water pistol, which is rarely used in the UK, although I would be interested to read your opinion on these.

Tilsit hopes to be back in this slot next week.

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1a Carbon copy for head (4)
CAPE – C (chemical symbol for carbon) and APE (copy) give a head(land)

3a Tom is on hand to turn the pages (5)
THUMB – a double definition – Tom Thumb and to thumb the pages

6a Writer’s cut (4)
HACK – another double definition – a derogatory term for a writer or journalist and to cut roughly

8a Stop at the end of the sentence perhaps (11,4)
PUNCTUATION MARK – a full stop is an example of this (hence the “perhaps”)

9a Some more hashish to use again (6)
REHASH – hidden inside (some) more hashish is a word meaning to use again

10a I speak ill of Cuban perhaps (8)
ISLANDER – this seems to have fooled a lot of people, but it’s just a charade of I and SLANDER (speak ill of) – once again Cuban is merely an example, so it’s well worth watching out for “perhaps” in the future

11a Gareth, go inside with the continental grotesque figure (8)
GARGOYLE – GARY (Gareth) with GO inside and followed by LE (the continental / French) – it is usually courteous to indicate a shorted form of a proper name by putting something along the lines of “Little Gareth”

13a Remained sober, say (6)
STAYED – one half of this double definition is a homophone – STAID (sober) sounds like (say) the answer

15a The right quartet inside prosper (6)
THRIVE – THE with R(ight) and IV (Roman numeral for four / quartet) inside gives a word meaning to prosper

17a Reported poet, one working in hospital (8)
HOUSEMAN – this junior doctor sounds like (reported) AE HOUSMAN

19a Person ignoring nation’s customs (8)
SMUGGLER – a cryptic definition

21a Remove cattle from Ulster (6)
RUSTLE – a word meaning to illegally remove cattle is an anagram of ULSTER – in my opinion “from” is an unfair indication of an anagram and should not have been allowed

22a Blows generally expected (10,5)
PREVAILING WINDS – a cryptic definition

23a Bit of spice readily used by one making cake topping (4)
ICER – hidden (bit of) inside spice readily is an item used by one making cake topping

24a Idiot going round square made progress (3,2)
GOT ON – put GOON (idiot) around a T-square to get a phrasal verb meaning made progress

25a Let rip (4)
RENT – a double definition – to let or rent a property and a rip or rent in some material


1d Protection of original work, imitation being correct (9)
COPYRIGHT – a word meaning the protection of original work is a charade of COPY (imitation) and RIGHT (being correct)

2d Wild animal from Penarth (7)
PANTHER – once again “from” is being used to indicate an anagram

3d Use printing machine with feeling? (5-4)
TOUCH-TYPE – a cryptic definition

4d You, we hear, went in in a roundabout way to straighten out (7)
UNTWINE – combine U (you, we hear) and an anagram (in a roundabout way) of WENT IN to get a word meaning to straighten out

5d Cook right inside grill (5)
BROIL –put R(ight) inside BOIL (cook) to get a word meaning to grill

6d All of us in a hurry? (5,4)
HUMAN RACE – a sort of all-in-one  – not quite a double definition and not just a cryptic definition, but quite a good clue

7d Get up in the middle during procession (7)
CORTEGE – put GET reversed (up) inside CORE (middle) to get a procession

12d Recalling thorough check (5,4)
GOING OVER – a double definition – recalling and a thorough check

13d Jet-propelled weapon? (6,3)
SQUIRT GUN – a barely cryptic definition of this American name for a water pistol

14d Evening service (6,3)
DINNER SET – yet another cryptic definition

16d Epic chore I’m fumbling (7)
HOMERIC – a word meaning epic, as an adjective, is an anagram (fumbling) of CHORE IM

17d His part had been arranged for plucky player (7)
HARPIST – an anagram (had been arranged) of HIS PART gives someone who plucks a musical instument

18d Meantime not starting arranging performance (7)
MATINEE – an anagram (arranging) of (M)EANTIME without the first letter (not starting) gives this afternoon performance

20d Not standing falsehoods (5)
LYING – a double definition – falsehoods in the sense of the act of telling lies