Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26373
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Afternoon All! This was the usual Cephas puzzle that should not cause too many complaints although it was maybe harder than last week’s. A couple of easy cryptic definitions and some good clues along the way.
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1a Composer receives court decision (7)
VERDICT – A decision made for or against a defendant in court is a charade of the composer Giuseppe VERDI and CT – the abbreviation for COURT
5a Again use velocipede after he leaves here (7)
RECYCLE – The construction here may not be what you thought on the day. The velocipede is the CYCLE. Put this after (he)RE – indicated by HE leaves HERE to get the definition which is ‘Again Use’
9a Georgia replaced headset in town (9)
GATESHEAD – The NE town in the UK is made by taking GA (the US state capital abbreviation) followed by an anagram (replaced) of HEADSET
10a Endless angry state, a place of unsurpassed beauty (5)
TEMPE – As BD pointed out in the Saturday Hints, this valley of the Peneus in Thessaly was praised by the ancient poets for its unsurpassed beauty. Remove the last letter (endless) of TEMPEr (an angry state)
11a Anglo-Saxon layer of wood (5)
ASHEN – The standard abbreviation for Anglo Saxon (AS) is placed before HEN (A bird that lays eggs could be described as a layer). The use of layer in this way crops up quite regularly in Crosswordland. The definition – Of wood – is descriptive of the wood from the ASH tree alone.
12a Joy ride (9)
TRANSPORT – A double meaning here. Enchantment or Joy and also your conveyance or wheels.
13a High level board touch down (9)
TABLELAND – I dragged this from the back of my head. TABLELAND is a synonym for plateau (high level) and is also a charade of TABLE (board) and LAND (touch down in an aircraft)
16a Freed revolutionary put off (5)
DEFER – A revolutionary anagram of FREED gives a verb meaning to put off or leave for a later time
17a Something at which one excels loudly (5)
FORTE – Another double meaning. An activity that you are good at and also the musical notation for Loud (usually seen as the letter F in crosswords)
18a Moisture brought in twice a day, we rated it differently (9)
TIDEWATER – Difficult to clue the definition without using ‘water’ so ‘moisture’ will have to do!. An anagram (differently) of WE RATED IT leads to the twice daily ebb and flow along the coast.
20a Do not put on enough clothes (9)
UNDERWEAR – One’s smalls. A definition and Cryptic definition. Clothes being the straight definition. If you don’t put enough on you may have UNDER WORN
23a Sort of pay that is obscene (5)
GROSS – Your earnings before tax and stoppages is also an adjective for obscene or repulsive
25a Alarm from reportedly icy deity first (5)
PANIC – Start with the god of Shepherds and Flocks, then add a homophone of icy “I C” to set the alarm bells ringing!
26a Person on lookout for more green (9)
EXTRAVERT – ‘Person on lookout’ is nicely used here as someone who is looking out for opportunities e.g being open to people. The cryptic part is a charade of EXTRA (more) and VERT (green in heraldry)
27a Footballer who brushes aside his opponents? (7)
SWEEPER – A cryptic definition for a football player in the backs who is responsible for collecting and moving the ball to the forwards
28a Herb round with squashed orange (7)
OREGANO – Start with O for round then add an anagram (squashed) of ORANGE
1d Virginia gets allowance from wanderer (7)
VAGRANT – Another US State abbreviation – VA for Virginia. The allowance is a GRANT, the charade yielding a synonym for tramp, hobo and sometimes, amusingly, bum!
2d Toothed wheel found by rector at church (5)
RATCH – This toothed wheel (usually seen as ratchet) is hidden in rectoR AT CHurch
3d Not out because engineers were deceitful (9)
INSINCERE – Another charade. If you are not out (yet) in cricket you are IN (sorry ladies!). Follow this with SINCE (for or because) and the ubiquitous Royal Engineers to get a word for deceitful
4d Taking offence (5)
THEFT – One of Cephas’ not very cryptic definitions to get you started!
5d How one might be caught with only diamonds and hearts (9)
REDHANDED – A definition and cryptic definition, Hearts and Diamonds being Red cards that you may have in a hand.
6d Skin one’s damaged first (5)
CUTIS – The outermost layer of skin (synonymous with dermis). Take CUT (an example of damage, particularly for the skin) and then add IS for ‘one’s’
7d Don’t be ridiculous, get down from your high horse (4,3,2)
COME OFF IT – A gentle double meaning but nicely put together
8d One may be put out by this seat (7)
EJECTOR – The emergency evacuation seat in a fighter plane
14d Steps on granary floor (4,5)
BARN DANCE – A granary is a barn and the steps in question could be a hop!
15d A sailor going round that place behind (2,3,4)
AT THE REAR – The definition is ‘behind’ or ‘ at the back’. Take A TAR (one of our many crossworland words for sailor – Jolly Jack Tar) and put it around THERE (that place)
16d In confusion, dead wrong to belittle (9)
DOWNGRADE – A confused anagram of DEAD WRONG gives a word that means ‘To exchange a current device for one of inferior specification’ – usually for reasons of economy
17d Slip made by fellow taking step round gold cross (4,3)
FAUX PAS – An originally French phrase for slip or mistake. Take F for Fellow and PAS – another originally French word for step or pace, and insert AU (chemical symbol for Gold) and X for cross
19d Dish motorist did not start cooking (7)
RISOTTO – This rice dish can be prepared by taking a motorist, cutting his head off, and cooking (making an anagram) – Don’t forget the oil!
21d Summary about European farm policy (5)
RECAP – A summary or précis is a charade of RE (on or about, Reference) and an abbreviation of the Common Agricultural Policy (that was devised in France for the French on behalf of Europe)
22d Proportional representation (5)
RATIO – Another gentle cryptic definition of the mathematical result of a fraction
24d Time after work for entertainment (5)
OPERA – A (possibly chestnutty!) charade of ERA (time) after OP(us) gives a musical presentation (which is also the plural of OPUS in Latin)
Thanks to Cephas for the archetypal Saturday workout. Crypticsue is in the chair next week so over to her.