Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26666
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
This week Cephas presented us with one of those seems-tricky-while-solving/took-the-same-time-as usual puzzles , but that’s one of the joys of cryptic solving, one never knows how each puzzle will work out. Thanks to Cephas once again.
For me, one of the highlights of a Cephas puzzle is the variety of words he uses as anagram indicators. A description of my favourites this time would be a curious, comic extravaganza of disrupted madness!
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1a What birds do to cause depression? (4,4)
CAST DOWN – an expression meaning to depress mentally could also describe what birds do when they moult, down being their soft feathers.
5a Music or a good book? (6)
GOSPEL -a very nice double definition – (a) ardently religious music developed from black American spiritual music. (b) A narrative of the life of Christ, especially one included in that good book, the New Testament.
9a Comic actors start to interpret cubic puzzle (8)
ACROSTIC – A puzzle where the first or last letters of each line spell a word or sentence is an anagram (comic) of ACTORS followed by I and C (the ‘start’ of interpret and cubic).
10a Pious Oriental quintet seen on day out (6)
DEVOUT – Put E (eastern or oriental) and V (the Roman numeral V represents a five or a quintet) after (on) D (day) and before OUT (from the clue).
11a Make announcement and dry up (4,3)
GIVE OUT – Another double definition: to make an announcement or to expire or run out.
12a One flying from Granada via Torremolinos (7)
AVIATOR – A pilot who flies an aircraft is hidden in GranadA VIA TOR remolinos.
13a Groundbreaker needs direction — street disrupted (11)
TRENDSETTER – Someone who helps to give a new direction, especially in fashion, is a charade of TREND (direction, general tendency) and an anagram (disrupted) of STREET.
16a Get agitated and drop litter (4,7)
HAVE KITTENS – Metaphorically to get very angry and fly into a rage; literally to give birth to a litter of baby cats.
21a Share a CV — pure madness! (5,2)
CARVE UP – An anagram (madness) of A CV PURE produces an expression meaning to divide up or share, especially ill-gotten gains.
22a Fifties pop coming from the French boat first (7)
SKIFFLE – A strongly accented form of music played in the 1950s, played on guitars, drums and unconventional instruments such as washboards, is a charade of a SKIFF (a small light boat) followed by LE (the in French). Bet I wasn’t the only one singing old Lonnie Donegan songs as they went about their day!!
23a Protection for the viewer (6)
EYELID – A cryptic definition of the moveable skin that covers your eye or ‘viewer’.
24a Bit of fish found in man’s pouch (8)
CODPIECE – A pouch worn in the front of tight breeches if split 3, 5 would indeed be a COD PIECE, or bit of fish. And this is one I definitely won’t be illustrating!
25a In decline, Bob gives way to George, initially, in shelter (6)
REFUGE – A shelter from danger or trouble is a REFUGE – Remove the S (an abbreviation for a Shilling, which in my youth was known as a Bob) from REFUSE (decline to accept) and replace it with G (gives way to George initially).
26a Drew from the decks (8)
SKETCHED – An anagram (from) THE DECKS produces the past participle of a verb meaning to make a rough outline drawing.
1d Accusation of assault? (6)
CHARGE – Another double definition – to make an accusation or to attack or assault.
2d Tried hard to get right within range (6)
STROVE – Another way of saying tried hard is obtained by inserting R (right) into STOVE (a range cooker such as an AGA is a type of stove).
3d Detective’s wrong to misrepresent (7)
DISTORT – A verb meaning to misrepresent is a charade of DIS (Detective Inspector’s) and TORT (a legal term for a wrong or injury)
4d Flying visit with topless extravaganza (7,4)
WHISTLE STOP – A rapid tour involving many quick visits to a lot of places in a relatively short period of time, quite often by a politician at a time of an election, is an anagram (extravaganza) of WITH TOPLESS.
6d Past confused me, I note (3-4)
ONE-TIME An adjective meaning past or former is an anagram (confused) of ME I NOTE.
7d Gland that’s prone to lose resistance (8)
PROSTATE – My late mother-in-law, who was a great one for malapropisms, always referred to this gland as the prostrate, which as everyone knows actually means prone or lying with one’s face on the ground. Removing the R (lose resistance, R being the symbol for electrical resistance) soon gets us the correct part of the male body.
8d Scholarly author’s last to be taken in by false reality (8)
LITERARY – an adjective meaning scholarly, or knowledgeable about literature – an anagram (false) of REALITY with R (author’s last) taken in or inserted.
12d Curious odd bore asks for personal A-Z (7,4)
ADDRESS BOOK – Another lovely anagram indicator curious tells you that an anagram of ODD BORE ASKS will give you somewhere you keep the details of your personal contacts.
14d Battered shell-like car Keith crashed (5,3)
THICK EAR – Shell-like is a slang term for someone’s ear and a child might often be threatened with a battering or blow to the ear, ie a THICK EAR, as a form of punishment. It’s an anagram (crashed) of CAR KEITH.
15d On part of tree on the other side (8)
OVERLEAF – Split 4, 4, OVER LEAF, on or above the leaf (part of a tree). As an 8 letter word, it means on the other side of a page of a book.
17d Retaining custody (7)
KEEPING – KEEPING has many definitions and the clue gives two – retaining or preserving something; keeping in custody or care.
18d Cut favourite little piece (7)
SNIPPET – SNIP (cut) and PET(favourite) joined together make a SNIPPET ,a little piece or scrap.
19d Australian gets flirty once more (6)
AFRESH – An adjective meaning once more or anew is a charade of A (Australian) and FRESH (an informal term that I haven’t heard for many a long year in this connection where it means amorously over free)
20d Saw be arrested (6)
BEHELD – A rarely-used these days synonym for saw is a charade of BE (from the clue) and HELD (kept in a place of confinement).
I’ll be back next week to see if the Mysteron has used any anagram indicators I haven’t seen before!