Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26702
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Morning All! This week we have a classic example of a Cephas puzzle with plenty of charades and a couple of gentle cryptic definitions. I found the whole puzzle to be lots of fun and a good test for a Saturday
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1a Float starts to wobble about — festival thrills! (4)
WAFT – A verb for to float or drift is found from the starting letters (starts) of Wobble About Festival and Thrills.
3a Newspaper’s big bedroom feature coverage? (10)
BROADSHEET – A definition and cryptic definition here. The newspaper should be obvious to us DT solvers. The cryptic part is the fact that a big bedroom might need a broad sheet to cover its main feature (a big bed!)
9a Uproar when Old Testament goes beyond religious instruction (4)
RIOT – Two abbreviations here. Placing OT (Old Testament) behind or beyond RI (Religious Instruction) yields an uproar last seen in this country during the Summer.
10a Appearance of mental condition I will take on (10)
COMPLEXION – The appearance of your skin is your complexion. Start with COMPLEX (mental condition) and then add I and follow with (will take) ON.
11a Hit the drink in sympathy (7)
RAPPORT – A charade of RAP (hit) and PORT (drink) is a noun meaning sympathy – lovely surface reading for a fellow toper drowning his sorrows!.
13a I may get new, healthier device to clear passage (7)
INHALER – I device to clear a breathing passage for example. A charade of I, getting N for New, then HALER which means healthier.
14a Insects seen when food goes off (11)
BUTTERFLIES – These insects are a charade of BUTTER (a foodstuff) and FLIES (goes off)
18a Choir ceased frolicking in prelate’s ‘manor’ (11)
ARCHDIOCESE – The area of responsibility (manor in a Jack Regan style!) of a prelate in the church is an anagram, indicated by frolicking, of CHOIR CEASED.
21a Feature said Parisian commando (7)
CHINDIT – A charade of CHIN (a facial feature) and DIT (the French, Parisian, way of saying said) leads to the name for a British commando operating behind enemy lines in Burma during the Second World War.
22a Reduce by ha’pence somehow (7)
CHEAPEN – A verb meaning reduce is an anagram (somehow) of HA’PENCE.
23a Ray goes to sharp end where violence may break out (10)
FLASHPOINT – A Ray is a FLASH of light and a POINT is a sharp end. The result is a tipping point for a violent outburst.
24a Tailless animal arrived (4)
CAME – Remove the final letter (tailless) from a CAMEL to get a word meaning arrived or turned up.
25a Scots reel in street then creep, with hangover initially, beside river (10)
STRATHSPEY – This is a Scottish dance (previously unknown to me!). Make a charade of ST(reet), then RAT (creep or tell on), then the initial letter of Hangover, and end with the river SPEY.
26a Advanced fast (4)
LENT – loaned or advanced and also a Christian period of fasting.
1d Dicky wore drab clothes (8)
WARDROBE – Your garb or collection of clothing is an anagram (dicky!) of WORE DRAB.
2d Course for a tramp? (8)
FOOTPATH – A gentle cryptic definition of a route that one might take on a walk (tramp).
4d Discordant hooters he removed from resting place (5)
ROOST – Remove HE from a discordant anagram of HOOTERS to get a resting place for an owl, perhaps, which is also a hooter!.
5d More voluminous? (9)
AMPLIFIED – Another cryptic definition meaning not more billowing as in a dress but actually having more volume in sound due to electromechanical help.
6d It may reveal a change of heart (11)
STETHOSCOPE – The medical instrument that can detect a difference in a normal heart sound.
7d Spread belied being ‘Good enough to eat’ (6)
EDIBLE – Something that is good enough to eat is edible and is an anagram (spread) of BELIED.
8d Protestant rarely takes in religious teachings (6)
TANTRA – An eastern religious teaching is hidden in (is taken in by) the first two words.
12d Type of case that’s easily closed (4-3-4)
OPEN-AND-SHUT – A semi &Lit whereby the legal case is the whole definition and also a suitcase that is easily closed may be said to be the same.
15d Flippant and likely to disagree about a point (9)
FACETIOUS – Facetious means flippant or jocular. Place E (East, a point of the compass) inside FACTIOUS, likely to disagree or argumentative.
16d Short-time worker not on time to produce mould (8)
TEMPLATE – Another charade of TEMP (a short term worker) and LATE (not on time) is a mould for a final production.
17d Go back into stock market despite its nerve being shaken (8)
REINVEST – An anagram (being shaken) of ITS NERVE means to put money back into the stock market.
19d Finishes off mocks (6)
SCOFFS – Two definitions – Finishes off food and also mocks, laughs at.
20d Up here is arid — I’m flying (6)
MIDAIR – A flying anagram of ARID IM is a place where ‘up here’ actually IS.
22d Stick top of oar inside boat (5)
CANOE – the first letter (top) of Oar inside CANE (a stick) is also a boat that you paddle
Thanks to Cephas for an enjoyable and archetypal puzzle. Lets see who turns up tomorrow after last week’s mystery setter!