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DT 26708

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26708

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Morning All!. Last Saturday’s puzzle marked the 25th Anniversary of the first puzzle published in the Daily Telegraph by Cephas, a.k.a. Peter Chamberlain. In retrospect this means that I have probably solved more of his puzzles than any other setter’s. His style is very recognisable and sits well with the ‘Prize Puzzle’ ethos in the Telegraph being consistent, enjoyable, sometimes tricky but never absolutely fiendish in style (although he often sets harder puzzles in the Toughie). This puzzle was pretty much archetypal in this regard.

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1a           Impose legal constraint on nuisance with past (4,4)
BIND OVER – One possible outcome from a court case is to be BOUND OVER to keep the peace. A nuisance is a BIND and (with ) OVER (past) gives the wordplay. The whole surface reading nicely identifies the treatment for the previous pest!

5a           Think about returning beyond Atlantic? (6)
PONDER – The definition is ‘think’ and not ‘think about’. The Atlantic Ocean is known as the POND and add the reversal (returning) of RE: (about) afterwards.

8a           Support the Continental drive (6)
PROPEL – A charade of PROP (support) and EL (The in Spanish i.e. THE “Continental”). The definition is ‘drive’.

9a           Slowcoach gently coming into land (8)
TERRAPIN – Place P (Piano – softly or gently in musical notation) inside TERRAIN (land) to get a slow moving aquatic tortoise (sort of!).

10a         Humiliation as large number now drunkenly collapse (8)
DOWNFALL – Start with D (500 in Roman Numerals – A large number) then add a drunken anagram of NOW before adding FALL (collapse). The definition is ‘humiliation’.

11a         Amount spent is better with no pence (6)
OUTLAY – Remove the P (no pence) from OUTPLAY (better) to get a total of the amount spent.

12a         Fellow going round Vauxhall maybe with pair of spectacles gets the biscuit (8)
MACAROON – A sweet coconut biscuit. Place MAN (fellow) around CAR (a Vauxhall indicated by example with ‘maybe’ and also OO for a pair of spectacles. The latter refers to a batsmen in cricket scoring a duck (Nil, Love, O) in both innings. The standard notation for this is 0-0 which looks like a pair of spectacles. Hence a batsmen ‘copped a pair’.

13a         Put down membership fee briefly owing (6)
SUBDUE – To put down or quell an uprising. Take SUB (the short version, briefly, of SUBSCRIPTIONS) and add DUE (owing or outstanding).

15a         Caught non-drinker entering requirement (6)
NETTED – A TT (teetotaller) inside NEED (requirement) is also a verb meaning caught.

18a         Speculate in article where you’ll see love grow (8)
THEORISE – To speculate or make predictions. Place O (love) and RISE (grow) inside THE the definite article.

20a         A doctor and I are in Georgia, the country (6)
GAMBIA – This country is in Africa not Europe. We need A + MB (an abbreviation for a doctor)and then I inside GA – the abbreviation for the US State of Georgia, not the European country.

21a         Approved but pleased not to start (8)
RATIFIED – GRATIFIED (pleased) without its first letter (not to start) is also a verb meaning ‘approved’

23a         Deconstruct USA — or sue philosopher (8)
ROUSSEAU – This is actually a word worth remembering. Jean-Jacques ROUSSEAU was an 18th Century philosopher and he is created from an anagram, indicated by ‘deconstruct’, of USA OR SUE. The interesting thing is that he is often used in conjunction with TROUSSEAU – the bride’s paraphernalia, and quite often mistaken for the attractive actress René Rouseeau (Quod Definitely Videt!)

24a         Mark of prestige for many a revolutionary before end of riot (6)
CACHET – This mark of prestige having achieved a certain rank or goal is a charade of C (100 in Roman Numerals, many) then A then CHE (Guevara, the revolutionary) and finally T – the end of riot.

25a         Pass needed for overhead railway before recess (6)
ELAPSE – Now we haven’t all forgotten the EL – Elevated Line (Railway) in America have we?. Put this in front of APSE (A recess in a church) and we have a verb meaning pass (as in time)

26a         The woman’s timeless song embraces English inborn character (8)
HEREDITY – Start with HER (the woman’s) then add DI(t)TY – a song with one of the Time abbreviations removed) before adding E for English. The definition is ‘inborn character’ i.e. that character from ones genes.


1d           One is expected to stand on one’s own two feet (5)
BIPED – Not only is a biped expected to stand on its own two feet, it is the very definition of one!

2d           One’s kept earring of Parisian seen first (9)
DEPENDANT – A dependant, such as a child, is kept (paid for) by another. Take a PENDANT (earring) and add DE (OF in French or Parisian) first.

3d           Accountant entering book number causes upheaval (7)
VOLCANO – C.A. – an abbreviation of Chartered Accountant, when placed inside VOL (an abbreviation of VOLume or book) and NO for Number gives a physical thing that can create a metaphorical (and physical) upheaval.

4d           Rushing rant, girl thought, requires another approach (8,7)
RATTLING THROUGH – Mix up RANT GIRL THOUGH (requiring another approach) and you will find an adjectival verb meaning rushing or completing quickly.

5d           Dangerous living rooms? Not right! (7)
PARLOUS – Remove the R from PARLOURS (living rooms) to leave an adjective meaning dangerous.

[At this point, I take over so that gnomey can get some kip!  BD]

6d           Theologian consumed fruit covered in spots (7)
DAPPLED – The theologian is DD (Doctor of Divinity) – consumed tells you to insert a well-known fruit to turn him into a word meaning covered in spots

7d           Thames-side spot offering watery old booze, one hears (9)
RUNNYMEDE – This watery meadow on the south bank of the Thames near Windsor is famous for its association with Magna Carta, which was signed there by King John in 1215 – split it (5,5) and you get a word meaning watery and what sounds like (one hears) mead, an old-fashioned alcoholic drink made by fermenting honey and water, usually with the addition of spices – incidentally mead is a poetic word for a meadow so Runnymede literally means watery meadow!

12d         Game Ernie played in beastly residence (9)
MENAGERIE – An anagram (played) of GAME ERNIE gives a beastly residence

14d         Displaying cheek after a close shave? (9)
BAREFACED  – a Rather delightful doubly cryptic definition of the result of having a close shave with a razor and having a close shave with danger

16d         Kay left new recipe for upmarket Japanese dish (7)
TEMPURA – after dropping the letter K (kay left), an anagram of (new recipe for) UPMAR(K)ET gives a Japanese dish of fish, shellfish, or vegetables, fried in batter

17d         Ace sniper one won’t see with this? (7)
DEADEYE – this ace sniper would not be able to see if he had a dead eye

This reminds me of the bawdy ballad of Eskimo Nell!

So pull up a chair and stand me a drink,
And a tale to you I’ll tell
About Dead-Eye Dick and Mexican Pete
And a harlot named Eskimo Nell.

19d         One tempting another travelling in Crete (7)
ENTICER – Someone who tempts another is an anagram (travelling) of IN CRETE

22d         Cracked like half the code (5)
DOTTY – A double definition – cracked or eccentric and like half of the dots and dashes in the Morse code

Congratulations and thanks are due to Cephas and here’s hoping for many more to come!

1 comment on “DT 26708

  1. Thanks to Dave for taking over – I started this with good intentions on Monday and then had a few days of long hours/travelling and come last night after 10 I still had this to complete!

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