Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26720
A full review by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
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1a Sent down in due course? (5,4)
GIVEN TIME – a double definition – sent down to prison and a phrase meaning in due course
9a Address where one left ripening peaches (6)
SPEECH – this address is an anagram (ripening) of PE(A)CHES without the A (one)
10a Isn’t money in Moscow easy! (2,7)
NO TROUBLE – split this as NOT ROUBLE and it could mean is not money in Russia, but it actually means easy
11a Get back about 100 publishers (6)
RECOUP – this verb meaning to get back is a charade of RE (about), C (100 in Roman numerals) and the Oxford University Press (publishers)
12a Brilliant but wayward anti-Fascist is leaving (9)
FANTASTIC – this adjective meaning brilliant is an anagram (wayward) of ANTI-FASC(IS)T without IS (is leaving)
13a Without a key that’s found in coat on a line (6)
ATONAL – a musical term meaning without a key or not referred to any scale or tonic is hidden inside the last four words of the clue
17a Second person who never can tell (3)
YOU – the second person pronoun is part of the well-known phrase “you never can tell”
Cue for some music!
ARVE Error: need id and provider
19a Certainly at home everyone has to study a school subject (2,3,10)
IN ALL CONSCIENCE – this phrase meaning certainly comes from a charade of IN (at home), ALL (everyone), CON (to study) and SCIENCE (a school subject)
20a Worker has no end of meat (3)
BEE – this worker insect comes from BEE(F) without the final letter (no end of meat)
21a Former wife’s wrong to gain illegally (6)
EXTORT – a charade of EX (former wife) and TORT (a wrong) gives a verb meaning to gain illegally
25a Little devil’s one lousy criminal, in an irreverent way (9)
IMPIOUSLY – run together IMP (little devil), I (one in Roman numerals) and an anagram (criminal)of LOUSY to get an adverb meaning in an irreverent way
26a River police invited in to settle the issue (6)
DECIDE – start with the River DEE and insert CID (Criminal Investigation Department / police) to get a verb meaning to settle the issue
27a Explained how margins were aligned (9)
JUSTIFIED – a double definition – explained and how both right and left margins are aligned in printing
28a Cape maybe concealing Oriental floral display (6)
WREATH – our old friend Cape WRATH (a headland at the north-western tip of the mainland of Scotland) makes a return, with the required capitalisation of Cape being disguised by being at the start of the clue – insert E (Eastern / Oriental) to get a floral display
29a Hired the red car out (9)
CHARTERED – a verb meaning hired, usually applied to the hiring of boats, is an anagram (out) of THE RED CAR
2d Line on map is round and local (6)
ISOBAR – this line on a map showing places with equal pressur is a charade of IS, O (a round letter) and BAR (local pub)
3d In time, deserter makes mistakes (6)
ERRATA – inside an ERA (time) put RAT (deserter) to get mistakes in a book
4d Commonplace tourism misguided, nothing less (6)
TRUISM – this commonplace or platitude comes from an anagram (misguided) of T(O)URISM without the O (nothing less)
5d Minute hot lemons in fudge taste very good (4,2,4,5)
MELT IN ONE’S MOUTH – an anagram (in fudge) of MINUTE HOT LEMONS gives a phrase meaning taste very good
6d Have to do with apparent confusion about one (9)
APPERTAIN – a verb meaning have to do with comes from an anagram (confusion) of APPARENT into which I (one) is inserted
7d Getting back into society? (9)
REJOINING – a slightly cryptic definition of joining a society or club again – the surface reading alludes to society as a whole rather than a specific society
8d Heels, pair becoming more elegant (9)
SHAPELIER – an anagram (becoming) of HEELS PAIR gives an adjective meaning more elegant
14d Duck on paper cover (9)
EIDERDOWN – a charade of an EIDER duck and DOWN as in I have it on paper / I have it down, gives a cover for a bed
15d Removed case under dish in some shallow water (6,3)
BALTIC SEA – put an anagram (removed) of CASE after (under in a down clue) a curry dish to get some shallow water – the maximum depth of the Baltic Sea is 459 m (1506 ft) compared with 5,267 m (17,280 ft) in the Mediterranean Sea
16d Redness evident in Florida city lacking air-conditioning (9)
FLORIDITY – this redness is derived by removing a/c (lacking air-conditioning) from FLORID(A C)ITY – a simple construction that floored many!
17d Lout bringing lad up (3)
YOB – this lout is created by reversing (up in a down clue) a lad – and that was how the word was originally derived from back-slang!
18d Exploit said sheep (3)
USE – a verb meaning to exploit sounds like (said) ewes (sheep)
22d End of snow cover for three months (6)
WINTER – the final letter (end) of snoW is followed by a verb meaning to cover or bury to get this three-month season
23d Most of garment used to deaden sound (6)
MUFFLE – most of a MUFFLE(R) gives a verb meaning to deaden sound
24d State’s wholly on edge after large number left (6)
ALLEGE – this verb meaning to state is naughtily defined as a noun – to get it run together ALL (wholly) and E(D)GE after dropping D (500 in Roman numerals / large number left)
This was the kind of pleasant Saturday diversion that we have come to expect from Cephas.
1 comment on “DT 26720”
It’s always a pleasure to read your explanations, BD.
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