Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26798
A full review by gnomethang
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Morning All! I was a little befuddled on Saturday morning (due to Friday night) so made heavy weather of this. On reflection it was not too tricky and I appreciated a lot more of the clues in this typical Cephas puzzle whilst reviewing than I did on the day.
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1a Going down in the main (6)
EBBING – A cryptic definition of the name for a receding tide. Not as easy as it looks now!
9a Healer administering drops? (4,6)
RAIN DOCTOR – I will give you BD’s hint on the day – this was one of my last clues entered as the phrase is not familiar to me: “A cryptic definition of person in tribal societies who professes to bring precipitation, usually after a prolonged dry spell”
10a When tennis players meet in transition (10)
CHANGEOVER – A double definition – The changeover of ends in tennis (where they meet) and also a transition or change in general.
11a Redcoat (4)
RUST – Another Cryptic Definiton and nothing to do with Butlins. The Iron Oxide coating of weathered steel.
12a Accommodation on one level? (4)
FLAT – Another double meaning; an apartment and something that is on one level.
14a Attack upland fell (6,4)
STRIKE DOWN – An attack is a STRIKE (think Air-Strike) and an upland is , conversely, a DOWN (i.e. the North or South Downs in Kent – I guess that they start at the top then it is all downhill from there!). The result is a verb meaning to fell (i.e. with an axe in battle).
17a Top gear (7)
OVERALL – Gear, clobber or clothing that goes on top of everything and an example of such a garment.
18a A sandwich from this joint is a blow (7)
KNUCKLE –A cryptic definition of a punch (blow) in the mouth, and not a dodgy café product as the clue implies.
20a Having no land without foundation? (10)
GROUNDLESS – If one has no land (ground) then one is GROUNDLESS which also means ‘without foundation’ i.e. a groundless allegation.
21a Mountie refused to enter row (4)
TIER – A row (in a theatre for example) is hidden (entered in) the first two words.
22a Short hair below one’s nose (4)
TASH – A shortened version of ‘moustache’. Not so cryptic but I initially failed to submit having spelt the word with a C not an S
23a Relating to business in government (10)
CONCERNING – A charade of CONCERN (business), IN and G for Government gives a word meaning ‘relating to’
25a Mixed fruit is cut ahead of time (10)
FUTURISTIC – An anagram (mixed) of FRUIT IS CUT for a word meaning ‘space age’ or ‘ahead of (one’s) time.
26a Late transport (6)
HEARSE – A gentle cryptic definition of the vehicle that is used at funerals to transport the coffin (the unfortunate occupant being ‘late’.
2d The bolivar exchanged for a biscuit (4,6)
BATH OLIVER – An anagram (exchanged) of THE BOLIVER gives a delicious biscuit.
3d Man in the clutches of diva — nervous? (4)
IVAN – The terrible Russian man can be found (is in the clutches of) in the last two words. I enjoyed the surface reading!.
4d Leaves on the table (5,5)
GREEN SALAD – Another cryptic definition of the green leaves that are found at the dinner table (alongside the meat hopefully!)
5d Having a clear ringing sound — that’s elementary (7)
SILVERY – Its like silver (elementary) and also describes a clear ringing sound, particularly a soprano voice.
6d Nothing’s to be seen on the German river (4)
ODER – O for nothing in DER, one of the German definite articles. I’ll stick my geographical neck out and say that it is also a German River but if course the definition is merely ‘river’ to not have German doing ‘Double Duty’.
7d Racy cadets upset faint-heart (7-3)
SCAREDY-CAT – An upset anagram of RACY CADETS gives a childish taunt for a coward.
8d Expert encounters weight in particle (6)
PROTON – A charade of PRO (expert) and TON (weight) gives one of the fundamental particles in a nucleus.
13d Human Resources in firm will need set amount processed (10)
THROUGHPUT – Place HR (The abbreviation of Human Resources) inside TOUGH for ‘firm’ and then add PUT (for set or place). The result is a word for the amount of work that is processed or gone through.
15d Cards placed on seat in court? (5,5)
KINGS BENCH – The Court of King’s Bench (or Court of Queen’s Bench during the reign of a female monarch), formally known as The Court of the King Before the King Himself , was an English court of common law in the English legal system . Place some cards (the Kings) on top of a BENCH for a seat.
16d Wasteland may be less civilised near cape (10)
WILDERNESS – A charade of WILDER (less civilised) next to (near) NESS for cape or headland to give a wasteland.
19d Opening device has message of fundamental importance (7)
KEYNOTE – The opening device is a KEY and the message is a NOTE. The charade creates something that is of fundamental importance such as a speech in Parliament.
20d After function dandy escaped (3,3)
GOT OFF – Escaped here means to escape a jail sentence for example. Make a charade of GO (function/work as in ‘the lawnmower isn’t going’) and add TOFF for ‘dandy’.
23 Cut speed (4)
CLIP – A double definition. The first means cut (ions toenails for example) and the second means rate/speed as in ‘He was going at a fair clip’
24 Star given ovation in crossover part (4)
NOVA – This is a hidden word in ‘giveN OVAtion’. I am not sure about the indication here as the ‘in crossover’ seems a bit superfluous.
Thanks to Cephas for the Saturday Prize Puzzle entertainment. I’m back next week to explain the Mysteron puzzle, unless I have to work overtime in order to buy crypticsue another microbrewery (thinking about this it appears to be a vicious circle!)