Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26858
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Cephas put on his slightly trickier hat last Saturday and gave us an entertaining crossword with a nice mix of clues, including his usualbeautifully indicated anagrams. The difficulty rating just sneaked into the 3* category because of problems I had with two clues.
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1a Digital recording uploads, off and on, produced by actors (7)
PODCAST – A sound recording published on the internet so that they can be downloaded onto a digital audio player is found in the even letters (off and on) of uPlOaD followed by CAST (group of actors).
9a Pudding with green veg — it’s nice in the garden (5,3)
SWEET PEA – a lovely scented garden flower – simply follow a SWEET (pudding) with that little green veg, the PEA.
10a Mistakenly call the malignant hag (7)
HELLCAT – An anagram (mistakenly) of CALL THE produces a malignant hag or violent tempered woman.
11a Time for a few words (8)
SENTENCE – a double definition – ‘time’ served as punishment by a prisoner or a number of words making a complete grammatical structure.
12a Make up about gaining access instantly (2,4)
AT ONCE – Instantly or without delay – Insert C (about) into ATONE (make amends).
13a Significant life gunman destroyed (10)
MEANINGFUL – Another anagram (destroyed) this time of LIFE GUNMAN gives us an adjective meaning full of significance.
15a Song from unmarried woman? (4)
ARIA – Removing (or unmarrying) M for married from a woman named MARIA and you are left with the type of song often sung in operas.
16a Like the final reminder of a memorable day? (3-6)
RED-LETTER – A special day such as a Saints Day or a Bank Holiday was often marked in red on old calendars – hence RED-LETTER days Red letters are the final reminder that you haven’t settled a bill yet and it is time you did!
21a First light entering fiery den (4)
HOLT – even with two of the four letters this one took a while for the penny to drop. Insert L (the first letter of light) into HOT (fiery) to get the type of den inhabited by an otter.
22a Someone who sees a fortune in one’s house? (10)
ASTROLOGER – A super cryptic definition – a house is one of the twelve divisions of the heavens used in astrology and an ASTROLOGER would use the position of the stars in your ‘house’ to determine what the future holds for you, which may or may not include a fortune.
24a Have a drink in Spain, lying down (6)
SUPINE – A charade of SUP (have a drink) IN (from the clue) and E (the IVR code for Spain) go together to make a adjective meaning lying down on one’s back.
25a One raking in the money disputed our price (8)
CROUPIER – Someone who rakes in the money at a casino is an anagram (disputed) of OUR PRICE.
27a Little woman getting into brandy on a Mediterranean island (7)
MAJORCA – The largest of the Balearic Islands – insert JO (one of the Little Women in the book of the same name by Louisa May Alcott) into MARC (brandy made from grape skins) and then follow with A (from the clue).
28a Training horses to finish before time (8)
DRESSAGE – Training horses in deportment and response to controls – DRESS (finish or trim) plus AGE (time).
29a Shrouded in secrecy, cleverly use again (7)
RECYCLE – A lovely example of fine wordplay. Hidden or shrouded in secRECY CLEverly is an instruction to use something again rather than throwing it away.
2d Capsize open vessel (8)
OVERTURN – to capsize or be turned upside down – OVERT (adjective meaning open to view) and URN (vessel,)
3d Year’s supply of dates (8)
CALENDAR – A nice cryptic definition of a table of days and months in a year.
4d Proportional representation (5,5)
SCALE MODEL – A cryptic definition of a model of something made in reduced size but accurate proportion.
5d In between being small and sweet (4)
TWEE – Another perfect hiding place – literally in beTWEEn is an informal adjective meaning small and sweet.
6d Apple user and scientist? (6)
NEWTON – Isaac NEWTON, the famous scientist is said to have formulated his universal theory of gravitation when an apple fell on his head.
7d Turn on one side of the wicket as an incidental result (4-3)
SPIN-OFF – SPIN (turn) and OFF (one side of a cricketing wicket) if written 4-3 then alter their meanings to become a by-product that proves profitable on its own account.
8d Ladies get together for a bender (7)
PATELLA – This one took a long time for the penny to drop, mainly I think because, as someone pointed out, a PATELLA doesn’t actually bend, it covers the bit that bends, the knee. Anyway, two ladies, PAT and ELLA combine to form the kneecap.
11d Street cleaner’s grievances analysed, I was not involved (9)
SCAVENGER – a rarely used name for someone who cleans the streets is an anagram (analysed) of GR[I]EVANCES – I was not involved tells you to remove the I before rearranging the remaining letters.
14d Not willing to cross river route in USA (10)
INTERSTATE – A highway that crosses two states in the USA. Insert R (crossing river) into INTESTATE (not having a will).
17d Composition in which harp’s played so extremely daintily (8)
RHAPSODY – An irregular emotional musical composition – an anagram(played) of HARP followed by SO (from the clue) and the outside (extreme) letters of DaintilY.
18d Businesslike, supplying one in 150 in California (8)
CLINICAL – Business, strictly objective or functional – CL (150 in Roman numerals) IN (from the clue) I (one) and CAL (California).
19d Fall of rotter involved in lawsuit (7)
CASCADE – A water fall is obtained by inserting a CAD (rotter, scoundrel) into a legal CASE.
20d Arrested smuggling ring pirate initially deserted, being bent (7)
STOOPED – Being bent forward – STOPPED means arrested and the clue asks that you remove the first P (pirate initially deserted) and replace it (smuggling [in]) with O (ring).
23d Disapprove of mates taking drug (6)
OPPOSE – An informal plural for mates as in opposite numbers. Add an E (Ecstasy tablet) on the end and you get a verb meaning to disapprove or make an objection.
26d After word of hesitation, proceed like this (4)
ERGO – An adverb meaning therefore, or like this – ER (a word of hesitation) and GO (proceed).
My turn for the Saturday Mysteron puzzle so I will see you again this time next week.