Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26936
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
I don’t think it was just the distraction of all that exciting Olympic viewing but I found this crossword trickier than expected for a Saturday and not quite as much fun as usual either.
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1a Flashy performer who’s dressed up with hat (10)
SHOWBOATER – an anagram (dressed up) of WHOS followed by a BOATER (hat) produces a someone who shows off.
6a Old group making comeback is just the same (4)
ABBA – The palindrome that is the Swedish pop group.
10a Note money given backing television etc. (5)
MEDIA – A channel such as television or the press through which information is transmitted to the public. ME (a musical note) and a reversal (backing) of AID (money given).
11a Did needlework before wedding announced in London suburb (5,4)
MAIDA VALE – Part of London sounds like one might have MADE (or sewn with a needle) A VEIL for a bride.
12a Hair gets Miliband taken aback (7)
SHOCKED – A thick mass of shaggy hair – SHOCK plus ED (Miliband) go together to produce part of a verb meaning caused an unpleasant surprise.
13a Great brain — mine familiarly enjoyed acquiring bit of erudition (7)
EGGHEAD – EGG (a slang term for a mine or bomb) followed by HAD (enjoyed) into which is inserted E (a bit of erudition).
14a Doctor here treats the poorly not the poor! (6,6)
HARLEY STREET – A cryptic definition of the place where rich people go to visit the doctor.
18a Investors told shockers fraudulently (12)
STOCKHOLDERS – People who hold stocks in a company – an anagram (fraudulently) of TOLD SHOCKERS.
21a Name Child Support Agency for backing hermit (7)
ASCETIC – A strict hermit is obtained from a reversal of CITE (name) and CSA (the initials by which the Child Support Agency is known).
23a Put work in to get beating sugar (7)
LACTOSE – Insert ACT (work) into LOSE (get beating) to produce a type of sugar produced by evaporating milk whey.
24a Liven up former Argentine leader with a bit of Italian pizza topping (9)
PEPPERONI – The spicy sausage put on top of a pizza – PEP (liven up) PERON (old leader of Argentina) and I (a bit of Italian).
25a Trendy group’s small figure (5)
INSET – IN (trendy) plus SET (group) go together to make a small map or figure inserted in the corner of another.
26a Character in Morse makes mild expletive (4)
DASH – A polite euphemism for damn has the same name as the long element in Morse code.
27a Insect in certain level of development eating vegetable line (4,6)
STAG BEETLE – A large insect is obtained by inserting BEET (vegetable) and L (line) into a STAGE of development.
1d Southern prophet gets a snack from India (6)
SAMOSA – An Indian savoury stuffed with spiced vegetables or meat – S (Southern) AMOS (the Biblical prophet) and A (from the clue).
2d More than likely lad goes after rum (4-2)
ODDS-ON – In betting, a better than even chance of winning – ODD (rum) plus SON (lad) split 4-2.
3d Dodgy dealer to miss trade in alcoholic drink (5-9)
BLACK-MARKETEER – Someone who deals in buying and selling of products against the law or official regulations. Insert LACK (miss) and MARKET (trade) into BEER (alcoholic drink), splitting the result 5-9.
4d A jolly fuss about sick creature from South America (9)
ARMADILLO – A South American mammal – A (from the clue) RM (jolly being a slang way of referring to a Royal Marine) and ADO (fuss), the latter having ILL (sick) inserted.
5d Best selection of Chinese literature (5)
ELITE – Hidden in a selection of ChinesE LITErature is a noun meaning the pick or best of anything.
7d Handcuff gives couple obstruction (8)
BRACELET – BRACE (couple, two) plus LET (obstruction or hindrance) produce an informal term for a handcuff.
8d One acted in reconstruction as description of incident (8)
ANECDOTE – An anagram (in reconstruction) of ONE ACTED gives us a short narrative of an incident in private life.
9d Worked out great tactic per training session for the Gunners (6,8)
TARGET PRACTICE – Another anagram (worked out) of GREAT TACTIC PER – I suppose TARGET PRACTICE would work for both meanings of Gunners – privates in the Artillery or footballers playing for Arsenal.
15d One lonely goatherd’s first and last quirky singing style (9)
YODELLING – A lovely &Lit – the song about the lonely goatherd whose yodelling was heard by a ‘girl in a pale pink coat ’ made famous by the Sound of Music, although I am sure I remember it before that. An anagram (quirky) of ONE LONELY and the first and last letters of GoatherD.
16d Cut into hill having got away without resistance (8)
ESCARPED – Cut into a hill to make a steep slope or ditch. Insert R (resistance) into ESCAPED (got away)
17d Ideas from music shows with piano not right (8)
CONCEPTS – Removing the R (not right) from CONCERTS (music shows) and replacing it with a P (piano) produces a synonym for ideas and inventions.
19d Two TVs a source of much entertainment (3,3)
BOX SET – Two ways of referring to televisions – BOX and SET go together to make a collection of similar items such as a complete television series on DVD packaged as a single unit.
20d Nuisance left quarter pounder (6)
PESTLE – An instrument for pounding or grinding – PEST (nuisance) plus L (left) and E (one quarter of the compass)
22d Caught yob a hard blow (5)
CLOUT – C (caught in cricket scoring) plus LOUT make a hard blow or strike with the open hand.
Thank you to the Saturday Mysteron. I am off back to Sundays for a couple of weeks.