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DT 26960

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26960

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Some clues required a little more perservation than usual for a Saturday morning and only one ‘favourite’ which had more to do with its relevance to my private life than to this crossword from one of our Saturday Mysterons.

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1a Leave Adriatic resort (5)
SPLIT – A double definition  – a slang verb meaning to make oneself scarce or a Croatian city on the shores of the Adriatic.   If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend a visit.

4a Son’s beers could undo this (9)
SOBERNESS –  This anagram clue (undo this) was a very appropriate &Lit as far as I am concerned.   Son No 2 returned from his travels on the morning this crossword was published and caught up  with his London friends in the time-honoured fashion  before coming back to Kent.   Any soberness which existed when he phoned me from Heathrow  was soon undone by beers plural when he reached the centre of town!

9a Great many in favour of future nuclear technology (9)
PROFUSION – In a state of being profuse or overabundant.   PRO (in favour of ) and FUSION (the creation of a new nucleus by merging two lighter ones, with the release of energy).

10a Lie about strength of character (5)
FIBRE –  FIB (lie) plus RE (about) makes strength of character, quite often preceded with the word ‘moral’.

11a Bloke is carved in monument (7)
OBELISK – A monument in the shape of a four-sided pillar with a pyramid on top is obtained from an anagram (carved) of BLOKE IS.

12a Home endlessly occupied by a German — it’s atrocious (7)
HEINOUS – Atrocious or outrageously wicked.   HOUS[E] (home endlessly] with EIN (the German word for ‘a’  inserted.

13a Equipment bringing two creatures back (6)
TACKLE –   Reverse two animals – CAT and ELK to get equipment (for sports etc).

15a Did household chore without energy (6-2)
WASHED-UP  A double definition which describes how I feel when  left to do this household chore.

18a Open-top car seen in roll without notice (8)
ROADSTER –  A type of open topped car with a large boot instead of a rear seat and a single seat for two or three in front.    Insert an AD or notice into a ROSTER (a roll or list of duties).

20a Harris turned in old coin (6)
FLORIN – A coin worth a tenth of an old pound.   A reversal of ROLF (Harris) followed by IN (from the clue).

23a Quizzically request one to accept note (7)
ASKANCE –  Yet again our setter uses a definition straight from Chambers.   Follow ASK (request)  with ACE (one) into which has been inserted N for note.

24a Club cup-holder excluding engineers (7)
BRASSIE –   Take the proper name for a  ‘cup’ holder  BRASSIERE and remove the RE (Royal Engineers) from the end to get an old-fashioned golf club, so called because it had a brass sole.

26a  College that’s left behind alternative (5)
ORIEL –  One of the Oxford College  – OR (alternative) IE (that is) L (left).

27a Rude players get plastered (9)
ROUGHCAST –  Covered in plaster mixed with small stones and shells –  ROUGH (rude) plus CAST (players in a film or play.

28a Get a ball rolling before end of game — this one? (9)
BAGATELLE – An anagram (rolling) of GET A BALL plus E (from the end of gamE) makes a game where a ball is rolled along a board with the aim of scoring by  putting it into any of several numbered holes or sections.

29a Hairpiece in reserve for sport (5)
RUGBY –  Follow a slang term for a toupee, RUG, with BY (an adverb meaning in reserve)



1d Member of Barmy Army perhaps to drink beer (9)
SUPPORTER –  The Barmy Army is the name given to the followers of the England Cricket team (‘barmy’ presumably because they travel all over the world to do so regardless of how well their team is doing).  One of them would be a SUPPORTER –    SUP (drink) plus PORTER (dark beer)

2d Relaxed society in Cornish resort (5)
LOOSE  – Relaxed is one of many definitions of this adjective.   Insert S (society) into the Cornish resort of LOOE.

3d Rightly cut short including spies concerned with ceasefire (7)
TRUCIAL –  Insert the CIA (American spies) into TRUL[y] (rightly or truly cut short or abbreviated)  to get a rarely used adjective meaning bound by a truce or ceasefire.

4d It’s difficult keeping credit within limits of salary (6)
STICKY – An informal way of saying difficult – insert TICK (an informal way of referring to credit) into the outer letters (limits of) SalarY.

5d Stupid fellow, single male, snared by evil (8)
BONEHEAD –  An informal term for a stupid person or blockhead –  Insert into BAD (evil) ONE (single) and HE (male).

6d Dashing to provide service with seafood (7)
RAFFISH –  Chambers defines this word as rakish, dashing or flashy.   RAF (the abbreviation for the service concerned with the air, the Royal Air Force) and FISH (seafood).

7d Decorate dress etc to make bride more unusual (9)
EMBROIDER –  An anagram (unusual) of BRIDE MORE produces a way of ornamenting a wedding dress, for example, with designs in needlework.

8d They help you to see risky investments (5)
SPECS –   An informal way of referring to things that help me see or an abbreviation for speculations or risky investments.

14d Try fish that may go with roast pork (9)
CRACKLING –   The lovely bit of a joint of roast pork, the crispy skin –  CRACK (try, have a go) and LING (a type of fish).

16d Make tame jokes, sourly (9)
PUNGENTLY – Make gentle jokes, in the manner of the Quick Crossword pun, for example, PUN GENTLY, if merged would make another way of saying sourly.

17d British Rail breakfast perhaps about to make you brainy (8)
CEREBRAL  – Intellectual as opposed to practical – insert BR (British Rail) into CEREAL (which one might perhaps eat for breakfast).

19d Glisten working out in vest (7)
SINGLET –  An anagram (working out) of GLISTEN makes a type of sleeveless vest.

21d One hates making flap about nothing (7)
LOATHER –  Insert O (nothing)  into a LATHER (flap) to get someone who hates intensely.

22d Make Seb out to be thick (6)
OBTUSE –  An anagram of SEB OUT gives us a synonym for thick.

23d Blood groups — doctor’s very powerful weapon (1-4)
A-BOMB –  A B and O are all blood groups.   One of the abbreviations for doctor is MB (Bachelor of Medicine)   Put them together 1-4 to get another way of referring to the atomic bomb.

25d Refuse to grasp North’s informal language (5)
SLANG – One of those ‘how to do you say it to get the correct definition’ clues – refuse here is a noun meaning waste, in this instance coal mining waste or SLAG, into which should be inserted N (north) to get SLANG or words not forming part of normal language.

All change now on the weekend blogging ‘roll’ so Gnomey will be back next week to provide the required explanations.