Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27032
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***
The Saturday Mysteron provided us with a few tricky elements in this otherwise fairly typical Prize Puzzle.
Definitions are now underlined.
1 Lid for a kipper, hot after cooking (4-3,3)
PORK-PIE HAT – An informal term for a hat is an anagram (after cooking) of A KIPPER HOT.
6 Returned coats in swindle (4)
SCAM – A reversal of MACS.
9 Having regular parts in opera, one singer’s a temperamental type (5,5)
PRIMA DONNA – The regular letters of oPeRa, followed by I (one) and MADONNA (the singer) then split 5,5.
10 Pleased with cut flower (4)
GLAD – An abbreviated or informal way of referring to a GLADiolus, often used by Dame Edna Everage, can also mean pleased.
12 Put name to the twins perhaps (4)
SIGN – Another double definition – to put your name on a document, or a SIGN of the Zodiac, such as Gemini, the Twins.
13 Retreat over rising water is setback for leader (9)
EDITORIAL – A reversal (retreat) of LAIR (retreat) O (over in cricket) and TIDE (rising water).
15 Follow matters primarily with a habitual response — being this? (8)
DOGMATIC – Dog (follow) M (the primary letter of matters) A (from the clue) and TIC (habitual response).
16 Exemplar of drunkenness regarding famous physicist (6)
NEWTON – The poor old NEWT is often used to describe someone’s state of drunkenness. Add ON (regarding) and you get the famous physicist.
18 Line to suggest without force (6)
LIMPLY – L (line) plus IMPLY (suggest).
20 One in acting role’s former model (8)
TEMPLATE – TEMP (someone acting on behalf of someone else away from their job) and LATE (former).
23 Tie up hospital department with attention to detail (9)
STRINGENT – STRING (tie up) and ENT (the Ear, Nose and Throat department of a hospital).
24 Cattle without water (4)
NEAT – An archaic term for an ox, cow or bull or a adjective meaning undiluted.
26 European movie, very long (4)
EPIC – E (European) plus PIC (an abbreviated way of referring to a movie).
27 Seduction ruined eminent ‘tec (10)
ENTICEMENT – A ruined anagram of EMINENT TEC.
28 Follow story out loud (4)
TAIL – To follow or keep watch on closely is a homophone (out loud) of TALE or story.
29 A German artist holding opening, one who loves to take risks (10)
ADVENTURER – A (from the clue) and the German artist DURER with a VENT or opening inserted.
1 Poet‘s page to begin poetically (4)
POPE – P (the first letter of Page) and OPE (a poetic way of saying open or begin).
2 Making a mockery of barrier (7)
RAILING – Double definition – (a) mocking or (b) a barrier or fence.
3 I may get in maps not fit for easy ride (5,7)
PLAIN SAILING – Insert I (from the clue) into PLANS (maps), follow with AILING (not fit) and then split 5, 7.
4 Mysterious enigmatic coteries (8)
ESOTERIC – An enigmatic anagram of COTERIES.
5 A free broadcaster (6)
AUNTIE – The term by which the British Broadcasting Corporation is affectionately known. A (from the clue) and UNTIE (free).
7 Piece of Purcell is taxing musician (7)
CELLIST – Hidden in, or a piece of, PurCELL IS Taxing.
8 Greek character, police officer, last person to abuse (3-7)
MUD-SLINGER – MU (Greek letter) DS (Detective Sergeant) and LINGER (last).
11 Pressman’s only one right person in divorce case (2-10)
CO-RESPONDENT – Simply remove one of the Rs from a CORRESPONDENT or member of the press.
14 Immature adult hands out foreign coin (10)
ADOLESCENT – A (adult) plus DOLES (hands out) and CENT (foreign coin).
17 Take up imposing position on theme-park’s top attraction (8)
BESTRIDE – The theme park’s top attractive would be its BEST RIDE.
19 Bird has single cocktail (7)
MARTINI – MARTIN (bird) plus I (single).
21 Enthusiast takes a friend to ancient city (7)
AMATEUR – A (from the clue) MATE (friend) and UR (crosswordland’s favourite ancient city.
22 Wrote in confinement (6)
PENNED – A very obvious double definition.
25 Rouse gentleman — about time (4)
STIR – Insert T for time into SIR (gentleman).
Thanks once again to the Mysteron. I’ll be back in due course on Sunday duty again.