Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27050
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ***
This Cephas Saturday Prize Puzzle would have merited just under 2* difficulty but has been given 3* because of the problems with 23a caused by having the wrong word in 21d
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3 Everyday fare served up in exotic plates by parliament (6,4)
STAPLE DIET – An exotic anagram of PLATES followed by a DIET or parliament.
8 Tony goes mad about company magnate (6)
TYCOON – Insert CO (about company) into an anagram (goes mad) of TONY.
9 Included hug before first of dates (8)
EMBRACED – Included or admitted – EMBRACE (hug) followed by D (the first letter of Dates).
10 Philip and Edward have to stop talking (4,4)
PIPE DOWN – Two diminutive boys = PIP and ED followed by OWN (have) and then split 4,4.
11 Partly rewrites the record book (6)
ESTHER – One of the books of the Old Testament is partly hidden in rewritES THE Record.
12 Footballer from batting team got out (6,4)
INSIDE LEFT – The team batting in a game of cricket are known as the IN SIDE and this should be followed by LEFT (got out).
14 Appointing group of church workers during Advent (13)
COMMISSIONING – Insert MISSION into COMING (Advent).
20 Proposing sex not allowed round home (10)
NOMINATING – Insert IN (home) into NO MATING (sex not allowed!!)
22 It’s a tricky problem if this vegetable is hot (6)
POTATO – A cryptic definition that made me smile.
23 Seat in church not finished (8)
CATHEDRA – My solving of this, my final clue, was held up by the fact that I had put the wrong word in 21d. Apparently I wasn’t the only one! Remove the final letter (not finished) from CATHEDRA[l] and you are left with the throne of a bishop.
24 American misbehaves behind closed doors (2,6)
IN CAMERA – An anagram (misbehaves) of AMERICAN.
25 Dismiss article — this issue’s volcanic (6)
EJECTA – EJECT (dismiss) followed by A (the indefinite article). Lots of muttering about this one, but not from me as I have been up both Etna and Vesuvius and seen lots of EJECTA!
26 After preparing tea, TV’s dead — heartbroken! (10)
DEVASTATED – An anagram (after preparing) of TEA TVS DEAD.
1 Stirring icy gin, he should get clean (8)
HYGIENIC – Another anagram – this time stirring ICY GIN HE
2 Cleo’s new ideology reveals grammatical flaw (8)
SOLECISM – A non standard grammatical usage. An anagram (new) of CLEOS followed by an ISM (ideology).
3 Bridge partners mentioned river siesta (6)
SNOOZE – Two of the partners in a game of bridge – S(outh) and N (orth) followed by a homophone of the River Ouse.
4 Last word in steam engines (4)
AMEN – Hidden in steAM ENgines.
5 Left one with Bert struggling to find the words (8)
LIBRETTO – the text of an opera, oratorio or ballet. L (left), I (one), an anagram (struggling )of BERT followed by TO from the clue.
6 Hundreds on planet in want (6)
DEARTH – D (the Roman ‘numberal’ for 500) followed by the planet EARTH.
7 Time when cricketers might appear? (6)
ELEVEN – There are, of course, eleven cricketers in a team.
13 Course of salts (5)
EPSOM – The home of the horse racing course is also the place where the purgative medicine (salts) originated.
15 Popular without little bit of money? That’s naive (8)
INNOCENT – or IN (popular) NO CENT (without a little bit of money).
16 At that place drinks initially will be on the rocks (2,3,3)
IN THE RED – Stony broke or IN THERE (at that place) plus D (Drinks initially).
17 Produce infusion of green tea (8)
GENERATE – An anagram (infusion) of GREEN TEA.
18 Penny put on weight in spring (6)
POUNCE – P plus OUNCE.
19 Prohibit an Australian fruit (6)
BANANA – BAN (prohibit) AN (from the clue) and A (Australian).
21 Caught — but scored? (6)
NETTED – Caught like a fish or scored a goal in football. Obvious really but then I and several others also thought NICKED worked just as well, it just didn’t help with 23a!
23 Shy actors (4)
CAST – A double definition to finish with – CAST can mean either to throw or refer to the company of actors in a play.
Seasons Greetings to Cephas and Mrs C too. I will be back on New Year’s Eve with a festively-delayed review of tomorrow’s Prize Puzzle.