Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27067
A full review by gnomethang
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*– Enjoyment ***
Morning All!. I was enjoying the solve of this puzzle until I hit 8d which is an awful word. To be fair to the setter the checking letters were not promising and probably would have required a rewrite of other clues to avoid.
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1a Do be safe, better to be thrown out — after this (4-6,4)
BEST-BEFORE DATE – A very nice anagram and a semi all-in-one clue to start with. An anagram (to be thrown out) of DO BE SAFE BETTER.
9a Pirate of rough appearance picked up (7)
CORSAIR – A very chestnutty homophone (picked up in conversation) of CARSE AIR (rough appearance.
10a Strings that may be pulled by number of professors (7)
TENDONS – A charade of the number TEN and the academic DONS.
11a Reinforce military position (4)
LINE – Two definitions – To LINE e.g. a hat for reinforcement and also a defensive military LINE
12a Pamper common people about to live after great achievement (10)
FEATHERBED – The common HERD (common people) with BE (live) included after a FEAT/achievement. Not such a common word and it took some time to spot it.
14a Call about the woman’s fruit (6)
CHERRY – CRY (call) around the outside of HER (the woman’s)
15a Cry of pain to occur beset by unruly child, bully (8)
BROWBEAT – OW (a cry of pain) and BE (occur/exist) inside (beset by) BRAT – an unruly child.
17a Carrier for young fish I catch (8)
BASSINET – A charade of BASS (fish) I form the clue and NET.
18a Composer with undergarment and Pinafore perhaps (6)
BRAHMS – The ubiquitous female undergarment and the abbreviation of Her/His Majesty’s Ship of which Pinafore was an example in the G&S operetta.
21a Having gone wrong, paper’s head rolls (4-6)
PEAR-SHAPED – An anagram (rols) of PAPER’S HEAD.
22a Blue feathers (4)
DOWN – Two straightforward definitions simply and nicely linked. Lovely plumage the Norwegian Blue!.
24a Typical example of Eastern religious book (7)
EPITOME – A charade of E(astern), PI for religious (or holy or good – remember this as it appears a lot!) and finally TOME for book. An archetype.
25a Last longer than unfashionable clothing (7)
OUTWEAR – OUT for unfashionable (not the in thing!) and then WEAR for clothing.
26a Unwelcome hanger-on in Arabian legend noshed meat loaf rudely (3,3,2,3,3)
OLD MAN OF THE SEA – An anagram indicated by ‘rudely’ of NOSHED MEAT LOAF. Not the best surface reading or definition in this puzzle!.
1d Tummy pain after germ reduced in the country (7)
BUCOLIC – Relating to cattle and also pastoral/rustic. Place COLIC (a tummy pain) after all but the last letter of BU(g) for germ.
2d Dog displaying larger nippiness (8,7)
SPRINGER SPANIEL – A nicely spotted anagram, LARGER NIPPINESS being ‘displayed’ of a nippy dog
3d Gear up to make exaggerated claim (4)
BRAG – A reversal (up) of GARB for gear/clobber/clothing.
4d Search out supporters carrying bishop (6)
FERRET – This took me a while to get in as well until I spotted that FEET meant supporters. Add the abbreviation of Right Reverend for Bishop.
5d Rubbish a right-winger going round (8)
ROTATORY – Descriptive of anything that is going round. A charade of ROT (rubbish) A from the clue and TORY for right winger/conservative. Nice footbally surface reading.
6d Drudgery rendered by Spooner’s cockeyed Scottish knife (6-4)
DONKEY-WORK – If you don’t know by now, the Reverend Spooner always got his words in a mucking fuddle by swapping the first consonants in two linked or consecutive words. The resulting homophone produced a recognisable phrase (think ‘our Dear old Queen/Queer old Dean’). In this case we need a WONKEY (cockeyed) DIRK (Scottish dagger worn traditionally in the sock region).
7d Train initially conks absorbing Boris’s money — we’ll sort things out (15)
TROUBLESHOOTERS – The initial letter of T(rain) and then HOOTERS (conks/noses) to include ROUBLES – the money of Boris Yeltsin perhaps.
8d Weren’t accustomed to student endlessly roistering (6)
USEDN’T – Aaaargh! This was my last in and I spent ages checking cross clues to look for a mistake/alternative before finally grabbing the checking letters online. A simply vile word is created by removing the last letter (endlessly) of STUDEN(t) and then making an anagram (roistering). I was going to give this puzzle **/**** until this stinker turned up!.
13d British shower to come up with ideas (10)
BRAINSTORM – Add B for British to the front of RAINSTORM (shower) to get some ‘Blue Sky Thinking Out of the Box’.
16d Marine mammal a sleuth turned up atop sea (not the first) (8)
CETACEAN – Reverse or turn up A TEC (short for detective) then add above (atop) (o)CEAN – a sea without the first letter.
17d Hit for every person dancing (6)
BOPPER – A charade of BOP for hit and PER – for every person / a head – to get a persn dancing to the Big Bopper perhaps.
19d Punch drunk in saga about Rocky primarily (7)
SANGRIA – This is an anagram (drunk) of IN SAGE which is around (about) the starting letter of Rocky. A nice consistent surface reading.
20d Start to explode (3,3)
SET OFF – Another double definition clue – to set off on a journey and to set off a firework for example.
23d ‘Eadache to cause irritation (4)
ITCH – Remove the staring letter form HITCH/Headache (i.e. treat it like HEADACHE in the definition) to get an irritation of the skin.
Thanks to the setter (felt like Cephas to me) and I will see you all next week.