DT 27121

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27121

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Another Cephas Saturday puzzle with his usual anagrams in a mix of clues – I do believe that he is gradually upping the trickiness level too.


1a           Journalist‘s robust idea abridged when broadcast (9)
SUBEDITOR –    An anagram (when broadcast) of ROBUST IDE[A] – abridged tells you to ignore the A .

6a           Means to make a bundle from crops (5)
BALER –  A cryptic definition of a machine that bundles hay into a bale.

9a           Malcolm embracing woman who’s being educated about marriage (7)
MARITAL –   Insert RITA (a reference to  Educating Rita (the stage play made into a film about the title character’s experiences at the Open University) into MAL (a diminutive name for  Malcolm).

10a         Could be gentler to spectacles when handled (9)
LORGNETTE –   A type of aid to vision which has a long handle is an anagram (could be) of GENTLER TO.

11a         Delighted being second, then went in front (7)
TICKLED –   Follow a way of expressing a short period of time such as a second or TICK with LED (went in front).

12a         One tee shirt? (7)

13a         Won’t wash, as bath without plug (5’1,4,5)
DOESN’T HOLD WATER –   Something that doesn’t seem true or reasonable might also be a description of a bath without a plug.

17a         Lessen a Tory’s hold on another politician (7)
SENATOR –     Hidden in lesSEN A TORy.

19a         Study group remains at loggerheads (7)
SEMINAR –   An anagram (at loggerheads) of SEMINAR

22a         Too quick replacing the savoury — not acceptable (9)
OVERHASTY –   An anagram of  THE SAVO[U]RY once the U has been removed  (not acceptable – U is often used to denote ‘socially acceptable) .

23a         Heather’s clothing remains striking (7)
LASHING-   Insert ASH (remains) into LING (another word for the plant  heather).

24a         Both sides needed to cover fish basket (5)
CREEL –   The outside letters (both sides)of  CoveR plus EEL (fish).  I always thought this was a basket for fish but apparently you can put other things in them too.

25a         Ship stored rye at sea (9)
DESTROYER –   An anagram (at sea) of STORED RYE.



1d           Mount     a conference? (6)
SUMMIT –   Double definition.

2d           Wild bear-cub beginning to eat food outdoors (8)
BARBECUE –   An anagram (wild) of BEAR CUB followed by E (the beginning of Eat).

3d           Dock     item (6)
DETAIL –   Split an item or DETAIL – 2, 4 and it would mean to dock or remove  the whole of an animal’s tail

4d          Worked on farm, drew about two pounds (6)
TILLED –  Cultivated the land –   TIED (drew) with LL (two £’s) inserted.

5d           Retribution for pair is set in concrete (8)
REPRISAL –   Insert into REAL (concrete)  PR (pair) and IS (from the clue).

6d           Brendan’s changed direction, but still in packaging (5-3)
BRAND-NEW –    Change the compass direction S (south) at the end of BRENDANS to a W (west) then sort out the  anagram (‘changed’ here doing double duty).

7d           Left hospital department with one-fifty pulse, dry (6)
LENTIL –    L (left) ENT (the hospital’s Ear Nose and Throat Department) I (one) and L (the Roman numeral for 50).

8d           Watch salesman with consumer (8)
REPEATER –   A repeating timepiece – REP (salesman) and EATER (consumer).

13d         Desmond’s flipping work! Habitual response is high-handed (8)
DESPOTIC –   DES(mond) plus a reversal (flipping) of OP (work) and TIC (habitual response).

14d         Hazel’s case has teachers appearing before she will (8)
NUTSHELL –  NUT (National Union of Teachers) plus SHE[‘]LL (she will).

15d         Under pressure, has to collect artist with second edition (8)
HARASSED –   Insert RA (artist) into HAS (from the clue) and follow with S (second) and ED (edition).

16d         Persistence of number taking a large town (8)
TENACITY –   TEN (number) A (from the clue) CITY (large town).

18d         It has only one eye but that’s not the point (6)
NEEDLE –   A cryptic definition of a sewing implement  which can also be a pointer on a compass or other dial.

19d         18 represented in pen by Latin American (6)
STYLUS –   Another type of 18d – STY (pen) L (Latin) US (American).

20d         Cat right on rodent’s tail (6)
MOUSER –   Put R (right) on the end (tail) of a MOUSE (rodent).

21d         Park officer made a dash before German fellow left (6)
RANGER –   RAN (made a dash) and GER (the MAN or fellow in German has ‘left’!)

I’ll be back next week  to explain the Mysteron’s Saturday Prize puzzle.



One Comment

  1. BigBoab
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    I totally agree Sue, he has upped his game a great deal. Thanks to him for a most enjoyable crossword and thanks of course for the super review.