Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27127
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment **
A typical offering from the Saturday Mysteron – nothing too contentious or for that matter exciting.
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1a Dessert wine delayed rumbling (10)
AFTERSHOCK – The rumbling which follows an earthquake. AFTERS (dessert, pudding) and HOCK (a German white wine).
6a Check rolls should be turned over (4)
SNUB – A reversal (turned over) of BUNS (rolls).
9a Lack of progress upset antagonist (10)
STAGNATION – An upset anagram of ANTAGONIST.
10a Turkish empire rejects man such as Bismarck (4)
OTTO – A Christian name shared by many in addition to Bismarck is OTTO – The OTTO[MAN} Empire without (rejects) MAN!
12a Spare object that’s incomplete (4)
THIN – Spare, lean or frugal – an incomplete THIN[G} (object).
13a What managing directors do in panel for the rest (9)
HEADBOARD – The panel at the top of your bed (where you rest) if split 4, 5 would describe what managing directors do.
15a Inclination to write repetitive song (8)
PENCHANT – PEN (to write) CHANT (repetitive song).
16a Man stumbled with cry of pain (6)
FELLOW – FELL (stumbled) and OW (cry of pain).
18a Drink with one honoured person receiving International Baccalaureate (6)
IMBIBE – Insert IB (the abbreviation for the International Baccalaureate) between I (one) and MBE ( a person honoured with an MBE (Member of the British Empire).
20a The aforementioned singer is a craftsman (8)
THATCHER – THAT (the aforementioned) CHER (who could be Crosswordland’s most useful singer).
23a Bird gets to canoodle with Clinton? (9)
SPOONBILL – Both canoodle and SPOON are words not used much anymore. Clinton is, of course, not Hillary, but BILL.
24a English island linked with a US state (4)
IOWA – The abbreviation for the Isle of Wight followed by (linked with) A (from the clue).
26a Look at search engine that’s no go (4)
OGLE – Remove GO (no go) from [GO]OGLE.
27a Italian friend hugging daughter in Aga Saga, for instance (10)
PALINDROME – Aga Saga is an example of a PALINDROME – Insert D for Daughter into PAL IN ROME (Italian friend)
28a African nation like takeaway food (4)
TOGO – Split 2,2 this African nation might sound like a description of takeaway food – TO GO rather than to eat in the restaurant.
29a GI is barred for abusing officers (10)
BRIGADIERS – An anagram (for abusing) of GI IS BARRED.
1d A capital orchestra in addition (4)
ALSO – If I had a £1 for every time this clue had appeared in a crossword, I could have retired long ago! A (from the clue) and the abbreviation by which the London Symphony Orchestra is known.
2d Informal conference has element to embrace every individual (5-2)
TEACH-IN – Insert EACH (embrace every individual) into the element TIN.
3d Go for a riverside jog in financial crisis (3,2,3,4)
RUN ON THE BANK – A double definition.
4d Seeking a lift after punch on jaw is good (8)
HITCHING – HIT CHIN (punch on jaw) followed by (after) G (good).
5d Start to harmonise in rock-like material for singers (6)
CHORAL – Insert H (the start of Harmonise) into CORAL (rock-like material).
7d Game to be announced when girl comes around (7)
NETBALL – Insert TBA (To Be Announced) into NELL (girl).
8d American girl’s promise for a blade (10)
BROADSWORD – An American term for a girl’s – BROAD[‘]S – followed by WORD (promise).
11d Sailor took care of sandwiches despatched without attention (6-6)
ABSENT-MINDED – As I said on Saturday, ‘sandwiches’ indicates that SENT (despatched) should be put between AB (sailor, Able Seaman) and MINDED (took care of).
14d Meddler has drink after plunder (10)
SPOILSPORT – SPOILS (plunder) and PORT (fortified wine).
17d £2 for new sparkling coin (8)
SHILLING – Replace the N in SHINING with two LLs (L being used to denote a £).
19d Merseyside town has drop of gin illegally produced (7)
BOOTLEG – BOOTLE (Merseyside town) and G (a ‘drop’ or small part of the word Gin).
21d Why cow gets confused entering house (3,4)
HOW COME – Insert an anagram (gets confused) of COW into HOME (house).
22d Welshman in Russian space station in the sky (6)
MIDAIR – Insert DAI (Welshman) into the Russian space station MIR.
25d Untidy place for such as 29 (4)
MESS – Double definition: as a verb it means to untidy; as a noun, a place where officers in the armed forces, such as the brigadiers found in 29a, eat their meals.