Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27193
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Cephas provided us with a nice mix of clues last Saturday, making an enjoyable puzzle, despite the grid being full of double unches. I can’t repeat what a fellow blogger said about this grid – very naughty boy!!
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1a Bees do it in sun, getting quite hot (5)
SWARM – S (sun) plus WARM (quite hot).
4a May goes round Welsh resort, we hear, with nothing on, just a set of bells (8)
CARILLON – Insert into CAN (may, is able to ) RILL (a homophone – we hear – of the Welsh resort of Rhyll) and O (nothing).
8a Merry Margery, flipping meanie (8)
TIGHTWAD – TIGHT, like merry, is an informal way of saying intoxicated, and should be followed by a reversal (flipping) of DAW, the surname of Margery in the nursery rhyme See-saw Margery Daw.
9a A charmingly old-fashioned Conservative’s brought in to advise (8)
ACQUAINT – A (from the clue) and QUAINT (charmingly old-fashioned) with C (Conservative) inserted (brought in).
11a Amount of money put up with a little being declared (4,3)
LUMP SUM – LUMP (put up with, as in “like it or lump it”) and a homophone (declared) of SOME.
13a Brandy very gently poured into beer by sailor (5-4)
APPLE-JACK – Insert PP (the abbreviation for the musical instruction pianissimo, softly) into ALE (beer) and follow with JACK (sailor).
15a Elation centred around European agreement (7,8)
ENTENTE CORDIALE – An anagram (around) of ELATION CENTRED.
18a One causing anguish to Queen needs counsellor (9)
TORMENTOR – TO (from the clue) R (Regina, queen) and MENTOR (counsellor).
21a Verdict I only can bring in a manner of speaking (7)
DICTION – Hidden in verDICT I ONly.
22a Charlie’s picture replaced at a reduced rate (3-5)
CUT-PRICE – C (C for Charlie in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet) followed by an anagram (replaced) of PICTURE.
24a Get used to bill coming before trade (8)
ACCUSTOM – AC (account, bill) and CUSTOM (trade).
25a Machine regulator‘s smart turn (8)
FLYWHEEL – FLY (smart, knowing) and WHEEL (turn round).
26a Heating unit hospital needed in time (5)
THERM – Insert H (hospital) into TERM (time).
1d Payment made by end of dispute (10)
SETTLEMENT – Double definitions.
2d Views expressed in debate are not admitting fix (8)
ARGUMENT – Insert GUM (fix) into ARENT (are not).
3d Smew aunt confused with another bird (4,4)
MUTE SWAN – A confused anagram of SMEW AUNT.
4d Australian swimmer’s first to get tailpiece (4)
CODA – So who else had a gnoment of wondering why a COD was specifically Australian?!! Then I read the clue properly. The ‘swimmer’ goes first so it is COD before A (the abbreviation for Australian).
5d Guarantee radio listener may hear near the coast (6)
INSURE – Which someone listening might hear as IN SHORE, or near the coast.
6d Plate dog perhaps turned upside down (6)
LAMINA – A reversal (turned upside down) of an ANIMAL, of which a dog is an example (perhaps).
7d Exodus found in New Testament, or immediately after? (4)
NEXT – Insert EX (the abbreviation for the Old Testament book, Exodus) into NT, the abbreviation for the New Testament.
10d Trophy on table in cabinet (8)
CUPBOARD – CUP (trophy) and BOARD (table). Reminds me of teaching a dyslexic son to spell – it helped to split words into two parts, just like the explanation for the clue.
12d Grand joke by one interrupting Scotsman (8)
MAJESTIC – Insert JEST (joke) and I (one) into MAC, the Scotsman.
14d Carrying on with relative preservation of silence? (7,3)
KEEPING MUM – The first part of a clue is a fairly cryptic explanation of an expression meaning keeping completely quiet or promising secrecy.
16d Ignore price reduction (8)
DISCOUNT – Another double definition.
17d Seamen in the drink (8)
ABSINTHE – ABS (the plural of the abbreviation for Able Seaman) followed by IN THE (from the clue).
19d Fan club? (6)
ROTARY – An fan is something that is ROTARY or moves in a circular motion. The ROTARY club ios an organisation formed to encourage service to and within the community.
20d Garden Richard’s built around ornament (6)
ENRICH – ‘Built around’ is a sign that you are looking for the word hidden in gardEN RICHard.
22d Company provided cap (4)
COIF – A type of cap is obtained by following CO (the abbreviation for company) with IF (provided}
23d Count‘s in advance, being cut short (4)
EARL – Truncate (being cut short) EARL
y (in advance).
See you next week with my review of the next Saturday Prize Puzzle.