Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27205
A full review by gnomethang
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Morning All! I’m fairly certain this was a Cephas Saturday and found the puzzle very enjoyable with his usual amusing Cryptic definitions and some lovely surface readings.
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1a Black stuff covering bishop’s pen (6)
CORRAL – COAL, the black stuff, around the outside of RR – the abbreviation for a Right Reverend – the formal address of a Bishop.
4a Breakfast food cooler? (8)
PORRIDGE – Two definitions, the second being the cryptic. You stir it as well!.
8a Scientist on holiday entering wine store (6)
BOFFIN – OFF work (on holiday) inside BIN for wine store.
9a Having recently become member of a union (5-3)
NEWLY-WED – A gentle cryptic definition – not a Trade Union.
10a Men of letters, burning with irate rambling (8)
LITERATI – LIT for burning then an anagram (rambling) of IRATE.
11a Could be worse, ringing about legal document (6)
ESCROW – An anagram (could be) of WORSE around the outside of C for about (one abbreviation of circa).
12a Hard-hearted, without Biblical character? (8)
RUTHLESS – Another definition plus cryptic. She had her own book in the Bible.
13a Sauce with food — it’s red and goes on chops (6)
LIPPIE – A nicely diverting surface reading – not ketchup!. A charade of LIP (sauce/impertinence) followed by PIE for food.
15a Reportedly uninterested, husband’s left her in bed! (6)
BORDER – Another nice surface!> A homophone (reportedly) of BORED – BORD then (h)ER with the H for Husband removed.
18a Muscles stretch — that’s in theory (8)
ABSTRACT – A charade of ABS (abbreviation for Abdominal muscles) then TRACT for a stretch of e.g. land.
20a Where young lady returning with nothing on may take a dip? (6)
LAGOON – Another fine clue. Reverse a GAL (young lady returning) then add O dor nothing and ON from the clue.
21a Put forward in support of sterling (8)
PROPOUND – A charade of PRO – in support of – and POUNDs sterling.
23a Virginia not involved in crooked villainous trick (8)
ILLUSION – Remove VA (the abbreviation for the state of Virginia) from VILLAINOUS and then make an anagram (crooked).
24a Spoke for a tedious group of characters inside (6)
ORATED – All the characters are hidden inside fOR A TEDious.
25a Storyteller’s stirring rant and roar (8)
NARRATOR – The apostrophe ‘s stands for IS which tells you that a word for storyteller IS an anagram (stirring) of RANT and ROAR combined.
26a Mischief-maker trapping insect, all round it’s pathetic (6)
FEEBLE – Start with an ELF (mischief-maker) then insert a BEE (insect) then reverse the lot (all round) EL (BEE) F ß.
1d Accountant and graduate left small party (5)
CABAL – The abbreviation for Chartered Accountant followed by BA (Bachelor of Arts and L for Left.
2d Rush outside recently having restored energy (9)
REFRESHED – REED (rush/grass) outside of FRESH for recently.
3d Row over time needed for descent (7)
LINEAGE – A LINE or queue/row on top of (over in a down clue) AGE for time.
4d Remedy for a writer missing the point (6-9)
PENCIL-SHARPENER – A nice cryptic definition.
5d Harsh treatment of unseasoned wood (3,4)
RAW DEAL – RAW (unseasoned) followed by DEAL (a species of tree/wood)
6d In retrospect, we would decline a little liquid (7)
DEWDROP – Reverse (in retrospect) WE’D, we would, and then DROP for decline/decrease.
7d Won’t emend revised bequest (9)
ENDOWMENT – An anagram (revised) of WONT EMEND.
12d Fizzy beer left by beast — revolting (9)
REBELLION – An anagram (fizzy) of BEER followed by L for Left then the king of the beasts, the LION.
14d Celebrity being mature! (9)
PERSONAGE – Person for being then AGE for mature.
16d Soldier‘s uniform (7)
REGULAR – Two definitions. The apostrophe ‘s here tells you that one word means (is) the same as the next.
17d Act without restraint in high-scoring cricket match? (3,4)
RUN RIOT – A bit like a run-fest but possibly more violent!
19d Parade and exhibition substandard (4,3)
SHOW OFF – SHOW (exhibition) followed by OFF (substandard – that’s a bit off).
22d Miss a trick (5)
DODGE – A double definition, the first a verb the second a noun.
Thanks to the setter – pretty sure it is Cephas. I’ll see you all next Friday for another Saturday review.