Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27217
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ****
A very nice Prize Puzzle from Cephas – the right level of difficulty to leave plenty of time for other Saturday activities, and a nice mix of clues, including some lovely anagram indicators.
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1a Morning-after-the-night-before feeling‘s beginning for George in German city (8)
HANGOVER – Insert the ‘beginning’ of George into the German city of HANOVER.
5a Preach a sermon to show up tot after beer, perhaps (6)
CHASER – Not something I’d fancy but an alcoholic drink is hidden in preaCH A SERmon.
8a Go about two (6)
REPAIR – RE (about) and PAIR (two) – repair here being a verb meaning to take oneself, to go.
9a Stu tried to remove debris (8)
DETRITUS – An anagram (remove) of STU TRIED.
10a Eavesdrop with one good man being framed by Soviet leader (6,2)
LISTEN IN – Insert I (one) and ST (saint, good man) into LENIN (Soviet leader).
11a Don’t forget to phone again (6)
RECALL – a verb meaning to remember (don’t forget) sounds like you might phone someone again.
12a Shrink from agreement (8)
CONTRACT – A fairly obvious double definition.
13a Admission granted of course (6)
ENTRÉE – Another double definition – freedom of access or a dish served between the chief courses of a meal.
15a River bird makes one feel sorry (6)
REGRET – R (river) and EGRET (bird)
18a In France, slow mover set out carrying load (8)
ESCARGOT – The French word for that slow mover, the snail. Insert CARGO (load) into an anagram (out) of SET.
20a One who stands above the froth? (6)
SURFER – A cryptic definition.
21a Could be impolitic, nothing less inferred (8)
IMPLICIT – The solution could be an anagram of IMP
OLITIC once you have removed the 0 (nothing less).
23a Kinsman‘s account (8)
RELATION – Another double definition.
24a Revolutionary gadget fitted with electronic device (6)
TAGGED – An anagram (revolutionary) of GADGET.
25a We mostly head off one’s intertwining yarn (6)
WEAVER – WE (from the clue) and AVER (most of AVER
T, head off, prevent). I did spend a Gnoment trying to find a word from which I was supposed to remove the first letter – in my defence, that’s what usually happens when you see ‘head off’ in a clue!
26a Perform part of articulated turn by parking place (4-4)
ROLE-PLAY – A homophone (articulated) of ROLL (turn) followed by P (parking) and LAY (place, put down).
1d Type of music that doesn’t start every 60 minutes (5)
HORAL – I didn’t know this adjective meaning hourly, but the wordplay is very clear. Simply remove the first letter (doesn’t start) from
2d Staring at twinkling heavenly body (5,4)
GIANT STAR – Isn’t twinkling a lovely anagram indicator? Rearrange STARING AT.
3d About to go up inside museum gallery? (7)
VERANDA – A reversal (to go up) of RE (about) inserted into the museum so useful for crossword setters, the V AND A (Victoria and Albert).
4d Coming home first with a mobile charger? (6,3,6)
RIDING THE WINNER – A cryptic definition of being first past the post on a racehorse (mobile charger).
5d Group‘s small cottage on lake (7)
COTERIE – COT (small cottage) and ERIE (one of the Great Lakes).
6d Arrange trade show, expected to be fine (3,4)
SET FAIR – SET (arrange) FAIR (Trade Show) – when you see SET FAIR on a barometer you should expect fine weather.
7d Hardy‘s moving line during rites at sea (9)
RESILIENT – An anagram (moving) of LINE inserted into an anagram (at sea) of RITES. Nice surface reading.
12d Irish port’s party for ship in bottle device (9)
CORKSCREW – Follow a way of saying belonging to the Irish port of Cork – CORK[‘]S with CREW (party here referring to a ship’s company).
14d Appearing to be making revolution in a heightened state (7,2)
TURNING UP – TURNING (to be making [a] revolution) UP (in a heightened state of excitement).
16d Advance stream supported by a primate (7)
GORILLA – GO (advance forwards) RILL (small stream) followed, or supported by, A from the clue.
17d Row about stray dog (7)
TERRIER – Insert ERR (stray)into a TIER or row.
19d It may add interest in Cardiff, say (7)
CAPITAL – Money invested to which interest may be added; or the chief city of a country, as Cardiff is of Wales.
22d Sweet hot drink for rum type avoiding exercise outside (5)
TODDY – Insert ODD (rum) into TY (TY
PE without the PE [avoiding exercise])