Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27289
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There must have been lots of entries for this week’s prize puzzle as it was extremely easy and in some places hardly cryptic at all.
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1a Enter about fifty in total (8)
COMPLETE – Insert L (the Roman numeral for 50) into COMPETE (enter).
5a Benefit for female with sex appeal (6)
PROFIT – PRO (for) F (female) IT (sex appeal).
9a Spiral dive bothered alpinist (8)
TAILSPIN – An anagram (bothered) of ALPINIST.
10a Smart circle’s old beer? (6)
STINGO – STING (smart) and O (circle)to get what Chambers describes as ‘strong malt liquor’.
11a Strangely docile about college being freezing (3-4)
ICE-COLD – Insert C (college) into an anagram (strangely) of DOCILE.
12a Carried outside when ready to eat (7)
TOASTED – Insert AS (when) into TOTED (carried). Having checked the BRB, I remain confused as to why this means ‘ready to eat’.
13a Long odds about lunchtime? (6,2,3)
TWENTY TO ONE – Long betting odds or around lunchtime.
16a The ‘Scotsman’ for instance did it to get rid of surplus energy (3,3,5)
LET OFF STEAM – The Flying Scotsman may well have done this, we do it to work off excess energy.
21a Eight pints and a quarter inside vessel (7)
GALLEON – Insert E (East, a quarter) into GALLON (eight pints).
22a It’s baked in pastry, not cold, for during the journey (2,5)
EN ROUTE – When baked in pastry, salmon, for example, is said to be baked EN CROUTE. Remove the C (not Cold)to get an expression meaning during the journey.
23a Originator put gold repeatedly round unfinished article (6)
AUTHOR – AU (the chemical symbol for gold) TH (almost all of the, the definite article) and OR (the heraldic term for the colour gold.
24a She does an entertaining take-off (8)
STRIPPER – Just glad I don’t have to either explain or illustrate this one!
25a Try that’s made in rugby (6)
TACKLE – To challenge or attempt something; the act of intercepting a player who has the rugby ball.
26a Rebuilt cart — it is creative (8)
ARTISTIC – An anagram (rebuilt) of CART IT IS.
1d Illicit rice contains this acid (6)
CITRIC – this acid is hidden in illiCIT RICe.
2d Single from over with no runs? (6)
MAIDEN – A young unmarried girl or an over in a game of cricket in which no runs were scored.
3d Left before beer round’s got in — missed a trick (4,3)
LOST OUT – L (left) O (round) STOUT (beer).
4d He is following two others (5,6)
THIRD PERSON – The third person singular could be someone following two other people.
6d Withdraw what’s said about pamphlet (7)
RETRACT – RE (about) TRACT (pamphlet)
7d Social event‘s loud, followed by something soothing (8)
FUNCTION – F (the musical instruction to play loudly) followed by UNCTION (something soothing).
8d Like a sword that’s doubly sharp (3-5)
TWO-EDGED – A definition of a sword.
12d Strictly directed at landlord (2,3,6)
TO THE LETTER – An expression meaning exactly, in every detail, could be a missive directed at someone who lets out property.
14d Iris’s bluster — shameless! (8)
FLAGRANT – An iris is also known as a FLAG. RANT is one meaning of bluster.
15d Lithe cat may jump to get fit (8)
ATHLETIC – An anagram (may jump) of LITHE CAT.
17d Foul lie about energy source (4,3)
FUEL OIL – An anagram (about) of FOUL LIE.
18d Swallow single cocktail (7)
MARTINI – MARTIN (a bird similar to a swallow)and I (single).
19d Initially puts up with dog perhaps — one’s highly strung (6)
PUPPET – The initial letter of Puts, UP (from the clue) and PET (dog perhaps).
20d Containing a metal, could be terrific without it perhaps (6)
FERRIC – Containing iron – Remove the letters IT (without it) from
TERR IFIC and rearrange what’s left.