Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27367
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
To assist the easily confused, I will start by explaining that this crossword appeared on Saturday 21 December (the day of the big Centenary Celebration) but the extended Christmas closing date means that I can only post the review today.
A splendid 16a/20a from the Saturday Mysteron, with a very nice Nina round the outside which none of us could miss given that the instructions under the puzzle number were so clear ‘Look for a message if you get round to it’ (See the end of the review, if you didn’t notice it at the time).
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7a Boy attending to a composition (6)
SONATA – SON (boy) AT (attending) and A (from the clue).
8a King Henry’s lead in unusual role of Robin Hood perhaps (4,4)
FOLK HERO – An anagram (unusual) of ROLE OF with the initial letters (lead) of King and Henry inserted.
9a Live accommodated by one encouraging soft drink (4,4)
ROOT BEER – Insert BE (live) into a ROOTER (an informal term for someone providing loud encouragement)
11a Occasion for people to enter test (6)
MOMENT – Insert MEN (people) into an MOT test.
12a Fashion designer — politician ’Arriet needs one (6)
ARMANI – The apostrophe at the start of ‘Arriet tells you that you need to remove the H from the surname of the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party –
HARMAN and then add an I (needs one).
15a Cat left tree (4)
LASH – A cat-o’nine-tails – L (left)and ASH (tree).
16a Make dramatic entrance year after special occasion (9)
CENTENARY – An anagram (make dramatic) of ENTRANCE followed by (after) Y for Year.
17a Some scoffed dodgy exotic vegetable (4)
EDDO is hidden in some of scoffED DOdgy.
18a Handle fellow turning to drug (4)
NAME – A reversal (turning) of MAN followed by E (the drug, Ecstasy).
20a Puzzle requires ticking off (9)
CROSSWORD – Split 5, 4, it might well be part of a ticking off.
23a City in either end of yearbook (4)
YORK – I love this type of clue – either ends of Yearbook are, of course, Y OR K.
25a Cause senora to be upset (6)
REASON – An anagram (to be upset) of SENORA.
26a Soft cryptic clue in Daily Telegraph initially (6)
DULCET – Insert a cryptic anagram of CLUE between the initial letters of Daily and Telegraph.
28a Bird dressed to suit me (8)
TITMOUSE – And another anagram. This time dressed tell us to rearrange TO SUIT ME.
31a Titles constituting me as lord (8)
EARLDOM – An anagram (constituting) of ME AS LORD.
32a Get the better of remote American media company (6)
OUTFOX – OUT (remote) and FOX (American media company).
1d Hospital supported by boss of our paper given recognition (8)
HONOURED – H (hospital) ON (supported by) OUR ED (the boss of our paper).
2d Card player to scoff, taking in his opponent (4)
EAST – Insert S (South being one of East’s opponents in a game of bridge) into EAT (scoff).
3d Fashion from right period (4)
RAGE – R (right) and AGE (period).
4d Heat making airmen toil (10)
ELIMINATOR – Heat here meaning a division of a contest – an anagram (making) of AIRMEN TOIL.
5d Second bad actor in charade (4)
SHAM – S (second) and HAM (bad actor).
6d Swimwear revealing torsos (6)
TRUNKS – Pants worn for swimming or parts of the body apart from the head and limbs.
8d Pelt with mineral causing uproar (6)
FURORE – FUR (pelt, skin) and ORE (mineral).
10d Bar’s given European harmful stuff (4)
BANE – A cause of evil or poison – BAN (bar) and E (European).
13d A familiar chap’s stuck up (5)
ACOCK – in a stuck up manner or defiantly – A (from the clue) and COCK (a slang familiar address to a man).
14d Novelty pub gets applause (10)
INNOVATION – INN (pub) and OVATION (applause).
15d Name possessed by lady possibly (5)
LYNDA – An anagram (possibly) of LADY with N (name) inserted or possessed.
19d Space flight is rather aimless, creating news (8)
MOONSHOT – MOONS (wanders aimlessly) and HOT (currently newsworthy).
21d Rank university beset by figures (6)
STATUS – Insert U (university) into STATS (figures).
22d Rock band keeping a stock of paper (4)
REAM – Insert A (from the clue) into the rock band REM.
24d Dashing valour could become seedy (6)
OVULAR – An anagram (dashing) of VALOUR.
27d Fish around lake — it’s bleak (4)
COLD – Insert L for lake into a COD (fish).
29d Second person in the Bible gets short measure (4)
THOU – An archaic or Biblical way of saying you is an abbreviation for a thousandth of an inch (short measure).
30d One’s sworn in supremo at Hogwarts (4)
OATH is hidden in supremO AT Hogwarts.
And the Nina – Starting at the top and running right round the edge of the puzzle, it says “Here’s to the next hundred years”. I’ll second that.