Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27390
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ***
A fairly typical Saturday prize puzzle from the Mysteron, but with a few too many ‘old friends’ for my liking. Perhaps I have been doing these crosswords too long!!
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3a Greet workers led by wag (5,5)
SHAKE HANDS – ‘led by’ is what tells you to put SHAKE (wag) before HANDS (workers).
8a Leave suddenly, half of Deal affected (6)
DECAMP – DE (the first half of Deal) and CAMP (affected).
9a To provoke second son is unnecessary (8)
NEEDLESS – NEEDLE (provoke) S (second) and S (son) – the first of several chestnuts in this crossword.
10a Dictates changes in what may prove conclusive (4,4)
ACID TEST – An anagram (changes) of DICTATES.
11a One famous singer, not old — he died escaping Crete (6)
ICARUS – I (one) and CARUS
O (the famous Italian tenor)with the O at the end removed (not old).
12a At times fashionable, with that being so (3,3,4)
NOW AND THEN – NOW (fashionable, up to date) AND (with) THEN (being so).
14a Gain an advantage over rotten marshal at once (5,1,5,2)
STEAL A MARCH ON – An anagram (rotten) of MARSHAL AT ONCE.
20a Look about in box in carriage (3,7)
AIR FREIGHT – AIR (look, manner) followed by FIGHT (box) with RE (about) inserted.
22a Telephone everyone in competition (4,2)
CALL UP – Insert ALL (everyone) into CUP (competition).
23a Sat, agitated, with phone going off in carriage (8)
STANHOPE – Another ‘old friend’ – An anagram (agitated) of SAT followed by another (going off) of PHONE.
24a Couple in conversation decline sweet (4,4)
PEAR DROP – A homophone (in conversation) of pair (couple): PEAR is followed by DROP (decline) to get the most horrible sweet there is .
25a Ambassador taken in by right-wing supposition (6)
THEORY – Insert HE (His Excellency the Ambassador) into TORY(right wing )
26a See actress in great cocktail dress before start of Oscars (5,5)
GRETA GARBO – An anagram (cocktail) of GREAT followed by GARB (dress) and O (the ‘start’ of Oscars).
1d Humanitarian outfit embarrassed and annoyed (3,5)
RED CROSS – RED (embarrassed)and CROSS (annoyed).
2d Character willing to bring old maid, perhaps (4,4)
CARD GAME – CARD (character) and GAME (willing or up for) – Old Maid being an example of a fine children’s card game.
3d Odds studied in advance (6)
SPREAD – SP (starting price, betting odds) and READ (studied).
4d Relative in Africa, untraceable (4)
AUNT – Hidden in AfricA UNTraceable.
5d Look on ship for a kind of cosmetic (8)
EYELINER – And another ‘friend’ EYE (look) followed by (on) LINER (ship).
6d A launch, aimlessly drifting (6)
AFLOAT – A (from the clue) and FLOAT (launch, eg a scheme).
7d Record American sports event (6)
DISCUS – DISC (record)and US (American).
13d Poet in centre of Corfu (5)
HOMER – HOME (in) and R (the centre of CoRfu).
15d A golf rep playing a game (8)
LEAPFROG – An anagram (playing) of A GOLF REP.
16d Figure blocking female in lift (8)
HEIGHTEN – The figure EIGHT is blocking or inserted into HEN (female).
17d Involved person admitting Home Office failures (2-6)
NO-HOPERS – Insert the abbreviation for Home Office into an anagram (involved)of PERSON.
18d Gallop in pursuit (6)
CAREER – To gallop or one’s profession or occupation (pursuit).
19d Cambridge college student’s last Bordeaux (6)
CLARET – The Cambridge college – CLARE – and the last letter of studenT.
21d Stupidly trail round district of Venice (6)
RIALTO – An anagram (stupidly) of TRIAL followed by an O (round).
23d Knocks over box (4)
SPAR – And a final ‘old friend’ to finish … A reversal (over) of RAPS (knocks).
Gnomey’s turn to take over Saturdays again so he’ll be in this spot next week.