Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27414
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
The Mysteron obviously noticed that Cephas didn’t have so many anagrams as usual last week, so he made up for it by giving us eight this week!
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1a Following leads in special operations, spies left party (6)
SOCIAL – the ‘leads’ of Special Operations, followed by the CIA (spies) and L (left).
4a Successfully woo girl holding diamonds — that can give you a lift (8)
WINDLASS – WIN LASS (successfully woo girl) with D (diamonds in a card game) inserted.
9a Roughen up a certain Mr Pitt with energy (6)
ABRADE – A (from the clue) BRAD (Mr Pitt the actor)and E (energy).
10a Some gent renovated jewel (8)
GEMSTONE – A renovated anagram of SOME GENT.
11a Showing respect if no choir performing (9)
HONORIFIC – An anagram (performing) of IF NO CHOIR.
13a Good-for-nothing makes Bette lose head (5)
IDLER – Remove the initial letter or ‘head’ from Bette
14a One back in rugby team leaving space between locks (6,7)
CENTRE PARTING – CENTRE (one of the backs in a rugby team) and PARTING (leaving).
17a Children’s puppet directors win everything (5,3,5)
SWEEP THE BOARD – Sooty’s friend SWEEP and THE BOARD (directors)
21a Grub of regular variety (5)
LARVA – Hidden in reguLAR VAriety.
23a Engineer fuelled in US city as a requirement (9)
NEEDFULLY – An anagram (engineer) of FUELLED inserted into NY, the abbreviation for the city of New York.
24a August? Put in danger around its beginning (8)
IMPERIAL – A (the beginning of August) inserted into IMPERIL (put in danger).
25a Person engaging lawyer right in court (6)
CLIENT – Insert LIEN (legal right) into CT, the abbreviation for court.
26a Restrained old hooligan given anaesthetic (8)
TETHERED – Insert ETHER (anaesthetic) into a TED (teddy boy, 1950s hooligan).
27a Ploy to get one caught following diplomacy (6)
TACTIC – TACT (diplomacy) I (one) and C (caught in cricket scoring).
1d Shop initially with two articles to wrap up (6)
SWATHE – S (the initial letter of shop) W (with) A (indefinite article) THE (definite article).
2d Dreadful cliché about king, concerning history (9)
CHRONICLE – An anagram (dreadful) of CLICHÉ with R (Rex, king) and ON (concerning) inserted.
3d Unknown author takes director in bar with log fire (7)
ANDIRON – ANON (unknown author) with DIR (director) inserted.
5d Sort of banal piece’s impossible to get away from (11)
INESCAPABLE – An anagram (sort) of BANAL PIECE S.
6d Rough sleeper holds single record (7)
DOSSIER – Insert I (one, single) into a DOSSER (rough sleeper).
7d Bikini, perhaps, has a price (5)
ATOLL – Split 1, 4 it would be A and TOLL (price).
8d Eagerest to make trip in cheapest place on ship (8)
STEERAGE – And another anagram (to make trip), this time of EAGEREST.
12d Habit of Victorians taking very cheap beer even for them! (11)
FARTHINGALE – Apparently this garment was worn in Victorian times as well as in the 16th and 17th centuries. Split 8, 3, it produces some particularly cheap beer.
15d Dig tunnel for redevelopment that’s gratifying (9)
INDULGENT – And another anagram – a redevelopment of DIG TUNNEL.
16d One looking into the future admitting son may become religious writer (8)
PSALMIST – A PALMIST might look at your hand to determine your future. Inserting an S (son) produces a writer of psalms.
18d Plain damage I repair (7)
PRAIRIE – An anagram (damage) of I REPAIR.
19d Ramsey perhaps doubled a source of fodder (7)
ALFALFA – The famous footballer manager is an example of someone called ALF – ‘doubled’ indicates that you need two lots of ALF ALF and A (from the clue).
20d My staff endlessly hard to fathom (6)
MYSTIC – MY (from the clue) and STIC (stic
k or staff ‘endlessly’)
22d Drunk comes up to plant again (5)
REPOT – A reversal (up in a down clue) of a TOPER (drunk).