Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27438
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle was published on Saturday 15th March 2014
The Saturday Mysteron* in double definition mode this week, but with a couple of lovely &Lits too.
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1a Indicator of wind‘s blow (4)
SOCK – Although BD’s hint explained that this was a cryptic definition of a windsock used to show wind direction, I am going to stick with my first thought and say that this can also be read as a double definition, as sock can also mean a violent blow with the fist, not least because our Mysteron appears to be in double definition mode today.
3a Model problem (5)
POSER – See what I mean? Here’s another one which is fairly self-explanatory.
6a Cut down garden weed (4)
DOCK – And another! Cut down or reduce; or the large-leaved plant so handy when we’ve been stung by a nettle.
8a Protector of wildlife cites innovators in development (15)
CONSERVATIONIST – An anagram (in development) of CITES INNOVATORS.
9a Acknowledge version of the Bible with cry of pain (6)
AVOUCH – The abbreviation for the Authorised Version of the Bible followed by OUCH (cry of pain).
10a Presenter of TV show with unusual format introducing new name (8)
FRONTMAN – An anagram (unusual) of FORMAT with N (new) and N (name) added to the letters we had to rearrange.
11a Observe large ship’s make-up (8)
EYELINER – EYE (watch) LINER (large ship)
13a Deception taking in engineers is very funny thing (6)
SCREAM – The RE (Royal Engineers) inserted into a SCAM (deception).
15a Group of actors in rep out for a change (6)
TROUPE – An anagram (for a change) of REP OUT.
17a One put on guard supports family (8)
BEARSKIN – BEARS (supports) KIN (family).
19a Boy catching gnat gets bit (8)
SMIDGEON – A MIDGE (gnat) is caught by or inserted into SON (boy).
21a Make sudden move forward pinching old saloon (6)
LOUNGE – An expensive and more luxurious room in a public bar (saloon) – Insert O (old) into LUNGE (make sudden move forward).
22a Eden Hazard? Golden feet work deftly with energy (4,2,9)
TREE OF KNOWLEDGE – An anagram (deftly) of GOLDEN FEET WORK and E (energy).
23a Place serving officers Horlicks (4)
MESS – A place serving officers in the armed forces, perhaps with a well-known bedtime beverage – Horlicks is also a slang term for a complete mess.
24a North American animal shed is unpleasant (5)
NASTY – NA (North American) and STY (animal shed).
25a Blue stuff upset stomachs (4)
SMUT – A reversal (upset)of TUMS (stomachs).
1d Host a former athlete dispatched outside (9)
SACRAMENT – The wafer consecrated in the Eucharist service. Insert into SENT (dispatched) A (from the clue) and CRAM (Steve Cram, the former athlete turned sports commentator).
2d Provide comfort to computer games player (7)
CONSOLE – Another double definition – a verb meaning to provide comfort or a device for playing computer games.
3d Fish expert catches indefinite number possibly (9)
PERCHANCE – PERCH (fish) and ACE (expert) the latter having an N (indefinite number) inserted.
4d Regular correspondent‘s report of Scottish island (7)
STAFFER – A member of the editorial staff of a newspaper is a homophone (report of ) the Scottish island of Staffa.
5d One protected by terrible horn (5)
RHINO – Nice &Lit. Insert I (one) into an anagram (terrible) of HORN.
6d Changes the character of area in false set (9)
DENATURES – Insert A (area) into DENTURES (set of false teeth).
7d It will make you go about carrying a sign of injury (7)
CASCARA – Something that will make you ‘go’ can be obtained either from the chemist or by inserting A SCAR (a sign of injury) into CA (circa, about).
12d Los Angeles strip is cleaner (9)
LAUNDRESS – LA (Los Angeles) UNDRESS (strip).
13d Secretive about worship, in a way that lacks depth (9)
SHALLOWLY – Insert HALLOW (worship) into SLY (secretive).
14d Name item in pie around Christmas primarily (9)
MINCEMEAT – Another nice &Lit. Pie is a printing term for type that has been mixed up – here it is an anagram indicator – rearrange NAME ITEM and C (the ‘primary’ letter of Christmas) .
16d Regret about detective (7)
REMORSE – RE (about) MORSE (the TV/crime novel detective)
17d Fruit and nuts (7)
BANANAS – well, there had to be one chestnut – I sincerely hope that no-one requires an explanation of this clue!
18d Supreme power to make monk dig furiously (7)
KINGDOM – An anagram (furiously) of MONK DIG.
20d Michael Finnegan’s content being small (5)
ELFIN – Hidden in the content of MichaEL FINnegan.
*This puzzle didn’t seem to me to feel like the work of one of the usual Saturday Mysterons (they’ve been alternating with Cephas since October 2010). Like me, commenters on the day certainly seemed to enjoy the solve, whoever set it.