Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27444
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This puzzle was published on Saturday 22nd March 2014
Morning All!. I think that this was a Cephas production. The usual quality of clues that I found quite entertaining.
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1a He enters garrison with meat likely to be cut (3,3,4)
FOR THE CHOP – Place HE from the clue inside a FORT (garrison) and CHOP (meat – FORT (HE) CHOP.
6a What teachers do for money no longer (4)
MARK – The old German pre-Euro currency.
8a Lords perhaps being led by mild boozer (8)
ALEHOUSE – Place ALE (Mild being one example) in front of (is leading) HOUSE as in the House of Lords/Upper HOUSE.
9a Take stock of a new formula for Ulster (6)
RUSTLE – an anagram (a new formula for) ULSTER
10a Number of starting places on the links or on the wagon (8)
TEETOTAL –Cryptically, the number oftees (starting places on a Links Golf course for example) might be the Tee Total.
11a Physical state, that of fellows often being drunk? (6)
HEALTH – A toast of health with fellows often drinking to it.
12a Woman from Limerick, say, without husband (4)
IRIS – Remove the H for Husband from IRIS(h) i.e. someone from Limerick for example.
14a Moan about Richard endlessly wandering (7)
NOMADIC – An anagram (about of MOAN followed by DIC(k) the diminutive of Richard without its ending.
18a Upper limit’s closing up for vocalist (7)
CEILING – A homophone (for the vocalist) of SEALING (closing up).
20a Celebrity from Latin America (4)
NAME – Hidden word (indicated by ‘from’) in the last two words.
23a Architectural feature that could leave you cold, we hear (6)
FRIEZE – Another homophone (we hear) of FREEZE – the icy snap that could make you cold.
24a Letter that has one’s address? (8)
LANDLORD – A cryptic definition – better pay the rent as he knows where you live!.
25a Timid person takes care of district (6)
COWARD – A charade of C/O (the abbreviation for Care Of) and a WARD or electoral district
26a Someone who presses a suit for favour (8)
ADVOCATE – The first definition is the lawyer, the second is a verb meaning to endorse or be in favour of.
27a Actual money (4)
REAL – Another two definitions – actual the first and the Brazilian currency for the second.
28a Drug for soothing of French media worker (10)
DEPRESSANT – A charade of DE (of in French) then PRESS (the media) and finally a worker ANT.
1d French battle division (8)
FRACTION – A charade of FR (abb. For French) and then ACTION or battle.
2d Apply to acquire eastern joint (6)
REEFER – REFER (to apply) receives/acquires E for Eastern.
3d Jinx is hard on daughter in love repeatedly (6)
HOODOO – H for Hard on top of (on in a down clue) D for daughter surrounded by repeats of O for Love.
4d Volunteers in Corsica to travel in another country (5,4)
COSTA-RICA – The Volunteers are the TA or Territorial Army. Place them inside an anagram (to travel) of CORSICA.
5d Buy tea bag outside (8)
PURCHASE – CHA (tea) with a PURSE (bag) around the outside.
6d Rising total with kitty to go on the Spanish wine (8)
MUSCATEL – Reverse (rising) a SUM (total) and then add (is going on top of) a CAT (kitty) and EL – ‘the’ in Spanish.
7d Maybe brother Rex is on ecstasy (8)
RELATION – R for Rex (King in Latin) and ELATION or Ecstasy.
13d Cleaner I’d recollected being a northern islander (9)
ICELANDER – An anagram (recollected) of CLEANER I’D. Bit of a shame that islander was part of the definition as it is rather close to the answer.
15d Fate of one who didn’t take just what the doctor ordered (8)
OVERDOSE – My favourite clue and last one in. If you don’t follow the doctors order of the correct dosage!.
16d Without any followers nevertheless (5,3)
AFTER ALL – If you have no followers (and are last) then you are AFTER ALL (the others).
17d Destined for the match (8)
INTENDED – A semi all-in-one clue in which a verb meaning destined could also be a noun meaning someone destined for the match or marriage
19d Treading to get change in bank (8)
GRADIENT – An anagram (to get change) of TREADING. Bank here is an incline.
21d Arousing discredit, being in the red with promises to pay (6)
ODIOUS – A charade of the abbreviation OD for Overdrawn and then IOUS – promises to pay.
22d One’s played and lad’s given a word of thanks (6)
SONATA – A charade of SON (lad) and then A TA (A word of thanks).
Thanks to the setter for the puzzle. I will see you all next Friday morning.