Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27456
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 5th April 2014
A fairly typical Saturday puzzle – were a couple of the clues inspired by a visit to the zoo?
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6a Company’s preferred number one choice? (4,9)
FIRM FAVOURITE – I did wonder if this would be the start of a Grand National theme but it wasn’t to be. FIRM (company) and FAVOURITE (preferred)
8a Estimated the value of grain and paid out (6)
PRICED – RICE put into PD (an abbreviated way of writing ‘paid’).
9a Yearn to go by roads in the lengthiest direction (8)
LONGWAYS – LONG (yearn) and WAYS (by roads)
10a Prevented clergyman making an appearance (3)
REV – An abbreviated clergyman makes an appearance in pREVented.
11a Cores — get uncle to remove one (6)
NUCLEI – An anagram of UNCLE followed by I (one)
12a Sloths, armadillos, etc saying goodbye to paradise? (8)
EDENTATA – Members of the order of mammals with no front teeth. Split 4, 2 2, they could be saying goodbye to paradise: EDEN (paradise) TA TA (goodbye).
14a Worry about the thing found in an old mattress (7)
FEATHER – FEAR (worry) put round about THE (from the clue)
16a Escape through broken gateway (7)
GETAWAY – An anagram (broken) of GATEWAY.
20a Sent off, goalie’s run to enter women’s area! (8)
SERAGLIO – An anagram (sent off) of GOALIES and R (run).
23a Later but not too late (2,4)
IN TIME – Self-explanatory double definition clue.
24a After Penny leaves, it’s still a patch of ground (3)
LOT – Remove P for Penny from a
PLOT of land and you are left with a LOT, which the BRB defines as ‘a patch of land’.
25a Sad beautiful girl on the phone one’s seen in the woods (8)
BLUEBELL – BLUE (sad) and a homophone (on the phone) of BELLE (beautiful girl).
26a Fluid a palm’s spilling (6)
PLASMA – An anagram (spilling) of A PALMS.
27a Regularly goes round disreputable group (6,7)
ROGUES GALLERY – An anagram (round) of REGULARLY GOES.
1d Two allowed personal ornament (8)
BRACELET – BRACE (a quantity of two)and LET (allowed).
2d Cricket stroke‘s finished with spin (3,5)
OFF DRIVE – OFF (finished) and DRIVE (spin or outing in a car).
3d Twisted Romeo being ditched developed gradually (7)
EVOLVED – Remove or ditch the R for Romeo from the start of
4d Fruit‘s finished before halfway point of 500 years celebration (6)
QUINCE – The first six letters of the thirteen letter QUINCENTENARY (celebration of 500 years).
5d Fool can upset comedian (6)
NITWIT – A reversal (upset in a down clue) of TIN (can) followed by a WIT (comedian).
6d Palmist put large amount of money on counter (7-6)
FORTUNE TELLER – FORTUNE (large amount of money) and TELLER (counter).
7d Aswan Dam? One very much older! (8,5)
EGYPTIAN MUMMY – A dam or mother from the Aswan region of Egypt or an ancient Egyptian preserved dead body
13d Diminutive part that’s edible (3)
NUT – A small, usually metal, part or an edible seed.
15d Old woman insultingly labelled a bad speller! (3)
HAG – A disparaging term for an old woman; or a witch that casts bad spells.
17d Mad exploit overshadowing learner’s study of voting trends (4,4)
EXIT POLL – An anagram (mad) of EXPLOIT followed by (overshadowing) L (learner).
18d Beast devastating tent area (8)
ANTEATER – An anagram (devastating) of TENT AREA gives us another member of the 12a family of mammals.
19d Picture made by university amateur going in for initial energy (7)
COLLAGE – Change the E in COLLEGE (university) for an A (Amateur going in for initial Energy).
21d Take retribution for engineer briefly blocking street (6)
AVENGE – ENG (the abbreviation [briefly) for engineer ) blocks or is inserted into AVE (avenue, street).
22d Hear someone conducting German songs (6)
LIEDER – German songs sound like they could be conducted or led somewhere by a LEADER (not of an orchestra, because the ‘leader’ is the first violinist rather than the conductor).
Thanks once again to Cephas –I’ll be back next Friday with a review of the Mysteron’s Saturday offering.