Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27492
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 17th May 2014
Morning All!. This was a pretty quick solve even for a Saturday prize puzzle. Not much to complain about for me but nothing really stood out either.
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8a What Lisa might do when at sea (4)
SAIL – The whole clue provides the definition and the instruction iss to make an anagram (when at sea) of LISA.
9a Jack’s novel concerning the old people down under (10)
ABORIGINAL – A charade of AB (an Able Bodied seaman or Jack) and ORIGINAL for novel.
10a Raider‘s destroyed cake with tart being thrown around (8)
ATTACKER – An anagram (destroyed) of CAKE combined with an anagram (being thrown around) of TART.
11a Old man needing shelter — that’s obvious (6)
PATENT – PA for father/old man and then TENT for shelter.
12a Increase in noise as soccer gets played round goal (9)
CRESCENDO – Make an anagram (played around) of SOCCER around the outside of END or goal/target.
13a Grim film you and I should leave (5)
STERN – Start with a WESTERN film and then remove the WE (i.e. you and I should leave).
15a Puzzler continued unnoticed to give an example (7)
ANAGRAM – The cryptic puzzle device can turn UNNOTICED into CONTINUED.
17a States the woman may identify herself with I… (7)
AMERICA – If a particular woman affirmed her identity she would say (I) AM ERICA.
20a Foam from really old tumble-drier, hot to start with (5)
FROTH – The starting letters (to start with) in From Really Old Tumble-drier, Hot.
22a Prompt soldier’s going west, getting aboard in Washington, say (9)
INSTIGATE – Reverse GI (an Americal soldier going west) inside IN from the clue and STATE (of which Washington is an example.
25a Exact place ahead (4-2)
SPOT-ON – A charade of SPOT (place) and ON (ahead/further on).
26a Vision certainly is required in Boat Race crew (8)
EYESIGHT – Place YES (certainly/an affirmative) inside the EIGHT of a rowing crew.
27a Stalemate, perhaps, with game’s castle defence (10)
DRAWBRIDGE – A charade of DRAW (stalemate) and BRIDGE (a card game). Solid chess based surface reading.
28a Very popular ordinary drink (4)
VINO – V for Very then IN (popular) and then O for Ordinary (from the O level)
1d Very strong players joining club (4-4)
CAST-IRON – The CAST or players in theatre followed by a golf IRON club.
2d Say law needs changing continually (6)
ALWAYS (An anagram (needs changing) of SAY LAW.
3d Support upcoming boy with record set out on opposite course (4-5)
BACK PEDAL – BACK for support followed by a reversal or upcoming of a LAD (boy) and EP (Extended Player record).
4d Eat away at metal bar in centre (7)
CORRODE – A ROD/metal bar in(side) the CORE or centre.
5d Biting fast (5)
NIPPY – A straightforward double definition.
6d Richard taking root, say, as all-powerful ruler (8)
DICTATOR – A homophone (indicated by ‘say’) of DICK ‘TATER (Richard and the slang for potato/root vegetable).
7d Biblical food reportedly in fashion (6)
MANNER – Another homophone (reportedly) of manna from heaven.
14d Her modest fancy will get stifled (9)
SMOTHERED – A fancy anagram of HER MODEST.
16d Visit High Street and let rip (2,2,4)
GO TO TOWN – The first a simple cryptic definition and the second is the phrasal synonym for letting rip or pulling out all the stops.
18d Understanding it’s infectious (8)
CATCHING – Another fairly straightforward double definition.
19d In fun, read Yeats, find yourself badly prepared (7)
UNREADY – A hidden word (simply IN) inside fUN READ Yeats.
21d Story about right to intercept drug (6)
REPORT – RE for about (Reference abbreviation) and R for Right going into/intercepting POT for drug.
23d One will stand between king and first lady to mourn (6)
GRIEVE – Place I for one inside GR (George Rex/King George) and EVE (the biblical first lady)/
24d Poetic creature’s ‘Boat Poles’ taking first place (5)
SNARK – Place S(OUTH) and N(orth) in front of (in the first place) ARK for boat.
Thanks to the setter. I will see you all next Friday for more of the same.