Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27504
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 31st May 2014
I solved this enjoyable pangram while my lovely grandson was having his Saturday morning nap – his idea of ‘helping’ Granny with crosswords was to take away the pen, chew it for a bit and then throw it across the room!
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8a Cannot, in rush, put back container (8)
DECANTER – CANT (cannot) inserted into a reversed (put back) REED (rush).
9a A maiden accustomed to be tickled (6)
AMUSED – A (from the clue) M (maiden in cricket score) and USED (accustomed to).
10a Before final letter, make a charge against shipping route (4)
SUEZ – SUE (make a charge) before Z (the final letter of the alphabet).
11a Lacking variety when under the weather (3,2,5)
OUT OF SORTS – An expression meaning slightly unwell sounds like one hasn’t got much variety.
12a Accompanying a learner driver, moreover (6)
WITHAL – WITH (accompanying) A (from the clue) and L (learner driver).
14a Gas main? (5,3)
NORTH SEA – A cryptic definition of the sea (main) from which some of our gas is obtained.
15a Excited when dealing with notes (7)
AGITATO – A musical term meaning restless and wild which sounds somehow more exciting than ‘excited’.
17a Credit given with dodgy quote — it’s a competitive game (7)
CROQUET – CR (credit) followed by an anagram (dodgy) of QUOTE.
20a Trade in former money (8)
EXCHANGE – EX (former) and CHANGE (money).
22a Provide space for books put aside (6)
SHELVE – A double definition – somewhere to store your books or a verb meaning to put aside or postpone.
23a Bright idea to hit kid on the head? (10)
BRAINCHILD – Split 5,5 it might mean to hit a kid on the head.
24a Evident one is not included in project (4)
PLAN – Remove the I (one is not included) from PLA
25a Show remorse being locked up for at least the second time (6)
REPENT – RE (indicating again, for the second time at least) and PENT (locked up).
26a Avalanche that’s seen at end of voyage? (8)
LANDFALL – The land at the end of a sea voyage could, if split 4,4, be an avalanche.
1d Giving no answer (8)
REFUSING – Giving no as an answer.
2d Music that produces initially just a snoring sound (4)
JAZZ – The initial letters of Just and A and ZZ (a snoring sound). It was pointed out on Saturday that an obsolete term spelling of JAZZ could be obtained from the initial letters of Just A Snoring Sound, but, of course, that wouldn’t help you get 10a or complete the pangram, would it?
3d Way to go round promenade? (6)
STROLL – Promenade here being a verb meaning to walk abut – ST (street, way) and ROLL (go round).
4d Behave unnaturally before nurse (7)
PRETEND – PRE (before) TEND (nurse).
5d Traveller‘s manner gets lighter in conversation (8)
WAYFARER – WAY (manner) and FARER , the latter being a homophone (in conversation) of FAIRER (lighter).
6d Nasty chore, standing in queue after arranging method of payment (10)
EUROCHEQUE – Two anagrams – a nasty CHORE is inserted into (standing in) an anagram (after arranging) of QUEUE.
7d When warmed up, one should sing (6)
KETTLE – A cryptic definition which made me smile.
13d One who gives the thumbs-up sign by the way (5-5)
HITCH-HIKER – And another cryptic definition.
16d Persistence needs certainty — possibly not right (8)
TENACITY – An anagram (possibly) of CE
RTAINTY once you have removed the R (not right).
18d Inevitable without it becoming sought-after (8)
ENVIABLE – An anagram (becoming) of INEV
ITABLE once you have removed (without) IT.
19d Medium‘s car? (7)
VEHICLE – A medium for expressing something or a means of conveyance.
21d Ruler in double-cross, partly taken in by crooked seer (6)
XERXES – Take two Xs (double cross) put one at the beginning and insert the other into an anagram (crooked) of SEER.
22d I would make notes about short track (6)
SIDING – ID (I’d, I would) inserted into SIGN (make notes).
24d Advertisement‘s turned up very loud (4)
PUFF – A reversal (turned) of UP followed by FF (the musical symbol for very loud).
The first Saturday puzzle of the ‘two week blogging rota’ is usually set by Cephas. I wasn’t sure this had the feel of one of his crosswords, and wondered whether the occasional (as opposed to the regular) Mysteron had sneaked in, but I’ve typed the word ‘anagram ‘ six times during the review, so I think it probably is a Cephas production. [I’m sure he’ll turn up and tell me if I’m wrong!]. Thank you to the setter whoever you are.