Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27510
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 7th June 2014
I found this a particularly straightforward offering from the Saturday Mysteron, so was a little surprised to find when I visited the blog, that others had found the top half of the crossword significantly harder than the bottom.
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1a English after morsel of food and pickle (6)
SCRAPE – E (English) goes after SCRAP(morsel of food).
4a A small prayer against being recorded in manuscript (6)
MANTIS – Lovely definition – ANTI (against) is put inside (recorded in) MS (manuscript).
8a Flower appeared to get weak, left to go west (8)
CAMELLIA – CAME (appeared) followed by a reversal (go west) of AIL (get weak) and L (left)
10a Clergyman to look after collection (6)
CURATE – Double definition – one a noun and the other a verb.
11a Last guy to put off (4)
STAY – Triple definition time – To last or continue; a rope or guy; to put off, delay or hinder.
12a Four-footed form of vehicle to wobble about (10)
TETRAMETER – A line of verse of four feet – Insert a TRAM (vehicle) into TEETER (wobble about).
13a Area in front of stage where theatric pros will cavort (9,3)
ORCHESTRA PIT – An anagram (will cavort) of THEATRIC PROS.
16a Awkward container ship carrying oil over America (12)
CANTANKEROUS – CAN(container) plus TANKER (ship carrying oil) plus O (over) and US (America).
20a New stationer having reorganised first is booming (10)
STENTORIAN – N(ew) preceded by (first) an anagram (reorganised ) of STATIONER.
21a Criminal group go for Scots (4)
GANG – Another double definition – the second one being a Scottish verb meaning to go.
22a Gave approval to letter spelled out in dictionary (6)
OKAYED – KAY (K spelled out) inserted into the abbreviation for the Oxford English Dictionary.
23a Emperor gives his refusal to hold a stake (8)
NAPOLEON – Put A POLE (a stake) into the way this particular Emperor would voice a refusal : NON.
24a Overnight flight from America carrying communist spy (3-3)
RED-EYE – RED (communist) and EYE (spy, look at).
25a Man on board to consider going back round Gibraltar initially (6)
KNIGHT – A reversal (going back) of THINK (to consider) round the initial letter of Gibraltar.
1d Breaks for mad fellow on board (8)
SHATTERS – ‘On board’ in a clue usually means that something is inserted in between the two Ss of SS (steamship). In this case, it is the mad HATTER.
2d Eating a lot but shunning starter to get thin (5)
REEDY – The G at the start of
GREEDY is removed (shunning starter).
3d Biblical judge’s exercises (7)
PILATES – With an apostrophe between the E and the S, this would mean belonging to Pontius Pilate.
5d Bright light shows a king vice (3-4)
ARC-LAMP – A (from the clue) R (Rex, King) and CLAMP (vice).
6d People in Twin Peaks a cause of pain (9)
TORMENTOR – Put some MEN (people) between two lots of TOR (twin peaks).
7d Group support the chair (6)
SETTEE – SET (group) and TEE (support for a golf ball).
9d Nasty oriental cat spat (11)
ALTERCATION – A nasty anagram of ORIENTAL CAT.
14d Journalist’s note viewed as clichéd (9)
HACKNEYED – HACK (journalist) N (note) EYED (viewed).
15d Count rat that’s treacherous as one? (8)
TURNCOAT – An anagram (treacherous) of COUNT RAT.
17d Signal agreement holding on when sun is hottest (7)
NOONDAY – Insert ON (holding ON) into NOD (signal) and AY (agreement).
18d Relative gets doctor in for most important person (7)
KINGPIN – KIN (relative)GP (doctor)IN (from the clue).
19d He created a vampire who feeds a furnace (6)
STOKER – The surname of the author of probably the most well-known vampire novel Dracula or someone who feeds a furnace with fuel.
21d Some Caligula gaoled where state’s enemies were held (5)
GULAG – Hidden in some of CaliGULA Gaoled.