Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27522
A full review by gnomethang
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 21st June 2014
Definitely a curate’s egg for me. Some lovely clues and others that I thought were very unfair to non UK based solvers. OK for all but a Prixe Puzzle.
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1a Lawyer on screen is a silk (6)
DAMASK – A charade of a DA (the abb. of District Attorney or lawyer in the USA) and MASK for screen.
4a Marmite? Greater Manchester town’s right out (8)
STOCKPOT – Remove the R (Right is OUT) from STOCKPO(r)T – the Manchester town.
10a He produces sound of note (5)
TENOR – We see this a lot due to the prevalence of checking letters. The TENOR sounds like the Tenner.(Ten pound note).
11a Nagging woman to call a great man? Not I (9)
TERMAGANT – TERM (to call/name) then A G(i)ANT – or s great man without the I. Lovely word!.
12a Have beer with Northern bird (7)
BITTERN – A charade of BITTER (beer) and N for Northern.
13a Military group holding test’s overthrown old empire (7)
OTTOMAN – Place the MOT (a UK car test) inside NATO – the Military group and then reverse the lot (its overthrown) – NA (MOT) TO reversed.
14a Pestilent miser arranged profit from saving (6,8)
SIMPLE INTEREST – An easy anagram (arranged of PESTILENT MISER) but a great spot and good surface reading.
17a You need to make better infernal precocious child (6,8)
ENFANT TERRIBLE – An anagram (you need to make) an anagram of BETTER INFERNAL. Not so hard this one!.
21a One finds in theatre a clear sentimentality (7)
TREACLE – The sentimentality is found by oneself within theaTRE A CLEar.
23a Daily, comedian Edmondson shows example of absurd behaviour (7)
CHARADE – A Charade (hah!) of CHAR (A daily or ‘woman who does’/cleaner) and then ADE – the abbreviation of ADRIAN EDMONDSON. Personally I hate to see a clue that relies on defining a person by their profession when they are hardly famous to most, and certainly not to the rest of the world’s crossword solvers.
ADRIAN EDMONDSON = ADE is a bit of a stretch here for Non UKians and a bit obvious for the UK group in my age bracket. I think that the setter certainly reached his Bottom here.
24a Bounder in grip of writer’s block (9)
BARRICADE – Place a CAD (bounder) inside of (J.M.) BARRIE – the author of Peter Pan.
25a Offal after time is strong-smelling (5)
TRIPE – RIPE (strong smelling) after T for Time.
26a Snare fish after net’s repaired (8)
ENTANGLE – Place ANGLE (fish as a verb) after an anagram (repaired) of NET. Top clue. No frills, no fuss, good surface reading for me.
27a Religious leader investigates head of Trinity (6)
PRIES – PRIES (investigates/snoops) and then the head letter of T(rinity)
1d Digital audiotape put down information in electronic form (8)
DATABASE – The abb. of D(igital) A(udio) T(ape) followed by ABASE or ‘put down.
2d Tiny isle’s ballistic missile (9)
MINUTEMAN – A charade of MINUTE (tiny) and the Isle of MAN.
3d A learner following light carriage that’s finally gone like a dream (7)
SURREAL – I didn’t realise that a SURREY was a light four wheeled carriage. Remove the last letter (being finally gone) and then add A from the clue and L for Learner.
5d Novel performance by Mr Mackay perhaps (4,2,3,5)
TURN OF THE SCREW – No problem for me but some will have suffered not knowing the fact of Mr Mackay from the BBC comedy Porridge. He was a prison warden. So a performance of his might be a TURN of the SCREW.
6d Official document a hit perhaps (7)
CHARTER – The first id the definition and if a song is a hit in the Top 40 then it could be said to be a ‘charter’.
7d Religious song about Saint’s pre-eminence (5)
PSALM – The PALM (d’or) from the tree is a sign of pre-eminence. Insert S for Saint.
8d Old masters neglecting one group of gods (6)
TITANS – Include the apostrophe ‘S in TITIAN’S – an old master. Then remove (neglect) the I for one.
9d Police leader concerned with the person following suspect provides final irony (5,2,3,4)
STING IN THE TAIL – STING is the lead singer in the band The Police (hence Police leader is nicely hidden as a capital letter at the start of the clue). Then IN THE TAIL means concerned with the TAIL (ot person following a suspect). Nice clue.
15d Extravagant roll could give man bruise (9)
SUBMARINE – A good definition – A large filled savoury roll!. Also an anagram (it could give) of MAN BRUISE.
16d Apartment building with temporary accommodation sheltering European chaps (8)
TENEMENT – Place a TENT (temporary accommodation around E(uropean) and MEN for chaps.
18d Case holding uranium for sale (7)
AUCTION – An ACTION in court (a case) including U for Uranium.
19d Authentic nonsense served up by American estate agent (7)
REALTOR – REAL (authentic_ then an a reversal (served up) of ROT or nonsense.
20d Firm’s team of workers? (6)
STABLE – The first is the definition – the cryptic definition is the team of workers.
22d Bird to feel bad about taking off first (5)
EGRET – Remove the first letter (taking off first) of (r)EGRET) or ‘feel bad about.
Thanks to the setter – I have a couple of really busy weeks but will see you on Thursday week.