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DT 27522

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.


1 comment on “DT 27522

  1. I have much enjoyed going through this review, Gnomethang. Not only is it most informative, it’s also very entertaining. I agree with you that 11a is a lovely word — it was one of my faves. Must confess I didn’t know who ‘Ade’ was in 23a, so thanks for the details. I rather guessed that one.

    I did reach all the correct answers, but needed Big Dave’s hints for the parsing of 1d and 9d. I really appreciate having the details now. I certainly didn’t know that Sting was leader of the band called The Police. I see now, too, that I missed the subtlety of 5d.

    I must say that I did enjoy this puzzle at the time, and gave it ****. I still hold to this, warts and all!

    Very many thanks and much appreciation to Gnomethang for this super review. And very many thanks to the setter.

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