Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27554
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
I was held up in the NE corner which I found pretty tricky with two intersecting answers (10a and 7d) which I’d never heard of. Both of these are related to North America and I wonder whether today’s Mr Ron has transatlantic roots. Do let us know how you fared.
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1a Get rid of beer a politician brought in (5,3)
STAMP OUT – a dark beer with A and the usual elected politician inserted.
6a Winning hit makes one cheerful (6)
UPBEAT – a charade of winning or in the lead and a verb to hit or strike.
9a Intended one to replace king in European country (6)
FIANCÉ – the Roman numeral for one replaces the abbreviation for Rex in the name of a European country.
10a Grace is after good artist in a neighbourhood in Manhattan (8)
GRAMERCY – I needed Google and Wikipedia to find out about this upmarket neighbourhood (situated round a private park of the same name) in lower Manhattan. A word for grace or compassion follows G(ood) and the abbreviation for a recognised artist.
11a A large painting outside (8)
ALFRESCO – A (from the clue) is followed by the abbreviation for large and a painting on a wall.
12a Grounds close to Marylebone ten clubs utilise (6)
EXCUSE – grounds here means mitigating circumstances. String together the closing letter of Marylebone, the Roman numeral for ten, the abbreviation for clubs in card games and a verb to utilise.
13a Deeply upset mother and father (4,3,5)
FROM THE HEART – a well-spotted anagram (upset) of MOTHER and FATHER.
16a ‘Tommy’ is a film based on a stage production (7,5)
PRIVATE LIVES – this is a 1931 film based on a Noel Coward play of the same name. It’s a charade of the rank of a Tommy in the British army and a verb meaning is or exists.
19a Clear area 100 ceased to occupy (6)
ACQUIT – string together the abbreviation for area, the Roman numeral for 100 and a verb meaning ceased to occupy or withdrew.
21a Sailor, very good on old instrument? Perfect (8)
ABSOLUTE – a charade of an abbreviation for sailor, an adverb meaning very good and an old stringed instrument.
23a In conversation, agrees bloke shows charm (8)
TALISMAN – a homophone (in conversation) of a verb meaning agrees or corresponds followed by a bloke.
24a Gorge at home during party (6)
RAVINE – insert an adverb meaning at home into a lively party involving dancing and drinking.
25a Threaten mischievous child on tip (6)
IMPEND – a mischievous child followed by a tip or extremity.
26a One may write a column about college caretaker (8)
REPORTER – a preposition meaning about or concerning precedes a college caretaker.
2d Toy in Santa’s fourth sack (6)
TRIFLE – the fourth letter of Santa followed by a verb to sack or pillage.
3d Nobleman’s land, could be Roman (5)
MANOR – an anagram (could be) of ROMAN.
4d Pass beyond remaining launch (9)
OVERSHOOT – a charade of an adverb meaning remaining or left unused and a verb to launch or throw.
5d A tower of strength at Southampton, say (7)
TUGBOAT – cryptic definition of a strong tower at Southampton (or any other seaport).
6d American needing time for treatment (5)
USAGE – a charade of an abbreviation for American and a period of time.
7d Cheers short ball given treatment — from here? (9)
BLEACHERS – with B???C in place at the start I was convinced that this was going to be something to do with bouncers (and it is in the surface but not the answer). What we need is an anagram (given treatment) of CHEERS and an abbreviated BAL(L). It’s a North American word for cheap uncovered seats at a sports ground.
8d Family crest, inaccurately adopted by some (8)
ANCESTRY – an anagram (inaccurately) of CREST goes inside (adopted by) a word meaning some.
13d Pet needs nap (9)
FAVOURITE – double definition. The second is a racing tipster’s nap or ‘top tip’ (as decreed by Kath he’s only allowed one of these per day!).
14d Adam’s mate’s got to get hold of a sink and tap (9)
EAVESDROP – Adam’s Biblical partner plus the ‘S contains (got to get hold of) A. After that we need a verb to sink or dip.
15d Declare in favour of state (8)
PROCLAIM – a preposition meaning in favour of followed by a verb to state or assert.
17d Loewe’s partner playing host to a student (7)
LEARNER – we want the surname of the lyricist who collaborated with composer Frederick Loewe on many musicals (including Camelot). This plays host to (i.e. contains) A to make the answer.
18d Immediately in agreement about opening of casino (2,4)
AT ONCE – a phrase (2,3) meaning in agreement contains the opening letter of casino.
20d Lacking in self-confidence, gloomy Italian turned up (5)
TIMID – string together an adjective meaning gloomy or murky and the abbreviation for Italian vermouth then reverse it all (turned up, in a down clue).
22d Make merry around bar (5)
LEVER – Reverse (around) a verb to make merry or celebrate.
I liked 13a and 16a but my nap today is 5d. Let us know what you liked.
Today’s Quickie Pun: CANDID + PEAL = CANDIED PEEL