Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27557
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where the sun is trying to break through the overnight cloud.
No great problems from Giovanni this morning, hence ** difficulty for me.
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1a Competitor deemed to be superior may have understood (3,3,5)
GOT THE POINT In a game, the competitor who wins a particular exchange may be said to have done this.
7a Person who may lose something in the tube (7)
DROPPER The sort of tube used to put small amounts of liquid medicine into an eye or ear could also describe someone who loses something by letting go of it.
8a Engineers exhausted and in bed? (7)
RETIRED One of the usual regiments of enginners followed by a word for exhausted.
10a Relation who is bound to appear after death? (5)
MUMMY Double definition: a female relative, familiarly; or an Ancient Egyptian corpse.
11a Scared nob in disguise, one on the run (9)
ABSCONDER Anagram (in disguise) of SCARED NOB.
12a What sounds like extreme part of a plant (7)
RADICLE The beginning of the root system in a plant sounds like a political extremist.
14a Painter of cat catching ball at home (7)
POUSSIN A familiar term for a cat with the letter which may look like a ball inside it, followed by ‘at home’, giving a 17th century French painter.
15a Place of wickedness and vice about to become animated (7)
LIVENED Put together a place where wickedness may be perpetrated and the generic term for the vice you may find there, then reverse (about) the lot.
18a Cleric quietly leading organisation for troubled couples (7)
PRELATE The musical symbol for ‘quietly’ followed by the name of a marriage guidance organisation.
20a Agent representing star — rogue (9)
SURROGATE Anagram (representing) of STAR ROGUE.
21a Devon bowler that might get a duck (5)
DRAKE The seaman who famously was playing bowls on Plymouth Hoe when the Spanish Armada was sighted; or a male duck.
22a Small room I need somehow to keep dry (7)
DINETTE Anagram (somehow) of I NEED with the letters indicating someone who abstains from alcohol inside it.
23a After short hint worker is put firmly in place (7)
IMPLANT Remove the final letter (short) from a verb meaning to hint, and add a worker insect.
24a Hospital number (11)
ANAESTHETIC Cryptic definition of something used in hospitals to remove sensation from a patient, a numb-er.
1d Good space editor prepared (7)
GROOMED Put together Good, a space – in a house, for example – and an abbreviation for editor.
2d Drunk‘s yen to expectorate to the ceiling (5)
TIPSY The currency symbol for Japanese yen followed by a word for expectorate, all reversed (to the ceiling, in a Down clue).
3d This place houses container for kitchen plants (7)
HERBAGE Put a container inside an adverb meaning ‘in this place’.
4d Becomes cheerful, message being that fringe benefits are to be increased (5,2)
PERKS UP A tabloid headline way of saying that fringe benefits or perquisites have been increased.
5d Cast into crude institute (9)
INTRODUCE Anagram (cast) of INTO CRUDE.
6d Far Eastern attacks we may hear in angry speeches (7)
TIRADES A homophone (we may hear) of a phrase (4,5) describing incursions by the people of a Far Eastern country.
7d Models I read about deprived of confidence (11)
DEMORALISED Anagram (about) of MODELS I READ.
9d Disarray of some Ulster Protestants without leader falling into depression (11)
Revised clue: Disarray of some Ulster Protestants, not extreme characters, falling into depression (11)
DERANGEMENT Remove the initial letter from some Ulster Protestants noted for marching on 12 July (without leader), then put the result inside a depression or hollow. As BD pointed out to me, this wordplay produces an extra N, but I can’t see an alternative interpretation.
13d Criminal type starts to infiltrate American business groups (9)
CONSORTIA Put together a usual crossword criminal, a word for type or kind, and the initial letters of Infiltrate American.
16d Terrace that might provide some bovver and aggro (7)
VERANDA Hidden (might provide) in the clue.
17d Business folk — they may hand out cards (7)
DEALERS City traders in stocks and shares or commodities may also be the people who distribute the cards in a game of poker or bridge.
18d After gym I have rolled over and shut up, being irritable (7)
PEEVISH Put together the two-letter acronym signifying ‘gym’ at school, a reversal (rolled over) of a short form of ‘I have’, and an interjection meaning ‘Shut up’.
19d A sort of memory with which Bill retains one language mostly forgotten (7)
ARAMAIC The language which Jesus and his disciples spoke is made up of A (from the clue), a variety of computer memory, and an abbreviation for a bill or account with the Roman numeral for one inside it.
21d What drunk did having turned up in station (5)
DEPOT Reverse (having turned up) a word describing what a drunk did.
The Quick Crossword pun HEARSE HOOT = HIRSUTE.