Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27560
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I didn’t have too many problems with this one once I’d corrected my spelling at 13d Do let us know how you fared and what you thought.
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9a Independent lawyer with house in US state (5)
IDAHO – string together I(ndependent), a US state prosecutor and the abbreviation for house.
10a Grasp, by the sound of it, piece of cake and cocktail (3,6)
SEA BREEZE – start with what sounds like a verb to grasp or recognise and add an informal word for something very easy (piece of cake) to make a vodka-based cocktail.
11a Slip around wingless bird and tall creature (7)
GIRAFFE – a slip or blunder contains the word bird shorn of its outer letters (wingless).
12a Gear about to be kept by a quiet companion (7)
APPAREL – put a preposition meaning about or concerning inside (to be kept by) A (from the clue), the musical abbreviation for quiet and a companion or mate.
13a Person giving little away is timeless gentleman (5)
MISER – remove the T (timeless) from the title of a gentleman.
14a Plan boss devised touring India to get table accessory (4,5)
SLOP BASIN – an anagram (devised) of PLAN BOSS contains (touring) the letter that India is used for in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet. Are these still used? – I haven’t seen one for years.
16a Timid sort sadly given toil when faced by psychiatrist (9,6)
SHRINKING VIOLET – an anagram (sadly) of GIVEN TOIL is preceded (faced) by a slang term for a psychiatrist.
19a Big Serb I fancy beginning to hate nonsensical talk (9)
GIBBERISH – an anagram (fancy) of BIG SERB I is followed by the beginning letter of H(ate).
21a Urge, say, shown by half-hearted fool (3,2)
EGG ON – the abbreviation used for ‘say’ or for instance is followed by a stupid person but with one instance of the repeated vowel at the centre dropped (half-hearted).
23a On reflection, reveal film in short letter (7)
NOTELET – a phrasal verb to reveal or divulge (3,2) gets reversed (on reflection) and that’s followed by the Spielberg film that’s been such a boon to crossword setters.
25a A book introducing set of words with ten gone — what’s missing? (7)
ABSENCE – string together A, B(ook) and a set of words (normally starting with a capital letter and ending in a full-stop) with TEN removed.
27a Fall guy getting a leg caught in small garment (9)
SCAPEGOAT – A and an informal word for a leg go inside (caught in) S(mall) and an outer garment.
28a Actress Bette losing money, one refusing work? (5)
IDLER – remove the abbreviation for money from Bette’s surname.
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1d Celebrate series of achievements in government (4)
SING – a series of letters in the clue.
2d Brief rule was broken showing facial hair (6)
WALRUS – a type of thick, bushy facial appendage that droops over the mouth is an anagram (broken) of RUL(e) WAS.
3d Study military outfit defended by criminal in summit (10)
CONFERENCE – start with a verb to study or commit to memory then insert the abbreviation for one of the corps of the British army inside a criminal dealing in stolen goods. I think that summit is an example of the answer and should be indicated as such.
4d Rate a pair of ships around Spain (6)
ASSESS – A and two abbreviations for ship with the IVR code for Spain between them.
5d Follow uninvited a lass in Chinese criminal group (3,5)
TAG ALONG – insert A and an informal word for a young woman into a Chinese criminal association.
6d Cut potatoes, say (4)
CROP – double definition, the second what a farmer may grow (potatoes being an example).
7d Priest is blocking genuine vindictive behaviour (8)
REPRISAL – an abbreviation for priest and IS (from the clue) go inside (blocking) an adjective meaning genuine or authentic.
8d Sound work got in new city abroad (10)
WELLINGTON – this will be no problem for at least two of our regular correspondents. An adjective meaning sound or healthy is followed by an anagram (work) of GOT IN and we finish with N(ew).
13d One with an aversion to birds? (10)
MISOGYNIST – cryptic definition – these birds are not the feathered type.
15d Overall troubles I doubly reviewed (6,4)
BOILER SUIT – an anagram (reviewed) of TROUBLES I and I. On reading back what I’ve written it sounds as though I’ve become a Rastafarian!
17d Coffee largely exceptional on reflection? Here’s disproof (8)
REBUTTAL – string together a type of coffee that you might order from a barista without its last letter (largely) and a (currently very trendy) prefix from German meaning exceptional or super. Now reverse it all (on reflection).
18d Dictatorial figure rising to fight set in the corner? (5,3)
IDIOT BOX – a nasty old African dictator is followed by the reversal (rising, in a down clue) of TO and a verb to fight or spar.
20d Try, try right away to be enthusiastic (6)
HEARTY – a verb to try (a case in court) is followed by T(r)Y with the R(ight) taken away.
22d Loosely put together band lately disheartened (6)
GANGLY – a band or mob is followed by the outer (disheartened, i.e. without the middle) letters of lately.
24d National symbol that’s improperly disclosed, we hear (4)
LEEK – the symbol of one of the more important home nations sounds like (we hear) an unauthorised disclosure of information. Didn’t Geraint Thomas do well on Sunday?
26d Money hoarded by entrepreneur oddly (4)
EURO – hidden.
I liked 25a and 17d but my favourite clue today is 18d. Let us know what you liked.
Today’s Quickie Pun: POOR + PORE = PAWPAW