Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27563
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. I’m off to the eye hospital for a check-up this morning, so no pictures today.
Others may disagree, but I found this the easiest puzzle from Giovanni since I have been doing the Friday blog – comfortably within * time.
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1a A sort of adjustable spanner (10)
DRAWBRIDGE Cryptic definition of something which spans a castle moat, but not necessarily all the time.
6a Ruler captured by cameras turning back (4)
TSAR Hidden (captured) in the clue in reverse (back).
9a Bird? Don’t let ‘er be seen, we say (5)
EIDER This variety of duck might sound like a Cockney telling you to conceal a woman.
10a Terrible events that could make sister sad (9)
DISASTERS Anagram (could make) of SISTER SAD.
12a Transplant operation? A different attitude coming about (6,2,5)
CHANGE OF HEART A transplant operation is a physical example of an expression referring to an altered mindset.
14a Donkey getting on with smaller animal making similar sounds (8)
ASSONANT Put together a donkey, ON (from the clue), and a very small animal.
15a ‘Work hard!’ — a new rallying cry (6)
SLOGAN A verb meaning ‘work hard’ followed by A (from the clue) and New.
17a Go wrong in journey to the north? (4,2)
TRIP UP A journey followed by the direction which is North in crossword terms.
19a Dad’s furry animal is OK (8)
PASSABLE A familiar term for ‘dad’ plus the ‘S, followed by a dark-coloured fur, or the animal that wears it.
21a Dismay shown by prisoner put with Eastern sailors in base (13)
CONSTERNATION Start with one of the usual prisoners, then add a word for a military base with East and the initials of the armed service which employs sailors put inside it.
24a Crossing far side of glen, record mountains over a protracted period (4-5)
LONG-RANGE A record or journal is wrapped around the final letter (far side) of gleN, and followed by a set of mountains.
25a Anger shown by one lacking love for woman (5)
IRENE A word for anger followed by (o)NE (lacking love) to produce a woman’s name.
26a Kind of brown bit of bread about to be chucked (4)
RUST Remove the letter used as an abbreviation for the Latin word for about from a piece of bread.
27a Recent changes over time to bring non-imperial unit (10)
CENTIMETRE Anagram (changes) of RECENT wrapped around TIME.
1d Act of one journalist upset another (4)
DEED Two of the usual abbreviation for a crossword journalist, the first one reversed (upset).
2d Theologian, one into NT book, gets folk very enthusiastic (7)
ADDICTS The letters someone with a higher degree in theology might have after his/her name, and the Roman numeral for one, placed inside a New Testament book – one which is placed immediately after the Gospels.
3d Person at sales unearthing bra with unusual design (7,6)
BARGAIN HUNTER Anagram (with unusual design) of UNEARTHING BRA.
4d Poor home with little woman and little man (8)
INDIGENT A word for ‘at home’ followed by a short form of a woman’s name, and a shortened form of a title applied to men.
5d Good American to manifest great enjoyment (5)
GUSTO Put together Good, an abbreviation for American, and TO (from the clue.
7d Affair makes the woman get a particular hairstyle (7)
SHEBANG A pronoun for ‘the woman’ followed by a hairstyle which the BRB describes as a fringe cut square across the brow.
8d Ruddy optimistic (4-6)
ROSE-TINTED Double definition, the second often applied to the metaphorical spectacles worn by an optimist.
11d New Catholics miss medieval sort of philosophy (13)
SCHOLASTICISM Anagram (new) of CATHOLICS MISS.
13d Fussy detail (10)
PARTICULAR Double definition. The answer is a synonym of each of the words in the clue.
16d Bird that’s cherished, with an inclination to be protected (8)
PARAKEET The inclination here is a deviation from the vertical, as of a ship’s mast. Put an expression (1,4) meaning an inclination inside a word describing a cherished animal or child.
18d Being wicked, first to last, in part of cricket match (7)
INNINGS The first letter of a word meaning ‘being wicked’ is moved to the end, producing something there are four of in a Test match, while there are only two in a one-day international.
20d Most skeletal one with bits misplaced (7)
BONIEST Anagram (misplaced) of ONE and BITS.
22d Get up about noon initially and wash (5)
RINSE Put the first letter of Noon inside a word meaning to get up.
23d Outdoor party in safe territory (4)
FETE Hidden in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun LIT + ERR + RALLY= LITERALLY