Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27572
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This is fairly standard fare for a Tuesday – nothing too difficult and nothing too exciting. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought.
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1a Carpeting put round a fine flat originally showing workmen’s resource? (11)
SCAFFOLDING – put a carpeting or ticking-off round A, F(ine) and the first (originally) letter of F(lat).
9a One barmaid, Beth’s thrown out hippy (5,2,3,4)
BROAD IN THE BEAM – in the surface hippy is a noun but as the definition it’s an adjective. We have to make an anagram (thrown out) of ONE BARMAID BETH. I’d better not provide any pictures!
11a Top entertainer hosts sporting competition (4)
OPEN – hidden, indicated by hosts, in the clue.
12a Endless temptation I had that’s sensational (5)
LURID – a word meaning temptation or enticement without its final letter (endless) followed by the contracted form of ‘I had’.
13a Excitement in place housing those with conviction? (4)
STIR – double definition – the conviction is one of a criminal nature.
16a Copper plate initially placed by executives in storage area (8)
CUPBOARD – string together the chemical symbol for copper, the initial letter of plate and the executives of a company or organisation as a group.
17a Fellow left with rush in East End producing commotion (6)
FLURRY – abbreviations for fellow and left followed by how a Cockney would say a word meaning rush or haste.
19a Reproduce prints of sporting decider? (3-3)
RUN-OFF – without the hyphen this is a phrasal verb to print copies; with the hyphen it’s a further contest to get a decision after an inconclusive result.
20a Look briefly at a chop that’s cooked — and soup (8)
GAZPACHO – a verb to look steadily without its final letter (briefly) is followed by an anagram (that’s cooked) of A CHOP.
22a What medicine is supposed to do, we hear, is found in list (4)
HEEL – this sounds like what you hope medicine will do.
23a Blue week in terrible year (5)
BAWDY – insert W(eek) in an adjective meaning terrible and follow this with Y(ear).
24a Detect feature on snooker table (4)
SPOT – double definition – the second being one of the marked points on a snooker table on which the balls are placed at the start of a frame.
27a Pub expert — and provider of services? (5,9)
LOCAL AUTHORITY – double definition – the first being cryptic (this person could be either (a) someone who compiles a ‘Good Pub Guide’ for example or (b) a know-all who sits at the bar freely giving everyone the benefit of his expertise on all matters).
28a Calm Scandinavian featured in a French story (11)
UNFLAPPABLE – insert a Scandinavian (one from Santa’s place of residence) into a French indefinite article and a story or moral tale.
2d Harmony shown in letters (14)
CORRESPONDENCE – double definition with the first meaning harmony or compatibility.
3d Chore, having to defend line that’s standard (4)
FLAG – an informal word for a chore or tiresome task contains (having to defend) L(ine).
4d A column noted in passing? (8)
OBITUARY – this is a cryptic definition of a newspaper column about noted people who have recently passed on. This clue doesn’t really work for me.
5d A particular military unit (6)
DETAIL – double definition. The second is a small detachment of troops given a special duty.
6d Requirement originally named by daughter (4)
NEED – the word, from French, preceding a woman’s maiden name is followed by D(aughter).
7d Alternative cup devised to get money for new businesses (7,7)
VENTURE CAPITAL – an anagram (devised) of ALTERNATIVE CUP.
8d Would-be clever figure roams by tots awkwardly (6-5)
SMARTY-BOOTS – an anagram (awkwardly) of ROAMS BY TOTS. The surface is not great.
10d Musical venue formerly by right in Switzerland overlooking a pair of lakes (7,4)
CONCERT HALL – insert an adverb meaning formerly and a 2-letter abbreviation for right into the IVR code for Switzerland. After that we need A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for lake twice.
14d My enjoyment is limited in foreign island (5)
CORFU – an exclamation of surprise (my!) followed by a word for enjoyment or entertainment without its last letter (is limited).
15d Inclination to invest small amount of money in fruit (5)
SLOPE – insert (invest) the abbreviation for our smallest coin into a bluish-black fruit.
18d Owned second joint in which there’s onset of real privation (8)
HARDSHIP – string together a verb meaning owned or possessed, S(econd) and a bodily joint (the same one that featured largely in 9a). Finally insert the first letter (onset) of R(eal).
21d Handy guide giving instructions (6)
MANUAL – I dithered as to whether this was a double definition or a cryptic definition and finally came down in favour of the former (although I’m open to persuasion). It’s a) an adjective meaning by hand and b) what’s usually put on the shelf unopened and only referred to if all else fails.
25d Pounds invested in hollow blueprint (4)
PLAN – insert the abbreviation for pound (from the Latin word libra) into a hollow or basin.
26d A study curtailed in district (4)
AREA – A (from the clue) is followed by a verb to study (especially at university) without its last letter (curtailed).
I liked 9a and 27a. Let us know what you liked.
Today’s Quickie Pun: ROTA + PLAIN = ROTOR PLANE