Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27570
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 16th August 2014
I thought it was just me being exhausted after nearly two weeks of “holidaying” and Granny duties, but it turned out that quite a lot of other people thought this was a trickier than usual Saturday puzzle.
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1a Antagonism in work place (10)
OPPOSITION – OP (work) and POSITION (place)
6a Unusual getting second chances (4)
ODDS – ODD (unusual) plus S (second).
10a Socially dominant in sacred river area (5)
ALPHA – This river features in a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge – “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, a stately pleasure-dome decree: where Alph, the sacred river, ran…” – follow the river’s name with an A (area) to get a word meaning socially dominant, powerfully influential.
11a Not entirely risky acquiring horse for old coach (9)
CHARABANC – Insert an ARAB horse into CHANCY (not entirely risky).
12a Drama of fine end-of-series deciders (4-4)
PLAY-OFFS – PLAY (drama) OF (from the clue) F (fine) and S (end of series).
13a Briefly visit old man at home (3,2)
POP IN – POP (an informal word for father – old man) and IN (at home).
15a Entrant, a competitor on river (7)
ARRIVAL – A (from the clue) R (river) followed by (on) RIVAL (competitor)
17a Sound check (7)
STAUNCH – Double definition – firm and steady (sound) or check in the sense of stop.
18a Greeting composer, one leaving barbecue (7)
HIBACHI – HI (a greeting) BACH (a composer) and I (one).
21a Court finally presented with motive for crime (7)
TREASON – The finally letter of courT and REASON (motive).
23a Piece of spinach on a tortilla chip (5)
NACHO is hidden in a piece of spiNACH On
24a Loyal follower, guy from a Belgian river port? (8)
LIEGEMAN – a loyal follower could be said, if split 5, 3, to be a man from the Belgian port of Liege.
27a Beginning to like catching Latin lecture (7-2)
TALKING TO – TAKING TO (beginning to like)with L (Latin) inserted.
28a High explosive is used by leader of team in spectacular theft (5)
HEIST – HE (high explosive) IS (from the clue) and T (the leader of Team).
29a Almost half of bedtime drink (4)
NIGH – Half of a NIGHtcap (bedtime drink).
30a Clue for Poirot, say, could bring dishonour to family (10)
BLOOD STAIN – Split 5,5 BLOOD means family and STAIN dishonour.
1d What’s touching about mother country? (4)
OMAN – ON (touching or in contact with) around MA (mother).
2d Widely admired university in London area (7)
POPULAR – U (university) inserted into POPLAR (an area of London).
3d A duke in cast, underhand (5)
SHADY – A (from the clue) and D (duke) inserted into SHY (cast, throw).
4d Diplomatic in court dividing fault roughly (7)
TACTFUL – CT (the abbreviation for court) is inserted into (dividing) an anagram (roughly)of FAULT.
5d Famous Greek is below on a ship (7)
ONASSIS – ON (from the clue) A (from the clue) and SS (ship) followed by IS (from the clue).
7d Empty, obsolete bain-marie? (7)
DEADPAN – DEAD (obsolete) and PAN (of which a bain-marie is an example)
8d Used additional bit of help (6-4)
SECOND-HAND – SECOND (additional) and HAND (help)
9d Fighter having to turn from correct course over channel (8)
WARPLANE – WARP (turn from correct course) and LANE (channel).
14d Used to be nothing, cracked up to be a US president (10)
WASHINGTON – WAS (used to be) and an anagram (cracked up) of NOTHING.
16d First one to get on a four-wheeled carriage (8)
VICTORIA – VICTOR (first) I (one) and A (from the clue).
19d Finance account in arrears (7)
BACKLOG – BACK (provide finance for) and LOG (account, record).
20d Bad carrying on with a criminal (7)
ILLEGAL – ILL (bad) with LEG (on side in a game of cricket) and A (from the clue).
21d Venetian painter to fasten sports shirt (7)
TIEPOLO – Split 3, 4, you get TIE (fasten) and POLO (a type of sports shirt).
22d It’s a man running, showing staying power (7)
STAMINA is an anagram (running) of ITS A MAN.
25d Guiding beliefs set out involving husband and love (5)
ETHOS – An anagram (out) of SET plus (involving) H (husband) and O (love).
26d College bill rising (4)
ETON college is a reversal (rising in a down clue) of a NOTE (bill).
Thanks to the Mysteron for the crossword and, in advance, to the holidaying Gnome for the pudding!