Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27575
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Good morning from South Staffs on a bright but cool morning.
A couple of usages which may be unfamiliar today, but as usual Giovanni’s wordplay makes the answer reachable.
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1a Sailor left with a legacy from sword fight? (6)
LASCAR An Oriental sailor is made up of Left, A (from the clue), and what you might get if you get hurt in a sword fight.
5a Corresponding from river location after work (8)
OPPOSITE The Latin abbreviation for a musical work followed by an Italian river and a place or location.
9a Bigheads say nothing — aims can look dubious (10)
EGOMANIACS The Latin abbreviation meaning say or for example, followed by the letter which looks like a zero (nothing) and an anagram (looks dubious) of AIMS CAN.
10a Lose weight within judicious limits (4)
SLIM Hidden (within) in the clue.
11a Enduring children endlessly — that’s the head man (8)
BROOKING Remove the final D (endlessly) from a word for a set of children, and add the top man in a monarchy.
12a What is written is restricted (6)
PENNED Double definition: written down in ink; or shut up like an animal.
13a River almost makes you sentimental (4)
TWEE Remove the final letter (almost) from a Scottish river to get something sickly sentimental.
15a Hoopla? A reasonable object of ridicule (4,4)
FAIR GAME Another word for reasonable followed by an object of ridicule, as in ‘to make xxxx of somebody’. Hoopla is an example of this.
18a Couple admitting love at sporting event (4,4)
BOAT RACE A couple, especially of pheasants, with the letter that looks like a love score at tennis and AT (from the clue) inside it.
19a Spots knight lying in a church (4)
ACNE The abbreviation for a knight in chess notation inside A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for the Church of England.
21a Small creature given grub moaned (6)
BEEFED A social insect followed a word for ‘given grub’.
23a Orchestra according to some sounding wrong, less authentic? (8)
SINFONIA This type of orchestra may sound like a word for a moral wrong followed by a word for ‘less authentic’. Chambers gives two pronunciations for this word, hence the ‘according to some’ in the clue.
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25a Appear in bishop’s office before Mass (4)
SEEM The area a bishop is responsible for, followed by Mass.
26a Person from Scotland or Wales aging terribly (10)
GLASWEGIAN Anagram (terribly) of WALES AGING.
27a Barrier around lake or foreign city (8)
FLORENCE Lake and OR (from the clue) inside a wooden or wire barrier.
28a Managed amount of money said to be extortionate charge (6)
RANSOM A word for managed followed by a word that sounds like (said) an amount of money.
2d Sin is risk when daughter is out of sight (5)
ANGER One of the seven deadly sins. Remove the D(aughter) from a word for risk or peril.
3d Part company with politician, one leading national organisation (9)
COMPONENT Put together an abbreviation for company, the usual crossword politician, ONE (from the clue), and the initials of a national heritage organisation.
4d It’s rotten, what leading detective did (6)
RANCID Divided (3,3) this could be the job description of the boss of the detective department of the police.
5d Partially fruitless condition evident in old territory? (6,4,5)
ORANGE FREE STATE A former name for part of South Africa could also be descriptive of a condition where one particular citrus fruit was missing.
6d Job with power to help, upfront expense having been met (4-4)
POST-PAID Put together a job, an abbreviation for Power, and a word for help.
7d Woman given conflicting directions for crossing America (5)
SUSAN A woman’s name has an abbreviation for America inside opposing compass points.
8d Native unsettled by mean Brits (9)
TRIBESMAN Anagram (unsettled by) of MEAN BRITS.
14d Like loaf of bread as starters, main course and pudding? (9)
WHOLEMEAL A variety of bread which split (5,4) would be starters, main course and pudding.
16d Beautiful musical instrument somewhere in Wales (9)
GLAMORGAN A short form of a word for beautiful followed by a very large musical instrument.
17d King maybe on horse, one turning up in woollen jacket (8)
CARDIGAN Something which may be a king (or queen or ten), followed by the reversal (turning up) of a disparaging word for a horse and the Roman numeral for one.
20d Solution offered by politicians we ridicule (6)
ANSWER Hidden (offered by) in the clue.
22d Father chewing bird’s bone (5)
FEMUR The abbreviation of the title given to a Catholic priest with a flightless bird inside it.
24d Princess given little house in mountainous part of America (5)
IDAHO The eponymous heroine of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera followed by an abbreviated house.
The Quick Crossword pun FORCE + ACHE = FORSAKE