Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27581
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cloudy but dry morning.
One of those grids which produces four mini puzzles. 12a held me up long enough to make this *** for difficulty.
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1a Spread support to get a number attending sports event (9)
PROPAGATE A support is followed by A (from the clue) and a word for the number of paying customers at a sports event.
9a This person’s role is to communicate (6)
IMPART Another way of saying ‘this person is’ followed by a role in a play.
10a Chemical in Thames I dissipated (9)
HISTAMINE Anagram (dissipated) of IN THAMES I. Drugs to counteract this are used to treat hay fever.
11a Colour of Queen is seen in reflection (6)
SIENNA The name of the last Stuart queen followed by IS (from the clue), all reversed to give a reddish-brown pigment.
12a Steven has one such partner — it’s Eve! (4,5)
KEPT WOMAN This is an outdated term for an unmarried female partner. If the woman’s name is Eve, then StEVEn may be seen to have done the answer. Very clever, but not very clear.
13a Islander knocked out in trance (6)
CRETAN Anagram (knocked out) of TRANCE, giving an inhabitant of a Mediterranean island.
17a Fasten thus to the ear (3)
SEW This word for fasten sounds like (to the ear) a word meaning ‘thus’.
19a Unruly gang invading toilet many years back (4,3)
LONG AGO Anagram (unruly) of GANG inside another word for toilet.
20a Asian city administered by stupid person (7)
RANGOON A verb meaning ‘administered’ followed by a stupid person such as Eccles or Bluebottle.
21a No ships, five having been sunk (3)
NAY Remove the V (five having been sunk) from a collection of armed ships.
23a Idle folk snored disgustingly (6)
DRONES Anagram (disgustingly) of SNORED.
27a That man unfortunately harbouring a yen for the mountains (9)
HIMALAYAS A pronoun meaning ‘that man followed by a word for unfortunately with A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for the Japanese currency inside it.
28a Artist leading group full of energy and enthusiasm (6)
RARING The usual crossword artist followed by an often pejorative term for a group of people, giving a word frequently followed by ‘to go’.
29a Plant I stuck in weedless ground (9)
EDELWEISS This Alpine plant is an anagram (ground) of WEEDLESS with an I inserted.
30a Attempt to block yob in exit (3,3)
LOG OUT This is an exit from a computer program. Put a two-letter word for an attempt inside a yob.
31a Shrinking German city Heather goes round (9)
LESSENING Another word for heather wrapped around a city on the Ruhr.
2d University home given external colour and spoilt (6)
RUINED An abbreviation for University and a word for ‘at home’ inside a primary colour.
3d Bit of food and old rubbish in post office (6)
POTATO Old and a word for rubbish inside the initials of the Post Office.
4d Lark putting doctor into prison (6)
GAMBOL One of the sets of letters which may denote a medical doctor inside a prison.
5d Redeployed agent on ship may have this duty (7)
TONNAGE Anagram (redeployed) of AGENT ON.
6d Italian entertains grim man, working person who’s entered country (9)
IMMIGRANT An anagram (working) of GRIM MAN placed inside an abbreviation for Italian.
7d Pink vehicle followed by set of people (9)
CARNATION A motor vehicle and a set of people or a state, giving the alternative name for the flower known as a pink.
8d Start of season — preparing for game, stretching (9)
STRAINING The initial letter (start) of Season, followed by what players do to get ready.
14d Regulation for piece of playground equipment? Engineers no longer find it useful (5,4)
SLIDE RULE This could be a regulation applying to a helter-skelter, but is actually what engineers used before they had electronic calculators.
15d A cure gone wrong creates stir (9)
ENCOURAGE Anagram (wrong) of A CURE GONE.
16d Explorer of underground space needs common sense, it being huge and dark (9)
CAVERNOUS A simpler word for speleologist followed by some common sense.
17d Boy star given an audition (3)
SON Sounds like (given audition) a star very close to us.
18d Careful to avoid article being sarcastic (3)
WRY Leave out the A (avoid article) from a word for careful or cautious.
22d An aider in a maze (7)
ARIADNE A rather nice all-in-one clue which is an anagram (in a maze) of AN AIDER, giving the name of the woman who helped Theseus to escape from the labyrinth.
24d English composer is soaring above (6)
TALLIS A word for soaring or high followed by (above, in a Down clue) IS (from the clue).
25d Backed down avenue into trap (4,2)
GAVE IN An abbreviation for avenue inside a variety of animal trap.
26d DNA expert who helped detective? (6)
WATSON The scientist who worked with Francis Crick on DNA, or the sidekick of Sherlock Holmes.
The Quick Crossword pun FOREIGN + AWEIGH = FAR AND AWAY