Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27584
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I found this pretty mechanical without a great deal of sparkle but I was held up for a time after having got the last two letters of 18a wrong which gave me problems with 13d. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought.
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1a Foresee resistance after Putin’s first order (7)
PREDICT – the abbreviation for electrical resistance follows the first letter of Putin. Then we need an order or decree.
5a The Entertainer, for example, almost perfectly jolly (7)
PLAYFUL – what The Entertainer is an example of is followed by an adverb meaning perfectly (as in ‘you know perfectly well’) without its final letter (almost).
9a Old girlfriend given diamonds (5)
DATED – someone you go out with followed by D(iamonds).
10a Matches — each golfer is after a decent score (9)
PARALLELS – a word meaning each or every and the surname of a South African golfer come after a decent score on the golf course.
11a Forced frail cat I upset to eat one (10)
ARTIFICIAL – forced here means feigned (like an insincere smile). It’s an anagram (upset) of FRAIL CAT I containing (to eat) the Roman numeral for one.
12a Stable bank, by the sound of it (4)
SURE – an adjective meaning stable or solid sounds (to some ears) like a bank or waterside.
14a Liberty‘s desire for some Scotch? (12)
INDEPENDENCE – double definition, although pretty much the same definition twice. When I was at school I was told that Scotch was never to be used to mean Scots and Chambers says this usage is regarded as incorrect by many – so presumably that’s the reason for the question mark. We’ll know in a few weeks whether this desire is to be fulfilled.
18a Building prisoner’s training in to get released (12)
CONSTRUCTING – start with a slang word for prisoner and follow this with a present participle meaning training or teaching without the leading IN.
21a Head‘s idle (4)
LOAF – double definition, the first an informal word for head coming from rhyming slang (**** of bread).
22a Work attitude creates hostility (10)
OPPOSITION – a charade of the abbreviation for an artistic work and an attitude or stance.
25a Youngsters get a sneer when dressed up (9)
TEENAGERS – an anagram (when dressed up) of GET A SNEER.
26a Annoyed at getting into rage (5)
IRATE – insert AT in a word meaning rage or anger. I don’t like this clue at all – the word for rage has the same root as the answer.
27a Show a high regard for detail (7)
RESPECT – double definition – the second a noun meaning detail (‘the report was correct in every detail’).
28a Students initially notice head’s misery (7)
SADNESS – string together the initial letter of students, an abbreviated notice and a head or promontory.
1d Dill regularly stocked by fruit seller (6)
PEDLAR – the odd letters of dill are contained inside (stocked by) a soft fruit.
2d Character I’d cut out being (6)
ENTITY – start with a word meaning character or personality and drop (cut out) the I’D at its start.
3d Uncertain to order dinner if tie not right (10)
INDEFINITE – an anagram (to order) of DINNE(r) IF TIE without the R (not right).
4d Subject to choice? Not quite (5)
TOPIC – TO (from the clue) followed by a choice or selection without its last letter (not quite).
5d Awful temper with nan going on and on (9)
PERMANENT – an anagram (awful) of TEMPER and NAN.
6d Skilled Liberal Democrat losing his head (4)
ABLE – the surname of the Business Secretary in our coalition government without his first letter (losing head).
7d Visit common (8)
FREQUENT – double definition, the first a verb to visit regularly and the second an adjective.
8d Starts to see the eels in large ship — one’s likely to catch a lot (8)
LISTENER – the starting letters of three words in the clue go inside a large passenger ship.
13d Dine out, breaking diet if discovered (10)
IDENTIFIED – an anagram (out) of DINE followed by another anagram (breaking) of DIET IF.
15d Men quite badly fixing Peugeot’s first gear (9)
EQUIPMENT – an anagram (badly) of MEN QUITE containing (fixing) the first letter of Peugeot.
16d Small copper disc found on hill — one could carve it into something (8)
SCULPTOR – string together S(mall), the chemical symbol for copper, the abbreviation for a vinyl disc and a rocky hill.
17d Violent illegal immigrants? Almost the opposite around outskirts of Auckland (8)
INVADERS – a word meaning the opposite or the flip side without its final E (almost) contains the outer letters of Auckland. I like the definition.
19d Who might appear in Treasure Island from page 26 (6)
PIRATE – the abbreviation for page and the answer to 26a.
20d If not fun, when female’s gone there’s a smaller amount (6)
UNLESS – the word fun with the F(emale) taken out followed by a smaller amount.
23d Band in studio as I speak (5)
OASIS – hidden in the clue is a Manchester-based band, popular in the 1990s.
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24d Forced to have flipping cheese (4)
MADE – reverse (flipping) a type of Dutch cheese.
The clue I liked best was 17d. Which one(s) appealed to you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: SETTER + COARSE = SET A COURSE