Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27582
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BD Rating – Difficulty */*– Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 30th August 2014
Were they to actually read this review, I feel sure that a couple of the usual suspects would disagree with my view that this was typically straightforward offering from the Saturday Mysteron.
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1a Keep following small enchanting woman in communication centre (11)
SWITCHBOARD – S (small) WITCH (enchanting woman) followed by BOARD (keep, means of subsistence).
7a Criticise a revolutionary style (7)
PANACHE – PAN (criticise) A (from the clue) and CHE (Senor Guevara, the crossword setters’ favourite ‘revolutionary’).
8a Slow bowler’s variation finds place to turn in front of leg (7)
TOPSPIN – A reversal (to turn) of SPOT (place) and PIN (an informal word for the leg).
10a Bird’s egg on garden plant (8)
LARKSPUR – LARK (bird) and SPUR (egg on).
11a Curt’s no leader, put in place by company group (6)
SHORT (curt) with its first letter removed (no leader ) – goes under (is put in place by) CO (company).
13a Fish for tea (4)
CHAR – A type of fish or a slang term for tea (the Cockney spelling of the word)
14a Pupil who’s left school able to write and rub out! (10)
OBLITERATE – OB (old boy, pupil who’s left school) and LITERATE (able to write).
16a Old Western film one employed at RADA? (10)
STAGECOACH – A well known old Western film split 5,5 could be someone employed at the Royal School of Dramatic Arts.
18a Miss hugging Old Nick (4)
GAOL – GAL (dialect word for girl) ‘hugging’ O (old).
21a Snake catches Marvin napping (6)
ASLEEP – LEE (Marvin) is ‘caught by’ or inserted into an ASP (snake).
22a Twitter’s number one for upsetting immense number (8)
TRILLION – TRILL (just like twitter, a noise made by a bird, for example) followed by a reversal (upsetting) of NO I (number one).
24a English composer not a green artist (2,5)
EL GRECO – Remove the A from ELG
AR (the English composer, not the crossword setter) and follow with ECO (green).
25a Player caught in a lock (7)
ACTRESS – A (from the clue) C (caught) and TRESS (lock of hair).
26a Ancient Mayor of London once walked round a street there (3,4,4)
OLD KENT ROAD – OLD (ancient) KEN (Livingstone, once Mayor of London) TROD (walked) with A from the clue inserted (round a).
1d Belted out tune when served up drink (7)
SANGRIA – SANG (belted out) and a reversal (when served up in a down clue) of AIR (tune).
2d As a precaution if appearing at court? (2,4)
IN CASE – In order to make sure (as a precaution) sounds like one might be taking part in a court case.
3d Means to pay for such as ‘Good Soldier Schweik’ on the radio (10)
CHEQUEBOOK – On the radio is the indication that we are looking for a homophone of a CZECH BOOK such as ‘Good Soldier Schweik’.
4d Crazy flutters (4)
BATS – A double definition – crazy or what one might do with one’s eyelids.
5d Lily Allen’s first rendering of ‘Old Shep’ (8)
ASPHODEL – A (the first letter of Allen) followed by an anagram (rendering) of OLD SHEP.
6d Ambassador’s reduced qualification (7)
DIPLOMA – Remove the final letter (reduced) from a DIPLOMA
T such as an ambassador.
7d It lost peace producing tyranny (6,5)
POLICE STATE is an anagram (producing)of IT LOST PEACE.
9d Catch handlers going astray in the country (11)
NETHERLANDS – NET (catch) followed by an anagram (going astray)of HANDLERS.
12d Inharmonious gig with records delivered finally in rave (10)
DISCORDANT – DISCO (gig with records) followed by a RANT (rave) into which is inserted the final letter of delivered.
15d American hero — North Dakota clergyman (8)
REVEREND – REVERE (Paul, the American hero) followed by the abbreviation for North Dakota.,
17d Fast car hampered by insubstantial legroom (7)
ALLEGRO – A lovely surface reading – ALLEGRO is a musical term meaning fast and lively. It is also the name of an old car which, as far as I can remember, wasn’t particularly roomy inside. The solution can be found hidden in (hampered by) insubstantiAL LEGROom.
19d Sweet flavour and wrapping I notice (7)
ANISEED – AND (from the clue) wrapping I SEE (I notice).
20d Completely drunk Bishop’s gambling game (6)
BLOTTO – B (bishop) and LOTTO (gambling game).
23d Carry on habit? (4)
COPE – And the double definition that held us all up! COPE can mean both carry on and also a habit worn by a member of the clergy.
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