Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27587
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from Killala in County Mayo, where we are staying for a few days. My host suggests this post should be called ‘the blog from the bog’.
One or two less common terms from Giovanni today, which took me up to the top end of ** for difficulty.
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1a Cavalier poet‘s infant still at mother’s breast (8)
SUCKLING – Double definition, the first being a 17th-century English poet, who is also alleged to have invented the game of cribbage.
5a Female music artist, mostly very cold (6)
FRAPPE – Female followed by one of those ‘music’ artists whose act consists of speaking over a repetitive beat, but with the last letter removed (mostly) to give a term applied to very cold drinks.
9a VIP has to fall down before monarch, that’s an obvious thing (2-7)
NO-BRAINER – Put together a VIP or toff, a verb meaning to fall down from the sky, and the regnal cipher of our Queen.
11a Domineering woman has thrown out a number of stars (5)
VIRGO – Remove (thrown out) the A from a word for a domineering woman to get a constellation which is a sign of the Zodiac.
12a Garment being worn by companion in Italian river (6)
PONCHO – A two-letter word for ‘worn by’ and the letters after the name of a Companion of an Order similar to the Order of Merit, all put inside the usual crossword Italian river.
13a A good fortune pro’s lost, bringing harshness (8)
ASPERITY – Start with A (from the clue), then remove the ‘pro’ from the front of a word for good fortune or success.
15a Camera mechanism could be bodged up with maid’s hairgrip (4,9)
IRIS DIAPHRAGM – Anagram (could be bodged up with) of MAID’S HAIRGRIP.
18a One reduces the price as a matter of policy (2-6,5)
NO-CLAIMS BONUS – Cryptic definition of what you may well have on your car insurance policy.
22a Most unattractive nuisance gets sprawled out to tuck in (8)
PLAINEST – A word for sprawled out or lying down inside a word for a nuisance.
23a Ruler returning prohibits any dissent? Not entirely (6)
DYNAST – Hidden in(not entirely) the clue in reverse (returning). Hands up those who put ‘tyrant’as their first answer!
26a Polish relish? (5)
TASTE – Double definition, the first being the polish displayed by a cultured person.
27a Act on idea put out by clerical office (9)
DIACONATE – Anagram (put out) of ACT ON IDEA, giving a clerical office below the priesthood.
28a Tidy up kitchen finally, having had meal (6)
NEATEN – The last letter of kitcheN followed by ;having had meal.
29a Loud and wild tom cat intercepted by university odd-job man (8)
FACTOTUM – The musical symbol for loud followed by an anagram (wild) of TOM CAT with University inside it.
1d Horse’s knocked over little relative — that’s the general view (8)
SYNOPSIS – Reverse (knocked over) a word for ‘horse’s’ and add a diminutive for a sibling.
2d Vehicle in shed (5)
CABIN – A public transport vehicle followed by IN (from the clue).
3d Hated the burden having to be carried around (7)
LOATHED – Wrap a burden around THE (from the clue).
4d Grandmother not available more than once (4)
NANA – The abbreviation for ‘not available’, repeated.
6d One is surrounded by water — a popular holiday area (7)
RIVIERA – The Roman numeral for one is surrounded by a body of flowing water, and A (from the clue) is added.
7d Fruit I am beginning to munch — individual needing to eat that (9)
PERSIMMON – Put an abbreviated form of ‘I am’ and the first letter of Munch inside a word for an individual.
8d My negative response upset Jeremiah maybe (6)
EPONYM – Reverse (upset) MY (from the clue) and a form of the negative response, to get a word relating to someone who appears, like Jeremiah or Tristram Shandy, in the title of a work in which they appear.
10d Institution providing care, established north of hospital in capital (4,4)
REST HOME – An abbreviation for ‘established’ followed by (north of, in a Down clue) an abbreviation for Hospital, all place inside a European capital city.
14d Idiot will have rushed around, under pressure (8)
HARASSED – Put a word for an idiot inside a synonym of ‘rushed’.
16d A noise in a swirling expanse of water (6,3)
IONIAN SEA – Anagram (swirling) of A NOISE IN A.
17d What’s on meteorologist’s chart as part of his other map (8)
ISOTHERM – Hidden in (part of) the clue.
19d Gather as group of witches round start of night, end of June (7)
CONVENE – Put the first letter of Night inside a group of witches, and add the last letter of JunE.
20d Lad getting caught faces excessive ban (7)
BOYCOTT – Put together a lad, the abbreviation for ‘caught’ in a cricket scorecard, and a three-letter expression for excessive. Particularly relevant for me today, since the character whose name gave rise to the expression which is the answer was in County Mayo when the action against him was started.
21d Excellent time in old-fashioned golf club (4-2)
SPOT ON – Put Time inside the name of an old-fashioned golfing implement , apparently something like a 3-wood today.
24d Stop girl looking up and down on street (5)
AVAST – A nautical term for stop is made up of a palindromic girl’s name and the abbreviation for street.
25d The old man that’s after Oscar (4)
PAPA – The letter that follows Oscar in the NATO alphabet.
The Quick Crossword pun GUESSED+LISZT=GUEST LIST