Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27590
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We don’t normally get anything too scintillating or thought-provoking on Tuesdays and this week is no exception. Do leave a comment with your assessment of the puzzle.
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7a Name a soft extremity (7)
APPOINT – A (from the clue) and the musical abbreviation for soft are followed by an extremity or tapered end.
9a Fascinating attraction of good US actress (7)
GLAMOUR – G(ood) and the surname of the US actress who appeared in several of the Crosby/Hope ‘Road’ films.
10a Holding dog with no lead (5)
ASSET – drop the leading letter from a type of hound with long drooping ears.
11a ‘Standard’ therefore will be touching on ruin of Athens (9)
PARTHENON – a charade of the standard score for a golf hole or course, an adverb meaning therefore or in that case and ON (from the clue).
12a Cinzano — two words for it (7,8)
ITALIAN VERMOUTH – what Cinzano is a type of is also what IT is an abbreviation for. I would have expected some indication that Cinzano (a proprietary name) is a definition by example.
13a Late goal that leads nowhere (4,3)
DEAD END – late (as in passed on) followed by a goal or objective.
16a Monster movie (7)
TITANIC – double definition, the second being the movie about the ill-fated ship (a film that I’ve been very successful in avoiding).
19a Gay stage entertainment? (3,7,5)
THE BEGGAR’S OPERA – not gay in its modern sense but the surname of John Gay (who was a former pupil of my old school). This is a cryptic definition of his most famous work.
23a Gathering of young kids in drama school (4,5)
PLAY GROUP – when I first read this clue I expected goats to feature in the answer – sadly that’s not the case. It’s a charade of a drama and a school (of artists, fish or card players, perhaps).
24a Newly-built Loire college (5)
ORIEL – an anagram (newly-built) of LOIRE gives us an Oxford College.
25a Dr No, I suspect, shown in ad for a robot (7)
ANDROID – an anagram (suspect) of DR NO I goes inside AD.
26a Urge to meet chief quiz specialist? (7)
EGGHEAD – a verb to urge followed by a chief or leader. There’s a quiz show on TV where a number of these form the resident team.
1d Tree in River Indus American pulled out (8)
TAMARIND – a river in the South-West of England followed by Indus without the abbreviation for American.
2d Bitter speech from attorney about island race (8)
DIATRIBE – the abbreviation for a US public attorney (those of us old enough will remember the unfortunately named Ham(ilton) Burger from the Perry Mason series who lost a case every week but never lost his job) contains the single-character abbreviation for island. After that we need a race or ethnic group.
3d Pest, unfortunately, elected to intervene (4,2)
STEP IN – an anagram (unfortunately) of PEST followed by an adverb meaning elected.
4d Make sense of female, mostly relaxed (6)
FATHOM – start with the abbreviation for female then add a phrase meaning relaxed or comfortably familiar (2,4) without its last letter (mostly).
5d Sad act in decline (8)
DOWNTURN – an adjective meaning sad followed by a stage act.
6d Pull young girl across river (6)
WRENCH – an old word for a young girl containing (across) R(iver).
8d After last of frittata, spaghetti? (5)
PASTA – a preposition meaning after or later than is followed by the last letter of frittata.
9d Man has upper limb stuck in article of clothing (7)
GARMENT – a posh man contains (has … stuck in) an upper limb.
14d Deposited in a river in Australian city (8)
ADELAIDE – a verb meaning deposited or set down goes inside A and the name of a Welsh or Scottish river.
15d Tree‘s shadow over golf club (7)
DOGWOOD – a verb to shadow or tail precedes (over, in a down clue) a type of golf club (the equipment, not the place).
17d Complete, from beginning to end, hiding nothing (8)
THOROUGH – a preposition meaning from beginning to end contains (hides) the letter that resembles zero.
18d Circumspect about youth becoming a cleaner (8)
CHARLADY – an adjective meaning circumspect or hesitant contains a youth.
19d Hot tap dances in this film? (3,3)
TOP HAT – a good semi-all-in-one clue – an anagram (dances) of HOT TAP.
20d Drink, say, before gong used (6)
EGGNOG – the abbreviation for say followed by an anagram (used) of GONG.
21d Rex, on a jetty, finds sword (6)
RAPIER – string together the abbreviation for rex, A and a jetty.
22d Select rice, finally — low in calories (5)
ELITE – the final letter of rice followed by the food manufacturers’ description of low in calories.
The clue I liked best was 19d. Which one(s) appealed to you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: SEEK + WRIT = SECRET