Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27596
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It’s another glorious day in North Devon and once more on Tuesday we have a perfectly adequate puzzle but not much in the way of smiles or penny-drop moments. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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1a Cared madly about a place of amusement (6)
ARCADE – an anagram (madly) of CARED goes round A.
4a Slow progress by son — untidy writing results (6)
SCRAWL – slow progress, such as that of a vehicle in heavy traffic, is preceded by S(on).
8a Speak about a king, leader of Abyssinians for so long (8)
SAYONARA – lots of little bits have to be stitched together here – a verb to speak or give voice, a preposition meaning about, A from the clue, the single-character abbreviation for king and the leading letter of Abyssinians. The setter is trying to make you think of Haile Selassie.
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10a Entirely at home, small child given love (2,4)
IN TOTO – a charade of an adverb meaning at home, a small child and the letter that resembles zero (love in tennis scoring).
11a Persistent pain? One must ring hospital (4)
ACHE – the playing card with a single spot contains (must ring) H(ospital).
12a Flush, getting Oscar for one? Correct (2,3,5)
ON THE MONEY – start with a phrase meaning flush or well provided with cash then replace the Roman numeral for one with the letter that Oscar is used for in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet. What we end up with is a North American slang expression meaning correct or spot-on.
13a Kowtow, as the novice violinist might? (3,3,6)
BOW AND SCRAPE – double definition, the first meaning to ingratiate oneself in a sycophantic manner.
16a Dread detention (12)
APPREHENSION – another double definition. The detention could be in a police cell.
20a Happen to finish first, as opposed to second (4,2,4)
COME TO PASS – a phrase (4,3) meaning to finish first, in a league table for example, is followed by AS (from the clue) and S(econd).
21a Run over a pack animal (4)
WOLF – reverse (over) a verb to run (like a river).
22a Trim conifer (6)
SPRUCE – double definition, the first meaning trim or neat.
23a High-up therefore losing head crossing pit (8)
EMINENCE – this high-up is a distinguished person, especially one in the Roman Catholic church. An adverb meaning therefore without its leading H (losing head) goes round a pit.
24a Small number endeavour to engage a public official (6)
NOTARY – the abbreviation for number is followed by a verb to endeavour containing (to engage) A.
25a Rise to the surface clearly ahead (4,2)
WELL UP – double definition, the first a verbal phrase meaning to rise to the surface which could apply to water, oil or tears.
2d Job centre — husband has to go in (5)
CHORE – a word meaning centre with H(usband) inserted.
3d Servant turned up on date bringing rock (7)
DIAMOND – reverse (turned up, in a down clue) a female servant and add ON (from the clue) and D(ate). Rock is a slang term for the answer.
5d That man put in care, possibly a monster (7)
CHIMERA – a male pronoun (that man) gets put inside an anagram (possibly) of CARE.
6d Writer shares out bubbly (9)
AUTHORESS – an anagram (bubbly) of SHARES OUT.
7d Modern type of coffee, right? (6)
LATTER – I remember a time when the only options for a coffee were ‘black’ or ‘white’ – these days you need a translator when going into Starbucks. A type of coffee is followed by R(ight).
9d Diplomatic bag? (7-4)
ATTACHÉ-CASE – I’m not keen on this clue. I think it’s just meant to be a cryptic definition of the sort of bag a specific type of diplomat might carry.
14d Consequently, atlas user misled (2,1,6)
AS A RESULT – an anagram (misled) of ATLAS USER.
15d Takes in better paper (8)
FOOLSCAP – a charade of a verb meaning takes in or hoodwinks and a verb to better or outdo.
17d Hebridean island almost rounded by fellow explorer (7)
PIONEER – a Hebridean island without its final A (almost) goes inside (rounded by) a fellow or someone of equal rank.
18d Forming a unit — see unit formed (2,5)
EN SUITE – an anagram (formed) of SEE UNIT.
19d Speak in a soft murmur holding up new voucher (6)
COUPON – a verb to speak in a soft murmur or sound like a dove contains (holding) UP. At the end we have to add N(ew).
21d Disc wife put on list (5)
WHEEL – a disc or circular object comes from W(ife) followed by (put on, in a down clue) a verb to list or lean.
The clue I liked best was 20a. Which one(s) appealed to you?
If you’ve always fought shy of trying the Toughie because you thought it was beyond you then today would be a good day to have a go – today’s is very gentle.
Today’s Quickie Pun: FEINT + HART = FAINT HEART