Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27602
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We get four mini-puzzles for the price of one today. My order was NW, SW, NE and SE – how about you? Do let us know how you got on.
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1a Bust, Rodin’s last put in park but vandalised (8)
BANKRUPT – the last letter of Rodin is put inside an anagram (vandalised) of PARK BUT.
5a Give out drugs to get higher as an exercise (4-2)
PUSH-UP – this is a gymnastic exercise which brings back horrible memories, although in Britain the more usual term for it starts with press. A verb to give out or peddle drugs is followed by an adverb meaning higher.
9a Swift, perhaps, educational test facing girl getting tense (8)
SATIRIST – the abbreviation for a standard test in schools is followed by a female name and T(ense).
10a Trouble with greed, say, upset Greek idol (6)
ADONIS – after the usual word for trouble we have to reverse (upset) what greed is an example of. As a reversal indicator ‘upset’ works better with a down clue.
11a Draw back tool initially with trouble — a screwdriver? (8)
COCKTAIL – a charade of verb to draw back the firing mechanism of a gun to ready it for firing, the initial letter of tool and a verb to trouble.
12a Place for pilgrims kept by councillor in Norfolk resort (6)
CROMER – the city visited by many Roman Catholic pilgrims is inserted (kept) inside the abbreviation for councillor.
14a Moan at sign that’s whipped up hostility (10)
ANTAGONISM – an anagram (whipped up) of MOAN AT SIGN.
18a Protective garment pierced by dislodged stake in industrial feature (10)
SMOKESTACK – a loose protective garment traditionally worn by artists contains (pierced by) an anagram (dislodged) of STAKE.
22a Popular diplomat’s skill is undiminished (6)
INTACT – charade of an adverb meaning popular or trendy and a diplomat’s skill.
23a Best vehicle leaves without time to go to hotel (8)
VANQUISH – string together a light commercial vehicle, a verb meaning leaves without the T(ime) and the letter that Hotel represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
24a Artist following a writer in foreign language (6)
ARABIC – the abbreviation for an artist follows A (from the clue). After that we need the proprietary name for a type of ballpoint pen (writer).
25a Conflict rages sadly in exit (8)
DISAGREE – an anagram (sadly) of RAGES goes inside a verb to exit or shuffle off (or, as John Le Mesurier phrased it, ‘conk out’).
26a Come out from English commercial move ending prematurely (6)
EMERGE – E(nglish) is followed by a coming together of two or more companies without its final letter (ending prematurely).
27a Measure taken by American in church yard, place of rest (8)
CEMETERY – put the American spelling of a measure of length inside abbreviations for church and yard.
1d Cut in British cricket, perhaps, that’s not new (6)
BISECT – B(ritish) followed by what a cricket is an example of without the N (not new).
2d Sign relating to hearing organ in confines of nave (6)
NOTICE – an adjective meaning relating to the ear goes inside the outer letters (confines) of nave.
3d Bit of sun around river? It is an unusual occurrence (6)
RARITY – a glimmer of sunlight contains R(iver) and IT (from the clue).
4d Hand over a note touring island being enthusiastic (10)
a verb to hand over, A (from the clue) and the seventh note of tonic sol-fa go round (touring) a Hebridean island. [Thanks to Rabbit Dave for the correction.] [Correction no. 2 – thanks to BD. The wordplay should be: A phrasal verb to hand over (4,2) followed by (over) A and a note from tonic sol-fa with the single-letter abbreviation for island inserted (touring).]
6d Cook lightly bit of gristle? Such is unlikely to succeed (8)
UNDERDOG – a verb to cook lightly (produce a rare steak, for example) is followed by the first letter of gristle.
7d Female attendant established, we hear, measure of animal first (8)
HANDMAID – a homophone (we hear) of a verb meaning established or constructed with the unit of measurement of horses preceding it (first).
8d Finished with strike over one beef (8)
PASTRAMI – an adjective meaning finished or over and a verb to strike or batter precede (over, in a down clue) the Roman numeral for one.
13d Sickly son fidgeting in each car (10)
SACCHARINE – S(on) followed by an anagram (fidgeting) of IN EACH CAR.
15d Assess car that’s covered northerly road (8)
ESTIMATE – a type of car with plenty of room for luggage or goods contains the reversal (northerly, in a down clue) of the designation of the Leeds-London motorway.
16d Computer stuff mistaken for waste (8)
SOFTWARE – an anagram (mistaken) of FOR WASTE.
17d Fine work by engraver that’s attractive (8)
FETCHING – the abbreviation for fine (used to categorise lead pencils) is followed by what an engraver may produce.
19d Sixteen, maybe, and uncool (6)
SQUARE – double definition. Sixteen is an example (others could be nine or twenty-five).
20d Note heartless Chancellor of the Exchequer being brutal (6)
FIERCE – the informal term for our smallest note without its central letter (heartless) is followed by the abbreviation for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Watching
Only Connect Pointless last night I learnt that a Lady (Godiva) is rhyming slang for the note and that a commodore is £15 (because of The Commodores’ hit song ‘Three times a lady” – clever or what?).
21d Trite characteristic of a fondue? (6)
CHEESY – double definition.
My favourite clue today was 20d. Which one(s) tickled your fancy?
Today’s Quickie Pun: SHATTER + LANE = CHATELAINE