Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27605
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from Umberleigh in North Devon, where we are spending a few days. A damp, grey start to the day has now given way to beautiful late September sunshine.
Most of today’s puzzle from Giovanni went in without difficulty, but the last couple tipped me into *** time, with 7d the last one in.
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8a Peril not problematical for group seeking criminals (8)
INTERPOL – Anagram (problematical) of PERIL NOT.
9a Characters enthralled by worker ranting, deviating from the norm (6)
ERRANT – Hidden in (characters enthralled by) the clue.
10a Girl soon losing love (3)
ANN – Remove the letter that looks like a love score at tennis from a word meaning soon or presently, to get a girl’s name.
11a Basic principle this person’s found in harsh holy books (8)
RUDIMENT – Put a shorter way of saying ‘this person is’ inside a word mean ing harsh or rough, then add an abbreviation for the second half of the Bible.
12a Theologian into drink, delivery initially confused (6)
ADDLED – Put the letters which a theologian might have after his or her name inside an alcoholic drink, then add the first letter of Delivery.
13a Something A-level maths student does to achieve distinction (15)
DIFFERENTIATION – Double definition: a mathematical process; or the act of distinguishing one thing from another.
15a Work is not bad, offering possibilities (7)
OPTIONS – The Latin abbreviation for a (musical) work followed by an anagram (bad) of IS NOT.
18a Venus de Milo is so defenceless (7)
UNARMED – This word for defenceless could also describe the Venus de Milo statue.
21a Volume set aside for drinker? (6-5,4)
COFFEE-TABLE BOOK – Set aside so that you can put your cup down.
24a Quickly flip over the page about little man (6)
PRONTO – An abbreviation for an instruction to go to the next page, wrapped around a short form of a man’s name.
25a Kept away, being dispatched into a place of rest (8)
ABSENTED – A (from the clue) and a place of rest or sleep with ‘dispatched’ inserted into it.
26a Writer producing letters of note I collected (3)
NIB – A two-letter abbreviation for ‘take note’ with I (from the clue) inside it.
27a Blast from explosive — get away before that! (6)
SCATHE – A word you might use to chase away a marauding cat from your garden, followed by the initials denoting an explosive. This week’s obscure word – more commonly seen in its opposite form as an adjective.
28a Frenchman to straggle alongside English deserter (8)
RENEGADE – A French name – think of the character played by Gorden Kaye in ‘Allo ‘Allo – followed by a word meaning to straggle or wander and English.
1d Rings one’s seen beyond void (6)
ANNULI –A verb meaning to void or set aside followed by the Roman numeral for one, giving some ring-shaped geometrical figures.
2d Misrepresent female intuition (6)
BELIEF – A synonym of ‘misrepresent’ followed by Female.
3d Cash someone will come to get (10,5)
APPEARANCE MONEY – Cryptic definition of a fee paid to a professional sportsman for turning up at an event.
4d Criticising materials used by roofer (7)
SLATING – Double definition, the first being a figure of speech, the second a description of the act of covering a roof, but not with tiles.
5d Privatising brings sale with indignation erupting (15)
DENATIONALISING – Anagram (erupting) of SALE and INDIGNATION.
6d Order apt to be blasted out by wolfish type (8)
PREDATOR – Anagram (to be blasted out) of ORDER APT.
7d The answer here probably has only one letter! (8)
ENVELOPE – … because if you write several letters you probably put them into separate examples of the answer.
14d Parent not half thick (3)
FAT – The first half of the word for a male parent.
16d Extend professional area (8)
PROTRACT – An abbreviation for professional followed by an expanse of land.
17d Home if tiny unlikely to convey vastness (8)
INFINITY – The word conveying the sense ‘at home’ followed by an anagram (unlikely) of IF TINY.
19d Revolutionary order intercepted by a Communist leader (3)
MAO – Reverse the initials denoting an honour given for high achievement in the arts, literature. Learning or science, then insert A (from the clue).
20d Taxi runs into horse — it’s ghastly (7)
MACABRE – A female horse wrapped around a word for taxi.
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22d Friendly government initially installed in African country (6)
BENIGN – Put the first letter of Government inside a West African country which borders Nigeria.
23d Ham finished? Then daughter must have egg (6)
OVERDO – ‘Ham’ as in ‘Ham it up’. Put together a word for finished or past, the initial letter of Daughter, and an egg-shaped letter.
The Quick Cross word pun HOLEY + WAUGH = HOLY WAR