Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27608
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No real problems but quite entertaining – that’s my verdict. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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5a Line with an enclosure, a decorative cord (7)
LANYARD – string together L(ine), AN (from the clue) and an enclosure or court.
7a Antique found in manor-house — large bag required (7)
HOLDALL – put an adjective meaning antique or dated inside a manor-house or large country house.
9a Name American river (5)
TAGUS – a name or nickname followed by a 2-letter abbreviation meaning American gives a river in Spain and Portugal.
10a Discover arsenic in the bag (9)
ASCERTAIN – the chemical symbol for arsenic and an adjective meaning ‘in the bag’ or a sure thing.
11a Sink full of large fish (8)
FLOUNDER – a bit of an old chestnut but nicely done. A verb to sink (applying to a ship which has taken on water) containing L(arge).
13a Some resign — I tend to get fired (6)
IGNITE – hidden (some) in the clue.
16a Being at fault, by law, mother punished (11)
BLAMEWORTHY – an anagram (punished?) of BY LAW MOTHER.
20a In front of theatre, perform, making up one piece (6)
INTACT – a charade of IN, the front letter of T(heatre) and a verb to perform on stage.
21a Buggy in street ahead of luxurious car (8)
STROLLER – Buggy (normally preceded by Baby) is the proprietary name for a light, collapsible pushchair and the answer is a North American word for the same sort of thing. The abbreviation for street precedes an informal word for a make of luxurious car.
24a Noble to slate bridge contract (5,4)
GRAND SLAM – an adjective meaning noble or of high rank followed by a verb to slate or criticise severely.
26a Old German stamp (5)
FRANK – two definitions, the first a member of an old Germanic people.
28a Aides reunite abroad (7)
RETINUE – an anagram (abroad) of REUNITE.
29a Trainer struggling to find ground (7)
TERRAIN – and another old chestnut – an anagram (struggling) of TRAINER.
1d Small horse’s disadvantage (4)
SNAG – S(mall) followed by a word for a horse.
2d Standard issue for a rector (6)
PARSON – a charade of a standard (the standard number of strokes that a professional golfer is expected to complete a hole in, for example) and an issue or offspring.
3d Nothing left in well? (3,5)
ALL RIGHT – if there’s nothing on the left then it must be …
4d Drop a soap opera (4)
SAGA – a verb to drop or droop followed by A (from the clue).
5d Fire — or reprieve? (3,3)
LET OFF – double definition, the first being to fire or discharge a weapon.
6d Calibre of team? Dire, sadly (8)
DIAMETER – continuing with the firearms theme calibre here relates to the size of a bullet. It’s an anagram (sadly) of TEAM DIRE.
7d A white German wine, or pop? (4)
HOCK – double definition. Pop is an informal word for the act of pawning – the phrase ‘Pop goes the weasel’ in the nursery rhyme refers to the pawning of one’s coat (weasel and stoat – Cockney rhyming slang).
8d Cavalryman about, in country road on right (6)
LANCER – the single-letter abbreviation meaning about or approximately goes inside a country road and that precedes (on, in a down clue) R(ight).
12d Coming from moor, bitterns fly in a circle (5)
ORBIT – hidden (coming from) in the clue.
14d Lily excited about daughter making up a poem (5)
IDYLL – an anagram (excited) of LILY containing D(aughter).
15d Swindle to attract scorn (8)
CONTEMPT – charade of a swindle or scam and a verb to attract or lure.
17d Crash requires papers to be shown in midst of stress (8)
ACCIDENT – insert the abbreviation for personal papers or documents into stress or emphasis.
18d Touch fringe, restyled (6)
FINGER – an anagram (restyled) of FRINGE.
19d Penniless knight, shattered (6)
BROKEN – an informal adjective meaning penniless or skint followed by the chess abbreviation for knight.
22d University place, neat for dons, originally (6)
OXFORD – if you don’t know what neat, as a noun, very often means in cryptic crosswords then you need to consult Big Dave’s “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” section. We need the 2-letter, singular, version here and that’s followed by FOR (from the clue) and the first (originally) letter of dons.
23d Conservative down in the dumps? (4)
BLUE – quite an appropriate clue after the happenings of the weekend? Double definition, the first being an informal adjective meaning Conservative or right-wing. Doesn’t ‘lewd tweets’ sound as if it should be a Spoonerism?
25d Up, endlessly, producing wine (4)
ASTI – up has the sense meant in a parent’s exasperated shout to a schoolchild in the morning “Aren’t you up yet?”. We want another adverb meaning the same, but without its final R (endlessly).
27d A girl having bottom pinched, unfortunately (4)
ALAS – A and a girl without her final (bottom, in a down clue) letter.
The clues I liked best were 10a, 11a and 7d. Which one(s) did it for you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: LORE + CAUGHT = LAW COURT