Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27626
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from a very windswept North Devon. I thought that this enjoyable puzzle was pretty straightforward but the Telegraph Puzzles site has been showing four stars for difficulty all morning so I’ve compromised and given it 3*. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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7a Argument that could take its toll? (4-4)
DING-DONG – cryptically, toll here is not damage or suffering but the slow measured sound of a bell – ‘The curfew tolls the knell of parting day’.
9a Motive in crime not originally detected (6)
REASON – remove the first letter (not originally detected) from a crime for which the death penalty remained on the statute book in the UK until 1998.
10a Promise revealed in part of sentence? (4)
WORD – double definition.
11a Brazen, having spent too much time in hot water? (4-6)
HARD-BOILED – double definition, the first meaning brazen or cynical and the second relating to overcooked eggs (but not potatoes).
12a Bit of change in mined material (6)
COPPER – and another double definition – the first being a bit of low-value change found in your purse or pocket.
14a Works of art, say, laid out to engage you in the Louvre? (8)
STATUARY – this is a semi-all-in-one where the whole clue is the definition. We want an anagram (laid out) of ART SAY containing (to engage) the familiar form of ‘you’ in French (in the Louvre).
15a In ethos, a disturbing giver of pain (6)
SADIST – hidden in the clue.
17a Prize gained by retired cartoonist? (6)
REWARD – reverse (retired) what a cartoonist is an example of.
20a Food presented by firm American repeatedly (8)
COUSCOUS – stick together the abbreviation for a firm or company and a two-letter abbreviation for American, then do the same again.
22a Crack found in rear of gun, we hear (6)
BREACH – this crack or gap sounds like the back part of a gun.
23a Place where one’s amusement is stalled? (10)
FAIRGROUND – my first thought here was ‘racecourse’ (where the runners are put into stalls at the start of a race) but the stalls at this place offer you the chance to win a coconut, a goldfish (I’m not sure if that’s still allowed) or a cuddly toy.
24a Struggle with women’s opinion (4)
VIEW – a verb to struggle followed by the abbreviation for women.
25a King Edward maybe getting trophy at second of jousts (6)
POTATO – string together an informal word for a trophy, AT (from the clue) and the second letter of jousts.
26a Critical interpretation of former sieges misplaced (8)
EXEGESIS – a prefix meaning former followed by an anagram (misplaced) of SIEGES.
1d Strong men entering Spanish city with American (8)
VIGOROUS – insert the abbreviation for ordinary soldiers into a Spanish city on the Atlantic coast close to the border with Portugal, then add a 2-letter abbreviation for American.
2d Getting on with a good authoritative journalist (4)
AGED – bring together A (from the clue), G(ood) and the abbreviation for a senior journalist who’s in authority over others.
3d The two going on to A&E in America, causing trouble (6)
BOTHER – a pronoun meaning ‘the two’ precedes (going on to, in a down clue) the abbreviation used in America for what we call A&E.
4d Copy secure bridge player in another card game (8)
CRIBBAGE – a verb to copy another person’s work against the rules, in an examination for example, is followed by a verb to secure or obtain and the abbreviation used for one of the four players round a bridge table. This is how the game was played in pubs in 1949 (hats being obligatory!).
5d Disorientated unit at place overlooking North surrender (10)
CAPITULATE – an anagram (disorientated) of U[n]IT AT PLACE after you’ve overlooked the N(orth).
6d Pretentious sort crafted prose about university (6)
POSEUR – an anagram (crafted) of PROSE containing U(niversity).
8d Dress, not new, that’s showy (6)
GARISH – start with a verb to dress or decorate (a dish, for example) and take away the N(ew).
13d Dull figure in subway? (10)
PEDESTRIAN – double definition, the first an adjective meaning dull or plodding.
16d Quiet row possibly, on reflection low place to find a car? (8)
SHOWROOM – a charade of an exhortation to be quiet, an anagram (possibly) of ROW and the reversal (on reflection) of a verb to low.
18d Like a crate, mistakenly pierced close to vat (8)
DECREPIT – crate here is an informal word for a dilapidated vehicle. An anagram (mistakenly) of PIERCED is followed by the closing letter of vat.
19d Wise like undergraduate largely? (6)
ASTUTE – start with an adverb meaning like or in the manner of. Now add the word (that I’ve only ever seen used in crosswords) for a student supervised or taught by a tutor, without its final E (largely).
21d Two alternatives besetting a tense public speaker (6)
ORATOR – a conjunction used to link alternatives is repeated and the two occurrences contain (besetting) A (from the clue) and T(ense).
22d Harry is beginning to grow into flying ace (6)
BADGER – insert the beginning letter of G(row) into the surname of the legless WWII flying ace whose story was told in the film ‘Reach for the Sky’.
24d Shift of direction implicated in defensive error (4)
VEER – hidden (implicated) in the clue.
I liked 7a and 14a but my favourite today was 22d. Which one(s) did you like?
Today’s Quickie Pun: ROOM + INNATE = RUMINATE