Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27627
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
We thought this puzzle from Jay was a lot of fun so have upped the enjoyment rating. It took us about average time to solve and parse so *** for difficulty.
Last week we mentioned asparagus in our intro. There were lots of comments but nobody mentioned green pees (not a typo!). Congratulations on being so restrained.
Today, in the Dominion-Post from Wellington, the first puzzle we blogged, 27603, has appeared. We wonder if this will prompt Kiwi lurkers to make a comment.
Please leave a comment telling us what you think of today’s puzzle.
1a Agent in pursuit of man is a criminal (10)
MALEFACTOR : A word for an agent follows a person of masculine gender.
6a A touch of style (4)
DASH : Double definition, a small amount and synonym for flair.
10a Business tycoon‘s doctor glumly sacking regulars (5)
MOGUL : Abbreviation for a doctor then regular letters from GLUMLY.
12a Strange fancy from member of academy on strike (7)
CHIMERA : What Big Ben might do on the hour followed by a member of the Royal Academy.
13a Notable source of wealth in hospital department (7)
EMINENT : Where you might find coal or gold inside a hospital department.
14a Clearing one’s mind? (12)
BRAINWASHING : Cryptic definition with sinister overtones.
18a Succeeded and gathered nuts after brewing mead (4,3,5)
MADE THE GRADE : Start with an anagram (brewing) of MEAD, then an anagram (nuts) of GATHERED.
23a Look in after shifting flexible worker (7)
FLOATER : Two letter word for look inside anagram (shifting) of AFTER.
25a A wash gets you mentally alert (5)
AWAKE : A from the clue then the wash as from a moving boat.
26a Sap from lettuce hearts (4)
COSH : Not the most common meaning of sap. A type of lettuce then H(earts).
27a Both sides of dispute produce decline (10)
DEGENERATE : D(isput)E then synonym for produce as a verb.
2d Commonly permitted by law to adopt son, but scarpers (4,2)
LEGS IT : Colloquial shortening of word meaning ‘legal’ with S(on) included.
3d Feels respect — an awful deception (5,9)
FALSE PRETENCES : Anagram (awful) of FEELS RESPECT AN.
4d Discard a team supporting actors (4,5)
CAST ASIDE : Group of actors, then A from the clue and word for team.
5d Speak, though angry, having love for Italy (5)
ORATE : Substitution clue. O replaces I in word for angry.
7d Salon special not protected repeatedly for loss of hair (8)
ALOPECIA : Take away first and last letters (not protected) of the first two words of the clue and voila!
9d Argumentative type was up, unhappy with vote about accountant (6,8)
DEVIL’S ADVOCATE : A charade. Start with a reversal (up) of a word for was or existed, then three letter unhappy, then VOTE around abbreviation for an accountant.
15d Go on behalf of church employees (9)
WORKFORCE : A (4,3) term for ‘go on behalf of’ then Anglican abbreviation.
16d Forceful energy and speed at one hundred (8)
EMPHATIC : E(nergy) then how speed is measured in those places backward enough to still use imperial units, AT from the clue, then abbreviations for one and hundred.
19d Mostly remain to welcome rising skill levels (6)
STRATA : Reversed (rising) word for skill inside a word for remain with its last letter missing (mostly).
20d Bit of wind makes for an easy task (6)
BREEZE : Double definition.
22d Forget it! Leeds taking the championship? (5)
TITLE : It’s included in the clue. Don’t let the punctuation distract you.
Our pick of the day goes to 7d. So simple but not easy to spot immediately.
The Quick Crossword pun: hype+raise=high praise
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