Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27629
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on an overcast, grey and drizzly morning.
A rather strange feeling to this puzzle from Giovanni, in that it felt quite tricky while I was solving it, with some interesting pieces of wordplay, but the clock on the Telegraph site told me I’d finished comfortably within ** time. It will be interesting to see what others have made of it.
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7a Bad weather is restricting team playing — very unwelcome message (8)
HATEMAIL – An anagram (playing) of TEAM inside a variety of precipitation.
9a A part of the face beginning to glow, in pain (6)
ACHING – Put together A from the clue, a aprt of the face, and the first letter of Glow.
10a Film actress opposite H. Keel in 1953, significant time (1-3)
D-DAY – The name of the actress who starred in Calamity Jane opposite Howard Keel, shortened to first initial and surname (like H. Keel), giving the start of a military operation.
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11a Violent duo out to get a transfer of power (10)
DEVOLUTION – Anagram (out) of VIOLENT DUO.
12a Still and quiet lake with chemical harmful to it? (6)
PLACID Put together the musical symbol for quiet, an abbreviation for Lake, and a corrosive chemical.
14a Appearing before the photographer again or taking a rest? (8)
REPOSING – Double definition, the first possibly describing what a photographic model is doing on take two.
15a and 17: Clue to a padre being seen here in military area (6,6)
PARADE GROUND – This is a reverse anagram: if A PADRE were the answer, the first word of this part of a military camp would be the anagram fodder, and the second would be the indicator.
17a See 15
20a Mother or saint in a position to honour the dead (4,4)
HALFMAST – Another unusual construction: The answer, read literally, could describe either a familiar word for mother, or an abbreviation for saint, but is actually where a flag is flown as a sign of mourning.
22a See shelter inside, wanting to have a rest (6)
SLEEPY – A word for see, as in ‘I xxx with my little eye’, with a position sheltered from the wind inside it.
23a Like many foreign goods, I can be brought in as hand luggage? (10)
IMPORTABLE – Split (1’1,8) this could mean the phrase in the second half of the clue.
24a Little son, depressed and not reacting quickly (4)
SLOW – An abbreviation for Son, followed by depressed or down.
25a River gets any number cut off initially (6)
SEVERN – Start with a word meaning ‘cut off’ and add the algebraic symbol for any number, to get the river which starts in Wales as Afon Hafren.
26a Animals ascend, running over hill, half hidden (8)
ECHIDNAS – An anagram (running) of ASCEND wrapped around the first half of HI(LL)
1d Hot and cold drink will get sign of approval (8)
HANDCLAP – Put together Hot, AND from the clue, Cold, and a word for the act of drinking (like a cat, for example).
2d Lots of people gathering together drink audibly (4)
BEVY – A collection of people, usually blondes or beauties in tabloid-speak, which sounds like (audibly) a drink (or several).
3d Stood by after king attacked (6)
RAIDED – The Latin abbreviation for a king, followed by a verb meaning stood by or assisted.
4d Girl one with long slow strides? Much quicker mover (8)
GALLOPER – An informal spelling of ‘girl’ followed by someone walking with long, slow strides.
5d I chew suet, a smashing addition to ham? (5,5)
WHITE SAUCE – Anagram (smashing) of I CHEW SUET A, giving a traditional accompaniment to boiled ham.
6d Congenital pest speaking endlessly in pub (6)
INBORN – Remove the final E from someone who drones on and on, and put the result inside another word for a pub.
8d and 19 Down: Building with special horses, 51, most unlikely to collapse (6,6)
LIVERY STABLE – The Roman numerals for 51, followed by a phrase (4,6) meaning most unlikely to collapse. I’m not sure what is special about the horses in this building: I always thought it was sort of taxi rank where you could hire one.
13d Plant some powdery stuff in 5, as one might say? (10)
CORNFLOWER – A flower which sounds like (you might say) one of the ingredients in the answer to 5d.
16d Designing buoyant structure with sound cladding (8)
DRAFTING – A floating structure, such as Kon Tiki, with the sound of a bell wrapped around it.
18d I’d set up plan to engage the old woman — I’m a tactful type (8)
DIPLOMAT – Reverse (set up, in a Down clue) I’D from the clue, then add another word for a plan with an old woman (the same one as in 20a) inside it.
19d See 8 Down
21d Stars, about a thousand — they may be fighting each other (6)
ARMIES – A sign of the Zodiac with the Roman numeral for a thousand inside it.
22d What NE river is rising, revealing froth? (6)
SEETHE – Start with an exclamation such as ‘What?’ followed by the river which runs through Middlesbrough, then reverse the whole lot (is rising).
24d Buried under piece of grass is a chemical (4)
SODA – A piece of grass or turf followed by A (from the clue).
The Quick Crossword pun GEN + ERR + ASIAN = GENERATION