Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27637
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
I solved and reviewed this early today because Saint Sharon wants to see The Poppies at The Tower Of London. I didn’t know they did gigs at The Tower and I have no idea what songs The Poppies sang. I suppose she has to get her own back for the number of times I have inflicted Bob Dylan and Van Morrison upon her. Wish me luck. An excellent and tricky puzzle today which took a little longer than usual especially the North East (Top Right) corner.
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1a Star, a bit dim, is embarrassed and diminutive (3,5)
RED DWARF: Place a verb which means to cause to appear small or insignificant in comparison after our usual crosswordland colour denoting embarrassment to find a star less bright than our own sun
6a Impressive time of the year (6)
AUGUST: On of our twelve months also doubly defines itself as respected and impressive
9a He reviews one with opposing views (6)
CRITIC: E.G. Kenneth Tynan, Clive James. Charles Spencer, Matthew Norman who have all written for The Daily Telegraph.
10a Really fancy outing on a ferry (5,3)
YEARN FOR: A delightful anagram here with a lovely surface read and an indicator that is not immediately obvious. I would like to see more anagrams like this.
11a A chartered accountant meant to retire for the scholastic life (8)
ACADEMIA: This is the world I sit in when studying for my Open University degree. First take the A from the clue and the abbreviation for Chartered Accountant. Now find a word meaning meant or targeted and reverse it as indicated by the word retire in the clue
12a Rise in prices, perhaps, left east of Paris ruined (6)
SPIRAL: Anagram (ruined) of PARIS followed by (East of) L(eft)
13a Few vehicles about, but this will control them (7,5)
TRAFFIC LIGHT: Red Amber Green. Need I say more?
16a Seems return for my passage will be by end of day — pity! (4,8)
FEEL SYMPATHY: This clue is a charade. Split 5,2,4,1, It works as follows. Take the plural of a word that means to experience an emotion or sensation. Add the reverse (return) of the word my, a word meaning a passage, way or track, and the final letter (end of) the word day. There now that wasn’t too difficult was it?
19a Horses one’s used in a racket (6)
STRING: Golly Bongs what a lot of definitions this word has. Rufus has given us two of them here. One used as a plural and one in the singular. The horses are a group of racehorses trained at one stable. I have also heard Polo Ponies descried as such. For the reference to the racket mentioned in the clue think Tennis and catgut.
21a Pound note put back in share account (8)
RELATION: Take our usual abbreviation for £1 add the third note of the musical scale. Reverse them both (put back) and insert them into a word which means a share.
23a Cadger is going off in shame (8)
DISGRACE: Anagram (going off) of CADGER IS will reveal a state I seemed to be constantly in at senior school
24a Support attempt to back horse to come first (6)
GANTRY: Split 3,3 you need a tired old horse reversed ( back) and a word meaning attempt
25a Change into suit (6)
BECOME: A double definition and a fine pair they are too.
26a Nurse that is meeting son’s agreements (8)
TREATIES: Find a word which means to nurse, doctor, or give medical care to. Add the Latin abbreviation for that is (id est) and add the S from S(on)
2d No rice pudding for Caruso, for instance (6)
ENRICO: An anagram (pudding) (love it love it love it) of NO RICE will give Caruso’s first name.
3d Old-fashioned but popular with the boys (5)
DATED: Elvis Costello wrote and sang this line. “You may not be an old fashioned girl but you’re gonna get *****. Dave Edmunds covered it
4d Escort agency is brought to account (9)
ACCOMPANY: Take a word meaning a firm or agency and add it to the abbreviation for an account.
5d Rugby player is crafty one of a pair (3,4)
FLY HALF: Standing next to the scrum half this player can be the bane of an inside centres life. Note to players in this position, passing is not illegal
6d A lot to collect (5)
AMASS: A double definition. Split 1,4 you need A from the clue and a large body of matter.
7d Culture for breeding (9)
GENTILITY: Another glorious double definition. The first meaning to have the quality of social superiority as demonstrated by polite and respectable manners, behaviour, or appearances. .
8d Tolerates corporations (8)
STOMACHS: One of the last ones in and dragged from the back of my mind due to the word corporation giving the answer Tum some weeks ago which was the cause of comment on the blog. A double definition the second of which can be solved by thinking of another word for your tum
13d Addressing some criticism (7-2)
TALKING TO: A dressing down such as a person in authority might give to a wayward underling
14d List and a record used in acute novel (9)
CATALOGUE: Anagram (novel) of ACUTE including the A from the clue and a record such as might be written by the captain of a ship.
15d Sit a certain way for the ideal journey? (8)
BESTRIDE: How one might sit on a horse. Split 4,4 it might make for the ideal journey. It is one of the many reasons I married Saint Sharon. (Oh er missus)
17d Flawlessly finished, though tense (7)
PERFECT: A double definition. The second being something to do with English grammar.
18d Path that students may take (6)
COURSE: Another double definition which should not give too much trouble.
20d Elegance of a short prayer (5)
GRACE: The opposite of 23 across. The short prayer may be said before a meal perhaps. Here are some examples.
Lord who walked in Palestine, And turned the water into wine, Please forgive us foolish men, Who strive to turn it back again. (Harry Walker President of Coventry Rugby Club and 99 years old.)
Rub a dub dub, Thanks for the grub (Bart Simpson)
Thanks Mate, For what’s on my plate. (Anon)
22d Conviction that can be reversed? (5)
TENET: A palindrome (can be reversed) of a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy. Copied and pasted after a google search.
Solved whilst listening to disc one of Dylan’s Basement tapes. I will let you know what The Poppies sounded like next week.
The Quick Crossword pun: seek+whence=sequence