Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27638
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This is a fairly typical puzzle by one of the Tuesday Mysterons – pretty straightforward but with not a great deal of pizzazz. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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1a The German diamonds holding I have acquired (7)
DERIVED – a German definite article and the abbreviation for diamonds in card games hold between them the contracted form of ‘I have’.
5a Small and crazy, grabbing the woman under the table (7)
SMASHED – just as the Inuit apparently have hundreds of words for snow we seem to have an inexhaustible supply of words and phrases meaning drunk. S(mall) and an adjective meaning crazy or insane contain (grabbing) a feminine pronoun (the woman).
9a Foul allowed? Not at first (5)
AWFUL – start with an adjective meaning allowed or legal and drop the first letter.
10a Common virus Neal developed (9)
UNIVERSAL – an anagram (developed) of VIRUS NEAL.
11a Sorting out musical instrument — then I perform songs (10)
ORGANISING – string together a musical instrument, I (from the clue) and a fairly obvious verb meaning perform songs.
12a Do be quiet to get lolly (4)
DOSH – DO and an exhortation to be quiet.
14a Exercise and sport in air, running around causing this? (12)
PERSPIRATION – this is a semi-all-in-one. The abbreviation for physical exercise is followed by an anagram (running around) of SPORT IN AIR.
18a In regret, almost buy gift (12)
CONTRIBUTION – insert all except the last letter of BU[y] into a word meaning regret or remorse.
21a A no-good royal? Similar (4)
AKIN – start with a royal personage (1,4) and remove the abbreviation for good.
22a Estate agents display these traits (10)
PROPERTIES – double definition. Hint: the answer is not deceptively worded advertisements.
25a I hollow and I hollo — almost the same (9)
IDENTICAL – assemble I (from the clue), a hollow or depression, I again and a verb to hollo or shout without its last letter (almost). I’ve not come across the verb to hollo before – it appears to be an alternative spelling of holler.
26a Mark woodland animal with no tail (5)
BADGE – a woodland animal, currently under attack from the farming lobby, without its last letter.
27a Fruitcakes from northern States (7)
NUTTERS – fruitcakes in this sense is what our current PM meant when he once described UKIP members as “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”. N(orthern) is followed by a verb meaning states or says.
28a Most intense river disease (7)
DEEPEST – charade of a Scottish or Welsh river and a disease or plague.
1d Monster to slowly move leg (6)
DRAGON – to slowly move, ignoring the split infinitive, could be what time does when you’re watching a party political broadcast, say. Add another word for the leg side on a cricket field.
2d One fleeing another country, last to leave resort (6)
REFUGE – drop the final letter (last to leave) from someone fleeing from another country and seeking shelter. I don’t like this clue much – the definition, i.e. a place one may have recourse to, has pretty much the same meaning as that used in the wordplay.
3d Workers who won’t get ready? (10)
VOLUNTEERS – cryptic definition. These workers don’t get any 12a.
4d Doctor starts to use more surgical instruments (5)
DRUMS – an abbreviation for doctor followed by the starting letters of three words in the clue.
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5d Bad scent — is it Kelvin, perhaps? (9)
SCIENTIST – an anagram (bad) of SCENT IS IT.
6d The last word in steam engines (4)
AMEN – hidden.
7d The man’s too rich — repeatedly making reductions is important (8)
HISTORIC – start with a possessive pronoun (the man’s) and add TOO RICH but for each word (repeatedly) reduce its length by one letter.
8d Working on DPhils — they’re supposedly intelligent (8)
DOLPHINS – an anagram (working) of ON DPHILS.
13d Kind deed by sort of seaman? Promising (10)
FAVOURABLE – a kind deed is followed by a sort of seaman (the expanded form of the first letter of AB).
15d Extra footballer stretches and takes off (9)
SUBTRACTS – a charade of an extra footballer (one who doesn’t start the match but is brought on later) and stretches of land.
16d Cause incident (8)
OCCASION – double definition, the first a verb meaning to cause or give rise to.
17d In dreadful court, getting evasive (8)
INDIRECT – string together IN (from the clue), an adjective meaning dreadful or calamitous and the abbreviation for court.
19d Idle MD’s developing waist (6)
MIDDLE – an anagram (developing) of IDLE MD.
20d Snake cult ignoring leader’s view (6)
ASPECT – a small snake is followed by a cult or splinter group without its leading letter.
23d Greek letter was first to be collected (5)
PILED – the Greek letter that most of us probably originally met in geometry lessons is followed by a verb meaning was first or headed the field.
24d Pen beginning to expand — you might notice it on the lid (4)
STYE – the pen where you may house your porkers is followed by the beginning letter of expand.
I liked 6d and 7d best today. Which one(s) made you purr?
Today’s Quickie Pun: DEEPEN + FOUGHT = DEEP IN THOUGHT