Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27650
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
Today’s offering is characterised by three things – the grid has four pretty distinct puzzles, there are quite a few anagrams (nine by my count) and there are lots of cryptic definitions (several of them rather weak, in my opinion). Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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1a Element found in centre of scan? (7)
CALCIUM – which element has its chemical symbol at the centre of sCAn?
5a Price set wrongly with no end of fuss? It comes from the till (7)
RECEIPT – well, it may possibly come from the till but even in this automated age one may still be written by hand. It’s an anagram (wrongly) of PRICE [s]ET without the end letter of fuss.
9a Something penned by astronomical man — a chronology (7)
ALMANAC – hidden (penned) in the clue with the whole clue being a rough definition.
10a Endurance shown by southern army besieging dictator (7)
STAMINA – S(outhern) and the old abbreviation for our part-time troops containing (besieging) the surname of the nasty old Ugandan dictator.
11a Notes shown by staff? (5)
MUSIC – a gentle cryptic definition. Staff is another word for stave.
12a Provider of cover in retirement? (9)
BEDSPREAD – another cryptic definition. This retirement is what one does every night rather than once in a lifetime.
13a Odd extreme for TV lawyer (7)
RUMPOLE – charade of an adjective meaning odd and an extreme or end.
14a Men at work getting advantage largely as a body (2,5)
EN MASSE – an anagram (at work) of MEN is followed by an advantage or strong point without its final T (largely).
16a Companion to a canine in a trap? (7)
INCISOR – cryptic definition. Trap here is an informal word for a part of the body.
19a An expert in safe delivery? (7)
MIDWIFE – and yet another weakish cryptic definition. This delivery follows a period of labour.
22a Dodgy snack found in pound? It’s an unreliable area (9)
QUICKSAND – we want an informal word for a pound sterling and inside that is found an anagram (dodgy) of SNACK.
24a Expert in posh car becoming a speed merchant? (5)
RACER – an expert or star goes inside the abbreviation for a posh car.
25a Copper, perhaps, in part of cooker (7)
ELEMENT – double definition, the second being the part of a cooker that converts electricity to heat.
26a Network? A Celt with it gets broadcast (7)
LATTICE – an anagram (gets broadcast) of A CELT and IT.
27a Blow on the funny bone perhaps dislodged ringlet (7)
TINGLER – an anagram (dislodged) of RINGLET.
28a Deal, say, by European conservationists offering future warning (7)
PORTENT – Deal is the first word in the clue in order to disguise the need for the capital letter because it’s a seaside resort in Kent. Start with what Deal is an example of, then add E(uropean) and the initials of the organisation that conserves places of historic interest.
1d Athlete once wasted term taking time out in place of study (7)
CRAMMER – the surname of the one-time English athlete (not Coe but his near-contemporary) is followed by an anagram (wasted) of [t]ERM without the T(ime). The answer is an establishment that prepares students in an intensive manner for examinations.
2d Single amount of bread? (4,3)
LUMP SUM – cryptic definition of an amount of money (bread) paid all at once rather than in instalments.
3d Harmless cousin sound at heart possibly (9)
INNOCUOUS – an anagram (possibly) of COUSIN and the middle letters of (s)OUN(d).
4d Ghastly Scotsman, a tiresome chap nothing less (7)
MACABRE – the Scotsman is not Ian but the other one. Add A (from) the clue and a tiresome chap without the letter that resembles nothing or zero.
5d What’s left I’d sure found strange round back of home (7)
RESIDUE – an anagram (found strange) of I’D SURE containing the last letter of (hom)E.
6d Embrace son interrupting strike (5)
CLASP – S(on) goes inside (interrupting) a strike or hit.
7d Old company head showing warmth? The opposite (7)
ICINESS – a charade of what was once the UK’s largest manufacturer and a head or promontory.
8d Garbage close to street? Move awkwardly (7)
TWADDLE – the closing letter of street is followed by a verb to move in an ungainly manner like a duck.
15d Church official departs on time in car (9)
MODERATOR – this is the top banana in a Nonconformist church. Insert the single-character abbreviation for departs (as seen on train timetables, say) and a distinct period of time into an informal word for a car.
16d Poles separately appearing in quite involved legal event (7)
INQUEST – insert the abbreviations for both geographic poles separately into an anagram (involved) of QUITE.
17d Treason, say, with a note regarding a war? (7)
CRIMEAN – what treason is an example of is followed by A and N(ote).
18d Regime vacated perhaps extra nuclear facility (7)
REACTOR – remove the middle letters (vacated) of regime and add an extra (nothing to do with cricket, but a spear carrier, say).
19d Damp flu circulating — one should protect against dirt on an estate (7)
MUDFLAP – an anagram (circulating) of DAMP FLU. The estate here is a type of vehicle.
20d Lean chicken, initially, among favoured set of goods (7)
INCLINE – the initial letter of chicken goes between an adjective meaning favoured or popular and a manufacturer’s set or brand of goods.
21d Make time in New York to get serious (7)
EARNEST – a charade of a verb to make or bring in and the abbreviation for the time in New York (and all the bits of continental North America on the Atlantic side).
23d Signal of end given by orange-seller, we hear (5)
KNELL – this is the solemn sound of a bell signalling the end of something, especially the end of someone’s life. It sounds like (we hear) the forename of Charles II’s favourite squeeze.
My favourite clue today was 9a. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: SCREW + TINNY = SCRUTINY