Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27651
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
A rather gentle one from Jay this week we thought. A good range of clue types but we would not expect too many horses to be frightened.
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1a Basic fault — and men must change (11)
FUNDAMENTAL : Anagram (must change) of FAULT AND MEN.
10a Public impression of one million years (5)
IMAGE : Roman numeral one then (M)illion and long period of time.
12a Band with quality sound that’s hard to ignore? (8)
RINGTONE : Synonyms for band and quality are put together to make this often annoying sound.
13a Apology from former copper, with site vacated (6)
EXCUSE : The usual abbreviation for former, copper as a metal, and the outside letters (vacated) of site.
15a Panel chasing trophy cabinet (8)
CUPBOARD : A trophy that you might win at the Bridge Club comes before a word for a panel.
18a Scandinavian needing hotel for new rider (8)
HORSEMAN : Think of a Scandinavian person and substitute (H)otel for (N)ew.
19a European nation’s land (6)
ESTATE : E(uropean) then a word for a country.
21a Sensational time in exposing oneself on the beach? (8)
STUNNING : Behaviour that can increase your chances of skin cancer with T(ime) inserted.
23a Hesitated, being employed by dad (6)
PAUSED : A familiar name for dad precedes a word for employed.
27a Depressing feature of local area network for a freeholder? (9)
LANDOWNER : The computer abbreviation for local area network, then what a depressed person is deemed to be having.
28a Explain allowance is included in beer (11)
RATIONALISE : An allowance or portion, then is from the clue is included in a beer synonym.
1d Sprinter‘s deceit (4,3)
FAST ONE : Double definition. The deceit usually has ‘pull a’ in front of it.
2d Fixes slow mover, shifting leader to the back (5)
NAILS : A slow mover has its first letter moved to the end,
3d Letter-opener? (9)
ADDRESSEE : A cryptic definition for the recipient of mail.
4d Begrudge love rejected by emissary (4)
ENVY : A word for an emissary with love (O) removed.
5d Final destination for popular American after call (8)
TERMINUS : Start with a word for call or name, then the usual crossword jargon for popular and America.
6d Prostrate during assembly in Germany (5)
LYING : Included inside the clue. We nearly made a balls-up with this one by misreading the first word.
7d Feeble-sounding objective for a couple of days (7)
WEEKEND : Homophone for feeble then word for objective.
8d Mention working with paras, unprotected for so long (8)
SAYONARA : The answer is from Japan. It’s made up of a word for mention, a two letter word for working and paras with the first and last letters deleted (unprotected).
14d Flier‘s description of orbit (8)
CIRCULAR : Double definition.
17d Running it is scary but if you’re brave you’ll take it up (8)
GAUNTLET : Double definition.
18d Worker catches bus in order to save (7)
HUSBAND : Factory worker contains an anagram (in order) of BUS.
20d Finish with terribly sore back (7)
ENDORSE : A word meaning to finish then an anagram (terribly) of SORE.
22d Caution a director concealing low point (5)
NADIR : Another answer concealed within the clue.
25d Cancel function supporting international forces (4)
UNDO : A word for a function or party follows abbreviation for a New York based organisation.
We enjoyed meeting 11a again and thought 16d was clever. How about you?
The Quick Crossword pun: bald+tick+ruse=Baltic cruise