Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27659
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Good morning from South Staffs on another damp,grey November day.
I was heading for * time until I was brought up short by 26a, and it took a little while first to identify the definition and secondly to parse it..
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1a The deal now being negotiated is shabby (4-2-4)
DOWN-AT-HEEL – Anagram (being negotiated) of THE DEAL NOW.
6a One put in grave, as already mentioned (4)
SAID – Put the Roman numeral for one inside a word meaning grave or solemn. The answer is often found in legal documents preceded by ‘the’, and describes something previously mentioned in the document.
9a Seductive type to come in, wanting one caught, trapped (7)
ENTICER – The Roman numeral for one, again, and the cricket abbreviation for Caught placed inside ‘come in’.
10a Goes round a hill to the west with group returning (7)
ROTATES – Reverse (to the west) A from the clue and a type of hill found especially in the West Country, then reverse (returning) a word for a group.
12a Pastor Michael could be up in the clouds maybe? (13)
ATMOSPHERICAL – Anagram (could be) of PASTOR MICHAEL.
14a Chemical in Italian river and lake occupied by bird (6)
PHENOL – Crosswordland’s favourite Italian river with a female bird inside it, followed by Lake.
15a Unwelcome visitors disturbed maidservant putting out mat (8)
INVADERS – Anagram (disturbed) of (ma)IDSERVAN(t) removing the letters of ‘mat’.
17a Moves to another country abandoning good Arab lands (8)
EMIRATES – Remove the G (abandoning good) from a word meaning ‘moves to another country’.
19a Nasty cricket delivery to get one smiling? (6) Revised online version: Ray’s meeting the Queen — that should get one smiling (6)
BEAMER – Double definition, the first being an illegal head-high full toss. An unfortunate clue given this week’s news, though the crossword was obviously compiled in advance of the incident, and it was not one of these which hit Phil Hughes.
The revised version has another word for a ray of light folloowed by the Queen’s regnal cipher – and a nice surface reminding us of one of the other Telegraph setters.
22a Determined to be famous (13)
DISTINGUISHED – Double definition, the first being a verb meaning ‘marked off’ or ‘set apart’.
24a Extra notes about South Africa strewn across a study (7)
CADENZA – The Latin abbreviation for about or approximately and the IVR abbreviation for South Africa, placed either side of a study, giving the bit in a concerto where the orchestra pauses while the soloist shows off.
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25a Imitate bird having got out of office (7)
EMULATE – An Australian flightless bird, and a word for departed or out of office.
26a Kind of game not to be played gently (4)
SORT – Remove the musical symbol for softly or gently from another generic word for game.
27a Getting rid of debt in colony (10)
SETTLEMENT – Double definition, the first being an agreement with one’s creditors.
1d Pass away before time — if this is bad? (4)
DIET – ‘Pass away’ followed by Time.
2d A person who does not drink into money and power (7)
WATTAGE – A (from the clue) and the letters indicating someone who does not drink alcohol, placed inside money received in return for work, giving a measure of electrical power.
3d The homeless may be looking for this compromise (13)
ACCOMMODATION – Double definition, the first being a straight statement of what homeless people are looking for.
4d A right idiot undermining hospital creates worry (6)
HARASS – Hospital followed by A (from the clue), Right, and an idiot.
5d US marshal needs to get sharper piece of audio equipment (8)
EARPHONE – The US marshal who took part in the gunfight at the OK Corral, followed by a verb meaning ’to sharpen’.
7d For example, a leader? (7)
ARTICLE – A leader is one example of this. Others will be found elsewhere in the paper.
8d Party line being held with certain release of information (10)
DISCLOSURE – Put Line inside a type of party where recorded music is played (usually very loudly) and add a word meaning ‘certain’.
11d What may offer 3 in a row (8,5)
TERRACED HOUSE – The 3 here is the answer to 3d, and the clue is a mildly cryptic definition of a variety of residence.
13d Extra bits of written material I’d pen with space free (10)
APPENDICES – Anagram (free) of I’D PEN and SPACE.
16d Be left standing in capital city (8)
BELGRADE – Put together BE (from the clue), Left, and standing or status.
18d Pub drink, did you say? I know things others don’t (7)
INSIDER – This sounds like (did you say?) another word for a pub and a variety of drink you may get there.
20d Chum protecting journalist, one to act as a go-between (7)
MEDIATE – The usual journalist and the Roman numeral for one placed inside a pal or chum.
21d Strip bar on Little Street (6)
DIVEST – A scruffy bar or nightclub followed by the abbreviation for STreet.
23d Food kept in home — atrocious! (4)
MEAT – Hidden (kept) in the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun DINAH + MIGHT = DYNAMITE