Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27661
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Today is National Indulgence Day in England. Not Scotland, Wales or anywhere else, Just England. So no indulging yourselves anywhere else. As you can see from the blog, I have exercised my right to indulge. Welcome to our identical twins and regular alarm clocks Itchy and Scratchy who are supposed to be kittens but spend most of their time imitating a barrel full of monkeys which brings enjoyment aplenty. On Saturday Coventry Rugby Football Club annihilated the previously unbeaten table topping Ealing Trailfinders by 32 points to 26 which made me even happier. Saint Sharon adds happiness in abundance, her 48 hour online shopping marathon which resulted in the acquisition of a new kitchen bin needed to be seen to be believed. I wish you all well.
Today’s crossword is a mix of wonderful clues with several old chestnuts. I don’t think it will trouble many of you. No pencils were harmed in the production of this review
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1a Teacher after clemency for army officer (13)
QUARTERMASTER: Our usual teacher follows an unusual definition of clemency. The whole is the person who is in control of supplies
10a Bounty, big ship (7)
LARGESS: Take an adjective meaning of great size and add the two letter abbreviation of SteamShip
11a Roman emperor linked with a late former queen (7)
JULIANA: Add the A from the clue to one of the Roman Emperors (361 -363) to find a former Queen of the Netherlands who died in 1980
12a Payment we will take in silver (4)
WAGE: Place the chemical symbol for silver inside the word WE
13a Grain leaving tropic island (5)
CAPRI: The tropic in the southern hemisphere. Take away its last four letters which make up a type of grain to leave a Mediterranean island. A clue I have reviewed before
14a Run away, having got left in charge (4)
FLEE: Place the L(eft) inside a word meaning payment for services.
17a Score six to open in a forceful way (7)
VITALLY: Take a verb meaning to record a score during a game and put the Roman numerals for six in front of it (to open)
18a A row about boy appearing in pantomime (7)
ALADDIN: Place a three letter word meaning a boy inside the A from the clue and a word meaning row (as in noisy). The result is a pantomime character
19a Pip has taken dog in to be tied up (7)
SECURED: This pip is a plants means of reproduction. Bisect it and add a three letter word for an aggressive or unkempt dog.
22a China to broadcast in town of early Christianity (7)
ANTIOCH: Anagram (broadcast) of CHINA TO
24a A curious sort of plant (4)
ARUM: A from the clue. A three letter word meaning curious or odd. Result? A lily
25a Improve on a repair (5)
AMEND: Once again take the A from the clue and add a four letter word meaning to repair
26a Thanks to an American prosecutor you get the facts (4)
DATA: The two letter abbreviation for District Attorney followed by our shortened informal word of thanks
29a No longer cares and pulls out (7)
EXTENDS: Take a two letter word meaning no longer (usually regarding past husbands or wives) and add a word meaning to cares for or nurses.
30a French friends set out in poor visibility (3,4)
SEA MIST: SET around the French word for friends
31a Once again sort out those of a certain age (13)
OCTOGENARIANS: Anagram (out) of ONCE AGAIN SORT.
2d Not stooping to dishonesty (7)
UPRIGHT: Of good character. Erect. Like a piano.
3d A knot that seamen consider dangerous (4)
REEF: Double definition a knot (also known as the square knot) or a line of rocks often sitting just below the waterline
4d Yes, cats may produce this feeling in people (7)
ECSTASY: Anagram (may produce) of YES CATS
5d Island‘s chief accountant (7)
MAJORCA: Take an adjective meaning important, serious or significant and add the abbreviation for Chartered Accountant to find this Balearic Island. Noel Gallagher sold his beautiful house there because James Blunt bought one nearby. Rock and Roll.
6d Initially supplied second-hand, now disposed of (4)
SOLD: Take the Initial letter of S(upplied) and add a word meaning second hand or not new. With only the first checking letter in place Rufus misdirected me this way and that. Not once, not twice but thrice. If you are sitting comfortably I will begin. Where the word second-hand appears the answer is always USED. Well no it isn’t. Secondly however we have the words “disposed of” which always leads to the word SHED but that does not fit with the rest of the clue. Thirdly (and why did I not spot this earlier) we have the word initially so we just need to take the initial letters of the next four words. Sorted. SHND. I do not think so.
7d Allowed to be clever in the finish (7)
ENABLED: Clever in this case means having the power, skill, means, or opportunity to do something. Place this four letter word inside another meaning finish
8d No relations of newly-weds (3,5,5)
OLD WIVE’S TALES: These stories will not be passed on by new brides.
9d Dare any health resorts residents walk out like this? (4,3,6)
HALE AND HEARTY: Anagram (resorts) of DARE ANY HEALTH
15d Kind of girl to give Rex the quick run around (5)
FLIRT: Place R(ex) inside a verb meaning to move swiftly and lightly to find the kind of girl I enjoy chatting with
16d Thrown, we hear, by the class system (5)
CASTE: A homophone (sound alike clue) the social system in India made up of these groups which sound like a verb meaning to throw.
20d Stinging bill rises and is cut unexpectedly (7)
CAUSTIC: Our two letter regular abbreviation for a bill or account is reversed (rising) and followed by an anagram (unexpectedly) of IS CUT
21d The estate needs me for organisation (7)
DEMESNE: Anagram (for organisation ) of NEEDS ME. Careful with the spelling
22d A name is confused — result of this? (7)
AMNESIA: A chestnut anagram (confused) of A NAME IS
23d Love helping to give speech (7)
ORATION: The round letter which is the score for love in a tennis a match followed by a fixed amount officially allowed to each person in a time of shortage.
27d Preposition used in any amount of sentences (4)
UNTO: A hidden word is lurking away within the clue. I found it. Eventually.
28d Tariff one’s found in hired transport (4)
TAXI: A tariff or duty paid to the government followed by the letter I
Bob Dylan continues to amaze.
The Quick Crossword pun: barque+odes=barcodes