Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27662
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Today’s Mr Ron (I have an idea who he is) has given us a more substantial puzzle than we had last Tuesday. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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1a Looked good, area outside church (7)
GLANCED – G(ood) followed by an area or territory containing the abbreviation for the established church in England.
5a It could be blooming useless, initially, if cash is wasted (7)
FUCHSIA – an anagram (is wasted) of U(seless) and IF CASH.
9a Temper — losing head on a regular basis (5)
OFTEN – start with a verb to temper or tone down and subtract the first letter (losing head).
10a Enter a tent and peer around (9)
PENETRATE – an anagram (around) of A TENT and PEER.
11a Queen, in leaving, is putting a coat on? (10)
VARNISHING – a single-letter abbreviation for queen goes inside leaving or disappearing.
12a Starts to believe Liberal’s acting honourably? Nonsense! (4)
BLAH – the starting letters of four words in the clue.
14a Sketches depict sins or misbehaving (12)
DESCRIPTIONS – an anagram (misbehaving) of DEPICT SINS OR.
18a They make tracks for these garden bugs (12)
CATERPILLARS – double definition. The first is the trade name for tracked vehicles used, for example, on building sites.
21a Attempt to hold a platter (4)
TRAY – an attempt contains A.
22a Regard maid oddly getting dismissed — I’m flipping helping! (10)
ADMIRATION – start by dismissing the odd letters of mAiD, then reverse (flipping) I’M. Finally, add a helping or portion.
25a Doctor with duty to follow mother’s rambling discourse (9)
RIGMAROLE – string together a verb to doctor or falsify, an affectionate word for mother and a duty or function.
26a Start to strain? (5)
INTRO – cryptic definition. This strain is a melody.
27a Green or red male’s pants (7)
EMERALD – an anagram (pants) of RED MALE.
28a Paddy Brown’s first to take drink (7)
TANTRUM – a charade of a verb to brown (by lying in the sun, perhaps), the first letter of T(ake) and an alcoholic drink.
1d Musical riff — it continues along the entire record (6)
GROOVE – double definition. The first is a pronounced rhythm in music (especially jazz) and the second is the track followed by a stylus.
2d Directed cast, or …? (6)
ACTORS – a semi-all-in-one. The missing word is an anagram (directed) of CAST OR.
3d Measure bit in middle (10)
CENTIMETRE – a word meaning middle or core has a bit (as in “I’ll see you in a bit”) inserted. Quite a clever clue because middle is both the definition of the outer word and a description of where the bit gets inserted in the answer.
4d Wisdom of department opening in hospital (5)
DEPTH – a 4-letter abbreviation for department followed by the opening letter of hospital.
5d Concerned with how the bread gets sliced? (9)
FINANCIAL – cryptic definition. Bread here is a slang term for money. The answer doesn’t necessarily relate to the way money gets apportioned (sliced), but it can do and there is a question mark so I think it works.
6d Pretty cold pick-up truck (4)
CUTE – C(old) followed by the abbreviation used in the Antipodes for a utility or pick-up truck.
7d Stop before one gets on horse (8)
STALLION – a verb meaning to stop running (an engine, say) or come to a standstill precedes the Roman numeral for one and ON (from the clue).
8d Gemstone set my hat off (8)
AMETHYST – an anagram (off) of SET MY HAT.
13d Celebrity goes on vacation, but not Central America — result of lack of fare? (10)
STARVATION – a celebrity or famous person is followed by (on, in a down clue) vacation, but without the abbreviation for Central America.
15d Youth clubs kept secret about large violent criminal (9)
CHILDHOOD – join together the abbreviation for clubs as a card suit, a verb meaning kept secret containing the abbreviation for large and a North American term for a gangster or violent criminal.
16d Small bed detached without injury (4-4)
SCOT-FREE – a charade of S(mall), a child’s bed and an adjective meaning detached or unfastened.
17d Throttle — unusual to be squeezed by learner? On the contrary (8)
STRANGLE – it isn’t unusual contained in a learner but the abbreviation for a learner contained in an adjective meaning unusual.
19d Rubbish issue (6)
LITTER – double definition, issue here meaning youngsters.
20d Grass‘s condition after batting (6)
INFORM – a word meaning condition or shape follows how a cricket team currently batting are described (until they’re out).
23d Hopeless in record time (5)
INEPT – IN (from the clue), an old record format and T(ime).
24d All the best volunteers will show up twice (2-2)
TA-TA – the abbreviation for our volunteer soldiers appears twice. These volunteers have been rebranded (they’re now called the Army Reserve) so ‘old volunteers’ would be better.
My top clues today were 26a, 3d and 8d. Which ones got you excited?
Today’s Quickie Pun: VENICE + WAILER = VENEZUELA