Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27667
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
I found this puzzle quite difficult and due to time constraints had to call upon Big Dave for the answers to 1a 2d and 18d and to add the pictures. Thank you Big Dave.
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1a An A for apprenticeship (8)
ARTICLES: As an indentured apprentice engineer I struggled with this one. Had I been apprenticed to an architect, solicitor, accountant or surveyor I may have been more familiar with this definition. Those of you who have a basic understanding of English grammar may recognise A and AN as these
6a Notice saying ‘Playground equipment‘ (6)
SEESAW: To notice is to perceive with the eyes a saying is an adage or a proverb or one of these. Together they make a piece of playground equipment which goes up and down. The first time I saw this clue I was delighted by it. I appears in a different guise in a recent puzzle. It still delights despite now being a read and write chestnut.
9a Director’s backing me first to do relief work (6)
EMBOSS: Flip the ME (backing) from the clue and add a word meaning director or the person in charge of a workforce.
10a Eden is in the march past (8)
PARADISE: Place IS from the clue inside a public procession, especially one celebrating a special day or event.
11a Clear course of action after study (8)
CONSOMMÉ: This course is a foodstuff. A thin dishwater soup best served to the servants. Take our usual three letter word for study (No not den, the other one) and add a first world war battle (action). Just don’t bother with the soup.
12a Observe nothing in being old and infirm (6)
SENILE: For the second time today we have to use a three letter word for observe or notice (6a) and place within it three letter word meaning nought, nowt or zilch.
13a Didn’t remain wholly calm (4,2,6)
WENT TO PIECES: Golly! A cryptic definition that is what it is. A reviewer’s nightmare. If you didn’t remain whole you did this. Actually a piece of cake once the checkers are in. Best get them and work it out for yourselves I suppose.
16a ‘Ratty‘ making sure a knot can get undone (12)
CANTANKEROUS: There is an anagram here (get undone) I presume the fodder is SURE A KNOT CAN. The answer describes myself at times and is often used with the word curmudgeon to describe Mr Van Morrison. Actually he is rather wonderful.
19a It makes what’s left look right (6)
MIRROR: A looking glass. Images in a looking glass are reversed.
21a Recognise who’s who, yet I find that’s mistaken (8)
IDENTIFY: What a lovely anagram with a fine indicator (that’s mistaken) of YET I FIND
23a Hard top makes vehicle fast (8)
CARAPACE: The only time I come across this word is right here in Crosswordland. This is the hard upper shell of a tortoise, crustacean, or arachnid (thank you Google). The vehicle is the one we drive. It is followed an adverb meaning swiftly or quickly
24a Didn’t deny it’s a selfish characteristic (6)
AGREED: Concurred (didn’t deny) – A from the clue followed by one of the seven deadly sins
25a Take exception to being ordered to leave again (6)
RESENT: The first part of this clue is a straightforward definition. To feel bitterness or indignation at (a circumstance, action, or person). The second works if split 2-4
26a Toolshed adapted for climbers’ requirements (8)
TOEHOLDS: Anagram (adapted) of TOOLSHED. I liked this clue.
2d In disorder, arm staff that will press home a charge (6)
RAMROD: Anagram (In disorder) of ARM followed by a word meaning staff, in this case a a thin straight bar, especially of wood or metal.
3d Does an evening job? (5)
IRONS: To even here is to press with a hot flat plate.
4d Cricket finalist? (4,3,2)
LAST MAN IN: The chap who bats at the end of an innings. (sorry girls, it’s the best I can do)
5d The foolish snipe at the wise (7)
SAPIENT: Anagram (foolish) of SNIPE AT. Terry Pratchett fans will know this one. The luggage is made from this form of Pearwood
6d People are unhappy when out of these groups (5)
SORTS: Another clue that amuses and delights whilst solving but is difficult to parse. As a verb, arranges systematically. If we are ill we are said to be out of this
7d Risks of heat in terminals (9)
ENDANGERS: Our usual terminals or extremities hold (in) a five letter word meaning heat or a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
8d Discharged sailor worked out (8)
ABSOLVED: Chestnut time. Our usual suspect for sailor followed by a word meaning to have worked out. It is what you are doing with this very clue.
13d Treat wage adjusting as a political scandal (9)
WATERGATE: Anagram (adjusting) of TREAT WAGE
14d Walk recollected in Arden poem (9)
PROMENADE: Anagram (recollected) of ARDEN POEM. Today’s anagram indicator of the day.
15d Without notice, serviceman’s in a pickle (8)
MARINADE: A member of a body of troops trained to serve on land or sea needs to be placed around (without) our usual word for notice or ad(vertisement)
17d It’s obvious I’d engaged in contest (7)
EVIDENT: And again we put I’D from the clue inside a word meaning a contest
18d A piece of land away from home (6)
AFIELD: A from the clue followed by an area of open land, especially one planted with crops or pasture, typically bounded by hedges or fences
20d Give a telling-off to cook (5)
ROAST: A double definition. The second being a form of cooking that made Sunday dinner one to look forward to.
22d Trunk roots disturbed (5)
TORSO: And God said let there be light, and there was light. God said let there be anagrams and there were anagrams and this was the first and the oldest and the easiest of all.
RIP Justin Newsome. Best before 5th December 2014.
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