Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27668
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As is usual for Tuesdays there is nothing too scary in today’s puzzle. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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1a Impostor? Nonsense (6)
HUMBUG – we start with a straight double definition although the use of this noun to mean an impostor or hoaxer is not commonly used these days (as far as I can establish the name of the minty sweet is not related to this meaning). The second definition is commonly heard in Scrooge’s reaction to the Christmas season (and most people’s reaction to Christmas goods appearing in the shops in September).
5a Disease, nasty-sounding — pets affected (4-4)
FOWL-PEST – what sounds like an adjective meaning nasty or disgusting is followed by an anagram (affected) of PETS.
9a Honeymoon suite for them — grand bedroom, I suspect (5,3,5)
BRIDE AND GROOM – this is a pleasing semi-all-in-one. The answer is an anagram (suspect) of GRAND BEDROOM I.
10a Mate ringing a seabird is taking protective interest (8)
PATERNAL – a mate contains (ringing) A and a seabird.
11a French dramatist elected to enter competition (6)
RACINE – insert an adverb meaning elected into a competition.
12a Nothing about English version in US state (6)
NEVADA – an informal word, from Spanish, meaning nothing goes round the abbreviation for English version.
14a Work in vile Parisian prison (8)
BASTILLE – insert a verb to work or cultivate the land into an adjective meaning vile or squalid. Perhaps ‘old Parisian prison’ would have been a better definition since little of it remains today.
16a A female, silver-tongued and wealthy (8)
AFFLUENT – string together A (from the clue), F(emale) and an adjective meaning silver-tongued or articulate.
19a Pop out after beer in Syrian city (6)
ALEPPO – an anagram (out) of POP follows Crosswordland’s usual beer.
21a Foremost of players to speak in golf club (6)
PUTTER – the first (foremost) letter of P(layers) is followed by a verb to speak.
23a Story one cadet concocted (8)
ANECDOTE – an anagram (concocted) of ONE CADET.
25a Guy at No.9, best player on pitch? (3,2,3,5)
MAN OF THE MATCH – the setter wants you to think that 9 is the number on the player’s shirt but it’s actually one of the pair at 9a (who’s usually, but not always in these modern times, a guy).
26a In power replacing Liberal? Vote received makes this likely (8)
EXPECTED – start with an adverb meaning in (with the same meaning as in 11a, i.e. chosen by the voters) and replace the L(iberal) with P(ower). Finally insert (received) how you mark your vote on the ballot paper.
27a Untidy, dancing in state of undress (6)
NUDITY – an anagram (dancing) of UNTIDY.
2d Drunken bum’s ardour causing offence (7)
UMBRAGE – an anagram (drunken) of BUM is followed by ardour or an overpowering passion.
3d Carrot bachelor covered with cheese (5)
BRIBE – carrot here means a sweetener or inducement. B(achelor) is contained inside a creamy cheese.
4d Novelist suppressing joke — it’s fruity (9)
GREENGAGE – the surname of an English novelist (the author of Brighton Rock and Our Man in Havana) goes round (suppressing) a joke.
5d Following suit, mostly to impress a new group of admirers (3,4)
FAN CLUB – the abbreviation for following (used to refer to the following section in a book, for example) precedes a card suit without its final letter (mostly). Then A and N(ew) get inserted (to impress).
6d Bet salary on first of runners (5)
WAGER – payment for regular work is followed by (on, in a down clue) the first letter of runners.
7d In favour of writer exposing outlaw (9)
PROSCRIBE – a charade of a preposition meaning in favour of and an old word for a writer. Exposing here is just a link word, i.e. a + b reveals c.
8d Influential in workshop, ignoring right line (7)
SEMINAL – start with a workshop or discussion group, drop (ignoring) the R(ight) and add L(ine).
13d Suddenly, everyone agreed about carbon (3,2,4)
ALL AT ONCE – join together a word meaning everyone and a phrase (2,3) meaning agreed or in accord and insert the chemical symbol for carbon.
15d Political leaders ordered means test (9)
STATESMEN – an anagram (ordered) of MEANS TEST.
17d Perplex loud clumsy person (7)
FLUMMOX – the musical abbreviation for loud followed by an informal word for a stupid, clumsy person (most dictionaries declare this word to be of unknown origin but elsewhere it is said to come from Scots dialect).
18d Vandalised paintings mounted in front of hut (7)
TRASHED – reverse (mounted, in a down clue) a general word for paintings and follow this with a hut.
20d Crack in planter’s recent (3,4)
POT SHOT – crack here is a critical remark or unkind joke directed at an easy target. An ornamental container for plants plus the ‘S is followed by an informal adjective meaning recent or up to date.
22d Fire damaged rear of boat, resulting in this? (5)
REFIT – an anagram (damaged) of FIRE followed by the rearmost letter of boat.
24d Old-fashioned old man penning note (5)
DATED – a familiar term for father or old man contains (penning) one of the notes of tonic sol-fa.
The clues I liked best today were the linked 9a and 25a. Which ones appealed to you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: BRED + STYX = BREADSTICKS