Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27666
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 6th December 2014
Morning All! A quite enjoyable solve, I thought, that didn’t take too long at all.
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1a Driving manoeuvre, say doing a U-turn, with Gabriel getting clipped (4,6)
GEAR CHANGE – Reverse EG to GE (say/for example doing a U-turn) then add all but the last letter of the ARCHANGE(l) Gabriel (getting the last letter clipped off).
6a Sign of official correspondence for electrical units (4)
OHMS – The first is the cryptic definition – OHMS is the abb. for On Her Majesties Service which is noted on all official government and royal correspondence.
9a Mafioso trashed Rome around summer time (7)
MOBSTER – An anagram (trashed) of ROME around BST for British Summer Time.
10a Match official testimonial with no charge taken (7)
REFEREE – Remove NC – an abb. of No Charge from REFERE(nc)E or testimonial.
12a Organised worker intrudes into a struggle (5,8)
TRADE UNIONIST – An anagram (struggle) of INTRUDES INTO A.
14a She wrote ‘A Transatlantic Decade’ (6)
AUSTEN – Split as (1,2,3) this becomes A US TEN or ‘A Transatlantic Decade’.
15a Aid to understanding foreign films being nuanced about it (8)
SUBTITLE – Place SUBTLE (nuanced) around the outside of IT from the clue.
17a Aggressive youth had Nikes scuffed (8)
SKINHEAD – An anagram (scuffed) of HAD NIKES.
19a Area west of New South Wales the Queen’s come back to (6)
ANSWER – A charade of A(rea), N(ew) S(outh) W(ales) and ER, Elizabeth Regina or the Queen
22a Amount of business done by electronics company is sweet (5,8)
APPLE TURNOVER – A pleasant cryptic definition remembering the tech giant APPLE.
24a See Kent all out with extreme sharpness (7)
KEENEST – An anagram (all out) of SEE KENT.
25a Time Foreign Office should intervene in riot quickly (7)
HOTFOOT – Place T for Time and the FO or Foreign Office inside a HOOT/riot/blast.
26a Provide comfort and support mostly (4)
EASE – All but the last letter (mostly) of EASE(l) or support for a painting.
27a Keep protection with cutting through dreary escarpment (10)
DRAWBRIDGE – Place W for With inside a DRAB (dreary) RIDGE (escarpment). Nice definition!
1d Like pheasant, e.g. male having bright covering (4)
GAMY – GAY – the original meaning being bright or cheerful, around (covering) M for Male.
2d A Roman assassin moving right up in a tree (7)
ARBUTUS – Not a word I was familiar with but clued in a straightforward manner and the checking letters helped. Start with A BRUTUS (one of Caesar’s assassins) and move the R up one place (in a down clue).
3d Dairy product, possible output of goat etc, it’s said to make you smile (7,6)
COTTAGE CHEESE – An anagram (possible output of) GOAT ETC followed by CHEESE – what the photographer asks everyone to say to achieve a series of rictus grins.
4d A vice that’s accepted (6)
A GREED – Nice and simple – A from the clue and GREED (one of the vices).
5d A bloomer to stick around Eastern princess (8)
GERANIUM – to GUM or stick around E for Eastern and RANI (a Hindu princess or queen) – G E RANI UM
7d Musician playing rap hits (7)
HARPIST – An anagram (playing) of RAP HITS. Simple but effective.
8d Show passion and skill embracing wife and lover (10)
SWEETHEART – SEETHE (show passion/boil) around W for Wife and then ART or skill.
11d One is going from one party to another — got travel info somehow (8,5)
FLOATING VOTER – An anagram (somehow) of GOT TRAVEL INFO.
13d Being madly made, does it rise when sheep’s angry? (10)
RAMSHACKLE – If one is annoyed one gets one’s hackles up so what a male sheep might get up is a RAM’S HACKLE. Like it although I wonder if the setter meant badly not madly?
16d Brag about amateur’s support (8)
BALUSTER – To BLUSTER or brag around the outside of A for Amateur.
18d What reporter announces to create wow factor (7)
IMPRESS – A reporter ot journalist might declare I’M PRESS.
20d Military leader has news about half of army line (7)
WARLORD – WORD or news (any word from the Front?) around (about) half of the word AR(my) and L for Line.
21d A Big Apple entertainment failing to start, in a haphazard way (6)
ANYHOW – A from the clue then NY for New York (the Big Apple) and then s(HOW) or entertainment that fails to start.
23d One’s sore, getting left out of fashion (4)
STYE – Remove L for Left out of STY(l)E or fashion.
Thanks to the setter, now I AM on a break for a week as I erroneously thought was the case last week – thanks for the nudge crypticsue!