Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27671
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, damp December day.
I found the top half of today’s Giovanni puzzle more difficult than the bottom, and took a little time to fathom one or two clues, hence my *** difficulty marking.
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1a Conservative legislation reintroduced to bring financial recoupment? (8)
CLAWBACK – Put together an abbreviation for Conservative, what legislation becomes when passed, and a word meaning reintroduced or returned.
5a Famous US science teacher‘s optical instruments (6)
SCOPES – Double definition, the first being the Tennessee teacher who was prosecuted in 1925 for teaching the theory of evolution.
9a This person’s posturing as impressive (8)
IMPOSING – Another way of saying ‘this person is’ followed by what a model does.
10a Probing hospital, MO started pretty well (6)
ALMOST – Hidden (probing) in the clue.
11a Management of image by company with a policy to be sweet (7)
PRALINE – The two-letter acronym for the management of publicity followed by A (from the clue) and an expression of, among other things, party policy.
12a Fellow, sure clumsy, gets covered in muck (7)
MANURES – Another word for a fellow followed by an anagram (clumsy) of SURE.
13a Crazy leader is nut to be made ineffective (11)
NEUTRALISED – Anagram (crazy) of LEADER IS NUT.
16a Imbibers who go to pot? (3,8)
TEA DRINKERS – Cryptic definition of people who source their drink from a pot rather than a bottle or barrel.
21a Wreck entrance in seaside resort (7)
MARGATE – A resort in Kent is made up of a verb meaning ‘to wreck’ and an entrance to a field or garden.
22a Claim made by little old female in crowd (7)
PROFESS – Put abbreviations for Old and Female inside a crowd or throng.
23a Girl, one in spectacles putting off outsiders (6)
LASSIE – Put the Roman numeral for one inside a common word for spectacles, then remove the first and last letters to get this dialect term for a girl.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
24a Not wholly engaged at work? (4-4)
PART-TIME – Cryptic definition of someone who doesn’t work the whole week.
25a Becomes aware of meaning when listening (6)
SCENTS – This is a word that sounds like (when listening) a word for meaning.
26a Bishop most strange and least likely to be sober? (8)
BEERIEST – The chess symbol for a bishop followed by a word meaning most strange or spookiest.
1d Cold rebel touchy and irritable (6)
CHIPPY – Cold followed by a 1960s rebel against society.
2d Seem to be a listener keeping very quiet (6)
APPEAR – The musical symbol for ‘very quiet’ is placed between A (from the clue) and something you listen with.
3d Obtains new defence (7)
BASTION – Anagram (new) of OBTAINS.
4d Result of trick on train (11)
CONSEQUENCE – A word for trick or cheat, followed by a train of events.
6d Officer, one taking line south of mountain pass (7)
COLONEL – A mountain pass followed by ONE (from the clue) and an abbreviation for Line.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
7d Completely heartless paper with monstrous female given advancement (8)
PROGRESS – Remove all the inside letters from P(ape)R and add a female version of a fairy-tale monster.
8d Dotty is sedate, showing reserve (3,5)
SET ASIDE – Anagram (dotty) of IS SEDATE.
12d Businesses stalled here? (11)
MARKETPLACE – Cryptic definition of a place where trade is carried on from stalls.
14d Disorder aboard ship making trips (8)
STUMBLES – A verb meaning ‘to throw into disorder’ inside (aboard) one of the usual crossword ships.
15d Man perhaps overcome by beautiful sort of design (4,4)
FAIR ISLE – Another word for beautiful followed by Man or Wight or Muck or…
17d One taking practical approach is on a roll (7)
REALIST – Put together the Latin word for on or about or concerning, A (from the clue) and something of which an electoral roll is an example.
18d Gun beginning to scare owl? (7)
SHOOTER – An informal term for a gun is made up of the first letter of Scare and a word for an owl based on the noise it makes.
19d Spell out letters at end of crossword clue, all right? (6)
DEFINE – The final letters of crossworD and cluE followed by a word meaning all right.
20d Sanction at the moment that gets transmitted (6)
ASSENT – A word that, more commonly linked with ‘just’, means ‘at the moment when’, followed by a word for transmitted.
The Quick Crossword pun HONOUR + HOLE = ON A ROLL