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DT 27672

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27672

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 13th  December 2014

Quite a mixture of clues in this one, with several cryptic definitions which aren’t usually seen as much on Saturdays as they are in the week.

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1a           Attendant’s needed after petticoat sliding (8)
SLIPPAGE – SLIP (petticoat) and PAGE (attendant).

9a           Minute device one could go off after a while (4,4)
TIME BOMB –   TIME (minute being an example of a period of time) and BOMB (device).

10a         Not favouring some indignant individuals (4)
ANTI is hidden in some indignANT Individuals.

11a         Colour that’s vulgar after a time (8,4)
MIDNIGHT BLUE –   MIDNIGHT (a time) and BLUE (vulgar).

13a         Close shave going over the top? (5,3)
RAZOR CUT –   A description of a type of hair cut achieved without the use of a pair of scissors.

15a         Flower planted in sediment is ruined (6)
SPOILT –   I am going to be kind to my fellow blogger   and just say that the Italian river PO (in crosswordland a flower isn’t always a bloom) is inserted into SILT (sediment).

16a         Curtain evidentially drawn out at intervals (4)
VEIL – The second letter and then every third letter (at intervals) of eVidEntIalLy.

17a         Where one learns    one’s social status? (5)
CLASS – A fairly obvious double definition.

18a         Mammoth seen in press reaching Estonia’s capital (4)
HUGE –   HUG (press) and E (the ‘capital’ of Estonia).

20a         Works to get across independent statement of grievance (6)
PLAINT –   PLANT (works, factory) put round I (Independent).

21a         Heavenly ale — three drunk (8)
ETHEREAL is an anagram (drunk) of ALE THREE.

23a         Unintended consequence of engineers striking (12)
REPERCUSSION – RE (Royal Engineers) and PERCUSSION (striking).

26a         Its passengers don’t take flight (4)
LIFT – A cryptic definition of something you’d use when you don’t want to climb a flight of stairs.

27a         Lameness bothered representatives (8)
SALESMEN – An anagram (bothered) of LAMENESS.

28a         Kindness to pass over diamonds given by final bequest (8)
GOODWILL –   GO (pass) O (over) D (diamonds) and WILL (a document detailing a final bequest).


2d           Polish     one’s speech? (8)
LANGUAGE –   Polish being an example of this.

3d           Hull’s high-water mark (8,4)
PLIMSOLL LINE –   A mark on the side of a ship showing the load-lines for different waters and conditions, introduced as part of the Merchant Shipping Act in 1876, passed at the instance of the English politician, Samuel Plimsoll.   The canvas shoes we wore for school PE are apparently called Plimsolls because the line where the sole joined the upper was supposed to resemble the Plimsoll line.

4d           Bill I had put on in charge, that leaves a bitter taste (6)
ACIDIC – AC (account, bill) ID (I’d, I had) IC (in charge).

5d           Case for the sewer (4)
ETUI –   A sewer’s case holding needles etc is also an old friend of the crossword setter and solver.

6d           Same ship suffering stress (8)
EMPHASIS –   An anagram (suffering) of SAME SHIP.

7d           Object to delay, nothing’s to be held up (4)
GOAL –   Insert O (nothing) into LAG (delay) and then reverse the result (to be held up… in a down clue).

8d           Sailor dispatched over limitless reef one’s failed to show up (8)
ABSENTEE –   AB (sailor) SENT (dispatched) and EE (rEEf, without its ‘limits’ or outside letters).

12d         Born with real worries in relation to partner (7-2-3)
BROTHER-IN-LAW –   Having spent part of the day with my lovely brother-in-law, this clue did make me smile when I’d worked out the anagram (worries) of BORN WITH REAL.

14d         Business pace has two characters rising at another’s expense (5)
TRADE –   The word TREAD (pace) has the last two letters moved up (rising in a down clue) above the third letter (at another’s expense).

16d         Turn to mist and spray over Pisa (8)
VAPORISE –   An anagram (spray) of OVER PISA.

17d         Roman underground terminus? (8)
CATACOMB –   A cryptic definition of a Roman burial chamber (terminus).

19d         Appreciative for quantity of coal (8)
GRATEFUL – Split 5, 3 you get a quantity of coal.

22d         Style set around one ring (6)
HAIRDO – Insert I (one) into HARD (set) and follow with an O (ring).

24d         European  flag-bearer (4)
POLE can be either a native of the European country of Poland or something from which a flag flies.

25d         Chorus starts to serenade in noisy group (4)
SING –   The ‘starts’ of Serenade In Noisy Group.


Unless there is a very short closing date for this Saturday’s Prize Puzzle, this is my last Saturday PP review of 2014, so I’d like to wish Cephas (and Mrs C) and the  Saturday Mysterons  a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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