Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27677
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs where we have a bright start to the day.
As usual with Giovanni, some uncommon words very fairly clued, but no particular difficulties otherwise.
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1a Secret needle like this has been lifted (3,3,6)
OFF THE RECORD – If you lift a gramophone needle it is …
8a Small organisms Georgia found in drink (5)
ALGAE – The abbreviation for the US state inside an alcoholic drink.
9a Outside church Daniel chewed a bit of food (9)
ENCHILADA – Anagram (chewed) of DANIEL, wrapped around an abbreviation for church, and followed by A from the clue.
11a Sound of tongue, say, getting salt (9)
TUNGSTATE – A homophone (sound of) of tongue followed by a word for ‘say’, giving a chemical salt (which I’d never heard of before today).
12a Bill Hill seen as an insincere type? (5)
ACTOR – An abbreviation for a tradesman’s bill, followed by a hill in Devon, for example.
13a Hostile row backed by others? (5,4)
FRONT LINE – Cryptic definition of the point of contact with opposing forces in a battle.
16a Restricted round end of semester, being examined (5)
TRIED – Put the last letter of semesteR inside a word meaning restricted or bound.
18a Housed, but not in the basement? (3,2)
PUT UP – A temporary housing arrangement sounds as though it may be in the higher reaches of the property.
19a Bent administration (9)
DIRECTION – Double definition, the first being a noun meaning tendency or inclination.
20a One banished from English team starts to look exasperated (5)
EXILE – Put together English, the Roman numeral for the number of players in a cricket team, and the initial letters (starts) of Look and Exasperated.
22a Series of questions schematic in arrangement (9)
CATECHISM – Anagram (in arrangement) of SCHEMATIC.
25a Sink to the depths and administer corporal punishment (3,6)
HIT BOTTOM – This metaphor for reaching a low point could also be what Mr Quelch did when he had Billy Bunter bent over (stop sniggering at the back, there!).
26a Grotesque act of sycophant I criticise (5)
ANTIC – Hidden in (of) the clue.
27a Need for cadet to be trained in civil war group? (12)
CONFEDERATED – Anagram (to be trained) of NEED FOR CADET.
1d High notes coming from here in church? (5,4)
ORGAN LOFT – Cryptic definition of a high place in a church from which music may emanate.
2d Insects loud above meadows (5)
FLEAS – The musical symbol for loud followed by some meadows.
3d Animal hospital burning — initial hint of arson? (5)
HYENA – Put together the abbreviation for Hospital, a burning desire, and the first letter (initial hint) of Arson.
4d Dodgy dealer always introduced by big noise (9)
RACKETEER – A loud and discordant noise followed by a poetic word for always.
5d Ending of weather pattern with cold coming in (9)
CLIMACTIC – Put Cold inside a word relating to weather patterns, to get a word relating to the ending of a drama.
6d Soldiers going up a street get very hot (5)
ROAST – Reverse (going up, in a Down clue) the usual abbreviation for soldiers who are not officers, then add A (from the clue) and an abbreviation for STreet.
7d Type of word that contributes to an oration (4,2,6)
PART OF SPEECH – Noun, verb and adjective are all examples of this – or it could be a paragraph in a longer discourse.
10d Branch of study that could help high-level management (12)
AERODYNAMICS – A science which contributes to the understanding of how to fly a plane.
14d Given dope and dumped? (6,3)
TIPPED OFF – The dope here is information.
15d Order I did enact as shown (9)
INDICATED – Anagram (order) of I DID ENACT.
17d One fool, one an old rocker brought into club? (9)
INITIATED – Put together the Roman numeral for one, a fool, another Roman numeral for one, A (from the clue) and a 1950s rocker.
21d Church anthem not with it — jazzy piece wanted (5)
INTRO – Remove the IT (not with it) from the end of an entrance antiphon sung in church.
23d Embraced by sailor this person becomes more submissive (5)
TAMER – Another way of saying ‘this person’ inside one of the usual sailors.
24d Talk about minister’s latest plan (5)
CHART – An informal talk with the final letter of ministeR put inside it.
The Quick Crossword pun BRAS + SILLIER = BRASILIA