Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27680
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
We have a fairly run-of-the-mill puzzle today with nothing that really stood out for me. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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1a Some brass elephants might do it (7)
TRUMPET – double definition, the first a brass instrument.
5a Model son works out in America (7)
FIGURES – a model or design is followed by S(on). As a verb the answer (especially in the USA) is used to mean works out or calculates.
9a Settle for a short welcome (5)
AGREE – A followed by a verb to welcome without its final letter (short).
10a Learning to recognise advantage getting over fifty (9)
KNOWLEDGE – a verb to recognise and an informal word for advantage or dominance contain (over, in an across clue) the Roman numeral for fifty.
11a Evangelistic young woman one meets on a railway (10)
MISSIONARY – string together the title used for a young woman, the Roman numeral for one, ON and A from the clue and a two-letter abbreviation for railway. The answer is an adjective as in “the ********** position” (no pictures available).
12a Somewhat disheartened by a single wine (4)
ASTI – the outer letters of S(omewha)T follow A and are in turn followed by the Roman numeral for a single.
14a A bit of a cold fish, accepting she is a weak point (8,4)
ACHILLES HEEL – some lifting and separating is required here. Start with A and a slight cold, then add a slippery fish containing SHE.
18a Does alteration in pants (5-7)
SHORT-CHANGES – the definition here means cheats. Put an alteration or amendment inside a type of pants.
21a This bird left Noah’s ship (4)
LARK – L(eft) and Noah’s ship.
25a A cheat is almost back after round of cards (9)
TRICKSTER – the back of a ship without its final letter (almost) follows a single round of play in some card games such as bridge.
26a Worked up fee to go east of Italy (5)
IRATE – a fee or fixed price follows (to the east or right of, in an across clue) the IVR code for Italy.
27a Quoted on the air as having vision (7)
SIGHTED – this sounds like (on the air) quoted or referred to.
28a Germany — first to reach limit and undergo inflation (7)
DISTEND – string together the IVR code for Deutschland, how you may write first (in dates, for example) and a limit or extremity.
1d Shock of putting up pictures on university graduate (6)
TRAUMA – reverse (putting up, in a down clue) a general word for pictures and add U(niversity) and an arts graduate.
2d Turns out to cover European riots (6)
UNREST – an anagram (out) of TURNS containing E(uropean).
3d British cities in chaos after curtailing request for referendum (10)
PLEBISCITE – B(ritish) and an anagram (in chaos) of CITIES follow a request or entreaty without its last letter (curtailing).
4d Catch up, admitting fine is minimal (5)
TOKEN – reverse (up) a verb to catch or capture and insert (admitting) an informal adjective meaning fine or satisfactory.
5d Office design defect reported on most of factory (5,4)
FLOOR PLAN – what sounds like to some (but not to me) a defect or blemish is followed by a factory or works without its final letter.
6d Sell up to get a game (4)
GOLF – reverse (up, again) an informal verb to sell.
7d Artist serves salad vegetables (8)
RADISHES – the usual artist is followed by a verb meaning serves a meal.
8d Policemen from small area of London housed by friends (8)
SPECIALS – these are police officers (some are indeed women) but not full-time ones. Start with S(mall) then put what looks like a postcode district in the Eastern Central part of London inside (housed by) friends.
13d Finds out in case star gets worried (10)
ASCERTAINS – an anagram (gets worried) of IN CASE STAR.
15d The insider trading with no shares finally came into money (9)
INHERITED – an anagram (trading) of THE IN(s)IDER without the final letter of shares.
16d Cuts off one’s love on night shifts (8)
ISOLATES – the Roman numeral for one, the ‘S from the clue and the letter that looks like love (in tennis scoring) are followed by the informal term among shift workers for specific shifts. I’m not at all convinced that this term is used for night shifts (which tend to be called ‘nights’); shifts from 06:00 to 14:00, say, are called ‘earlies’ and this term is normally used for the afternoon/evening shifts (e.g. 14:00 to 22:00). The BRB is reluctant to shed any light on the matter.
17d Saving a place to display notices (8)
HOARDING – double definition.
19d Drug ring runs from hijacker (6)
OPIATE – the letter that looks like a ring is followed by a hijacker at sea without the cricket abbreviation for runs.
20d Bags screened to remove odd ones and take off (6)
ASCEND – remove the odd letters from ‘bags screened’.
23d Ran, but hurt, losing minutes (5)
HARED – remove the single-letter abbreviation for minutes from a past participle meaning hurt or injured.
24d Parody of king in pose (4)
SKIT – insert the chess abbreviation for king into a verb to pose.
There are not many opportunities for pictures today so here’s a cartoon that amused me recently:
I’ll be back tomorrow with the Toughie review but I’ll take this opportunity to wish a Very Happy Christmas to all who either don’t try the Toughie (why not?) or who will be too busy tomorrow preparing the sprouts.
Today’s Quickie Pun: GOAT + WHOSE + LEAP = GO TO SLEEP