Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27682
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs this Boxing Day morning – not deep and crisp and even, though we may get that later, but damp and grey..
I solved this puzzle before going to bed last night. It may have been the reaction from spending the evening wrestling with the Double Toughie, but I raced through Giovanni’s latest, finishing right on the border between * and ** time.
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1a Company with limited employee system finished business for the day? (6,4)
CLOSED SHOP – This describes a historical practice where only members of a particular trade union could be employed. It could also be what a retailer did at the end of the day.
9a Beside mountain pass there’s a tree (4)
COLA – A mountain pass followed by A (from the clue).
10a Real Madrid excited — one put in the net? (3,7)
RED ADMIRAL – This variety of butterfly is an anagram (excited) of REAL MADRID.
11a Everyone in group provided with helmet (6)
SALLET – Obscure word of the day. Put ‘everyone’ inside a group of people.
12a Graduates returning to university for a day of rest (7)
SABBATH – Reverse (returning) a set of letters denoting people with Arts degrees, and add a university in the West of England.
15a Good person having complete problem with speech (7)
STUTTER – An abbreviation for a good or holy person followed by a word meaning complete or total (as in disaster).
16a To the west Mediterranean island’s black (5)
SABLE – The heraldic term for black is also the reverse of an island where Napoleon was exiled, plus the ‘s from the clue.
17a Row produced by short communication (4)
LINE – Double definition: a row of things or a short letter, as in ‘Drop me a —-‘.
18a A test for all except outsiders (4)
ORAL – Remove the outside letters from (f)OR AL(l).
19a Use foil maybe for guard (5)
FENCE – Double definition, the first being a form of sporting combat.
21a Demon among demons — terrifying (7)
MONSTER _ Hidden in (among) the clue.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
22a Merlin wanders round behind king in citadel (7)
KREMLIN – This citadel in Moscow is the chess notation for a king followed by an anagram (wanders) of MERLIN.
24a It’s mad and stupid, imprisoning saint (6)
INSANE – An abbreviation for saint inside a word meaning stupid or vacuous.
27a Returning home, chum entering study is invigorated again (10)
REANIMATED – Reverse the two-letter word meaning ‘at home’, add a chum, and put the result inside a verb meaning to study.
28a Lover no longer wanted is sent to it? (4)
EXIT – An all-in-one clue. Put together the usual former lover and IT (from the clue) to get the place the lover is pointed towards.
29a Girl’s state of anxiety — result of overeating? (10)
DISTENSION – A two-letter shortened form of a girl’s name, plus the ‘s, and a feeling of anxiety, giving the feeling resulting from too much turkey and pudding.
2d Song was first number one to be included (4)
LIED – A German song is made up of a verb meaning ‘was in first place’ with the Roman numeral for one inside it.
3d Mark on a black beetle (6)
SCARAB – A blemish on the skin followed by A (from the clue) and Black.
4d Silly people swim, I’d fancy, around end of boat (7)
DIMWITS – Anagram (fancy) of SWIM I’D, wrapped around the last letter of boaT.
5d Fast mover rescues maiden from women’s group (4)
HARE – The chap who lost the race with the tortoise. Remove the abbreviation for maiden on a cricket scorecard from a closed group of women.
6d Last of cops up late pounding beat (7)
PULSATE – Anagram (pounding) of the final letter of (cop)S and UP LATE.
7d Change to ‘all clear’ bringing security (10)
COLLATERAL – This security for a loan is an anagram (change) of TO ALL CLEAR.
8d Plant place within fellow’s grand design (6,4)
MASTER PLAN – A variety of daisy and an abbreviation for place inside another word for a fellow or chap.
12d One’s smiled awkwardly, with formal dignity (10)
SOLEMNISED – Anagram (awkwardly) of ONE’S SMILED.
13d Yellow peril? (6,4)
BANANA SKIN – Cryptic definition of something yellow which may bring about your downfall, especially in a cartoon.
14d Show hesitation — that sometimes leads to sack! (5)
HAVER – If you go hiking you may carry this variety of a word for hesitate with a sack added.
15d Smart little son sitting on lap (5)
SLICK – Abbreviation for Son followed by lap, as a cat might with milk.
19d Excited always when entertained by US agent (7)
FEVERED – An abbreviation for an agent of the US government with ‘always’ inserted.
20d Learned head of English impolite about use of computers, etc (7)
ERUDITE – Put together the first letter of English, and a word for impolite wrapped around a two-letter acronym for everything to do with computers.
23d Busybodies said to get awards (6)
MEDALS – These awards sound like what a busybody does.
25d Fish experts — they give evidence to police (4)
DABS – Triple definition: small flatfish; an expert; or the familiar term for fingerprint evidence.
26d Godlike fellow giving the lady a ring (4)
HERO – A pronoun replacing ‘the lady’ followed by a ring-shaped letter.
The Quick Crossword pun SETTER + SIGHED = SET ASIDE