Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27678
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BD Rating – Difficulty *– Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 20th December 2014
I was in a minority of people who found solving this puzzle a doddle on the day which suited me as I had a lot of other pre-Christmassy stuff to do. It was nice and easy to explain for reviewing purposes too.
There are seven anagrams which for me makes it a Cephas production, so thank you to him. Apparently it is a Mysteron production, so thank you to them whoever they are.
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1a Supporting music in reliable way (10)
SOUNDTRACK – SOUND (reliable) and TRACK (way)
6a Eastern movie spectacular (4)
EPIC – E (eastern) and PIC (movie).
10a Ancient celebrating fifty years without grand opening (5)
OLDEN – Remove the G (without grand) from a
GOLDEN or 50th anniversary celebration.
11a Fish ration covering back of leaf (5,4)
DOVER SOLE – DOLE (ration) covers VERSO (the back of a leaf of manuscript or printed material).
12a Woman will be at that point when going west (7)
THERESA – THERE (at that point) followed by a reversal (going west) of AS (when).
13a Artisan working for empress (7)
TSARINA is an anagram (working) of ARTISAN.
14a With credit after frauds, succeeded making moonshine (12)
FIDDLESTICKS – FIDDLES (frauds) TICK (credit) and S (succeeded).
18a Reverend I will get drunk imbibing spirit — his job’s on the line (6-6)
ENGINE DRIVER – An anagram (drunk) of REVEREND I into which is inserted GIN (imbibing spirit).
21a Fictional lawman’s spurning old wrinkles (7)
RUMPLES – Remove the O (spurning old) from RUMP
OLE’S (Rumpole of the Bailey being a fictional lawyer created by John Mortimer).
23a Horse to move unsteadily round run (7)
TROTTER – TOTTER (move unsteadily) put round R (run).
24a State enrolled nurse about to take top off shortly — it’s essential for tanning (9)
SUNSCREEN – Insert almost all of UNSCREW (shortly indicating that you don’t need all of a word meaning take the top off) into the abbreviation for a State Enrolled Nurse.
25a Get annoyed about fellow’s weapon (5)
RIFLE – F (fellow) inserted into RILE (get annoyed).
26a Scoff about dishonest chap (4)
LIAR is a reversal (about) of RAIL (scoff).
27a Grassed area gardeners prepared round wicket (10)
GREENSWARD – An anagram (prepared) of GARDENERS put around W (wicket).
1d Glove puppet in which third of fingers is stuck up (6)
SNOOTY – The third letter of fiNgers inserted into SOOTY.
2d Unmentionable things such as a zombie does apparently (6)
UNDIES – Split 2, 4, your ‘unmentionables’ would dsecribe what happens to a zombie returning from the dead.
3d Childish timepiece? Blow me! It’s somehow conned local kid (9,5)
DANDELION CLOCK – An anagram (somehow) of CONNED LOCAL KID.
4d Worker caught by lefty Miliband in the act (3-6)
RED-HANDED – RED (left wing, lefty) HAND (worker) and ED (Miliband).
5d Long for bloke over time (5)
COVET – COVE (old slang for a man, bloke) goes before (over) T (time).
7d Cable to follow for part of the country (8)
PROVINCE – PRO (for) and VINCE (Cable, the current Business Secretary).
8d Hazard to mountaineers or cavers wandering over South-East (8)
CREVASSE – An anagram (wandering) of CAVERS followed by (over) SE (South East).
9d Hot bearded star performing act on stage (5,3,6)
TREAD THE BOARDS – An anagram (performing) of HOT BEARDED STAR.
15d Exit scene unfortunately could put paid to it! (9)
EXISTENCE – Do you get a bonus mark for three (anagrams) in a row? ‘Unfortunately’ indicates the rearrangement of EXIT SCENE.
16d Pawn and knight taken up in genuine act of revenge (8)
REPRISAL – Insert into REAL (genuine) P (pawn) and a reversal (taken up in a down clue) of SIR (knight).
17d Being full of oneself like inhabitant of Middle East area (8)
EGOMANIA – EG (like, an example of) OMANI (inhabitant of Middle East) and A (area).
19d Workforce on a Hebridean island (6)
STAFFA – STAFF (workforce) followed by A (from the clue).
20d Quaker offers resistance when beset by devil (6)
FRIEND – R (resistance) inserted into (beset by) FIEND (devil).
22d Neat guide (5)
STEER – And a double definition to finish – neat here referring to cattle and a steer being a young ox. STEER is also a verb meaning to guide or control the course of.