Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27683
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 27th December 2014
Another straightforward puzzle with quite a few cryptic definitions.
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1a Hotel employee that’s more to the left? (6)
PORTER – PORT (left) plus ER (used to indicate ‘more’)
4a During which there’s the prospect of hidden riches? (4,4)
GOLD RUSH – A cryptic definition.
8a Lots of dogs failing to start (6)
OODLES – Remove the ‘start’ from POODLES.
9a I’m repelled by staff in bed in secret photo (8)
MICRODOT – A reversal (repelled) of IM followed by ROD (staff) inserted into COT (bed).
10a Stride out, catching dancer’s skirt half torn off — waste (8)
DETRITUS – An anagram (out) of STRIDE into which is inserted half of a TUtu.
11a Warning of thaw? (6)
NOTICE – Split 2, 3 – NOT ICE so a thaw.
12a This will show you the way to finish letters (8)
SIGNPOST – Another split the solution, this time 4, 4 gives you a way to finish letters.
13a Large number behind bars were scrounging (6)
CADGED – D (Roman numeral for 500, a large number) put into CAGED (behind bars).
15a Once it was the capital of Spain (6)
PESETA – ‘Capital’ here, of course, referring to currency.
18a One who’s recently become a member of a union (5-3)
NEWLY-WED – Another cryptic definition.
20a Lapel back incomplete (6)
REVERS – Almost all (incomplete) of REVERSE (back).
21a Greek character with Italian backing — we French will become rebellious (8)
MUTINOUS – MU (Greek letter) TI (a reversal (backing) of IT – Italian) and NOUS (the French word for ‘we’).
23a Steps outside a new window (8)
FANLIGHT – FLIGHT (steps) put outside A and N (new).
24a Old boy round to accompany first instrument player (6)
OBOIST – OB (old boy) O (round letter) and IST (first).
25a Many beam if around mum and little nipper (8)
CRAYFISH – C (Roman for a hundred, many) RAY (beam) FI (IF ‘around’ or reversed)and SH (be quiet, mum).
26a Delay for one with the doctor coming round (6)
DITHER – Insert I (one) and THE into DR (doctor).
1d Arrogant pair do uplifting drawing in university (5)
PROUD – PR (pair) followed by a reversal (uplifting in a down clue) of DO into which is inserted U (university)
2d One doesn’t mind showing it (9)
TOLERANCE – Another cryptic definition.
3d Cooking roots — it makes a dish (7)
RISOTTO – An anagram (cooking) of ROOTS IT.
4d Courtier’s victory? (4,3,3,5)
GAME, SET AND MATCH – A win on a tennis court, perhaps.
5d The French cheat in command — that’s not saying much (7)
LACONIC – LA (the in French) CON (cheat) and IC (in command).
6d Opening cause of downfall (7)
UNDOING – Double definition.
7d Having a volcanic temper? (3-6)
HOT-HEADED – And another cryptic definition.
12d Poor sci-fi rerun sending one to sleep (9)
SOPORIFIC – An anagram (rerun) of POOR SCI-FI.
14d Removing moisture from tiny gourd that’s sprouted (6,3)
DRYING OUT – An anagram (sprouted) of TINY GOURD.
16d Plain vehicle goes from South America to North America (7)
SAVANNA – SA (South America) VAN (vehicle) NA (North America).
17d Idiot one’s seen holding raised period weapon from Africa (7)
ASSEGAI – ASS (idiot) and I (one) holding a reversal (raised) of AGE (period).
19d Announced which river crossing will be somewhere near London (7)
WATFORD – A homophone (announced) of WHAT (which) followed by FORD (river crossing).
22d Woodland being settled over unknown river (5)
SATYR – SAT (settled) Y (mathematical unknown) and R (river).