Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27688
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning and Happy New Year from South Staffs where the day is starting bright.
I thought that Giovanni has set us a stiffer challenge this morning than he has for the last couple of weeks – well into *** difficulty for me.
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4a The cream to play against Wolves (4,4)
FACE PACK – Nothing to do with football. This is a beauty treatment that could also describe being in opposition to a group of wolves.
8a Duck beyond river grabbed by some other bird (6)
PARROT – Put an abbreviation for River and the letter that looks like a duck on a cricket scorecard inside a word for ‘some’.
9a Symbols in old books stored in country (8)
NOTATION – The usual abbreviation for the first part of the Bible inside a country or ethnic grouping.
10a Conservative getting found out fell apart (8)
CRUMBLED – An abbreviation for Conservative followed by an informal word for ‘found out’.
11a Payment covered by parent always (6)
RENTAL – Hidden (covered) in the clue.
12a One in sheltered accommodation’s in Chinese city (8)
TIENTSIN – Put the Roman numeral for one inside a camping shelter, then add the ‘S and IN from the clue.
13a Joker concealing name is a criminal (8)
GANGSTER – Name inside someone telling a series of jokes.
16a Urge fellow to be a correspondent? (8)
PRESSMAN – A synonym of ‘urge’ followed by a fellow or chap, to get a correspondent for a media outlet.
19a Removes portions of text (8)
EXTRACTS – Double definition, the first being what a dentist might do.
21a Cards shown round front of club to get such initially? (6)
ACCESS – This is an all-in-one clue. Put the first letter (front) of Club inside examples of a particular rank of playing card, then add the first letter (initially) of Such. And if you show your membership card at the front door of a club you get…
23a Rural communities full of anger — they can kill people (8)
FIREARMS – A word for anger inside some examples of rural activity.
24a Josh revealed as wicked in time (8)
BADINAGE – Josh is being used as a noun here. Put together a word for wicked, IN (from the clue) and a word for a period of time.
25a Man in street unruffled (6)
STEVEN – A man’s name is made up of the abbreviation for street and a word meaning unruffled or calm.
26a Thy meat’s going off — it’s purple! (8)
AMETHYST – Anagram (going off) of THY MEAT.
1d Bend that may be seen in locks (7)
HAIRPIN – A tight 180 degree bend in a road, or something which keeps hair tidy.
2d Amount of muck one found in ghastly loch (9)
GRIMINESS – The Roman numeral for one placed between a word for ghastly and a famous Scottish loch.
3d Photos of work aboard ship (6)
STILLS – The sort of work that is done to soil inside the usual crossword ship.
4d Getting established — it can be harder for someone with a big corporation (7,4,4)
FINDING ONE’S FEET – A metaphor for becoming used to a new situation, or something literally difficult for a fat person.
5d Worrying about the heartless activity at event (8)
CATERING – Remove the middle letter (heartless) from T(h)E and put the result inside a word for worrying about something.
6d What mountaineer requires is hint when ascending — to get on (5)
PITON – Reverse (ascending) a hint or clue, and add ON (from the clue).
7d Men having beer after church — where this is sung? (7)
CHORALE – An abbreviation for church, followed by the acronym for soldiers who are not officers, and a variety of beer.
14d Animals brought up and graded in different cages? (9)
SEPARATED – Reverse (brought up) some of the higher animals, and add a word for graded, to get an answer of which ‘in different cages’ is an example.
15d One sent before time, left to go to collect girl (8)
EMISSARY – Remove the L (left to go) from a word meaning ‘before time’, and insert a form of address for a girl.
17d Recover as result of fantastic miracle (7)
RECLAIM – Anagram (fantastic) of MIRACLE.
18d Out on the field, puzzled? (7)
STUMPED – Double definition, the first being a method of dismissal at cricket.
20d Bird that is half hidden sitting on water plant (6)
THRUSH – Half of TH(at) followed by an aquatic plant found at the water’s edge.
22d Be established as transporter of football team? (5)
EXIST – The Roman numeral for the number of players in a football team, inside an abbreviation of ‘established’.
The Quick Crossword pun LITTER + ALLEY = LITERALLY