Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27689
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 3rd January 2015
This prize crossword appeared in the paper at the end of a strange week when the Telegraph back page puzzles were, for me and quite a few other solvers anyway, relatively trickier than ‘normal’. This one was no exception – I solved Saturday’s Times cryptic in half the time!
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1a Tackle current expense (6)
ACCOST – AC (alternating [electrical] current) and COST (expense)
4a Aircraft with replica Spruce Goose’s tail (8)
SPITFIRE – SPIT (a slang term for an exact replica – usually preceded by the word ‘dead’) FIR (spruce being a type of fir tree) and E (the ‘tail’ of goose
10a Recycling centre to go metric? (9)
SCRAPYARD – A clue that’s starting to become an ‘old friend’ – split 5, 4 to ‘get’ the go metric bit.
11a Long for start of trip on small bay (5)
COVET – Follow a COVE (small bay) with the start of trip.
12a See Hurd end rebuilding in part of Chilterns maybe (7)
HUNDRED – An anagram (rebuilding) of HURD END produces somewhere that will be familiar to MPs who resign during the course of a Parliament by accepting a nominal office for profit under the Crown: holding such an office disqualifies an MP from the House under the Act of Settlement 1701.
13a When school is open, I will go in as stop-gap (7)
INTERIM – I (from the clue) inserted into IN TERM (when school’s open).
14a Matador’s opponent carries small trunk (5)
TORSO – Insert S (small) into TORO (a Spanish bull, a matador’s opponent).
15a They don’t appreciate where fires get started (8)
INGRATES – Split 2, 6 to get where fires are started.
18a Dance with boorish type without a fuss (8)
BALLYHOO – BALL (dance) and YAHOO (boorish type) without the A. With a capital letter, this word refers to a class of animals in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, human in form, but which have the understanding and passions of brutes. Without the capital Y, it just means a brutal or boorish lout.
20a Leg bone slightly twisted going round island (5)
TIBIA – A BIT (slightly) reversed (twisted) with the abbreviation for Island inserted.
23a Ineffective treatment of Post Office landing Cable in a mess (7)
PLACEBO – PO (post office) with an anagram (in a mess) of CABLE inserted. The misleading capital C is just put there to make those of us fed up with the current Business Secretary’s name appearing in crosswords groan loudly once again.
25a Second-rate celebrity that’s swelled up (7)
BLISTER – Split 1-6 to get the second rate celebrity.
26a Marsupial’s time for bed (5)
ROOST – ROOS (marsupial’s) and T (time).
27a Liverpool’s colour kit adopted by Newcastle’s centre forward (9)
READDRESS – This was my last one in. I don’t think the centre of Newcastle adopted the Liverpool colour and the kit – the RED (the colour of Liverpool football team’s strip) ‘adopts’ the A in the centre of NewcAstle and the result is then followed by DRESS (kit).
28a Aid to pirate, perhaps — rover mostly returning with girl (8)
SPYGLASS – Almost all (mostly) of a reversal (returning) of GYPS
Y (rover) followed by a LASS (girl).
29a Hero of the Rovers, amid retreating English, that stands against the tide (6)
GROYNE – Insert ROY (the fictional hero of the Rovers) into a reversal (retreating) of ENG (the abbreviation for English).
1d Tease the abstract art lover (8)
AESTHETE – An anagram (abstract) of TEASE THE.
2d One investigating death trap — there’s nothing in it (7)
CORONER – CORNER (trap) with O (nothing) in it.
3d One who’s wise following grand American sporting event (5,4)
SUPER BOWL – SUPERB (grand) and OWL (one who’s wise). I just loved the idea of a SUPERB OWL!
5d Cuddly character providing extra material for a Bronte novel (10,4)
PADDINGTON BEAR – PADDING (extra material) followed by an anagram (novel) of A BRONTE.
6d It’s understood one’s engaged in diplomacy (5)
TACIT – I (one) inserted into TACT (diplomacy).
7d The opposite of how poetry is written (7)
INVERSE – Split 2,5 to get the poetry connection.
8d Doctor’s after space to put away body (6)
ENTOMB – EN (printer’s space) TO (from the clue) and MB (Bachelor of Medicine).
9d Mobile adverts with a human interface? (8,6)
SANDWICH BOARDS – A splendid cryptic definition, the first word of the solution taking me far longer to get than the second!
16d Get the German punishment for treason (9)
ATTAINDER – ATTAIN (get) and DER (the German for ‘the’) produces the loss of civil rights through conviction for high treason.
17d A ball played from the wing in the French game (8)
LACROSSE – Insert A CROSS (a ball played from the wing) into LE (the French for ‘the’).
19d I would begin this Conservative declaration of love (7)
AMATORY – As the clue says, put an I in front of a split of the solution 2, 1, 4, to get the Conservative declaration- I AM A TORY.
21d Queen tucked into sandwich in larder (7)
BUTTERY – ER (the regnal cipher of our current Queen) inserted into an informal term for a sandwich – BUTTY.
22d Electrician to leave car aboard ship (6)
SPARKS – PARK (leave car) inserted into the abbreviation for steamship – SS.
24d Former lover directed endless praise (5)
EXTOL – EX (former lover) and TOLD (told – directed – without its end letter).