Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27696
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Today Rufus proves that time travel is possible taking us right back to 1950s England where policemen were helpful to motorists and the item at 6 across adorned every bar in the land. Again no pencils were used in the solving of this puzzle. You too can help to conserve the world stock of graphite and ink by mentally solving anagrams and for those of you with a physical paper don’t write your final answer in. Save ink. Save the planet.
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1a Rocks King in mixed doubles (8)
BOULDERS: Anagram (mixed) of DOUBLES containing R(ex)
6a Use of it may weaken the spirit (6)
SIPHON: This container and bar room staple of many years ago contained soda which would be used to dilute whisky or other spirits. One of my last ones in. Possibly because I have not seen one of these since way back in the last century. I have happy memories of playful antics behind the bar with these. Mmmm. Tina and Lynn soaking wet and crying with laughter. [The online puzzle requires an I, not a Y, in the answer but either is acceptable. BD]
9a On the surface, a delivery vehicle (6)
AFLOAT: The surface referred to here is water such as a sea or lake The delivery vehicle used to be electrically powered and were used to deliver bottles of milk or loaves of bread direct to the doorstep. Again this is something from the last century. Milk was fresh and had a creamy top and tasted of milk.
10a Quietly object when getting a tiny portion (8)
PARTICLE: Take our usual abbreviation for quietly and add another word for a tiny or minute portion of matter.
11a See if lab hybrid is likely to work (8)
FEASIBLE: Anagram (hybrid) of SEE IF LAB
12a Often repaired, but it’s irregular (6)
PATCHY: A nice double definition which I could not see without the checkers. Based upon what you might use to repair a hole in a garment
13a A suitable sucker? (7,5)
TAILOR’S DUMMY: An all in one clue that aptly describes what a seamstress or Saville Row worker might use. This raised quite a smile when the answer came to me.
16a Surprisingly, her best sally’s showing lack of inspiration (12)
BREATHLESSLY: A clever anagram (surprisingly) of HER BEST SALLY. The definition is rather clever as well.
19a Annoy by leaving on purpose (6)
OFFEND: Take an informal verb meaning leave and add a word meaning final result.
21a Training that every prisoner should have (8)
EXERCISE: A double definition the second being what a prisoner might have in the prison yard to give some fresh air after being confined
23a Daughter abandons flirtation for marriage (8)
ALLIANCE: Remove (abandons) the initial letter of D(aughter) from another word meaning a casual romantic or sexual relationship.
24a Controlled by banks, this divides capital in the UK (6)
THAMES: The capital is London. This thing “controlled by banks” is its largest river.
25a First name for Australian port (6)
SYDNEY: Australia’s largest port is also a boy’s name. Simple clue of the year
26a Order insisted — good order (8)
TIDINESS: Anagram (order) of INSISTED
2d Cricket side’s opener played badly (3-3)
OFF KEY: One of the two cricket sides (Not the on side, the other one) followed by the opener to a door lock
3d Steals — lifting a seat (5)
LOOTS: The reversal of this form of stealing gives us a seat without a back or arms
4d Found habit less unsettling (9)
ESTABLISH: Anagram (unsettling) of HABIT LESS
5d C-in-C starts to drink, gets more drunk (7)
SUPREMO: Take a three letter word meaning to take a drink by sips and add an anagram (drunk) of MORE
6d Abandon fight (5)
SCRAP: An old chestnut of a double definition which may be fresh fruit to newcomers to the world of Cryptic Crosswords. A third definition may be discarded metal for reprocessing
7d To indicate what one should do is a job for the police (5,4)
POINT DUTY: To indicate as in with a finger followed by another word for a job or task gives a phrase from way back in the last century which describes what a policeman might do to control traffic at busy road junctions.
8d It’s OK to use an abbreviation (8)
OKLAHOMA: This state in the USA (which is probably locked in the last century) has the abbreviation OK
13d Actor gives reading at new production (9)
TRAGEDIAN: Anagram (new) of READING AT
14d New speed cuts thought likely (9)
SUSPECTED: Anagram (yawn and yawn again) new is the indicator word. SPEED CUTS form the fodder and thought likely is the definition. Enough I say!
15d Paintings entirely in ingenious style (8)
ARTFULLY: Take the generic term for all paintings and add an adverb meaning wholly
17d Singular ingredient of the weather (7)
ELEMENT: One of a class of substances that cannot be broken down is also a term used to describe the weather.
18d A second TV’s property worth having (6)
ASSETS: A from the clue S(econd) also from the clue, the word for what your television is and the S from ‘S
20d First-rate comic, 1937-2012 (5)
DANDY: This comic is not a person. It is a long-running children’s comic now only available online
22d A measure of restraint (5)
CHAIN: The measure of a cricket pitch might also be used to restrain or tether an animal or a criminal
Blogged to the sublime sound of Mr Van Morrison singing live. Thank you Van.
The Quick Crossword pun: prophet+tiers=profiteers