Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27702
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Miffypops is otherwise engaged this morning so he and I have done a swap and he’ll be here tomorrow. We have a fairly typical, and fairly gentle, puzzle from Rufus today. More than with any other setter I have difficulty in deciding exactly what to underline in some of Rufus’s clues – for example is 5a a double definition or a cryptic definition? I’ve plumped for the latter but you can decide for yourself. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.
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1a It may be the thing required (7)
ARTICLE – it may be ‘the’ (or ‘a’ or ‘an’).
5a He swears he’s a soldier (7)
TROOPER – proverbially this soldier is foul-mouthed.
9a Goat-like figure heads a list of animals (5)
FAUNA – a figure from Roman mythology which is half-man half-goat precedes A.
10a Not a single female will go out in this outfit (9)
TROUSSEAU – … because she’ll be married by the time she puts it on.
11a Give up using catapult — i.e. playing around (10)
CAPITULATE – an anagram (playing around) of CATAPULT I.E.
12a High-class sort of shop (4)
POSH – an anagram (sort) of SHOP.
14a We need to find our own fare for these holidays (4-8)
SELF-CATERING – fare here means meals. This is a typical Rufus cryptic definition which doesn’t seem very cryptic at all if you get the correct meaning of fare on first reading. However, if you are tricked into thinking of fare as meaning transport costs then it really is a cryptic clue.
18a Turbulent masses resent another property valuation (12)
REASSESSMENT – an anagram (turbulent) of MASSES RESENT.
21a Lazy, appearing backward in fielding (4)
IDLE – the clue spells it out for us – the answer appears backwards.
22a Slump causing gloom (10)
DEPRESSION – double definition – the first a reduction in economic activity and prosperity.
25a Starting place for the three-legged race? (4,2,3)
ISLE OF MAN – cryptic definition of the island whose people (race) use a triskelion (three-legged figure) as their symbol.
26a Something cast in gold — the last word in France (5)
ADIEU – insert something that’s cast or thrown (in a gambling or board game, for example) into the chemical symbol for gold. Jacta est alea, as Caesar said when he crossed the Rubicon.
27a Board carriage herd aren’t in (7)
ENTRAIN – an anagram (herd, in the sense of bring to order) of AREN’T IN.
28a Increase in general disorder (7)
ENLARGE – anagram (in … disorder) of GENERAL.
1d Pretend to influence (6)
AFFECT – double definition, the first a verb to pretend or feign.
2d A superior suit (6)
TRUMPS – cryptic definition. In trick-taking card games such as bridge or whist this is the current top suit.
3d Plan to recycle liqueur (10)
CHARTREUSE – charade of a plan or map and a verb to recycle.
4d Former tax reduced by a pound — celebrate (5)
EXTOL – a prefix meaning former is followed by the tax levied to use a bridge or road, for example, without one of the letters used to mean a pound sterling.
5d Where to see the beginning — and end — of the rainbow? (5,4)
TROUT FARM – rainbow here is a type of fish which can be mass-produced for food.
6d Give marching orders to us to put out (4)
OUST – when I wrote in this answer I thought this was a hidden word but on writing the review I see that doesn’t quite work and it’s actually an anagram (put out) of US TO.
7d Capital turn of a pierrot (8)
PRETORIA – an anagram (turn) of A PIERROT.
8d It aids digestion if having hard time (8)
ROUGHAGE – charade of an adjective meaning hard or arduous and a period of time.
13d Racketeers’ go-between? (6,4)
TENNIS BALL – what whizzes back and forth across the net.
15d She parts company with an angler (9)
FISHERMAN – SHE is inserted in (parts) a company and that’s followed by AN.
16d Take care — if it changed, it’s a trick (8)
ARTIFICE – an anagram (changed) of CARE IF IT.
17d Don’t stand round showing what a bad crack will do (4,4)
FALL FLAT – crack here is a joke or gag. Bring together the opposite of a verb to remain standing and the opposite of round (in the description of a stomach, for example).
19d Old court official, specifically one over the Queen (6)
VIZIER – a government official at various old Middle Eastern courts comes from the standard abbreviation of the Latin word videlicet (meaning specifically or namely) and the Roman numeral for one followed by (over, in a down clue) the regnal cipher of our Queen.
20d Guarantee Rex is about to succeed? Quite the opposite (6)
ENSURE – quite the opposite means that R(ex) is not outside (about) the verb to succeed or follow but inside it.
23d Limit the area for stock (5)
RANGE – double definition, the first a limit or scope.
24d Served up in Norway, osprey is a source of protein (4)
SOYA – hidden (in) and reversed (served up, in a down clue).
The clue I liked best was 15d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: SIGHED + AFFECT = SIDE EFFECT