Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27701
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***/****
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 17th January 2015
An improvement to recent Saturday prize puzzles – an enjoyable solve with a couple of clues needing extra thought – I actually circled three clues I ‘liked’ which is a rare event for a back page puzzle. Typing the review, I do seem to have typed ‘anagram’ and ‘double definition’ quite a bit but I’m going to stick with the enjoyment rating I selected post-solve/pre-drafting.
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1a How chess is played in general (6,3,5)
ACROSS THE BOARD – A cryptic definition of how chess is played.
10a Nasa’s speciality quickly harbours love (9)
AEROSPACE – EROS (love) inserted into APACE (quickly).
11a Arab having second German car (5)
SAUDI – S (second) and AUDI (German car).
12a Central European archdeacon tucking into black berry (7)
SLOVENE – The abbreviation for the title by which an archdeacon is known – VEN(erable) inserted into a SLOE (black berry)
13a Some leave when one’s not at one’s best? (3-3)
OFF-DAY – if you weren’t feeling at your best, you might take a day off.
15a Sports administrators note celebrity (4)
FAME – FA (Football Association, sports administrators) and ME (musical note).
17a Dropping off lemon scone that’s cooked (10)
SOMNOLENCE – another word for sleepiness is an anagram (that’s cooked) of LEMON SCONE.
18a Carefully selected husband together with old Scotsman being mentioned (4-6)
HAND-PICKED – H (husband) AND (together with) PICKED (a homophone – being mentioned – of an old Scotsman – a PICT).
20a Nothing but a lake (4)
MERE – Double definition time.
22a Eminence following leader of Eucharist taken by Catholic priest (6)
RECTOR – Insert the ‘leader’ of Eucharist into RC (Roman Catholic) and follow with TOR (eminence here being a rising bit of ground).
23a Light meal taken by singer-actress. Chips, perhaps? (7)
TEACHER – TEA (light meal) and CHER (the singer-actress whose name is so useful to crossword setters). Mr Chips being a literary example of a schoolmaster.
26a Terrible lapse — a bit of a bloomer (5)
SEPAL – An anagram (terrible) of LAPSE.
27a Excel at trick showing some beef (9)
OVERTRUMP – OVERT (showing) and RUMP (steak). The trick in question being part of a game of whist or bridge.
28a Performing alone, Simon somehow obtains part in South Pacific (7,7)
SOLOMON ISLANDS – SOLO (performing alone), an anagram (somehow) of SIMON followed by LANDS (obtains a part in a play or film, for example).
2d Load caught being put on legendary ship (5)
CARGO – C (caught) and ARGO (legendary ship).
3d Means to cross London that destroys terraced houses (6)
OYSTER – A form of electronic ticketing (a prepayment card) that is used on public transport in Greater London is housed in destrOYS TERraced.
4d Great Western Railway company (10)
STAGECOACH – Unlike Mr CS, our setter is obviously a fan of John Wayne films, one of which has the same name as a company which operates some of our railways, buses etc.
5d Unpleasant type‘s order to dog (4)
HEEL – A despicable person or an order to your pet dog.
6d Shovel and pick worker‘s reserved (7)
BASHFUL – One of the Seven Dwarfs who used a shovel and pick – he was the one who was particularly shy and reserved. Anyone else fondly remember the days when dwarfs were dwarves, and roofs were rooves?
7d Roll ball succeeding a great deal (9)
ABUNDANCE – A (from the clue) BUN (roll) and DANCE (ball).
8d Delight a player that’s puzzling? Most solvers have it! (5,9)
DAILY TELEGRAPH – An anagram (that’s puzzling) of DELIGHT A PLAYER.
9d How fortresses tumbled around a series of battles (4,2,3,5)
WARS OF THE ROSES – Another anagram (tumbled around) HOW FORTRESSES plus A from the clue.
14d Topless dance to cause anxiety to old female relative (10)
ANCESTRESS – Remove the first letter (topless) from DANCE and add STRESS (cause anxiety).
16d Run by city, German one mostly, with one friend (9)
MUNICIPAL – MUNICH (most of a German city) I (one) and PAL (friend).
19d Hitch as concert featuring Elbow more than half over (7)
PROBLEM – Reverse |(over) the first three letters (more than half) of ELBOW and insert them into a PROM (concert).
21d Incantation alluring woman endlessly delivered (6)
MANTRA – Almost all of a MANTRAP (alluring woman)
24d Harass peacekeepers boarding carrier (5)
HOUND – UN (United Nations, peacekeepers) inserted into a HOD (used to carry bricks or mortar.
25d Blue feathers (4)
DOWN – We finish with the sixth double definition of the day