Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27709
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We have another typical Tuesday puzzle with not much to raise the blood pressure or have us rolling in the aisles. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.
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1a OAPs’ club with finesse arranged office? (5,2,8)
PLACE OF BUSINESS – the question mark indicates that an office is just one example of this. It’s an anagram (arranged) of OAP’S CLUB and FINESSE.
9a Foreign car almost blocking road by a Welsh valley (7)
RHONDDA – a Japanese make of car without its last letter (almost) goes inside (blocking) the abbreviation for road and we finish with A (from the clue).
10a Pliable wine connoisseur initially following the Spanish (7)
ELASTIC – a type of sparkling wine (a perennial favourite in Crosswordland) and the initial letter of C(onnoisseur) follow a Spanish definite article.
11a Radio problem? Three characters get ejected as conclusion (9)
INFERENCE – remove three contiguous letters from a problem that blights radio reception.
12a Maid a hotel’s retained somewhere in the US (5)
IDAHO – hidden (retained) in the clue.
13a Work to tour old city facing mass commotion (7)
TURMOIL – a word meaning work or labour goes round (to tour) the usual old Biblical city and M(ass).
15a Devious type in school set back engineers (7)
SCHEMER – a three-letter abbreviation for school followed by the reversal (set back) of the abbreviation for the British army’s engineering corps.
17a Troublemaker in confines of game gets to encroach (7)
IMPINGE – string together a small, mischievous troublemaker, IN (from the clue) and the outer letters (confines) of G(am)E.
19a Good place to view area that is for hunting attendant (7)
GHILLIE – a charade of G(ood), a place affording a good view of the surrounding area and the abbreviation for ‘that is’.
21a ‘Psyche’ lending will show legendary Greek figure (5)
HELEN – hidden (will show) is the name of the lady from Greek mythology whose abduction led to the Trojan War. She was famed for her beauty and (as Marlowe didn’t say) ‘Was this the face that munch’d a thousand chips …?’.
23a Malcontent‘s demand to dismiss comedienne? (9)
FIREBRAND – split the answer (4,5) to get a demand to sack comedienne Jo.
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25a Bird snipped fish? It’s found on tracks (7)
RAILCAR – join together a small bird also known as a crake and a freshwater fish without its last letter (snipped).
26a City university getting road repaired in SA country (7)
ECUADOR – start with the postal district for the City of London and add U(niversity) and an anagram (repaired) of ROAD.
27a Authorities could create best towpath here (3,6,4,2)
THE POWERS THAT BE – an anagram (could create) of BEST TOWPATH HERE.
1d Stick with a brood including son (7)
PERSIST – a preposition meaning ‘a’ (as in ’50p a kilo’) is followed by a verb to brood (as a hen does on her eggs) containing S(on).
2d A dessert is served up cold (5)
ALOOF – A (from the clue) followed by the reversal (served up, in a down clue) of a cold dessert.
3d Coverage required when crashing? (9)
EIDERDOWN – cryptic definition. To crash (often followed by ‘out’) is an informal usage meaning to go to bed.
4d Soft soap or another bathroom item (7)
FLANNEL – double definition, the first meaning soft soap or flattery.
5d Poor environmentalist’s slogan? (7)
USELESS – split the answer (3,4) to get what an environmentalist may urge.
6d Paramilitaries with leading question for ME national (5)
IRAQI – the abbreviation for Irish paramilitaries is followed by how the first question may be labelled on an exam paper, say.
7d Restrain men later agitated about Frenchman (9)
ENTRAMMEL – this is a rarely-used verb meaning to shackle, confine or entangle in a net. It’s an anagram (agitated) of MEN LATER containing the abbreviation for monsieur.
8d Soft touch we’re told providing help (7)
SUCCOUR – this sounds like (we’re told) a soft touch or gullible person.
14d Rule VIPs broke getting drug being loathsome (9)
REPULSIVE – an anagram (broke) of RULE VIPS is followed by E(cstasy).
16d Means of keeping locks in order (9)
HAIRBRUSH – cryptic definition. The first four letters are what locks usually means in a cryptic clue but I had to wait for some checking letters since it seemed to me that the last bit could be any one of bands, grips, slide or spray.
17d Succeed in meeting that woman with sex appeal (7)
INHERIT – succeed means the answer in a sentence such as ‘He succeeded (to) the title on the death of his father’. I didn’t think that succeed worked in this way without the following ‘to’ but Chambers has it with this meaning (labelled Shakespearean). IN (from the clue is followed by a feminine pronoun (that woman) and an informal word for sex appeal.
18d Leaderless chaps supporting Anglicanism apply (7) (online clue)
18d Impress leaderless chaps supporting Anglicanism (7) (clue in paper)
ENFORCE – string together a word for chaps without its first letter, a preposition meaning supporting or in favour of and the abbreviation for the established church in England.
19d Places with beds needing maintenance? (7)
GARDENS – a weakish cryptic definition.
20d Tip, having massaged sore back (7)
ENDORSE – a tip or extremity is followed by an anagram (massaged) of SORE.
22d Something consumed in Tijuana chow? (5)
NACHO – a semi-all-in-one with the answer hidden (consumed) in the clue.
24d Check car close to pavement (5)
AUDIT – a German car followed by the closing letter of pavement.
The clue I liked best was the simple but effective 2d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: LOOE + DOUGH = LUDO