Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27712
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a cold day with a light dusting of snow.
I’m not sure what to make today’s puzzle from Giovanni. While I was completing it there was some glitch, either in the Telegraph site or in my PC, which meant that the cursor wouldn’t move from one square to the next every time I typed a letter, so I had to keep repositioning it. I thought that would slow me down a lot, but still found myself comfortably within ** time. Perhaps the clock was affected by the glitch as well…
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5a Cheer from 250 in a train (7)
ACCLAIM – Put the Roman numerals for 250 between A (from the clue) and a word for train, as in train a cannon on a target.
7a The woman following us may be match participant (5)
USHER – US (from the clue) followed by a pronoun for ‘that woman’, giving some participants at a match between two people.
9a Pet needing bowl of water and grub? (3,3)
HOT DOG – A piece of fast food that sounds like an animal which has been out in the sun.
10a Record sound that’s getting less and less (8)
TAPERING – A method of recording followed by the sound of a bell, perhaps.
11a This may suggest a whiskery visitor less welcome than Santa! (3-7)
CAT-BURGLAR – Cryptic definition of one who climbs into a house but, unlike Santa, takes things away rather than leaving presents.
13a Lined up to speak and given a line (4)
CUED – A theatrical term meaning ‘given a line’ which sounds like (to speak) ‘lined up’.
14a Futility that is demonstrated by blunt type (13)
POINTLESSNESS – This could describe the state of a pencil with no lead.
16a Passage cut off at front — one has water all round (4)
ISLE – Remove the first letter (cut off at frony) from the sort of passage found between the pews in a church.
17a Claim to be retired, existing within post-work allowance? (10)
PRETENSION – An abbreviation for ‘retired’
and a Latin word for a state of being or existing, inside the allowance paid to a retired person.
19a Variety of points made by actors in TV feature maybe (8)
NEWSCAST – The various cardinal points of the compass, followed by a collective noun for the actors in a play.
20a Something you get in bridge material (6)
RUBBER – Double definition, the first being part of the scoring at contract bridge.
22a Original eleven maybe (5)
PRIME – A word meaning original or first, which also describes numbers such as 11 or 7.
23a Criticise reduction in numbers (7)
RUNDOWN – A reduction in the numbers of a workforce which, split (3,4) means to criticise.
1d Cold in the south of France? Move quickly (4)
SCUD – An abbreviation for Cold inside the French word for south.
2d Woman in overturned vehicle concealing terrible rage (8)
MARGARET – A woman’s name is made up of an anagram (terrible) of RAGE inside the reversal (overturned) of a form of transport.
3d Something big in the bar (6)
BUMPER – Multiple definitions here: something big, often describing a crop; a bar across the front or rear of a vehicle; and a large measure of drink.
4d Signs from eccentric people? (10)
CHARACTERS – Double definition: the signs which make up the letters of an alphabet; or a way of describing eccentric people, as in ‘They’re (real) ______’.
5d Silver and gold set down on a Greek marketplace (5)
AGORA – The chemical symbol for silver, the heraldic term for gold, and A (from the clue).
6d Something hard to find? This may help the copper search! (5,8)
METAL DETECTOR – Cryptic definition of a tool used to search for concealed bits or iron, copper, gold and the like.
8d Rovers? Another football team (7)
RANGERS – Some wandering types, or a Glasgow football team.
12d Protective clothing piece — grease sure somehow to penetrate it (6,4)
BOILER SUIT – A variety of grease and an anagram (somehow) of SURE, placed inside a piece.
14d Design special teas for youngster to drink (5-2)
PASTE-UP – A printing term for a draft or design of a page, made up of a young dog with an anagram (special) of TEAS inside it.
15d Carol’s bound to tolerate bad language (8)
SWEARING – Another verb for ‘carol’ wrapped around (has bound) a word for ‘tolerate’.
17d Earth perhaps beginning to tremble under tree (6)
PLANET – A variety of tree followed by the first letter of Tremble, giving a celestial body of which Earth is an example.
18d Canoe could be wrecked by it (5)
OCEAN – Anagram (could be wrecked) of CANOE, giving something which could indeed wreck a canoe.
21d Item of footwear in sack (4)
BOOT – Double definition, the second being a figurative term for dismissal from a job.
Weather permitting, I hope to see a good many of you in London tomorrow at the Birthday Bash.
The Quick Crossword pun PLEA + SCAR = POLICE CAR