Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27716
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
After a record-breaking dry January, we have at last had a few days of rain that has been much appreciated by farmers and gardeners. This coming weekend is a long holiday one here for Waitangi Day (we don’t call them Bank Holidays here, but the same thing) and we are hoping the weather returns to dry again as we are expecting an invasion of family, intending to pitch their tents on the lawn.
A good fun puzzle again from Jay, slightly trickier, we thought, than last week’s.
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1a Head of state‘s opportunity with voting register from the East (10)
CHANCELLOR : A word for opportunity is followed by the reversal (from the East) of a list of people who have the right to vote. As Gazza has pointed out the lady in the pic is not the Head of state but of government.
6a Tax whisky, not the Church (4)
SCOT : Take the well known whisky and remove the abbreviation for church from the end of it to get this old form of tax.
11a Mostly peach — and a soft fruit — go missing (9)
DISAPPEAR : Start with a word to describe a good-looking woman or peach, remove the last letter and add A from the clue, then musical notation for soft, and a pipfruit.
12a Hesitates — daughter is crossing the river (7)
DITHERS : Abbreviation for daughter, then IS from the clue. Insert into this THE from the clue and R(iver).
13a Guarantees European fix in Sevenoaks, disheartened (7)
SECURES : Disheartened Sevenoaks gives us the first and last letters of the answer. Inside goes E(uropean) and a word meaning fix or heal.
14a Criminal case turned on deeply ingrained habit (6,6)
SECOND NATURE : Anagram (criminal ) of CASE TURNED ON.
18a Commercial advice from chamber — a temporary worker to get rise (6,6)
CAVEAT EMPTOR : It’s a Latin phrase we are looking for. A synonym for what is usually an underground chamber, A from the clue, a temporary employee and a small hill.
21a The repercussions of being fired? (7)
RECOILS : A cryptic definition of the kick-backs from discharging firearms.
24a Problem identification is doing as badly (9)
DIAGNOSIS : Anagram (badly) of IS DOING AS.
25a External computer device with no lead (5)
OUTER : The computer device that connects you to the world with its first letter removed.
26a Bound to get clocked, with minutes deducted (4)
TIED : A synonym for clocked with the abbreviation for M(inutes) removed. This one is for Jean-Luc’s new war cry.
27a Frenchman welcoming escort’s bijou accommodation (4-1-5)
PIED-A-TERRE : Take the archetypical Frenchman’s name and inset a word for an escort. Another one for Jean-Luc!
1d Hosts, and brags about diamonds (6)
Paper version: Brags about depth, and presses
CROWDS : A word for brags with the card players’ abbreviation for diamonds included.
Paper version: A word for brags with D(epth) included.
2d Experts change dates to absorb pressure (6)
ADEPTS : Anagram (change) of DATES with P(ressure) included.
3d Organisations distributing food in centres across area (14)
CONFEDERATIONS : An anagram (distributing) of FOOD IN CENTRES with A(rea) included.
7d Obvious snub includes King Charles, initially (5-3)
CLEAR-CUT : Take a three letter synonym for a snub and insert a Shakespearian king and the first letter of C(harles). The pic has nothing to do with the answer here but was too cute not to use.
8d Heart broken, with no energy, discarded and beaten (8)
THRASHED : Anagram (broken) of HEART with E(nergy) removed, then a word meaning discarded.
9d Sun’s taken on Left supporting magazine — there’s something to watch (9,5)
SPECTATOR SPORT : The first word is the name of a famous London magazine and then the abbreviation for S(un) and the nautical left.
15d Downhearted lower socioeconomic groups campaigned (9)
DEPRESSED : The fourth and fifth alphabetical grades for socioeconomic groups and then a word for campaigned or vigorously lobbied for.
16d Officially recognise deferred payment after bill (8)
ACCREDIT : The deferred payment is possibly because you used your plastic card and follows the two letter abbreviation for a bill.
17d Completely empty, but gave a cute play with no end of acting (8)
EVACUATE : Anagram (play) of GAVE A CUTE with the last letter of acting deleted.
20d Bus not regularly on the way in Paris. That’s not right! (6)
UNTRUE : Alternate letters from bus not before the French word for a street.
22d Vessel mostly loaded with American food for Japan (5)
SUSHI : A large sea-going vessel with it’s last letter removed contains the abbreviation for American.
After considerable cogitation we chose 9d as favourite today.
nigh + towels = night owls