Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27721
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This puzzle wasn’t quite as easy as last Tuesday’s but it shouldn’t really detain anyone too long from moving on to the Toughie/getting to grips with the chores of the day (delete as appropriate). Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.
If you click on any of the areas showing ‘Click here!’ you’ll see the actual answer so only do that as a last resort.
1a Time lag’s got to be extended (7)
STRETCH – double definition, the first the amount of time to which a lag has been sentenced.
5a Flesh is cut — that’s mean (7)
SELFISH – an anagram (cut) of FLESH IS.
9a Ordinary American university next to Alabama (5)
USUAL – three abbreviations stuck together.
10a Greedy, getting stung by debts (9)
AMBITIOUS – a charade of ‘getting stung’ (2,3) and the usual debts or promissory notes. This doesn’t work for me (unless I’m missing something) – I can’t come up with any sentence in which the first five letters of the answer can be replaced by ‘getting stung’ (‘get stung’ on the other hand would just about work).
11a Peculiar person (10)
INDIVIDUAL – two definitions, the first an adjective meaning peculiar or distinctive.
12a Mother’s temperature — it rises on board a ship (4)
MAST – string together an affectionate term for mother, the ‘S from the clue and T(emperature).
14a Criminal man’s honest? It creates confusion (12)
ASTONISHMENT – an anagram (criminal) of MAN’S HONEST IT.
18a Crazily invest more to secure MP’s changes for the better (12)
IMPROVEMENTS – an anagram (crazily) of INVEST MORE containing (to secure) MP.
21a Cheat has no right to get sign of approval from teacher (4)
TICK – drop the R (has no right) from a verb to cheat or deceive.
22a Without a thought, recluse lays ground to ignore what’s proper (10)
CARELESSLY – an anagram (ground) of RECL(u)SE LAYS without the letter that’s used to mean proper or socially acceptable.
25a Staying much absorbed, initially, in what carriage driver is doing? (9)
REMAINING – insert the initial letters of Much Absorbed into what a carriage driver is doing to control his horse.
26a Fish with a line? Perfect (5)
IDEAL – the freshwater fish that’s so useful to crossword compilers is followed by A (from the clue) and L(ine).
27a Orchestral performance has new ending — that’s a worry (7)
CONCERN – an orchestral performance with the final T replaced by N(ew).
28a Groan — Edward’s spotted (7)
SIGHTED – a groan or whimper is followed by one of the short forms of Edward.
1d Where one might find artists hard-working? Not us! (6)
STUDIO – drop the final US from an adjective meaning hard-working (at university, say).
2d Skirts no good in gardens (6)
ROUNDS – remove the initial G(ood) from gardens or surrounding land.
3d I’ve let son out to purchase one box set (10)
TELEVISION – an anagram (out) of I’VE LET SON containing (to purchase) the Roman numeral for one.
4d Picked up king, perhaps, to capture rook (5)
HEARD – this looks like a homophone-type clue but it isn’t. What a king is an example of contains the chess abbreviation for rook.
5d Military vessel? It’s not seen in the main (9)
SUBMARINE – a gentle cryptic definition. Such a vessel operates in the sea (in the main) but it’s not usually visible.
6d Behind time, with others turning up (4)
LATE – an expression from Latin meaning with others (2,2) is reversed (turning up, in a down clue).
7d Remote island with very old diamonds (8)
ISOLATED – the single-letter abbreviation for island is followed by an adverb meaning very or to a high degree, an adjective meaning old or erstwhile and the abbreviation for diamonds (as a card suit).
8d Stall he has that is containing junk (8)
HESITATE – the contracted form of ‘he has’ precedes the abbreviation for ‘that is’ containing rubbish or items of little value.
13d Caught mad character in government, babbling (10)
CHATTERING – string together the cricket abbreviation for caught, Carroll’s mad character, IN (from the clue) and G(overnment).
15d Where one might hear music transformed into action (9)
OPERATION – a type of musical performance is followed by an anagram (transformed) of INTO.
16d Mash is, to Richard, somewhat remarkable (8)
HISTORIC – hidden (somewhat) in the clue.
17d Small rodents returning in animal enclosure, for example (8)
SPECIMEN – start with S(mall) then reverse some rodents inside an animal enclosure.
19d Approve climb, we hear? (6)
ASSENT – this sounds like a climb or upward slope.
20d Went round cricket club — was first unknown to be welcomed in (6)
CYCLED – the abbreviation for cricket club is followed by a verb meaning was first or headed the field. Finally insert (welcomed in) one of the mathematical unknowns.
23d Slowly moves insect, top to bottom (5)
EDGES – this is a type of mayfly with its first letter (top) moved to the end (bottom).
24d The man maintaining I would go to ground (4)
HIDE – a male pronoun (the man) contains (maintaining) the contracted form of ‘I would’.
I’ll plump for the simple but effective 11a as my favourite clue with an honourable mention for 4d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: HOARSE + SCENTS = HORSE SENSE