Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27725
A full review by crypticsue
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BD Rating – Difficulty */**– Enjoyment **
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 14th February 2015
Big Dave and I were apparently the only people in the ‘same time as usual corner’ last Saturday. Interestingly the people who found it trickier also seemed to enjoy themselves more than other Saturdays.
I wonder whether these are the same people who complain about too many anagrams in a crossword. They certainly didn’t seem to notice that a third of this puzzle – nine clues (seven of which appear in the Acrosses) – require you to insert something inside or between something else. The question is, would I have noticed, had I not had to provide this review?
4a Steer round trouble on minor road that’s delayed traffic (8)
TAILBACK – TACK (to steer a sailing ship) put round AIL (trouble) and B (a minor road is known as a B road).
8a Run West perhaps astride horse (6)
MANAGE – MAE (West) put round NAG (horse).
9a Cast net — fish to get caught up (8)
ENTANGLE – An anagram (cast) of NET followed by ANGLE (to fish)
10a Made a score with aplomb (8)
COMPOSED – Wrote music or behaved in a self-possessed way.
11a Posh sort, the French aristocracy (6)
NOBLES – An informal term for a posh person – NOB – followed by LES (the plural form of the French definite article).
12a Bring over Whistler’s new art that’s revolutionary (8)
TRANSFER – That’ revolutionary tells you to reverse REF[‘]S (referee’s, whistle-blower’s) N (new) and ART (from the clue).
13a Break articles possessed by British Queen (8)
BREATHER – BR (British) and ER (the regnal cipher of our current Queen) into which is inserted (well in makes a change from ‘put round’] A and THE (indefinite and definite articles).
16a Reptiles pushed back group of animals, 500 cut off in very hot day (8)
SCORCHER – A reversal (put back) of CROCS (reptiles) followed by a HERD of animals, from which the D (the Roman numeral for 500) has been ‘cut off’.
19a Hamlet character needs endless noxious drink? (8)
VILLAGER – Someone who lives in a hamlet, rather than in a Shakespearean play – Remove the end letter from VILE (‘endless’ noxious) and follow with LAGER, a drink which our village landlord would definitely describe as noxious!
21a Suitable item for stage production — American medical drama (6)
PROPER – PROP (item for a stage play) and ER (American medical drama).
23a What footballer may damage in match — put dressing around it (8)
LIGAMENT – Put a GAME (match) inside some LINT (dressing).
24a What’s sung around America in revelry (8)
CAROUSAL – US (America) put inside CAROL (something that’s sung).
25a Immature farmyard animal eats everything (6)
CALLOW – COW (farm animal) eats ALL.
26a Superior newspapers covering South American city (8)
PRIORESS – A superior in a nunnery is produced by ‘insertion clue no 7’ – RIO (South American city) is covered by PRESS (newspapers).
1d Arson’s caused damage in my brickwork (7)
MASONRY – An anagram (caused damage) of ARSON inserted into MY (from the clue).
2d Come in after fish and chips (9)
CARPENTER – Time for an ‘old friend’ – ENTER (come in) is put after CARP (fish).
3d and 4: Heroine — lover left her, subsisted wretchedly (4,2)
TESS OF – The solution to 3 and 4 down is an anagram (wretchedly) of LOVER LEFT HER SUBSISTED.
4d See 3 (3,1’11)
5d One that’s made contract, one no-trump, defeated (8)
INTENDED – Someone that’s made a contract – I (one) NT (No Trump) and ENDED (defeated).
6d Low council tax shown in pension? (1,3,1)
B AND B – Pension here meaning a continental boarding house – BAND B (low council tax band) split 1, 3, 1.
7d Where one learns playing cello, e.g. (7)
COLLEGE – An anagram (playing) of CELLO EG.
14d Time to study English philosopher — tedious work (9)
TREADMILL – Another ‘old friend’ – T (time) READ (study) and MILL (the English philosopher, John Stuart Mill).
15d Giving false praise he is a hypocritical type (8)
PHARISEE – An anagram (giving false) of PRAISE HE.
17d Ribald song heard from pirate ship (7)
CORSAIR is a homophone (heard) of COARSE (ribald) AIR (song).
18d Lancashire Uni once holding event for ex-students (7)
RENUNION is found in LancashiRE UNI ONce.
20d What’s left, say, with delicate trimming (6)
LEGACY – EG (say) trimmed by LACY (delicate).
22d Post Office stocks exciting picture (5)
PHOTO – PO ‘stocks’ HOT (exciting).