Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27730
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs, where there’s a reasonably bright statrt to the day – barring the news from the land of the 2Kiwis, which we won’t talk about…
The top end of ** for me this week, but those allergic to religious terminology may find it more difficult.
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1a Early music without instrumentation (4,6)
DAWN CHORUS – Cryptic definition of some non-human early morning music.
6a Early man discovered across Dorset/Hampshire border (4)
SETH – Hidden in the clue is one of the sons of Adam and Eve.
10a Suffering at the back of cold entrance (5)
CHARM – Cold followed by suffering or damage. The definition word is one of those that can be pronounced two ways.
11a Work that could get sewer functioning (9)
TAILORING – The sewer here is one who uses a needle and thread.
12a Room seen through the French window (7)
LATTICE – A top-floor room inside the French definite article.
13a Feeble walker is old, retd, drunk (7)
TODDLER – Anagram (drunk) of OLD RET’D.
14a Devil on street with nasty stare kicks up a fuss (12)
DEMONSTRATES – A devil, followed by the abbreviation for street and an anagram (nasty) of STARE.
18a I phone darling, exuding love, naughtily flirting (12)
PHILANDERING – Anagram (naughtily) of I PH(o)NE DARLING, leaving out the O (exuding love).
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21a Billy may be so foolish (7)
GOATISH – … and so may Nanny!
23a Girl’s shout of surprise seen on reflection as shout of praise (7)
HOSANNA – Put together a girl’s name, plus the ‘s, and a cry of surprise, then reverse the lot to get a biblical shout of praise.
24a Off-putting type offers ridiculous rationale (9)
ALIENATOR – Anagram (ridiculous) of RATIONALE.
25a American university map-maker passes over, misses out (5)
OMITS – An American university commonly known by its initials, inside the initials of the organisation that makes maps in the UK.
26a Only part of play heard or watched (4)
SEEN – A word for ‘watched’ that sounds like a part of a play.
27a Party very loud after food, making one fed up (7,3)
CHEESED OFF – Put together a dairy product, one of the usual crossword parties, and the musical symbol for ‘very loud’.
1d Under the doctor, upset priest is easily managed (6)
DOCILE – An abbreviated form of doctor, followed by the reversal (upset) of an Old Testament priest who regularly appears in crosswords.
2d Presence of this person beset by anger (6)
WRAITH – A ghostly presence is made up of a word for anger with the pronoun for ‘this person’ inserted into it.
3d Some morticians trained to offer expressions of sympathy (14)
COMMISERATIONS – Anagram (trained) of SOME MORTICIANS.
4d Not awfully inspiring person given promotion as a commercial traveller? (2,3,4)
ON THE ROAD – Put together an anagram (awfully) of NOT, an inspiring person, and a shortened form of a commercial promotion.
5d Type of Christian turning up in certain universities (5)
UNIAT – Hidden in reverse (turning up in) in the clue, giving a member of one of the Eastern churches that acknowledge papal authority while retaining their own liturgy.
7d Eat to get over awful toil — having minimal energy, grow pale (8)
ETIOLATE – Anagram (awful) of TOIL inserted inside EAT (from the clue), followed by Energy.
8d Multi-storey school needing extra money (4-4)
HIGH-RISE – A variety of school followed by an increase in wages.
9d Act as desperate woman maybe, making terribly wooden response (6,4,4)
POWDER ONE’S NOSE – Anagram (terribly) of WOODEN RESPONSE, giving a euphemism for going to the Ladies’ room.
15d It’s swell having tea thrown in for an extra amount (9)
SURCHARGE – Another word for tea inside a tidal swell.
16d Short gypsy dancing, girl revealed by telescope (8)
SPYGLASS – Anagram (dancing) of GYPS(y) with the final letter removed (short), followed by a young girl.
17d Antioxidant from plant — the thing in the morning to be swallowed (7,1)
VITAMIN E – The sort of plant that produces grapes, wrapped around the pronoun for ‘the thing’ and the Latin abbreviation meaning ‘in the morning’.
19d Colour architect Jones used with encrusted diamonds (6)
INDIGO – One of the colours of the rainbow. Diamonds inside the first name of the Mr Jones who built the Banqueting House in Whitehall.
20d Church service with bread, one female getting huge piece of crust (6)
MASSIF – A Catholic Eucharist service, followed by the Roman numeral for one and Female, to get a large mountainous region.
22d Problem is hard, leading to irritation (5)
HITCH – Hard, followed by a skin irritation.
The Quick Crossword pun FORE + FITTED = FORFEITED