Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27736
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs on a bright frosty Friday.
Not too difficult from Giovanni this morning, ** for me, though I was held up for a while by 23a, my last one in, where there was a very loud clang when the penny dropped.
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7a Stuff friend offered to competitor — very little given away (8)
MATERIAL – A friend or pal plus a competitor with the V (very, little) removed.
9a Stuck in grass the Parisian staggered (6)
REELED – The French definite article inside a variety of grass.
10a Brought up claret maybe after start of banquet (4)
BRED – The first letter (start) of Banquet followed by the sort of wine of which claret is an example.
11a Random records having very different levels of success (3-3-4)
HIT-AND-MISS – Those old enough to remember Juke Box Jury will know that records on that show were voted one or other of these.
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12a Linger by a river in big shed (6)
HANGAR – A word for linger or, in the computer sense, stop functioning properly, followed by A (from the clue) and River.
14a Middle Eastern shelter containing sprouting beans (8)
LEBANESE – Anagram (sprouting) of BEANS, inside a sailing term for the side away from the wind.
15a Restaurant offers meat very thinly cut initially (6)
EATERY – Remove the first letters (thinly cut initially) from (m)EAT and (v)ERY to get a downmarket term for a restaurant.
17a Foreign characters lasted with difficulty (6)
DELTAS – These examples of a Greek letter are an anagram (with difficulty) of LASTED.
20a Support needed by part of town not up with the times? (8)
BACKWARD – To give support to, followed by a political division of a town.
22a Snake found by maiden in plant (6)
MADDER – The abbreviation for a maiden over on a cricket scorecard, followed by a venomous snake.
23a The four making news? (10)
DIRECTIONS – A cryptic definition of four things that might make up N.E.W.S.
24a Rob is second-rate criminal (4)
BLAG – Second-rate, i.e. not A class, followed by one of the usual crossword criminals.
25a Dish makes one become giddy — double dose of drug in it? (6)
TUREEN – What you do to make someone giddy, with a double dose of the drug commonly known by a single letter placed inside it.
26a Iron — it’ll get moulded into a cube (8)
TRILLION – Anagram (get moulded) of IRON IT’LL, giving the cube of 10,000 (or in traditional British use, the cube of a million)
1d Vehicle arrived before lunchtime maybe to enter prison (8)
CARRIAGE – An abbreviation for ‘arrived’ and the letter that looks like the number you might see on the clock at lunchtime, all placed inside a sort of prison.
2d Quarrel expected with female showing up (4)
FEUD – Put together a word for ‘expected’, as in ‘the train is expected in 5 minutes’, and Female, then reverse the lot.
3d After banter see the woman dry up (6)
WITHER – A word for banter or joking, followed by a pronoun for ‘the woman’.
4d French Alps city became almost stately (8)
GRENOBLE – Remove the final letter (almost) from a word for ‘became’ and add a word for ‘stately.
5d Period at home gets an old rocker wound up (10)
TERMINATED – Put together a period (of an academic year, for example), a word for ‘at home’, A(n) from the clue, and a 1950s rocker.
6d Guys providing meals or drinks across the Home Counties (6)
TEASES – The two letters for the geographical location of the Home Counties inside some meals taken in the afternoon, or some drinks taken at any time of day.
8d Greek character left off collecting stamps recently (6)
LATELY – Remove a Greek letter from the posh word for stamp collecting.
13d After entrance to field cricketer gets a guard (10)
GATEKEEPER – What you open to get into a field, followed by a fielding position in cricket.
16d Very hot kiln in shape of a circle (8)
ROASTING – Put the sort of kiln used for drying hops inside a circular shape.
18d The female to betray man in the furniture business (8)
SHERATON – A pronoun for ‘the female’, followed by an expression (3,2) for ‘betray’.
19d Clever commercial nonsense that takes one in (6)
ADROIT – A short form of a commercial, followed by a word for nonsense with the Roman numeral for one inside it.
21d Christian, I must squash this hostility (6)
ANIMUS – Hidden in the clue.
22d Soft food that is offered by old-fashioned club (6)
MASHIE – An old-fashioned golf club (the implement, not the institution) is made up of some pureed food and the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’.
24d Person about fifty certainly not timid (4)
BOLD – The Roman numeral for fifty inside a person or chap.
The Quick Crossword pun STATUS + TITIAN = STATISTICIAN