Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27739
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
The top half of this one went in very quickly but then I slowed up considerably at the bottom, primarily because both 19a and 17d were new terms for me and had to be prised out. There did seem to be a lot of proper nouns here with quite a bit of General Knowledge required. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.
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7a Dahl book one lad tossed on rug (7)
MATILDA – the Roman numeral for one and an anagram (tossed) of LAD follow a rug or floor covering.
9a Ring with right answer for ‘fabled monster’ (7)
CHIMERA – a verb to ring or peal is followed by the single-letter abbreviations for right and answer.
10a Forward almost missing header (5)
EARLY – an adverb meaning almost without its first letter.
11a Club official, more confident following adjustment of rate (9)
TREASURER – a comparative meaning more confident comes after an anagram (adjustment) of RATE.
12a Popular chess opponents? On paper (2,5,3,5)
IN BLACK AND WHITE – an adjective meaning popular and the adversaries on opposite sides of the chess board.
13a Advanced fortune to make a musical (7)
CAMELOT – charade of a verb meaning advanced or moved closer and a word for fortune or fate.
16a Model Spanish kingdom once after power (7)
PARAGON – the name of an old Spanish kingdom (which was united with Castile in the fifteenth century to form the nucleus of modern Spain) follows P(ower).
19a The dance to give one pause for thought? (10,5)
HESITATION WALTZ – a weakish cryptic definition. I’d never heard of this ballroom dance so needed the checking letters to guess the answer. Apparently a pause and gliding step are introduced into the dance at intervals – sounds enormous fun.
23a In new term, admit particular type, painter (9)
REMBRANDT – a particular brand or make goes inside an anagram (new) of TERM.
24a Proprietor in state of depression having day off (5)
OWNER – remove the initial D(ay) from a slang term for a state of depression.
25a As is nacre, surprisingly (7)
ARSENIC – if you’ve never met this little trick before it’s worth remembering because it crops up from time to time (as recently as last Wednesday’s Toughie). If the first word of the clue is As and the answer is seven letters long then look out for the As being a chemical symbol. To get this element the long way you have to make an anagram (surprisingly) of IS NACRE.
26a Creature in rolling vessel in dangerous frenzy (7)
MUSKRAT – reverse (rolling) an old Biblical vessel and put it inside the dangerous frenzy of some male animals, notably bull elephants.
1d I can’t remember names CIA put out (8)
AMNESIAC – an anagram (put out) of NAMES CIA.
2d Oppose dance, then go along (4,4)
PLAY BALL – a verb to oppose or compete against (on the sports field, say) and a formal dance.
3d He wrote ‘Oliver!’, fine composer (6)
BARTOK – the surname of Lionel, who wrote the musical Oliver!, is followed by an informal adjective meaning fine or satisfactory.
4d Talk at length about GI’s cryptic puzzle (6)
JIGSAW – a verb to talk at length contains an anagram (cryptic) of GI’S.
5d Student paid to get knowledge (8)
LEARNING – the letter used to identify a student under tuition is followed by a present participle meaning in paid employment.
6d Scottish dramatist in Welsh port, reportedly (6)
BARRIE – this playwright sounds like (reportedly) a Welsh port and seaside resort (once famous for its pleasure park) on the north shore of the Bristol Channel.
8d Scotch broth? Pound (5)
THROB – an anagram (scotch) of BROTH.
9d Played fairly, winning — make a big profit? (5,2)
CLEAN UP – start with the description of a sporting fixture which was played fairly with few fouls and add an adverb meaning winning or in the lead.
14d Fail to catch service, according to drunkard in muddle? (8)
MISHMASH – this is how someone intoxicated may pronounce a verb to fail to catch and a Roman Catholic service.
15d Enormous film (7)
TITANIC – double definition, the second the name of a blockbuster film that I’ve taken pains to avoid.
17d Domestic residence? Yes, in the States (3,5)
ROW HOUSE – this is apparently a US term for what we’d call a terraced property. It’s a charade of a term for a “domestic” (i.e. a family quarrel of the type that police officers hate being called to) and a type of residence.
18d He, Tarzan, shot in Israeli town (8)
NAZARETH – an anagram (shot) of HE TARZAN.
19d Jazz musician, that woman’s husband? (6)
HERMAN – the surname of this jazz musician (officially called Woodrow, but generally known as Woody) when split (3,3) could mean that woman’s husband.
20d Host runs wearing skimpy article of beachwear (6)
THRONG – the cricket abbreviation for runs is contained inside (wearing) a skimpy item of beachwear. For our friends in the Southern hemisphere the item of beachwear could be a flip-flop but I prefer the more traditional meaning.
21d Sharp, tiny chap in unit (2,4)
ON TIME – tiny Master Cratchit from A Christmas Carol goes inside a unit or the smallest positive integer.
22d Queue to get on river vessel (5)
LINER – a queue or row of people precedes (to get on, in a down clue) R(iver).
My favourite clue today (the only one which raised a chuckle) was 14d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: BALLAST + RAID = BALUSTRADE