Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27740
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Yesterday, on our regular walk, we saw two black swans swimming in the estuary. They are really Australian birds but are well established in NZ. We often have them visiting our estuary as a safe refuge during the shooting season which starts in May. Speaking of travelling birds and May neatly leads into our latest news. We have used the excuse of research for the next writing project by one of us, to make a short visit to UK during May. We will be based at Kingston upon Thames.
Enough about us. Let’s concentrate on today’s puzzle from Jay. Generally we found it straightforward apart from a real stumbling block in the NE.
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1a Plot swindles and breach of copyright (10)
CONSPIRACY : A four letter word for swindles and a word that means breach of copywright or robbery on the high seas.
6a Shrewd to ignore right of course (4)
CUTE : A word meaning to ignore or give someone the cold shoulder and the last letter (right) of cours(E). This was our 11a today.
11a Gamble on Eire developing a particular pet hate (4,5)
BETE NOIRE : An anagram (developing) of ON EIRE follows a word for a gamble.
12a Steal, but lawyers win (7)
BARGAIN : Steal here is a noun made from a collective noun for lawyers and a word meaning win.
13a Draw out professional student working with force of gravity (7)
PROLONG : An abbreviation for professional, a one letter student or learner, a two letter synonym for working and the abbreviation for G(ravity).
14a Not a sad visit arranged for especially talented people (5,7)
IDIOT SAVANTS : Another anagram of a French phrase made from (arranged) NOT A SAD VISIT.
21a Locked up right person with secret information (7)
INSIDER : Where a person in prison might be described as being, and R(ight) from the clue.
23a Those people must accept charge for treatment (7)
THERAPY : A slang word for a criminal charge is inserted into a word for those people.
25a The links or the range? (5)
CHAIN : Double definition. Neither of them have anything to do with golf. The second is to do with mountains.
26a Couple about to give birth stay without influence (4)
DUET : A word meaning about to give birth is followed by s(T)ay when a word for influence is removed.
27a Excited stars model for great artists (3,7)
OLD MASTERS : An anagram, (excited) of STARS MODEL.
1d Irritable taxi driver having to cross river (6)
CRABBY : A familiar word for a taxi driver has R(iver) inserted.
2d Temperament shown by angry EU rant? (6)
NATURE : An anagram (angry) of EU RANT.
3d Cause of hold-ups at the couturier is a sensation (4,3,7)
PINS AND NEEDLES : These things keep bits of material together at the dressmakers before the real sewing starts.
4d Archer‘s fleece — popular with gangster? (5,4)
ROBIN HOOD : Fleece or steal from is followed by a word for popular and a four letter gangster.
5d Overtake dangerously when upset (3,2)
CUT UP : Double definition. The first definition seems to be a North American usage. (We, and probably most of you, would use IN for the second word.)
8d Perk up, seeing her dressed up leaving hotel (8)
ENERGISE : An anagram (dressed up) of SEEING hER excluding the NATO alphabet hotel.
9d Minor problems at home with ladies? (14)
INCONVENIENCES : The usual two letter at home and where women might go to powder their noses.
15d Plan to put treasure under layers of rock (9)
STRATAGEM : A precious stone follows a word for geological layers of rock.
16d Lent a hand when changing sides takes time (8)
ASSISTED : A synonym for when, an anagram (changing) of SIDES includes T(ime).
17d Long to take in topless joint — it’s spotless (8)
PRISTINE : Long (or even a type of tree perhaps) surrounds a word for a joint in the arm with its first letter missing.
19d Delayed by father’s sense of taste (6)
PALATE : A two letter father precedes a word for delayed.
24a is our favourite today as travel arrangements are very much on our minds at present.
Quickie pun grow + series = groceries