Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27737
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ***
This puzzle was published on Saturday, 28th February 2015
Morning All!. There were a few good misdirections in the surface readings of these clues. Overall an enjoyable solve.
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1a Extra lavish meal is customary (10)
WIDESPREAD – A WIDE (an extra run in cricket) followed by SPREAD for a lavish meal last witnessed by the Famous Five.
6a Fight Pole (4)
SPAR – Two definitions – one generally on a boat and the other in a boxing ring.
9a Good-looking girl fit to seduce the Italian with scanty clothing (10)
DISHABILLE – A DISH (an ancient term for a good looking girl) with IL (The masculine definite article for THE in Spanish) inside ABLE (or fit) – DISH AB (IL) LE.
10a Song beginning missed by girl in West Side Story (4)
ARIA – (m)ARIA! I’ve just met a goil called (m)ARIA!!
12a In Berlin Germans hang around (6)
LINGER – The hidden word is IN (contained in) berLIN GERmans.
13a Somehow liaises engaging good Spanish singer (8)
IGLESIAS – Take your pick – Julio or his boy. It is an anagram (somehow) of LIASES with G for good being inserted (or engaged).
15a Some Christians surreally portrayed by artist in rain (12)
TRINITARIANS – An anagram (surreally portrayed by) of ARTIST IN RAIN. Includes the Catholic faith.
18a Round of applause for every managing body giving signal for action (12)
CLAPPERBOARD – A charade of CLAP (round of applause) then PER (for every) and finally a managing BOARD of Directors.
21a Those hearing poet keeping one in church (8)
AUDIENCE – Keep I for one inside AUDEN (W.H. the poet) and then add CE for the Church of England. AUD (I) EN +CE.
22a Book regularly produced answer in reverse (6)
ANNUAL – Place A for Answer inside ANNUL or reverse.
24a Bill the schoolmaster (4)
BEAK – Two definitions. The first I was aware of as a quacking thang’s bill but the second I had only heard of as a Judge not a Headmaster,
25a Desired win, fired missile (10)
SIDEWINDER – An anagram (fired) of DESIRED WIN.
26a Yet later in the day (4)
EVEN – The first definition is a synonym for even (yet/even so) and the second cryptic def is an archaic word for EVEN(song) or EVEN(tide) or EVEN EVEN(ing)!.
27a At home son meets pressure, causing rebellion (10)
INSURGENCY – A charade of IN (at home), S for Son and then URGENCY for pressure.
1d Silly walk makes wife go off (6)
WADDLE – W for Wife and ADDLE for go off/rot.
2d Request to confess providing drugs (6)
DOSING – When split as DO SING this is a request to confess/sing like a canary.
3d Farmer has accident under blade of plough (12)
SHARECROPPER – Place a cropper (accident, to come a) under the SHARE or blade of a plough. Very nice surface reading that tells a gruesome story!
4d Bar bird (4)
RAIL – Two definitions that have been sen a few times in crosswords!.
5d Charge a liberal group of diplomats (10)
ALLEGATION – A and L for Liberal followed by a LEGATION or a mission of diplomats.
7d Guerrilla fighter aspirant to revolt (8)
PARTISAN – An anagram, indicated by to revolt, of ASPIRANT.
8d Judge again makes notes about fools (8)
REASSESS – The plural of the second note in the tonic sol-fa scale – RES – around the outside/about ASSES for fools.
11d Try becoming popular on social media — it’s agonising (5-7)
HEART RENDING – A charade of HEAR (try in court) and TRENDING (becoming popular on e.g. Twitter.
14d Breaking resistance getting into trendy group (10)
INFRACTION – Place R for Resistance inside IN for trendy and FACTION for group.
16d One of S Coe’s rivals breathed heavily not finishing disorderly race (8)
SCRAMBLE – One of S(eb) Coe’s rivals was S(teve) CRAM. Add BLE(w) – all but the last of breathed heavily.
17d Person died — search thoroughly for poisonous plant (8)
MANDRAKE – A charade of MAN (person), D for Died and then RAKE or search.
19d One’s carried part of song (6)
BURDEN – Two definitions. The first is the obvious one but the second is also ‘The part of a song repeated at the start of every stanza, a refrain’ according to Chambers.
20d Sudden gust in full pelt round lake (6)
FLURRY – Place FURRY (in full pelt/fur) around L for Lake. Nice misdirection.
23d Boyfriend‘s spoken of Cockney area (4)
BEAU – A homophone (spoken) of the BOW area of that London.
Thanks to the setter – I’ll see you all in a couple of weeks.