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DT 27737

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.

3 comments on “DT 27737

  1. Pretty straightforward, though I didn’t know the poisonous plant. Thanks to Mr Ron and Gnomethang for the review. I do remember Billy Bunter being ‘up before the beak’.

  2. I found this one particularly difficult, it required a lot of general knowledge beyond the ability to solve clues. S Coe’s rival for example, Burden for part of a song, Beak for schoolmaster.

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