Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27745
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This one was quite enjoyable without raising too much of a sweat. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.
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1a Angry editor came over (7)
CROSSED – the abbreviation for editor follows an adjective meaning angry.
5a Bird eating most of tablet — one might help with the flying (2-5)
CO-PILOT – a short-tailed aquatic bird contains (eating) a tablet or capsule without its last letter.
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9a One fancies you notice bog by river (7)
ADMIRER – string together an abbreviated notice, a bog or swamp and the abbreviation for river.
10a Mean about brother or sister? It’s plain to see (7)
VISIBLE – an adjective meaning mean or loathsome contains a word for brother or sister.
11a Bill on immigration’s first, or later? (9)
POSTERIOR – start with a bill or placard and add the first letter of I(mmigration) and OR (from the clue).
12a Upsetting story about Conservative’s style (5)
ECLAT – reverse (upsetting) a story containing C(onservative).
13a Once more arrange to do exam again — one drops out, given ‘E’ (5)
RESET – start with a verb to do an exam again and replace the Roman numeral for one with E.
15a Drink called mead in Old English shunned by maidens (9)
ORANGEADE – insert a verb meaning called on the phone and (m)EAD (having dropped the cricketing abbreviation for maiden overs) into the abbreviation for Old English.
17a It maybe joins a fleet animal going round small ancient city (9)
DESTROYER – a hoofed animal contains S(mall) and the name of an ancient city situated in what is now Turkey.
19a Dance graduate’s after alcohol (5)
RUMBA – the letters identifying an arts graduate follow an alcoholic spirit.
22a A mainly boring time for grown-up (5)
ADULT – string together A (from the clue), an adjective meaning boring or tedious without its last letter (mainly) and T(ime).
23a Food from a Belgian town with sweet stuff thrown over (9)
ASPARAGUS – A (from the clue) and a Belgian town are followed by the reversal (thrown over) of a sweet substance. The Belgian town has given its name to any resort having mineral springs with supposedly health-giving properties and, if you get your kicks from watching cars driving round and round, you’ll know it as the place where the Belgian F1 Grand Prix is held.
25a The Spanish gent with a woolly that’s stylish (7)
ELEGANT – a Spanish definite article precedes an anagram (woolly) of GENT and A.
26a 6 may carry this toboggan in silence? On the contrary (7)
LUGGAGE – not toboggan in silence but a verb to silence or muffle inside a light toboggan. 6 here means the answer to 6d.
27a Mailer keeping novel ultimately slim! (7)
SLENDER – the setter wants you to think of the novelist Norman Mailer but this mailer is someone who posts. Insert (keeping) the ultimate letter of novel.
28a Some chaps send a signal when getting over grief (7)
SADNESS – hidden (some) and reversed (when getting over) in the clue.
hands are brought together by one (7)
CLAPPER – double definition, the first a rudimentary type of bridge made from large flat slabs of granite resting on stone piers.
2d Diffusion of liquids round moss is developing (7)
OSMOSIS – the letter that’s round is followed by an anagram (developing) of MOSS IS.
3d Harsh cry, children having dropped loose rock (5)
SCREE – a harsh piercing cry (of the sort you get from a type of owl) with the abbreviation for children dropped.
4d Trim wood off, removing width by railway — it’s for sleepers (9)
DORMITORY – an anagram (off) of TRIM (w)OOD without the abbreviation for width is followed by one of the abbreviations for railway.
5d Bloke runs for shelter (5)
COVER – an informal term for a bloke followed the cricketing abbreviation for runs.
6d One might travel in a taxi to go green, surprisingly (9)
PASSENGER – a verb to go or cease to exist is followed by an anagram (surprisingly) of GREEN.
7d Lamb follows to toss plant (7)
LOBELIA – the alias of the essayist and poet Charles Lamb follows a verb to toss or throw up.
8d Drama in that place, welcoming cheers going up (7)
THEATRE – this is a semi-all-in-one. An adverb meaning in that place contains the reversal (going up, in a down clue) of an informal response meaning cheers or thanks.
14d Telecast’s opening with a rubbish and eccentric fortune-teller? (5,4)
TAROT CARD – string together the opening letter of telecast, A (from the clue), an informal word for rubbish or nonsense and a dated term for a comical person or eccentric.
16d Citadel could make Paris cool (9)
ACROPOLIS – an anagram (could make) of PARIS COOL. Really it should be the anagram of Paris cool that makes the citadel but the surface would be much poorer.
17d Undergarments — they might poke out the chest (7)
DRAWERS – I know that there’s an attempt at humour here but I don’t think it works – these things may poke out from a chest but they don’t poke out the chest.
18d Girlfriend or crush? (7)
SQUEEZE – double definition, though the informal word for a girlfriend or boyfriend derives from the second definition, to embrace tightly.
20d I’m coming over to grind up sticks (7)
MIGRATE – reverse (coming over, in a down clue) I’M and add a verb to grind or scrape. Nicely disguised definition!
21d Comebacks? This side, they’re going down! (7)
ANSWERS – ‘this side’ refers to the right-hand set of clues in the puzzle.
23d Following a female — they’re regularly removed (5)
AFTER – string together A, F(emale) and what’s left of they’re after you’ve removed the even (regularly) letters.
24d Firm free to secure US fighter (5)
RIGID – a verb to free or purge contains (to secure) the abbreviation for an ordinary soldier in the USA.
I liked 8d and 21d but my favourite clue today (for the d’oh moment when I realised what the definition was) is 20d. How about you?
Today’s Quickie Pun: RHODES + WEEPER = ROAD SWEEPER