Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27743
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This puzzle was published on Saturday, 7th March 2015
I haven’t counted them but I did get the strong feeling while typing the explanations that there do seem to be a considerable number of charade-type clues in last Saturday’s Prize Puzzle.
1a Searched for somewhere to spend the night (6)
PROBED – PRO (for) BED (somewhere to spend the night).
9a Exhaust resources in practice session (3-7)
RUN-THROUGH – A hyphen is inserted into RUN THROUGH (exhaust resources) to get the practice session.
10a Mole‘s holiday by river? (10)
BREAKWATER – BREAK (holiday) WATER (river)
11a New regulation ahead for fine linen (4)
LAWN – LAW (regulation) goes ahead of N (new).
12a Nurse regularly meeting journalist, which is enjoyed (4)
USED – The regular or even letters of nUrSe ‘meet’ ED (editor, journalist).
14a Sort of verb taken from passage, I have to conclude (10)
TRANSITIVE – TRANSIT (passage) IVE (I have).
17a Secure part that’s appealing (7)
WINSOME – WIN (secure) SOME (part).
18a Guarantee to get organised after conflict, with time (7)
WARRANT – RAN (organized) and T (time) go after WAR (conflict).
20a Free port erects a position to examine one’s past (10)
RETROSPECT – An anagram (free) of PORT ERECTS.
21a Successive notes delayed (4)
LATE – Successive musical notes – [do re me fa so] LA TE [do] go together to mean delayed.
22a Lover to live with a Unionist (4)
BEAU – BE (live) A (from the clue) U (unionist).
23a Drink up (7,3)
STIRRUP CUP – a cryptic definition of a drink taken on horseback (up).
25a Dry goods will be carried here? (2,3,5)
ON THE WAGON – An informal expression meaning abstaining from alcohol could describe where goods are carried.
26a Dodgy legality when two learners go merrymaking (6)
GAIETY – Remove the two Ls from
LEGA LITY (two Learners go) and an anagram (dodgy) of the remaining letters produces another word for merrymaking.
2d Salesman revises orders, being dictatorial (10)
REPRESSIVE – REP (salesman) followed by an anagram (orders) of REVISES.
3d Gamble on a foreign character (4)
BETA – BET (gamble) on A (from the clue).
4d At end of play they do this sketch on puzzles (4,6)
DRAW STUMPS – DRAW (sketch) STUMPS (puzzles).
5d Set loose in Paris, one parts heading north (7)
UNSTRAP – UN (one in Paris where they speak French) and a reversal (heading north in a down clue) of PARTS.
6d Having no end of attractiveness, one cleans up (4)
CHAR – Remove the last letter (having no end) from CHARM (attractiveness).
7d Security pass on the side (10)
COLLATERAL – COL (mountain pass) LATERAL (on the side).
8d Risk fortune (6)
CHANCE – A verb meaning to risk or a noun meaning fortune.
13d Deeply agitated, first to get wrapped up in breeze (10)
DISTRAUGHT – IST (first) ‘wrapped up in’ or inserted into DRAUGHT (breeze).
15d Superficial understanding shown by second of concern? (10)
SMATTERING – S (second) MATTERING (of concern).
16d Folly one’s revealed in fancy plumbing fixture (6,4)
VANITY UNIT – VANITY (folly) UNIT (one).
19d Crowd round honey-maker welcoming Spaniards’ positive reaction, for example (7)
BESIEGE – BEE (honey maker) goes round (welcoming) SI (the Spanish word for yes, a positive reaction) and EG (for example).
20d Band‘s award (6)
RIBBON – A band of material or an award (usually added to a medal).
23d Stitched four ways (4)
SEWN – The four compass points (ways).
24d Little being put together for each one (4)
PERI – A beautiful but malevolent fairy – PER (for each) I (one). I do hope Sarah who said on Saturday that she was a 24d will explain all today as I am very intrigued.